Jeff Ochampaugh - President
Jeff was raised on a diversified farming operation in Northwest Kansas, not far from the present day location of Agrilead. He began his career in the crop protection industry upon graduation from Kansas State University in 1987 and has remained passionate about agriculture throughout his life. Jeff’s role at Agrilead is to focus upon Innovation, Intellectual Property, Strategic Business Development, and Corporate Vision.
Tony Bay - Sr. Production Specialist
Tony is a native son of the Russell area and came to work for Agrilead in 2012. He has played a key role in the formation of the Agrilead products portfolio and executes the production orders to make sure products are made correctly and on time. Tony’s primary focus throughout the day includes product assembly, staging, and operational support where needed. Many customers have noticed and appreciate the extra effort Tony delivers when preparing a product for shipment.
Sandy Ochampaugh - Corporate Administration Manager
Sandy is a city girl moved to the country and loves her rural Kansas lifestyle. Sandy came to work for Agrilead full-time a few years after the company was formed in 2005. She manages human resources and insurance along with accounting and other corporate administrative functions. Sandy is Jeff’s wife and so they work together at Agrilead and enjoy time together away from work as well.
Joan Pool - Business Administration Manager
Joan came to work for Agrilead in 2009, bringing with her 9 years of experience working for a regional seed company. Joan keeps Agrilead business on track by managing purchasing, shipping/logistics, inventory, and customer service. Joan is the person to call when assistance is needed with an order or troubleshooting a logistical issue or forecasting an urgent deadline or need.
Lois DeWald - Lab Technician
Lois came to Agrilead in January 2018 to assist Jeff with product innovation and laboratory services offered to Agrilead customers. Lois’s strengths for organizing and managing details make her a great asset in the lab. With Lois on board, Agrilead is able to do more collaborative work with customers in helping them test and discover the right seed care solutions for their particular seed care application. In addition to lab services, Lois also plays a key role in quality control and tracking sample requests.
Andrew Ochampaugh - Director of Operations & Technical Service
Andrew began his career at Agrilead working part-time in the warehouse after school and has worked his way to the director of operations and is the go-to-contact for customers when they need assistance for their Novo Seed Care System or any of the Agrilead products. Andrew has learned the seed care business from the ground-up and knows the real-world challenges of treating seed and how to resolve and fix problems. He is actively involved within the industry as well as locally in the Russell community.
Andy Peterson - Operations Specialist
Andy began his work at Agrilead part-time during the winter months helping package Agrilead dry seed finisher products. During the summer of 2019, Andy came on board full time as Operations Specialist to support Agrilead production and warehousing functions along with repair and maintenance of the operation. Andy is the Agrilead "utility" player on our team, capable and always willing to jump in and go where needed to help get the job done. Andy is a young family man with his wife and two daughters eager to capture his attention when away from work at Agrilead!
Daniel Staab - Operation Specialist
A native son of Russell, Daniel graduated from K-State in 2019 with a BS Degree in Hospitality Management along with a Minor in Business, and then began his career in Kansas City. When COVID disrupted Daniels work in the spring of 2020, Agrilead got the chance to encourage Daniel back to Russell for some temporary seasonal work. Daniel quickly began delivering value to Agrilead with his committed work efforts and accepted a permanent position on the Operations team later the summer of 2020. Agrilead and our local community is excited to have Daniel back in Russell, Kansas!
Wendi Pool - Business Support Specialist
Wendi joined the Agrilead team in the fall of 2020 to support business growth and bring needed talents to the Agrilead business office. In addition to supporting business administration, Wendi contributes with many business support skills including IT management along with computer tech support for the growing Agrilead team. Wendi is a native of Lucas, KS where she graduated high school in 2010 before attending Ft. Hays State and then the Art Institute of San Antonio. Agrilead is pleased to have recruited another native back to our community and so is her family; Wendi works closely with her mother every day, Joan Pool, the Agrilead Business Administration Manager since 2009.
Gage Nichols - Manager of Research & Development
It was a great day for Agrilead when COVID disrupted Gage’s Master Degree studies in Grain Science at K-State the spring of 2020. To fill his time before campus reopened, Gage worked an apprenticeship with the Tech Services team at Agrilead which led to him accepting the position of Research & Development Manager upon his graduation in November 2020. As Manager of R&D, Gage is charged with the discovery and innovation of new technologies for bringing value to Agriculture along with delivery of Technical Service for Agrilead customers and industry partners. Another win for Agrilead and our community, Gage is a native son of Russell where he graduated from high school in 2014.
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