Daniel Rauchholz initially began his Great Plains career in August of 1998. His international upbringing, his command of several languages and subsequent studies in Germany lead to Daniel getting hired as the first International Salesperson for Great Plains.
In 2002 Daniel became Export Manager and began implementing a “think global, act local” strategy. Products were designed to meet and exceed local farming requirements within different geographical regions while keeping an eye on the need for the farmers to still produce at a sustainable, globally competitive level.
In 2006 Great Plains won the prestigious “Kansas Governors Exporter of the Year Award” for its innovative and progressive approach to targeting farmers in different markets around the world. The year prior, Daniel had begun hiring staff within different countries to support local and regional dealers and farmers.
The international success continued and with it, the dedication to supporting dealers and their farmer customers. Wholly owned subsidiaries complete with company owned parts inventory, sales and service support staff were required. The wholly owned subsidiaries Great Plains East Europe in Bulgaria, Great Plains Agro in Russia and Great Plains Ukraine were the result of this. Subsequent sales and support staff in Denmark, Germany, France, Romania, and China were added to provide closer, local support.
In 2010 the acquisition of UK based Simba International complemented the international activities. This resulted in the creation of the Great Plains International Division and Daniel served as the President of this Division until stepping down in December 2016.
Around 2013, the Great Plains Agricultural Division Customer Service Department was reorganized with Daryl Cress, the Great Plains Ag Division Service Manager again directly reporting to Daniel. During this time Daniel assisted Daryl and the VP of Sales North America with the implementation of the vision to provide more hands-on training to the Customer Service Representatives with the objective of creating improved, practical training materials for dealers and farmers. Expanded, detailed training manuals as well as hands-on video training with dealer certifications were the result of this increased focus on Customer Service.
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