This month we are pleased to present Tom Graves for our Spotlight Feature. Tom is a well-rounded and highly knowledgeable ag professional, we are extremely thankful to have Tom as a part of our team. We enjoy Tom's dedication, knowledge, professionalism, and wit! Please enjoy reading more about Tom in this month's Contractor Spotlight.
How did you get involved with DCI?
I poled some of my manufacturer representatives before I retired about potential part-time gigs with their respective manufacturers. None had any seasonal or part-time positions, however, two of those manufacturers mentioned DCI so I started a dialog with Direct Contact that lasted until my official retirement came. I joined the team at DCI and am enjoying the experience and the flexibility it allows me.
Tell us about your background:
I worked in the Agricultural and Specialty Turf fields as a salesman for 35 years. My experiences included: Ag chemical manufacturer representative with Ciba Giegy, distribution sales representative for Laverty Sprayers, Terra, ProSource One, Agriliance, and Winfield. These experiences allowed me to step into my various roles at DCI without significant retraining.
What is the best thing about being a DCI Contractor?
Flexibility is the aspect that fits my situation. I like to travel and my wife and I are able to take the time we need and I can still be rewarded for my time when not on vacation. We also enjoy our grandchildren and the flexible hours with DCI allow us many fun times with them!
Tell us about your home and family.
I have been married for 47 years. I have two married sons, with two children each.
What was your first job?
I was born and raised on a farm so feeding chickens, milking cows, and general chores. My first paying job was driving a hay truck in the field at 12 years old.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Hunting and keeping all the 'Honey Do's' completed
What do you do the first hour of the morning?
The first hour of the morning I have breakfast, watch CNBC, and read the newspaper.
What is your greatest achievement?
Never having been unemployed
What are you ordering for your favorite meal?
Ocean fish (any kind)
What are your favorite sports teams?
What is the happiest memory of your life?
The happiest memories of my life are of times spent playing with my grandchildren.
What historical figure do you admire most?
General George S. Patton
Where in the world are you dying to visit?
I went last year - Australia!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Lead, follow, or get the H... out of the way!