LDI Honors Top Performing Employees at Annual LDI Unite Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

LDI Honors Top Performing Employees at Annual LDI Unite Meeting

Lang Diesel Inc, the only AGCO dealership to serve the entire state of Kansas and a growing regional Kubota dealer in Iowa and Nebraska, has recognized their top-performing employees for 2022.


At LDI Unite, the annual Sales and Aftersales meeting held in Hays, LDI Vice President and COO Brent Lang recognized top performers for their dedication and service to LDI customers and partners. The week also included in-person training for all the sales team and management teams on upcoming product innovations, organizational policies and processes, and conversations with manufacturing partners about the future of agriculture in Kansas and globally.


Dan Byers, LDI Store and Technology Manager, received the prestigious Gerald Funk Award.


The Gerald Funk Award, “Commitment Beyond Measurement,” was created in 2022 to recognize an employee’s dedication to providing LDI customers with a phenomenal experience and service. Gerald Funk, a 14-year member of the LDI sales team, was recognized with the inaugural award for his devotion to customer service, collaboration and positive support of his teammates, and eagerness to continuously learn and improve his knowledge of AGCO equipment and precision agriculture technology. Gerald started his career with AGCO equipment in 1975. 


 “LDI values integrity, excellence, financial strength and teamwork,” said LDI COO Brent Lang. “Dan has embodied these values and “commitment beyond measurement” in his actions this year and over his many years of dedicated service to our growers, customers, and the LDI team.”


Dan Byers started with LDI in 2010, working with precision agriculture technology, and was named division manager for the precision ag team in 2011. He was promoted to LDI-Topeka location manager in 2022.


“I’ve made a lot of good relationships, not just business relationships but friendships with customers over the years at LDI,” said Byers. “I enjoy helping people be more profitable, which, in turn, helps us be more profitable and grow. Our customers and friends need help at crucial times, like harvest, planting, and sometimes volatile markets. We come into play when they need the most help to be profitable for the year. And we are their trusted advisor because they can count on us to help them battle through those tough times.”

Photograph of Dan Byers, recipient of the 2022 Gerald Funk Award, and Justin Christie recipient of the 2022 LDI Rookie of the Year Award


Parts Awards

Parts division awards were presented to the top performing LDI location parts managers. LDI parts division awards were presented to:

·       Dale Spetman, Counci Bluffs, Iowa

·       Chuy Garcia, Garden City (received two awards)

·       Caleb Larson, Smith Center

·       Chuy Garcia, Garden City      


Service Awards

Service division awards were presented to the top performing LDI location service managers. LDI Service division awards were presented to:

·      Caleb Larson, Smith Center (received two awards)

·      Josh Newsome, Garden City (received two awards)


The Dual Award for the Highest Absorption Rate at any LDI location was presented to LDI-Smith Center including Store Manager Dallas Lehmann and Parts and Service Manager Caleb Larson.


Sales awards

Sales awards were presented to the top-performing LDI salespeople, Derrek Branham, Garden City; Derek Hearld, Hays; Dallas Lehmann, Smith Center; Chris Hiller, Council Bluffs, IA; Bart Dimitt, Colby; and Tracy Weeter, Colby. Justin Christie, Topeka, was named Rookie of the Year.

About LDI: LDI began in Hays, Kansas, in 1988 when our president, Brian Lang, opened a repair shop out of his toolbox. Since those days, LDI has grown into a full-service equipment dealership with extensive sales, product, and technology support. WE are the only ag dealership to serve the entire state of Kansas, with locations in Hays, Smith Center, Colby, Salina, Hillsboro, Ellinwood, Topeka, Chanute, Garden City, and South Hutchinson. From initial purchase to product support, we are committed to delivering an ownership experience that matches the professional-level performance you’ve come to expect from AGCO. LDI understands the agriculture industry is demanding, so we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the best-quality products, parts, and services.

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