Feature Friday – Ray Banks

Headshots_Bios_2018 (9 of 13)Name:  Ray Banks
Store: Victoria
Title: Sales

Ray Banks is an asset to Shoppa’s with his 30 years of farming, and two years of service experience. Ray’s knowledge of equipment allows him to assist new and current customers in making the right choice that fits their needs and budget.  Ray enjoys meeting new people and works hard to ensure that his customers are happy with their purchase. Out of the office, Ray loves to fish and visit with his kids and grandkids.

Feature Friday – Glenn Vecera

Headshots_Bios_2018 (2 of 13)Name: Glenn Vecera
Store: East Bernard
Title: Store Manager

For 25 years, Glenn Vecera farmed cotton and corn before deciding to make a career change. Now as the Store Manager for the East Bernard location, Glenn oversees all departments. Glenn enjoys saving customers time by delivering parts to different drop-off areas that the East Bernard store covers.  After dropping off parts, Glenn likes to spend time with his wife and two boys going to local sporting events. Glenn is also a member of the Needville ISD School Board and loves to cheer on the Needville Blue Jays.

Feature Friday – John Reitan

1Name: John Reitan
Store: Liberty
Title: Sales Representative

John Reitan has worked under the John Deere name for over 19 years, so when Shoppa’s purchased the Liberty location, we inherited an industry veteran. As a sale representative for the Liberty location, John helps his customers find the right lawn mower, zero turn, tractor and implements for their job or hobby. John did not grow up with a farming and ranching background. He has spent many years learning and operating John Deere equipment so can better assist his customers. When away from the store, John enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, sports with his kids, and a round of golf when he gets a chance.

Feature Friday – Ronnie Namken

Headshots_Bios_2018 (4 of 13)Name: Ronnie Namken
Store: Giddings
Title: Small Ag Sales

Ronnie Namken works in Small Ag Sales for Shoppa’s in our Giddings location. He began working for Jaeger’s Equipment in sales just a few years before the change of ownership. Ronnie enjoys establishing and building relationships with his customers while using his product knowledge to assist them in purchasing equipment that fit their needs. His duties in Giddings also include keeping the equipment inventory up-to-date.  Ronnie’s background in agriculture gives him a perspective that is invaluable when helping current and potential customers. Away from the store, Ronnie raises crossbred cattle and show hogs and enjoys spending time with his family.

Feature Friday – Leonard Leopold

Headshots_Bios_2018 (19 of 8)Name: Leonard Leopold
Store: El Campo
Title: Parts Inventory Manager

Leonard Leopold began working in the John Deere Parts Department in November of 1973. With over 44 years of experience in parts, Leonard is in charge of maintaining the parts inventory for all 8 Shoppa’s locations. His duties include placing all the stock orders, preseason, and special orders. What makes Leonard’s job so challenging, is having the right parts, in stock at all locations to satisfy the variety of customer needs. Leonard takes pride in knowing that when a customer requires a part, they can go to any of the Shoppa’s locations and find what they need. When not managing the parts departments, Leonard likes to spend time with his family and watch a good movie.

Feature Friday – Shawn Meinkowsky

Headshots_Bios_2018 (8 of 13)Name: Shawn Meinkowsky
Store: Shiner
Title: Store Manager

Shawn Meinkowsky has been with our Shiner location since 1994, starting out as a technician while attending college. After graduating from Sam Houston State University, Shawn worked in parts and sales until he was promoted to Store Manager in 2006 by the Jaeger family. Shawn’s knowledge of each department gives him an insight into the business that allows him to serve our customers better.  When not at the store, Shawn enjoys being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and working on his ranch.

Feature Friday – Stephanie Schulz

Stephanie SchulzName: Stephanie Schulz
Store: Office in El Campo
Title: Aftermarket Manager

Stephanie Schulz wears many hats and has multiple responsibilities within Shoppa’s. However, her primary job is Aftermarket Manager. She has held that position with Shoppa’s for the past eight years. Those responsibilities are to work closely with all our parts and service departments to make sure the needs of customers are met. After ten years of working with John Deere, Stephanie enjoys working close to home and allows her to spend more time with her two kids, Shannon and Lane, and husband, Bubba, in activities like FFA, sports, and hunting.  Stephanie also likes to spend time with her family and friends.

Feature Friday – Clyde Sory

ClydeName: Clyde Sory
Store: Beaumont
Title: Store Manager

Clyde is one of the newest members of our Beaumont location. You may recognize Clyde, he has 17 years experience working with Southeast Texas farmers selling Firestone ag tires. Serving as the Store Manager, Clyde takes an active role in working with our customers. He enjoys working with everyone at Shoppas and being able to say he represents John Deere. Clyde also likes to spend time with his wife of 33 years and taking his four grandkids (soon to be five) hunting or fishing.

Feature Friday – Robert Vincent Jr.

Headshots_Bios_2018 (21 of 3)Name:   Robert Vincent Jr.
Store:  Bay City
Title:  Sales Consultant

Robert prides himself on being customer focused and providing the right type of equipment for each need. Robert has been with Shoppas for three years but has extensive knowledge of the agriculture business with more than 25 years of experience. Robert has many hobbies like gardening, hunting, and fishing, but his true joy is spending time watching his grandchildren play sports.

Feature Friday

Wesley CatesName:   Wesley Cates
Store:  Victoria
Title:  Store Manager

Wesley Cates has only been with Shoppas for a few months but has been apart of sales, sales management, and store management for over 15 years. As the store manager of our Victoria location, Wesley’s job is to oversee daily operations, problem resolution, customer relations, as well as create and maintain communication throughout all departments. When he is not at work, Wesley enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters or helping out at his parent’s ranch.