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Lack of Titling Opens Door to Business Fraud

Former dealer Lee Prunty paid a high price due to a fraudulent situation that he says could’ve been avoided entirely and could ‘still bite someone else again.’ Matthew Larsgaard, dealer association exec, adds his thoughts on lack of titling in farm machinery business.
“Your story should really be about how the sale of any motorized piece of farm equipment should have to have a title,” Lee Prunty told Farm Equipment in an October 2021 phone interview as Farm Equipment revisited the Walterman Implement mess 10 years after its in-depth coverage of how CNH and Titan Machinery unwound the infamous combine roll, bankruptcy and fraud mess left in Dike, Iowa.
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‘A Casualty’ of the Fed’s Prosecution of Leon Walterman

15 years after the unraveling of Walterman Implement, Farm Equipment interviews former Illinois dealer Lee Prunty who was sentenced as part of the landmark suit.
In late 2021, 10 years after its in-depth coverage of the 2005 unraveling of Walterman Implement’s (WI) infamous combine roll, bankruptcy and fraud mess left in Dike, Iowa, Farm Equipment reached out to dealers close to the WI situation in the early 2000s. More than one indicated they didn’t know whether what Lee Prunty, president/CEO of Walker-Schork International (WSI) initially got caught up in with Leon Walterman and WI was illegal — or ignorant.
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‘Producer-First’ Partners to be Mantra of New Case IH Exec

After 12 years of dealers (partners as Scott Harris calls them) accustomed to the same personality at the top, Harris bring a familiar yet fresh approach as the new leader of Case IH Agriculture’s North American dealer network.
In this year’s series, the third such project Farm Equipment (FE) has done since 2006, Scott Harris is the newest exec we’ve sat down with and mic’d up, having just 8 months on the job. In the 14 years our company has operated FE magazine, Case IH has shown the greatest interest of all the major lines in the relationship with FE editors and the publication’s position in the dealer universe. (That isn’t to say the coverage pleased them, but dialog and the ability to pick up the phone with our staff has been important to Case IH).
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Case IH Announces Jim Walker Retiring

In a March 23 memo to North American Case IH dealers and Case IH employees, Leandro Lecheta and Andreas Klauser announced that Vice President Jim Walker has elected to retire from the company after 11 years. Scott Harris, current Vice President of Case Construction, will transition to Case IH and lead the brand as Vice President in North America.
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A Look at Case IH Network of Tomorrow

Part 6: In the final installment of this Farm Equipment series, Case IH executives share a forward-looking view of their network of tomorrow, and how they can help dealers who wish to consolidate.
In a mature industry like farm machinery, consolidation has become something we need to deal with ... just like death and taxes. It’s very much like Darwinism and survival of the fittest. It’s not popular with some dealers, manufacturers nor farmers, but this business is “adapt or die.”
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Case IH Clears Air on ‘Brand Purity’ in Dealerships

Part 4: While stressing the term ‘brand alignment,’ Case IH dealer network execs open up about a lightning-rod issue — alternative brands in red dealerships — and what they say the spirit of their wording actually means.
Everyone who has ever taken the athletic field or courts has heard a coach bark these famous words ... “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
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Case IH Communications & Dealer-to-OEM Decision Making

Part 3: Case IH explains its new communication initiatives, and how its re-energized Dealer Advisory Board assists in decisions.
When Lessiter Media acquired Farm Equipment magazine in 2004, editors quickly learned something about its equipment dealer audience. That is, dealers could be madder than hell at their mainline OEM; in fierce, outright opposition to the edicts of the Mother Ship. But when in front of the customer, many will defend and be willing to die on the hill for the brand they represent. It’s not color-specific thing, it’s just the way it is in this business.
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