Gary “Butch” Hammond named 2011 Operator of the Year
Judging criteria for Operator of the Year included exceptional service, professionalism, personal character and community enrichment. A panel of judges narrowed the entries to four finalists. Hammond and three other finalists traveled as guests of AGCO to the ARA Conference and Exposition to be recognized for their accomplishments.
Mark Sharitz, AGCO Application Equipment director of marketing, had this to say, “We admire Butch’s many years of being a positive role model for his family, his community and his colleagues. We are grateful for his service and commitment to the application business and for the chance to celebrate Butch as our 2011 Operator of the Year. We have the unique opportunity to meet some remarkable individuals through the Operator of the Year program, and the finalists this year are no exception. It’s an honor to recognize these outstanding individuals and to personally thank them for their important contributions on and off the field.”
In addition to Hammond, the other finalists for 2011 Operator of the Year are:
- Ken Nystedt, Hudye Soil Services Inc., Norquay, Saskatchewan
- Lonnie Reckmann, Hamel Seed & Farm Supply Inc., Worden, Ill.
- Michael Spade, Harveyville Seed Co., Harveyville, Kan.
While they did not take home the title of Operator of the Year or the Harley, each of the well deserving finalists were recognized during the award presentation and took home a new iPad. All nominees, in addition to the finalists, received a certificate recognizing their nomination for this prestigious award.