Young Alum of the Month: Ryan Jardon

Ryan Jardon
Title and Company: 
Product Specialist – John Deere, Seeding Group in Moline, IL
Randolph, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
B.S., Agricultural Systems Technology (AST), December 2010
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

I am responsible for being the voice of the customer for our air seeding product line- specifically the air cart.  As future products are under development, I work with engineering and the other functional areas within John Deere to ensure that the air seeding products meet the needs of our customers.  As the products get closer to launch, I ensure that our dealers have the proper sales tools and information they need to sell the new air seeding products and providing training to them.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I have always had a passion for farm machinery, and now work with it every day with people who share similar passions.  This job has a new challenge every day, and it’s fun to solve those.  I enjoy being a product specialist, knowing the ins and outs of a product and being the go to person on that product within the company.  I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world performing dealer training.

What advice would you give to current students: 

--Get involved around campus, especially in leadership activities.  Getting involved in different clubs and organizations is a great way to meet people.  The experience gained in a leadership role in one of those organizations is invaluable when it comes to seeking both summer internships and full time jobs.  Even now that I’ve been out of school for 4 years, I still find myself running into people I met or worked with in school.
--One of the opportunities I never took while in school was to study abroad and have wished I’d have gone on a study abroad trip ever since.  Luckily for me, I’ve traveled abroad several times with John Deere and had a great experience each time.  Any time spent abroad is an eye opening experience, both personally and professionally.
--Take the time and opportunity to explore the world through internships, coops, and shadowing experiences.  There are countless jobs and opportunities out there.  Take the time to explore a few while you’re in school by shadowing people who do that for a living.  You’d be surprised at how open and willing most of us are to shadowing.  You may discover something new you want to do or direction you want to take!
--Enjoy your college experience!!

Favorite ISU class?
--It’s hard to pick just one!  I would say my top three would be TSM 322 – Preservation of Grain Quality, TSM 335 Tractor Power, TSM 363 Electricity for Ag & Industry and then Econ 336 Ag Selling.