Meet Chris Yonaka. Chris is the newest member of the ABM sales team, and is well known for his experience in the agricultural chemical and seed industry. We recently sat down with Chris to learn more about his history within the ag industry, and his goals for the future.
What is your role at ABM?
I am a Regional Sales Associate and have been with ABM since December 2018.
What geographical areas do you cover?
Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri
What is your education/business background?
I received my Bachelors Degree from Southern Illinois University majoring in Agribusiness Economics. My prior experience includes working in the agricultural chemical and seed industry in Illinois and Missouri for the past 20 years. I also spent 6 years working in agricultural retail in southeastern Illinois.
How did you get into this line of work?
My passion for agriculture has been instilled in me for as long as I can remember, particularly with being actively involved on the family farm growing up in southeastern Illinois. I’ve always enjoyed trying to get the maximum yield out of crops and looking at innovative new ways or methods to achieve this. I like working with growers, retailers, and distributors as a team to be more creative and to problem solve.
Who is someone that has been a mentor and/or influence on your life?
What are you most passionate about within your job?
I love seeing growers and customers be successful and change and adapt as needed in an ever- changing agricultural environment.
What are you passionate about, outside of work?
Outdoor activities, running, watching and playing sports.
How has ABM helped you in your career development?
ABM has really shown me how valuable biologicals and inoculants are in this growing sector of agriculture and how they are crucial to help feed a growing population in the years to come.
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What do you like most about working at ABM?
I get to build long lasting relationships and work with customers on the field level to increase their productivity in their business.