Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt is an Associate Editor of Rural Lifestyle Dealer. She is also the Managing Editor of Farm Equipment and the host of Ag Equipment Intelligence’s On The Record. An award-winning writer, she worked 7 years in business-to-business trade media before joining Farm Equipment in 2012. She is a journalism graduate of Marquette University. Contact: kschmidt@lesspub.com

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Dealership of the Year 2017 — Multi-Store Recipient

Ewald Kubota — Seguin, Texas

Multi-store Texas dealership focuses on keeping a personal touch with customers and employees as it grows.
Next year, Ewald Kubota will celebrate 70 years in business. And while the dealership has experienced a number of changes and challenges in that time — manufacturer changes, the recession of the 1980s and now growth and expansion — owner John Ewald still manages and approaches the dealership like the family business it is. The dealership began as a single location Ford dealership in Seguin, Texas, and today is a 7-store Kubota dealership with locations throughout south-central Texas and one rental location.
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Season-to-Season

Power Centers of Madison: Gearing Up for Winter

Following a wet summer, Power Centers of Madison was still supporting mower customers as the team prepared for winter sales.
As fall rolled around in southern Wisconsin, the grass was still growing following a wet summer. Power Centers of Madison still had selling and servicing mowers top of mind, but the process of getting snow removal equipment into the showroom and displayed outside was also well underway.
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Season-to-Season: Power Centers of Madison

Duane Nolden and Ed Prochaska, owners of Power Centers of Madison, had been working together at another rural lifestyle dealership in the Madison, Wis., area for 15 years before they went into business on their own. At that dealership, Nolden was the general manager while Prochaska managed the shop. “We were pretty much running the business. The owner of the dealership was trying to sell it at the time, but things didn’t come together the way we wanted to buy the place,” Nolden says.


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Gravely Partners with Yamaha on Launch of First-Ever Yamaha V-Twin EFI Engines for OPE Industry

Gravely and Yamaha have partnered to offer the first-ever Yamaha V-Twin EFI engine for the OPE industry. The engines can be ordered now and will be available in Spring.
Gravely and Yamaha have partnered to offer the first-ever Yamaha V-Twin EFI engine for the OPE industry. The engines can be ordered now and will be available in Spring.
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[Webinar] Digging Up Accurate Used Values

There is no silver bullet when it comes to sourcing accurate used equipment values. During this webinar, Trent Hummel, a core trainer for the Western Equipment Dealers Assn. Dealer Institute, discusses how to review multiple sources and data fields in order to most accurately value used equipment. This FREE webinar is brought to you by the WEDA Dealer Institute. [To view any of our webinar replays, you must be logged in with a free user account.]
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Season-to-Season

Season-to-Season Part 1 of 3: Matching Customers with the Right Product All Year Long

Power Centers of Madison shares best practices for working through the seasonality of the outdoor power equipment market in the ‘Season-to-Season’ series.
Duane Nolden and Ed Prochaska, owners of Power Centers of Madison, had been working together at another rural lifestyle dealership in the Madison, Wis., area for 15 years before they went into business on their own.
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