December 3, 2020

Drake Frideres: Seed & Agronomy Sales Intern

Drake Frideres

(L-R) MaxYield Client, MaxYield Intern Drake Frideres

Though he is a native of Onalaska, Wisconsin, the grapevine was how Drake Frideres, 21, heard about MaxYield Cooperative and its internship opportunities. He knew that his uncles, who farm near the Algona area, are clients with MaxYield and later heard from his cousin about the internships they offer. Lucky for Drake, what he had heard about MaxYield internships was true, and he worked to apply and secure a Seed and Agronomy Sales internship.

Q: What have been some of your responsibilities and experiences within your internship?

A: I have enjoyed checking fields, tissue sampling, and building relationships with growers. Other responsibilities have been to sell Winfield United’s R7 Tool, and also checking fields with one of my mentors.

Q: How have you benefited by having Dan Stokes and Steve ­­­Schany as your mentors?

A: It has been interesting learning from both mentors their distinctly different perspectives of sales. I have been able to draw from the methods of both and develop my own style. While Dan teaches me to “go after clients” and the value of developing relationships, Steve is really good at making clients feel comfortable talking with him.

Q: Was there anything that surprised you during your internship?

A: I didn’t realize it before, but I like the bigger scale of the business. The amount of freedom I have to make my own schedule was also surprising. Though I have this freedom, it also makes you more accountable when you have to meet deadlines.

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