Two strong dealerships emerged in the 2015 competition and Rural Lifestyle Dealer recognizes two categories of dealerships this year. PrairieCoast Equipment, a John Deere dealership in Alberta and British Columbia, receives the multi-store award and Kelly Tractor & Equipment, a Mahindra and New Holland dealership in Longview, Texas, receives the single-store award.
Both stood apart from the nominees, which included top dealerships from across North America. This is the ninth year that Rural Lifestyle Dealer has recognized top dealers for performance, operational excellence and more. Read about Kelly Tractor here about PrairieCoast here and watch our 22-part video series highlighting both here.
Rural Lifestyle Dealer extends its appreciation to our panel of judges for their expertise in selecting the best of the best. The panel included Dr. W. David Downey, David L. Kahler and Charles R. Glass.
Dr. W. David Downey
Dr. Downey is executive director for the Center for Agricultural Business (CAB), Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. He is responsible for the development of education programs at the CAB, which is regarded as the leading center for agribusiness education in the U.S. A distinguished agricultural marketing professor and proficient author, Dr. Downey also consults extensively throughout North America on a variety of agribusiness issues.
David L. Kahler
Kahler is a retired CEO of Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Assn., Dublin, Ohio. Kahler spent his entire 39-year career assisting equipment dealer principals with their business affairs. He served for 22 years as CEO. He was an active industry participant who earned the respect of both dealers and manufacturers. Kahler retired from full-time employment in 2008, but still works part-time as the associate director for AMG LLC. He is now in his 45th year of serving dealers.
Charles R. Glass
Glass is president of Glass Management Group and chairman emeritus, Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn.’s (FEMA) Dealer Relations Committee, Arlington, Texas.
With more than 4 decades in the ag industry, Glass produces an annual tractor and combine forecast report and provides technical assistance to various investment groups and others. He is a former director of FEMA and a frequent presenter and author of several white papers on the future of farm equipment distribution.
2015 Dealer of the Year Videos
The 22-part 2015 Dealership of the Year video series highlights the success of PrairieCoast Equipment, a John Deere dealership in Alberta and British Columbia, and Kelly Tractor & Equipment, a Mahindra and New Holland dealership in Longview, Texas.
Dealership of the Year Alumni Group – 2007-2015
2015 Dealerships of the Year
PrairieCoast Equipment, Alberta and British Columbia
Kelly Tractor & Equipment, Longview, Texas
2014 Dealership of the Year Armstrong Implements, Swift Current, Sask.
2013 Dealership of the Year A&M Green Power Group (now AgriVision), Pacific Junction, Iowa
2012 Dealership of the Year Mid-State Equipment, Janesville, Wis.
2011 Dealership of the Year S&H Farm Supply, Rogersville, Mo.
2010 Dealership of the Year Kingline Equipment, Cantonment, Fla.
2009 Dealership of the Year Jordan Sales & Service, Post Falls, Idaho
2008 Dealership of the Year Little Tractor & Equipment, Metropolis, Ill.
2007 Dealership of the Year Dave’s Tractor, Red Bluff, Calif.
Make plans to participate in Rural Lifestyle Dealer’s 10th annual Dealership of the Year program in 2016. To nominate a dealer, go to www.RuralLifestyleDealer.com or email Lynn Woolf, managing editor, firstname.lastname@example.org.