AGCO Corporation has named Wilbur Ellis’s professional ag operator Brian Manolovits (Mott) as the 10th Annual Operator of the Year. Known for his attention to detail and quality of work, Manolovits was selected from four finalists for the honor at the 2015 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference and Expo held Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 in Palm Desert, Calif.
With nine years of application experience, Manolovits typically applies about 20,000 acres each year. However, this year he successfully completed 30,000 acres in just three months. He serves as the head of the Environmental Health and Safety program at his branch and continuously goes above and beyond expectations to meet any deadline.
“I am honored to be selected as AGCO’s Operator of the Year from among so many top operators across the country,” stated Manolovits. “I work hard at my job and enjoy it, but I never expected to be recognized like this.”
Candidates for the 10th Annual Operator of the Year program are nominated by North American ag retailers based on their skills, dedication, customer service and community involvement. Manolovits received a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, and his nominator, Derek Mayer of Wilbur Ellis, will receive 100 hours free use of either an AGCO TerraGator® self-propelled high-floatation applicator or RoGator® self-propelled sprayer. Additionally, all nominees were presented with a certificate of recognition for their hard work and dedication in the industry.
“AGCO Operator of the Year winners are outstanding leaders in the industry and deserve to receive as much recognition as possible for all that they do. Without them, farmers would have a difficult time achieving high yields with their busy schedules,” stated Conor Bergin, tactical marketing manager of AGCO Application Equipment. “This year, we received a lot of great nominations for outstanding operators, and it was a tough decision. Brian works hard to make sure that everything is applied precisely and his equipment is maintained and in good working order to ensure precision. He continually strives to do his best at work, at home and in the community.”
Manolovits is a member of the Mott Volunteer Fire Brigade, serving as the training officer, helped organize the Pee Wee football program in his community, and has organized several motorcycle ride benefits for families going through difficult times. He also was a member of the North Dakota National Guard for more than nine years and served 15 months overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
The Operator of the Year program was designed to recognize custom applicators in North America who spend hundreds of hours in the field every year, operating sophisticated equipment, like a RoGator or a TerraGator, to apply fertilizer and crop protection products on millions of acres of crops. In honor of the 10th Annual Operator of the Year, AGCO created an original song and music video in honor of these unsung heroes of agriculture, “Watch Him Go.” To view the video, visit www.applylikeapro.com/oty.