Jaime Elftman

Jaime Elftman

Jaime Elftman is Assistant Editor for Farm Equipment. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she joined Lessiter Publications as an editorial intern in 2014 before joining the staff full-time later that same summer.

Contact: jelftman@lessitermedia.com

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Special Report: After the Ink Dries

A History of Acquisitions and Owner Transitions for Champlain Valley Equipment

Over the past 15 years, Champlain Valley Equipment, a 5-store New Holland, Case IH and Kubota dealership in Vermont, has acquired six other dealerships. In several cases, the selling owner was offered a new position within the dealership. Brian Carpenter, general manager of Champlain Valley, says making the transition from owner to staff member has gone smoothly in each case.
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Special Report: After the Ink Dries

Plan Early, But Have Patience

While Champlain Valley Equipment doesn’t have a script for acquiring another dealership, planning early and addressing challenges as they appear has led to six smooth dealership transitions for the company.
While Champlain Valley Equipment doesn’t have a script for acquiring another dealership, planning early and addressing challenges as they appear has led to six smooth dealership transitions for the company.
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Sponsored Content: Success in Shortline Machinery

Growing and Planning for the Future as a Shortline Machinery Dealer

Over the past 20 years, Inwood, Iowa, machinery dealer Faber’s Farm Equipment has added numerous shortlines to its offering, expanded its facility five times and is now building a second location in Watertown, S.D.
Over the past 20 years, Inwood, Iowa, machinery dealer Faber’s Farm Equipment has added numerous shortlines to its offering, expanded its facility five times and is now building a second location in Watertown, S.D.
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PFD Summit: Developing Privacy Policies to Protect Customer Data

Solid privacy policies can ease tensions between dealers and their customers relating to data management and protect dealers from potential liability cases.
Alongside the benefits of evolving technology and increasingly in-depth data collection, come increased risks that can create tension between dealers and their customers. To allay potential customer concerns, dealers and manufacturers must answer these questions: Who owns the data? Who can access it today and in the future?
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PFD Summit: Recruiting & Retaining Precision Farming Specialists

Knowing what traits to look for and where to find new employees is only the beginning. Keeping employees is a whole other battle.
Finding the next generation of precision farming specialists is a challenge that almost 40% of dealers reported was among their most important issues in the Precision Farming Dealer 2015 Benchmark Study. First, dealers must identify the traits they’re looking for in potential candidates for their fast-paced, rapidly evolving precision farming departments. Then, they face the challenge of actually finding these recruits.
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Sponsored Content: Success in Shortline Machinery

Selling Shortline Machinery to Generate Trade-Ins — A Symbiotic Relationship

Big Equipment in West Havre, Mont., has found the key to selling shortline machinery is being able to take trade-ins and provide personal service and support.
Big Equipment in West Havre, Mont., has found the key to selling shortline machinery is being able to take trade-ins and provide personal service and support.
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