“I Enjoy Looking in My Pantry and Seeing My Customers”
With interests in problem solving and manufacturing efficiency, Brent uses these to apply solutions to customer applications, utilizing Lakeland’s components and services. “I enjoy looking in my pantry and seeing my customers,” said Brent. “I grew up in Moorhead and moved back in 2012 after five years in Minnetonka, MN. This job has taught me how much industry is in the Fargo/Moorhead area in particular and my territory as a whole. The web of customers to get food to our pantries is amazing. Lakeland has customers that make the food, make the packaging equipment, till the land, treat the seed, store the grain, and many other strands of this web.”
In addition to providing top of the line customer service, Brent will also be the first person to talk hunting and hockey on the side! Brent played hockey in high school and college so when he moved to Minnetonka, coaching hockey was a natural fit. “I spent 5 years coaching the Squirt A team in Minnetonka and loved that experience,” exclaimed Brent. “When I moved back to Moorhead, I began coaching my oldest and have for the last 3 years and my youngest during his first season,” said Brent. He also spends the summer coaching baseball for both boys.
The Go-To Connection for Any Application
Brent strives to ensure that each customer receives the best solutions and services for their unique needs. He shared a story that stood out to him regarding a customer in the beet industry. “Beet pilers operate fast and furious during harvest time in the Red River Valley,” explained Brent. “Beet trucks dump their beets into the machine. They have a long conveyor boom swinging back and forth while moving backward on a long cement slab. To adjust how far the boom can swing each direction, operators had to crawl under the machine in mud, water and beet juice to adjust a limit switch. I found an arc sensor to measure the angle of swing digitally. I then supplied the customer with a controller that would display the current value, the set point and had a relay out to stop the swing. This controller was easy to adjust from on top of the machine. We worked with a local integrator to get the panel completed and installed the first prototypes with one of the Ag Operations Managers at the customer site.” Working toward a solution and connecting the dots between customers, suppliers and integrators is a regular occurrence for Brent.
Family Time, Cooking and Hunting
Before deciding to go into the engineering field, Brent aspired to attend culinary school. “I chose engineering school because owning a restaurant would take me away from family life,” explained Brent when discussing his personal hobbies and interests. “I decided that I would cook good food for my family. I love to cook! I do all of the grocery shopping and cooking in our house.”