Employee Spotlight – Tim Seipp
Tim Seipp, Ag Territory Manager – Estevan, 10 Years
Tim has been working in sales since 1988 and he says sales can drive you nuts if you don’t enjoy the people, going out and meeting them, helping to provide a solution to their farming operation or their situation. He says helping them find a solution is the most rewarding part of the job. One of the challenges of working in sales can be picking up the phone and talking to people, or getting out into the field and talking to them in person. If you can’t handle being told NO you’re in the wrong role. He adds, “Over the years I’ve learned you have to be empathetic. You have to provide the right solution for them and put them in the best place possible, not risking their business to make a sale.”
Tim started out as a customer of Boundary Motors for farm equipment long before it became Redhead Equipment. When he thought he’d slow down and move on from the insurance business to focus on farming, Mike Marr, Ag Sales Manager in Estevan, asked him if he was interested in working at the branch. In 2009, he started working in the Parts department, and then moved into a Truck & Trailer sales position in 2011. When truck sales slowed, he spent harvest out at Redland Farms operating a combine. After the season he returned to the Estevan branch in the Sales Coordinator/Business Manager role and did that until the end of June 2015. Since then he’s been an Agriculture Territory Manager.
We asked Tim what he thinks of our tagline ‘Whatever It Takes’ and he said: “It’s bang on. We need to do whatever it takes to help the customer, whether it’s picking up parts and driving them out to the field, or having them ready on hand to work on equipment coming in, all our staff ensures we accommodate the customer.”
When asked why he thinks Redhead Equipment has been around for so long, he says it’s because of Gary Redhead and his vision: “He’s dedicated and committed to achieving that vision and is prepared to do whatever it takes to see it through. He’s got a good team at the senior management level that sees his same vision and has brought us to where the company is today.”
What does Redhead Equipment mean to you?
Well I’m a Case (IH) guy, and always have been. Redhead is committed to agriculture and our service guys too – we’re all on the same page. I like coming to work every day and enjoy my coworkers and I get to spend the day talking. If it’s a really good day, I listen more than I talk.
What advice do you have for someone starting their career with Redhead Equipment?
Take advantage of the opportunities you are given. Lots of training and different positions open up over time and Redhead Equipment likes to promote people from within and that’s something to be admired. Chase the opportunities and advance through the company.
Can you tell us something we don’t know about you?
“It takes me hours to do this hair.” Ha Ha
I spent 20 years coaching in minor sports between Hockey and Football and try to stay involved as sort of a mentor for the kids and coaches.