Employee Service Awards

People are the difference.

Congratulations to these dedicated team members as we recognize and award their milestone years of service. To each and every one of you, thank you for your outstanding commitment in fulfilling Huron Tractor's legacy of great customer service with your decades of experience. It all starts with the great people on our team.

Bradey Carmichael
Chatsworth Ag Sales | 50 YEARS

If anyone is lucky enough to spend 50 years with one employer, you’ll understand why Bradey says he’s seen it all…
Bradey started with Ivan J.H. Carmichael Ltd. as a delivery driver when he was 17 years old. The original Carmichael shop was in downtown Chatsworth and Bradey, along with his 3 sisters and parents lived in the apartment above the shop. In 1966 Ivan purchased the land where the Chatsworth store is today and moved everything to that grass farm in the late 70’s. Utility tractors and hay equipment put Carmichael’s on the John Deere map back when a 3130 was a huge tractor. Bradey was promoted to sales, and he and Ivan sold everything until business started booming, at which point they added another salesman. At that time Ivan moved to more of the service side.
When Bradey wasn’t selling, he was quite the athlete. Ball all summer and hockey all winter. There are pictures of championship ball teams on the Grey County historical site that pop up with Bradey’s name on the roster every now and then.
In 2008 Bradey built a new house on the same farm as the shop, and he with his wife Marilyn enjoy lots of family time. They look forward to time around their new pool with their children, Crista, Calan, Becky, Taylor and TraLyn as well as 6 grandkids who love to visit Grandpa Bradey.
Congratulations and thank you Bradey for 50 successful years!

Ray Cartier
Chatham Service Manager | 50 YEARS

Ray started his career as a farm equipment technician in 1969 with McGrail Farm Equipment Ltd. at its original location on Indian Creek Road in Chatham. After that location was destroyed by fire the dealership moved to St. Clair St. in 1970. In 1974 Ray took on the role of Shop Foreman. When that dealership moved to its current location in 1977, Ray was appointed Service Manager and has continued in this role with Huron Tractor.
Over the past 50 years, Ray has mainly concentrated on service administration. With his vast knowledge and experience he is well known and respected by our customers, co-workers, other dealers in the farm equipment industry, and with the many John Deere Territory Support Managers he has worked with over the years. Ray's organizational skills, John Deere warranty processing mastery, and department management has made Ray a key contributor to the success of the dealership over the past 50 years.
As Ray transitions into retirement in 2022, he is looking forward to spending time with his family, traveling, golfing, and looking after his lawn. Congratulations Ray on 50 years of dedicated service, and thank you for your hard work, loyalty, and valuable expertise.

Mark MacDonald
Chatsworth Shop Foreman | 30 YEARS

Mark MacDonald graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College in 1991 where he obtained his Heavy Equipment Technician diploma. In 1991 the construction equipment industry was on a downturn, so Mark decided that a career in the agriculture equipment industry would be the best way achieve his goals. He started his job search with Ivan J.H. Carmichael Ltd., where he had an interview with Ivan and was hired on the spot and started the very next day!
Over Mark’s 30 years at Ivan J.H. Carmichael Ltd, NorthRidge Tractor, and now Huron Tractor, Mark has held a number of positions, starting as an Apprentice, Service Technician, Master Service Tech, Interim Service Manager for one year, and most recently Shop Foreman. Mark has also been a member of the Joint Health and Safety committee at the store for a number of years and is a well-respected senior employee for the Chatsworth location.
Mark and his wife Renee reside in Tara and have two sons, Dave and Matt. Both boys are Nuclear Operators at the BNPD and Mark like to joke that his boys are to purchase the condo in Florida where he and Renee will retire when the time comes. In the meantime, the family enjoys their cottage on Manitoulin Island where Mark likes to fish. He also enjoys tinkering with air-cooled VW’s in his spare time.
Congratulations Mark on your 30-year milestone. Chatsworth if very lucky to have you!

Marguerite Van Drunen
Mitchell Store Administration | 30 YEARS

Marg started in the administration department at Logan Farm Equipment in 1991 which became Huron Tractor Mitchell in 2006.

Marg does a great job keeping the Mitchell store's paperwork organized and flowing from all departments, as well as making sure we have everything needed to run smoothly.

Marg and her husband Francis enjoy spending as much time as they can with their 3 children and 5 grand children.

Marg is a great asset to our team. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to Huron Tractor.

Charlie Wise
Exeter Service Manager | 30 YEARS

The foundation of Charlie’s lifelong career in Service started with graduating from the Motive Power Diesel Technician program at Fanshawe College and becoming a Licensed Red Seal Technician. After spending 7 years as Field Technician then Service Manager at Green Acres, the former John Deere dealership in Woodstock, Charlie joined the Huron Tractor family in 1991.
Charlie worked as Field Technician for the first 3 years before taking on the role of Service Manager in Exeter, which consisted of 12 techs at the time. Due to Charlie’s hard work, excellent customer service, and ability to develop aspiring technicians, the business has grown substantially and he now leads a team of over 20 technicians.
When not at work, there’s a good chance Charlie is either on a bike, hiking trail, skis, or doing any other type of outdoor activity. Charlie and his wife Gina are proud parents to Alex, Meredith, and Adrienne, and are now getting the hang of spoiling a grandchild with a second on the way!
Our sincere thanks and congratulations to Charlie for 30 years of dedication and leadership!

Jamie Zavitz
Exeter Complete Goods Inventory Manager | 30 YEARS

Jamie started with Huron Tractor in February of 1991 at our Exeter store. He spent the first 4 months of his career training in various departments, then ventured into Turf Sales for a short period of time before transitioning to Ag Sales. In 2001 Jamie became the Sales Manager in Thamesford. As company growth continued, Jamie took on the role of Corporate Sales Coordinator in Exeter, then in 2003 moved into the Thamesford Store Manager position where he worked for 15 years till 2018. At that time, he returned to Exeter as the Complete Goods Inventory Manager.
After 30 years of dedicated service to Huron Tractor and our customers, Jamie has decided to retire at the end of this year. In his retirement, Jamie will continue to sharpen his golf skills, assist his wife Vicki in her real estate business, and spend time with his daughters Mackenzie and Tori, and his first grandchild!
Jamie, we wish you all the best in your retirement, and thank you for 30 years of service with Huron Tractor.

Jenn Case
Exeter Sales Coordinator | 20 YEARS

Jenn started her career with Huron Tractor on Halloween day of 2001 at the Exeter store in reception. In 2003 she transitioned into the role of Service Writer with the Exeter Service department, and in 2011 Jenn moved into her current role as Sales Coordinator in Exeter.
Jenn is also known as the resident Exeter prankster and makes our work environment a fun place to be. She is an active member of our social committee and is always willing to lend a helping hand with anything that may get thrown her way.
Outside of work, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan, son Dayne, and daughter Pari. She enjoys being active with baseball, golf, and her passion for fitness and running.
Congratulations Jenn on your 20-year Service Award, and a big thank you for your dedication to our team!

Scott Gilmore
Chatsworth Store Manager | 20 YEARS

Scott grew up in the dealership environment with his family's Massey Ferguson dealership, Gilmore Farm Supply. He worked there as the General Manager and likes to joke that he was born into this career as their family home was right beside the dealership and their back yard was always full of equipment.
In 2001 Scott was hired as General Manager of the John Deere dealership Bruce Tractor, Walkerton. This became NorthRidge Tractor in 2005 and Scott was General Manager of both the Walkerton and Chatsworth locations. With the transition to Huron Tractor in 2009, Scott moved to our Stayner store as Branch Manager, and in 2011 came back to our Chatsworth store where he continues in his current role as Branch Manager. He takes great satisfaction in seeing the business and employees successfully grow and evolve over the years of hard work.
Scott has lived all of his life in the town of Minto near Harriston & Clifford. Growing up, he helped his grandfather on the farm, was active in 4-H and with the Harriston Fall Fair, which led to becoming President of the Agricultural Society. He and his partner Michele Bennett currently reside at their 50-acre hobby pasture farm “Cow Paddy Ranch”. They have 3 daughters: Shelby, Michayla & Emmaline.
Thank you Scott, for your 20 years of dedicated service. We are grateful that you are part of the Huron Tractor team. Right On!!

John Johnson
Thamesford Service Technician | 20 YEARS

John comes from a racing family and has a long-standing career working around equipment and engines. He worked 20 years as a Construction Equipment Technician before joining Huron Tractor in 2001. At that time, he was looking for work that would keep him close to home to raise a family and he has been with our Thamesford Service team as a Turf & Compact Construction Equipment Technician ever since!
John has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. His enjoyment as a grandpa is obvious as he loves sharing about time spent with them and especially attending their many hockey games.
John began racing snowmobiles in high school which led him to eventually compete racing motocross bikes at the pro level. Later on, John chose a slower pace racing vintage snowmobiles and motocross bikes. Today he enjoys being part of a stock car racing crew, and collecting vintage snowmobiles and motocross bikes.
We congratulate and thank John for his dedication to the Thamesford team over the last 20 years!

Paul Stewart
Mitchell Service Manager | 20 YEARS

Paul started his career in the agriculture sector in 2001 when he began working for Logan Farm Equipment in the Parts department. He then moved to the position of Service Writer in 2004. In 2006 Logan's became part of the Huron Tractor family and in 2009, Paul took on the role of Service Manager. Since then Paul has led Mitchell's Service department through continuous growth and is a real advocate for Huron Tractor's ASI program.

Paul and his wife Kim have 1 child and 2 grandchildren - and hoping for more!

Paul, congratulations on 20 years and thank you for your hard work and commitment.

Dan Caslick
Exeter Turf Sales Rep | 10 YEARS

Cathleen Denomme
Exeter Corporate Admin | 10 YEARS

Jeffrey Foerster
Walkerton Service Tech | 10 YEARS

Dave Fulton
General Manager, Admin | 10 YEARS

Mike Goodreau
Comber Service Tech | 10 YEARS

Robert Stephen
Chatsworth Turf Sales Rep | 10 YEARS

Ron Usher
Thamesford Service Tech | 10 YEARS