I've had a few requests from members to start a thread about the Combine Pro Demo Team. I have been apart of this Team for the past two years during wheat harvest and this year for corn and beans.
To start off, I'll go into how I got started with the company.
-When I was attending the University of Tennessee at Martin, I was an avid member of the ASABE 1/4 Scale Tractor Team. In which I became Team Captain and President during my Junior and Senior year. We would design and build a 1/4 scale tractor, from scratch, each year and go to Peoria, Illinois for our competition in June. During competition, my sophomore year, I became friends with a gentleman from Iowa State's team. We began to discuss different components of the tractors and what we had planned after we graduate college. I told him that it would fulfill a life long dream of mine if I ever got a chance to work for Case IH (I'll bleed Farmall red till' the day im dead). Little did I know at the time that he was actually on the Pro Demo Team.
The next year rolls around, and I get a call from one of my good friends, former President of the UTM Tractor Team and now a Area Service Rep for NH, early one morning explaining to me that I need to send my resume to the Corporate Harvesting Division of CNHi. ( Side note: After my graduation this past May, CNHi has picked a student for the past 7 years from our tractor team at UT Martin. I was chosen last year and this year.) I get a call from the NAFTA Marketing Manager for the Combine Division explaining to me that he would like to get me onboard within the company and send me out to the Midwestern states to be on a team to demonstrate a brand new 8240 Axial-Flow combine and a 3162 Terra-Flex draper header.
Now to actually talk about what the Pro Demo Team really is!
- The Pro Demo Team is a group of two to three individuals (Product Specialists) that start off in Vernon, Texas at the Custom Harvester's Kickoff Meeting. During our time in Texas and Oklahoma we would mainly follow Pro Harvest around and go out on calls to different custom cutters in the area that were in need of assistance. Then we would travel to Kansas to pick up our demonstration combine and header. Our demo combine would be built and shipped from the factory in Grand Island straight to the selected dealership in Eastern Kansas.
-Starting in Kansas, we would go from dealership to dealership demonstrating the 8240 and 3162 to different farmers in the area that were looking to get into either a larger machine, tired of their older machines, or simply, the most common reason, they were unhappy with their current brand's service in their area. After Kansas we would travel to Colorado and then to Montana. All while living out of a hotel room for three months at a time! The demo combine, for my past two years, has been purchased by a string of dealerships in Montana. So when we finish up in Montana, or reach the 240 engine hour limit, we will head to the Dakota's and start to use dealer inventory units to conduct the demonstrations.
(-Going back to roles of the members. My main role is sometimes the dirtiest and most painstaking. When we are at demo's, I go out into the field and "rooster tail" and check losses behing our unit and the customers unit and determine if there were any changes that needed to be made to reduce loss. At the end of the day I would take all of my needed data and put it into an excel spreadsheet and send it to corporate. I would also give the customers a "walk around" of the machine explaining the Axial-Flow rotor, spreading system, and other key points of the unit. The other member of the team would actually be the one to get up in the cab and show the customer the ropes on what button does what and other necessary functions. )
-After wheat is all finished up we will go home for a week or two during August to see our families and the most important thing of all, TO SLEEP IN OUR OWN BEDS FINALLY!!
-During harvest last year I did not go back out for corn and beans because of college, so this year will be my first for fall harvest.
-During the end of August, first of September we will travel to West Tennessee to begin the process over again. Using dealer inventory units we would go out to customers to demo. After Tennessee we will travel to Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin to follow the corn and bean harvest.
I will upload some pictures on this thread as well along the journey!