Latham Hi-Tech Hybrids announces the addition of Jim Heckman of Boone, Iowa, as the company’s national sales manager. Heckman is responsible for recruiting, training and managing Latham Hybrid’s growing sales force. While focusing on the company’s tradition of outstanding service, Heckman will work with sales representatives and members of the management team to explore innovative ideas and to build strategies that will help customers succeed.
“Jim comes to us with valuable, hands-on experience working with farmers to find the right hybrids that maximize success,” says John Latham, president, Latham Hi-Tech Hybrids. “From his advanced educational background to his extensive work representing regional seed companies similar to Latham, Jim will be a tremendous asset to our sales force and ultimately to our customers.”
Heckman’s professional experience includes nearly 20 years of working in livestock feed, nutrition and seed sales. Recently, Heckman was sales manager for NuTech Seeds. He also held a sales position with Wyffels Hybrids. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in Animal Science from Northwest Missouri State University.
A native of Fillmore, Missouri, Heckman grew up on a farm that included a forrow-to-finish hog operation, a cow/calf herd and feelot, along with row crops. Today Heckman and his wife, Lynne, and their children Collin, Ryan and Erica still live close to the land. The entire family enjoys competing in rodeos, camping and trail riding. He is active in his community as leader of the Boone County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, an assistant 4-H club leader, and Grand Knight of the Boone Knights of Columbus.
“I’m excited to join the Latham team,” says Heckman. “I was attracted by the opportunity to work with great people an an independent family-owned company that has a great reputation in the industry. I’m looking forward to helping continue to improve the sales and delivery system that supplies the highest-yielding products available in the industry. I’m also eager to help farmers use Latham’s innovative products and approaches to increase their profits per acre today while looking toward the future.”