Apply Now for Retailer of the Year

By Brian Reuwee posted 05-03-2017 09:38

ARA Retailer of the Year 2016: Gar Tootelian

Wanted: Innovative, tech-savvy, environmentally conscious, community-minded ag retailer with outstanding employees and solid track-record. Must be able to build and maintain customer, industry and community relationships. Successful applicant will be recognized as the Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year for 2017.

“Ag retailers make significant contributions to feeding the world and responsible stewardship of our natural resources,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “The organizations ARA has recognized with this award are representative of the commitment we share to farmers, the rural economy and the broader agricultural community."

The award, presented by Monsanto and AgPro Magazine, recognizes the best in ag retail annually. Retailer of the Year is a symbol of quality and an emblem of prestige. Past winners include Gar Tootelian, The Andersons, NEW Cooperative, Morral Companies, South Dakota Wheat Growers and the Lyman/Tremont Group.

“We were truly honored by the award,” said Lee Sundermeyer, Sales Manager for Morral Companies, which was recognized in 2013.

Retailers are judged based on seven criteria including effective employee relations, environmental stewardship and sustainability, reliability, community and industry leadership, civic involvement, technology utilization and business innovation.

The process has changed slightly for 2017. The application has been streamlined and retailers may apply directly for the award. 

The winner will be recognized at the ARA Conference & Expo, November 28-30 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The submission deadline is June 30.

The winning retailer will receive: two round-trip airline tickets to the ARA Conference & Expo, two-night accommodations at the Arizona Biltmore; dinner with Monsanto representatives and ARA officers, two-page article in AgPro magazine spotlighting the winning retail facility; special award presentation at the ARA Conference & Expo, cut lead crystal award suitable for display; and a round-trip flight to St. Louis for a tour of Monsanto's biotech research facility and a meeting with senior executives.

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