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Have you ever walked into a business and been ignored by clerks who wouldn’t break up a personal conversation long enough to answer one of your questions? That can be pretty frustrating.

On the other hand when you find someone who puts a full 100 per cent effort into their job, dealing with them is really a pleasant experience. Those people really “own” their niche in the working world. By that I mean they take responsibility for whatever their duties are and take pride in their efforts. Those employees really deserve special recognition.

AGCO’s Operator of the Year award is a program aimed at doing exactly that. It helps give those in the custom application business who excel at their profession a well-deserved reward for going that extra mile. 

Several months ago, the company began asking custom application business owners and managers in Canada to nominate one of their operators who takes pride in his or her job and shows it by providing outstanding service to customers.

Two weeks ago Brett Bohachewski of Aylsham Agro in Aylsham, Saskatchewan, won this year’s award. Along with getting to own the title of Operator of the Year for 2010, he won the keys to a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Aylsham’s manager, Tom Barrie, submitted Brett’s name.

“He goes to great lengths to accommodate client requests, including making special trips out to farms to help producers troubleshoot or get acclimated to new equipment,” Barrie said. “We’ve seen Brett arrive to work at 6:30 a.m. with producers lined up waiting to ask him questions.” That suggests Brett is likely a key element in Aylsham’s overall success. Aside from that he gets to take pride in a job well done.

Congratulations Brett. Keep up the good work.

And congratulations to the runners up, Patrick Potter at Dow Fertilizer in Onoway, Alberta, and Mike Rempel from Domain Co-op in Domain, Manitoba. Like they say at the Oscars, being nominated is an award in itself! Obviously, these are two deserving fellows who also take pride in their profession.

And finally, hats off to AGCO for creating the award program.

Scott

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Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.

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