Valent Hires Five New Sales Representatives, Realigns Territories

Emphasis on customer service keeps pace with company’s continued growth

July 26, 2013

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced the addition of five sales representatives to the company and its entrance into two new territories to accommodate market demand.

Devonne Blankenship has joined the sales team as a representative for southwestern Iowa, a newly created territory for Valent. This geography was added to allow the sales force to increase the level of customer service Valent offers to its retail partners across the Iowa and Missouri markets. Blankenship holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies from Iowa State University as well as industry experience she received while interning with Crop Production Services that will complement her territory.

Jason Dahl has been named the sales representative for Montana, another new territory for Valent created to support the company’s increased market share in the seed protection and agriculture chemical business in this area. He spent more than 18 years at Busch Agricultural Resources Inc., where he served as the company’s barley seed field agronomist. Dahl earned a bachelor’s degree in business technology from Montana State University-Northern and an MBA from the University of Montana. 

Erick Garcia has joined Valent as a national sales representative and will be based in the company’s Walnut Creek headquarters. Garcia, who recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and consumer economics, will provide field sales support to all regions through participation in retail sales calls, field trial demonstrations, data collection, market analysis, assistance with Valent U.S.A. field days, and regional trade shows.

Brad Gunnink has been named sales representative covering northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. He most recently served as district sales manager for Monsanto in the southeastern Wisconsin region and has over 16 years of industry experience. Gunnink earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Deborah Reiman has joined Valent as the sales representative for southwestern Indiana. Reiman, who graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in animal agribusiness, began her career in agriculture with an internship as a field research supervisor with Dow AgroSciences. After accepting a sales position with Dow upon graduation, Deborah spent the last year overseeing accounts with South Central Farm Services and Helena Chemical Company. 

“These new hires speak to the recent growth Valent has experienced as a company and our effort to strategically position ourselves best to suit the needs of the customer,” said Matt Plitt, vice president of sales for Valent.

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, seed protection and professional use. It differentiates itself from its competitors as a leader in marketing and sales of both biorational and traditional chemical products.

For more information about Valent or our full product line, please call 800-6-VALENT (682-5386) or visit www.valent.com.