Although the agriculture industry and our products/services may change over the years, one consistent factor remains; our employees are one of the most important ingredients in our recipe for success. Through our Employee Spotlight Blog Series, learn about the people who make up the Stutsman team. Doug Yoder, IT Administrator since 2006, keeps everyone’s technology rocking and rolling!
“Doug is very knowledgeable, hardworking, and easy to get along with. He communicates well with co-workers that have varying levels of technology experience. Doug has also taken the lead with our ERP software, AgVantage, and puts in a considerable amount of time outside of normal business hours. As a former farmer, his background knowledge in agriculture makes him a strong asset to the company.” – Craig Collins, Chief Information Officer (Congrats to Craig on his September 2019 retirement!)
What are your responsibilities?
Keep everyone running, whether it’s computer, network, phone, or printer related. If it plugs in, I’ll get a call about it at some point!
What is your background?
I grew up in the Kalona area and went to college in central Kansas for an agricultural degree. After farming for 20 years, I had a farm injury. I then went to Kirkwood for my networking certificates, and took Microsoft classes in a variety of subjects. I worked in the support department for an insurance automation provider for 7 ½ years before coming here. Through the years I have continued my computer education taking classes as needed.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Anything outdoors; bicycling, gardening, and working around the house my wife and I recently built. I also enjoy helping my son and his family.
What do you consider to be the most rewarding part of your job?
Solving a problem that was keeping someone from doing their job.
What is something random most people don’t know about you?
In the 1970s, I lived in Brazil for 2 ½ years working with Mennonite Central Committee. I served as an ag tech for a rural co-op in a small town in Northeast Brazil. We introduced farming techniques such as planting on the contour, small farm tools like a single row mule drawn planter, and worked with crop inputs and crop diversification. In the dry season, I helped dig wells, worked with my wife in her school, and showed health films.
If you had to eat the same food for the rest of your life what would it be?
My mom’s potato salad.
If you were stuck on an island what 3 items would you bring?
My wife Carol, a form of transportation to get off the island, and a way to make clean drinking water.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
You Never Know What Life Has in Store
What’s on your bucket list?
Take a honeymoon with my wife (maybe England), visit my daughter in Oregon as often as possible, and travel to upper New England.
What has been the biggest change in the industry during your tenure here?
When I started here, we had very few cell phones in the company. Today, a cell phone is almost a requirement to do your job! Customers expect to be able to contact us at all hours of the day, whether it be by phone, text or email. Everything happens so much faster. Technology has sped up communication and the speed at which things are completed, such as order placement and fulfillment. The amount of data that must be managed is staggering at times. Technology is incredible and changing every day!
If you had to be a product you work with, what would it be and why?
A security camera; I’d get to look outside and see everything going on.
What is your favorite thing about the ag industry?
How large the industry is! When I used to farm, I had the traditional corn, soybeans, hogs, and cattle. I’m more of an urban farmer now; we have bees and a nice-sized garden. We also plan to raise chickens. Agriculture is so diverse and done in places and in ways I never would have considered when I was a traditional farmer.
What Stutsman Core Value means the most to you? Why?
Exceed Expectations. I do my best to go above and beyond when helping others.