Recognising dedication with One Elders – announcing the winners for March - Elders Rural Services
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Recognising dedication with One Elders – announcing the winners for March

The One Elders Awards program recognises and rewards employees and teams whose performance and safety outcomes, significantly contribute to business results and demonstrate our values-based culture. Each month Elders recognises high achievers in the areas of sales, operations and safety, who have demonstrated our values of integrity, customer focus, accountability, team work and innovation.

Our March winners of the One Elders Awards for demonstrating exceptional performance across sales, operations and safety are Laryn Gogel, Kirstan Fuller and Helen Welsh.

One Elders Sales Performance Award

Laryn Gogel, Livestock Sales Manager at the Elders branch in Keith has been awarded the One Elders Sales Performance Award. Laryn managed the unique sale of a 600-strong herd of celebrated English Longhorns. Known for producing the best beef in the world, the sale of the entire Australian-based herd was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Laryn and his team to be involved in.

Laryn managed the complex process end to end, working with the Elders Brand team to develop suitable marketing opportunities, as well as networking with his extensive staff and client base to identify possible buyers.

Having identified a buyer, the next step of the exciting and complex sale involved the management of compliance requirements, transportation and delivery of the world class heritage breed to Tasmania.

“From what started as a lead to sell a herd of cattle to discovering the daunting prospect of uncertainty of where to market and who to pursue and target, I discovered and reaffirmed many things. As a sales person, never fear the unconventional, develop a plan and strategy, communicate and recognise your strengths. We can achieve sales if we are given the right tools and understand how to use them”, said Laryn. He added that “Elders were able to provide the footprint and tools through marketing and as the tradesmen we crafted and constructed a campaign that allowed me to build a sale which results in success for the Vendor, the Purchaser and Elders”.

One Elders Safety Award

Kirstan Fuller, Property Manager for Elders in the Barmera – Waikerie District won the One Elders Safety Award.

Being involved with the work health and safety (WHS) for the branch in an assisting capacity, it was when the Elders Risk Radar and Agsafe Premises Accreditation needed to be completed, Kirstan stepped up to the mark to add to her very busy Property Manager responsibilities to take on the onerous task of updating all safety equipment, signage and documentation for the branch and yard. Implementing improved fire drill protocols and a visitor register now ensures staff and client safety is of utmost importance. Not stopping there, she also ensured trucks were fitted with first aid and spill kits and the Barmera office is also now equipped with a Defib machine which is available for the whole community.

Kirstan was very surprised to win the Safety Award and said she has really enjoyed organising and researching what needed to be completed and feels a great deal of work satisfaction. “I knew very little about the merchandise side of the business previously but am now confident when discussing how best to maintain stock in our warehouse and maintaining safety standards throughout our operations“, said Kirstan.

Kirstan continues the role of WHS Compliance Officer whilst continuing to service her clients as a Property Manager in the district. She also plans to study a Cert IV in WHS.

One Elders Operational Performance Award

Helen Welsh, Sales Support Officer in Toowoomba won the Operational Performance Award for her work supporting the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) and Life Line charities as part of the Elders Big BBQ event in February of this year.

Helen’s role as Sales Support Officers sees her at the front line of client contact. She has firsthand understanding of the struggles farmers endure under trying and sometimes even devastating conditions, which often have a huge impact to their livelihood and wellbeing. “Seeing and speaking to our clients, their farm being their only livelihood, it was evident they were really struggling financially to pay everyday accounts, let alone the mental anguish you could only imagine they are going through. This was the motivation for me to see what Elders could do to help”, said Helen.

Wanting to make a difference, Helen worked with the Elders Brand team, to host the Toowoomba Big BBQ. Helen managed all aspects of the event including coordinating volunteers, gaining sponsorships through local suppliers and businesses in Toowoomba and the running of event on the day. Her work and the support of the branch and the community lead to the Toowoomba Big BBQ event raising over $26,000, the highest amount raised in the network.

“The Auction Fundraiser was a huge team effort by a lot of willing Elders co-workers”, added Helen.

Helen actively makes a difference in the community, and is a great inspiration to the Elders network.

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