Employee Spotlight: Heath Branson
With the 2018 harvest underway, we thought it would be a good time to gather some insights from one of our hardworking employees who spends day in and day out working to keep farmers in the field. Our employee spotlight this month features Heath Branson, service manager and interim location manager of our Grady location here at Greenway Equipment.
Heath is an outdoorsman we can all relate to. He enjoys hunting and fishing. More specifically, deer and turkey hunting. “I stick to rifle hunting rather than bow hunting,” Branson said. “It’s easier to fill my freezer with a rifle.” No arguments there.
According to Heath, this year's harvest has been tougher than most.
“The weather has been a major factor, and mud is not good for the equipment,” he said. “However, we are pretty much done with corn, and now we are focusing our efforts on soybeans and cotton.”
Heath has been a Service Manager since 2014. This year, he has taken on the additional responsibilities of Interim Location Manager. Not empty-handed of course; Heath brings with him a wealth of in-depth knowledge about John Deere systems, resulting from his 22 years as a John Deere technician.
This knowledge is essential to helping producers pinpoint problems with their machines, often over the phone. Furthermore, Heath is well-equipped to give guidance to younger technicians who have to tackle complicated diagnostic issues.
One trend that Heath is noticing throughout the equipment industry is the rapidly-improving technology.
“We definitely need to focus on showing farmers how they can maximize the benefit of their machines,” he said.
In the service department, he notes that “technicians will definitely need to read up on their electrical theory” in order to be efficient in their repairs. “With every new technology comes new problems,” he said.
Greenway employees, especially in the service department, have the training and preparation to deal with these types of electrical systems.
For the young person thinking about a career in equipment, Heath offers some wisdom:
“You need to understand what you’re getting into. It’s a great career, but if you don’t love it, it will eat you up.”
As most people already know, agriculture is a challenging, yet rewarding career. As for Mr. Branson, the rewards far outweigh the challenges. Heath’s work as a technician has given him a platform to not only help himself and his family, but it has also allowed him to play a small part in feeding the country.