Mike Lessiter

Mike Lessiter

A second-generation ag journalist, Mike Lessiter has been Editor/Publisher of Farm Equipment since 2004. He has covered business-to-business operations, manufacturing and marketing topics since 1992. He has also served in several capacities with the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn., Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers and is a frequent industry speaker. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he was named president of Lessiter Publications Inc. in 2007.

Contact: mlessiter@lessitermedia.com



Dealer Structures: Europe, North America a World Apart

European dealers differ vastly from their counterparts in many ways, particularly in the concentration of dealers and sizes of the farms they serve. This meeting with a European dealer-principal and a manufacturing exec from a large multinational company showed how data challenge debates exist everywhere, and that dealer-manufacturer relations remain critical, and remain more art that science.
On Day 2 of Agritechnica, Erik Hogervorst, owner of Wout Hogervorst V.O.F., a dealership in the Netherlands, and president of CLIMMAR (European dealer association) and Eric Raby, president/GM-Sales of Claas North America gathered in Hall 9. Much of the conversation was a comparing and contrasting of the European vs. North American dealer networks.
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Getting to the 'Red Zone'

But having just returned from last week’s first-ever Dealership Minds Summit in Kansas City, the imagery of the red zone — that spot on the field where opportunities are the greatest — seems appropriate.
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