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Michael (Mike) Smith is the Managing Partner and President of Ag 1 Fonte. Mike graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. His over 30 years of agriculture industry experience includes diversified Crop and Livestock farming, Sales and Management experience in Grain and Agronomy retail service, and most recently in recruiting top talent for companies in the Agronomy and Seed industry segments of agriculture. Mike is a co-founding partner in Ag 1 Source and has developed and led teams in several successful business territories in the Agronomy recruiting segment. He now manages Talent Acquisition along with Training and Development of the company’s team of Recruiting Consultants along with the overall management of the company’s personnel and business interests.
Mike’s career in Sales began at the farm retail level with Collingwood Grain in Southwest Kansas. A promotion to management virtually coincided with Collingwood Grain’s purchase into the ADM Grain Company. This led to considerable exposure to leading and managing teams, expanding sales, hiring new employees, and ultimately leading his locations to top profitability among peers. Mike moved his career into the recruiting industry in 1998 where he has developed extensive working relationships with numerous candidates and companies nationwide.
The development of Ag 1 Source was centered around the key and guiding principles of leading by example with integrity. The recruiting process is all about building credibility among the people involved, whether that be a person considered a candidate, or a client business. Ag 1 Source continues to grow and offers some of the very best top talent opportunities for the best in the business class of candidates in Agriculture. It is very important to know what talent will truly make the difference for the employer and it is best explained in this comment from a customer:
It was refreshing to work with someone that knows what they are talking about related to my business, an Ag 1 Source client said. Understanding the market, the lingo, and coming from the industry is really key to the success of how Ag 1 Source has built their market. The recruiters come from the industry, are experienced in sales or related areas, know the market, the regions, the key market strengths, and where the business is being done. That, for us, is known as an expert in the field.
Credibility and Integrity are not built overnight. It comes from years of delivering results that yield repeat customers. That is what Ag 1 Source is all about.
Mike, I wanted to express my gratitude to you and your staff at Ag 1 Fonte. I know that without you and your company, I would never have been able to acquire the position that I currently hold. Ag 1 Source is a unique company in that you and your staff work to build a personal relationship with the candidates and work to find a perfect fit for each individual. Searching for a job is very stressful. Working through you made the search a pleasure. As you know well, I am a family man. You took the time to research areas that would not only fit me, but my family as well. You and your company are truly a rare find. I consider you a true friend. Thank you again for everything.
I would like to thank Mike Smith and Ag 1 Source for the outstanding professionalism and diligence in finding me the ideal job opportunity. After working with many different recruiters it was a pleasure to work with a company like Ag 1 Fonte. They truly work hard to put you in a position that fits your skills and personality.
Thanks Mike. I like the detail that you present for every candidate. Gives a great picture of what I want to begin asking in a phone interview to find out if they are accurately representing themselves. You guys are doing a great job.
You were really good and you really spent a lot of time preparing for that presentation. I sure hope you have another place you can use it — it was that good. –Tommy Engelke, Executive Director – Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council