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

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 April winners of the One Elders Awards for demonstrating exceptional performance across sales, operations and safety are Michael Little, Sussan Ogle and Ian White.

One Elders Sales Performance Award

Michael LittleMichael Little, Farm Supplies Sales Manager in Mount Gambier was awarded the One Elders Sales Performance Award for his can-do attitude, attention to detail and reputation for delivering, that lead to the recent win of a large fertiliser tender.

The large local forestry business was willing to pay a higher cost per ton, explaining that they knew the difference would be made up in time not wasted during delivery saying “Mick is the only person who can handle the logistics of the job”.

With the successful dispatch of approximately 3000 ton of bulk, blended, bulk bag and Small Bag products, a further contract was secured to become sole supplier for all their fertiliser, chemical and liquid fertiliser inputs for the next 3 years, an agreement that is worth approximately $7,500,000. A fantastic result.

Responsible for pricing, purchasing, transport and logistics of our fertiliser part of the business, Michael is committed to maintaining relationships with representatives, farmers, contractors and the team at Elders to ensure products are always delivered on time.

One Elders Safety Award

Sussan OgleSussan Ogle, Branch Manager in Wyalkatchem was awarded the One Elders Safety Award for her ongoing commitment and efforts in ensuring safety remains a key priority in the Western Zone. Sussan has not only been an active member of the Safety Action Team for the last 9 years for the Western Zone, including undertaking the roles of secretary, Chairperson and committee member, but she demonstrates her commitment every day with a safety-first mindset.

Recently, Sussan worked with clients to raise awareness of some of the dangers that can occur during the summer months. Growers were provided with a “Summer Safety Awareness” pack for their vehicles during harvest, which contained an Elders hat, cooler bag, notebook, 1st response cards from St Johns, snake bite treatment, sunscreen, water bottle and more.

Conducting safety demonstrations and on occasion going above and beyond her role, to deliver products to clients in the name of safety, Sussan ensures safety is always paramount at the Wyalkatchem branch, in the zone and with the clients she serves.

Sussan commented that “safety doesn’t have a day off”.

One Elders Operational Performance Award

Ian WhiteIan White, Zone Sales Performance Manager, Zone West has won the One Elders Operational Performance Award for his commitment and ongoing support in training, mentoring and assisting staff in their professional development and to build their client portfolios. Ian said “the greatest enjoyment I get from mentoring is seeing people develop into well rounded Elders employees”.

Described as steadfast, reliable, unshakeable, approachable, knowledgeable and wise, in his role as Zone Sales Performance Manager, Ian plays a pivotal role in positively impacting staff in the zone placing emphasis on tailored training and ensuring roles and responsibilities are clear and supported to maximise results.

Recognised for his true professionalism and steady guiding hand, Ian is “the rock every business needs”.