Employees are one of the most important ingredients in our recipe for success. Through our Employee Spotlight Blog Series, we like to highlight the people who serve our customers! Randy Windus has been a vital team member since 1991. A cowboy at heart, he can be found fixing anything and everything at Stutsmans. Randy always offers a positive attitude and friendly smile!
We strive to instill the Stutsman core values in everything we do and of course, our employees are a major part of this. “Randy’s day starts early and can go in many different directions; repairing pumps, pallet jacks, forklifts, sweepers, trucks, trailers, breakdowns and anything on the property. You notice by Randy’s actions that he is always thinking on ways to improve and save for our company, and remembering his customers first. He takes the lead in quickly turning a negative situation into a positive one. If you see Randy, give a wave and ask how his day started. It will always be different and that’s what keeps Randy young and enthused about our company.” – Ellis Smith, Maintenance Supervisor.
What are your responsibilities?
Buying tires and parts, as well as keeping trucks and semis moving so they can deliver product and reach our customers near and far away. Also, I assist with break-downs on the roads.
What is your background?
After highschool I went into the military. During this time, I was a small arms specialist, hand-to-hand specialist, wheel vehicle mechanic, and field medic.
Next, I farmed and raised cattle and hogs with my uncle in the West Liberty area. I also trained a few horses for working cattle with my dad in Ainsworth.
Here at Stutsmans I’ve done several jobs, including building, spraying, spreading dry fertilizer, pouring cement, and working on trucks and trailers.
What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?
I’m a former 4-H leader and like to teach kids and help them learn. I was also active in the Cattleman’s Association, Pork Producers, and Jaycees. Now, I spend time helping the elderly and the community of Atalissa. Carpentry work is also a hobby!
What do you consider to be the most rewarding part of your job?
I like working with younger people, especially showing them you sometimes have to think past the computer. Getting the job done and helping people who come into the shop is great also!
What is something random most people don’t know about you?
How much of an old cowboy I really am! Also, from a young age I’ve always had the willingness to protect those who can’t protect themselves.
If you had to eat the same food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Beef (mainly steaks). 7 days without beef makes one weak!
If you were stuck on an island, what 3 items would you bring?
My carpentry tools to build a house and boat, along with my family and lucky western hat!
What would be the title of your autobiography?
An Old Misplaced Cowboy
What’s on your bucket list?
Spend more time out West and see the Redwoods!
What is your favorite thing about the agriculture industry?
The people! They still come together to get the job done and feed the world!
What Stutsman Core Value do you resonate with the most?