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.

Feature Friday – Donnie Strieder

Headshot of Donnie Strieder, small ag salesman for Shoppas John Deere.

Name: Donnie Strieder
Store: East Bernard
Title: Small Ag Sales Representative
Donnie Strieder has been the small ag salesman with Shoppas for six years. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University (he would throw a whoop in right here). Before coming to work for Shoppas, Donnie worked in equipment sales for over 30 years with Washington County Tractor, Virnau Tractor, and Sealy Tractor. Donnie says he enjoys his job because he gets to interact with customers. Part of that responsibility is knowing that they can call him at any time. In his spare time, Donnie also farms hay, raises cattle, and horses, in Sealy.

New Year’s resolutions – Farm Edition

At the beginning of the year, thousands of people place a list of resolutions on the fridge and think this is going to be the year. The year of getting fit, eating healthy, try something new, traveling, or maybe just being nice to others or getting organized. Have you ever thought of having a New Year’s resolution for your John Deere equipment? We have a list of resolutions that can easily be applied to your farm, ranch or lawn care equipment.

  • Maintenance – Bring your equipment for its yearly maintenance. This could include an oil change, hydraulic hoses checked or replaced, etc. This is just an easy way to reduce the time spent trying to fix something during your busy season.

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  • Inspections – while your equipment is in the shop, go ahead and have it inspected. Shoppa’s technicians may find an issue that could save you headaches in the future.
  • Stock up on oil, filters, and net wrap – Now is a great time to stock up on all your supplies such as oil, filters and net wrap. Not sure if you want to stock up? Well then check out our filter sale during the month of January.r4d087288_rrd
  •  Store your service manager’s number into your phone – I know this may sound like a weird resolution, but having your local service manager’s number stored into your phone could save you valuable time when you are broke down in a field.
  • Winterize your lawn mower – What a better way to get your lawn mower ready for the mowing season than to put all new blades, belts and getting an oil & filter change during the winter months? Getting this done as a New Year’s resolution will save you time and possible money later.

New Year’s resolutions offer a lot of benefits to a person whether it is health, finances, or just trying to be productive. All our New Year’s resolutions can help reduce potential stress, it’s always cheaper to buy in bulk and have everything maintained, and it will allow you to increase productivity. So, make sure you stop by your local Shoppa’s dealer to start your New Year’s resolution off right.