JD Hagedorn is CEO of JDH Enterprises, a Kansas-based consulting solutions firm offering business development consulting primarily for agricultural companies. He serves his clients with 15 years of experience and specialized expertise in precision agriculture, sales, technology, business development, and operations management. While the company just recently opened its doors, it has hit the ground running, with big clients in Ag Finance and Ag Tech.
JD is also a consultant with NeuVision Group, a company that helps leaders achieve success and manage risk associated with new product launches, new companies and major new growth initiatives. The company and its affiliates have worked across North America with organizations like Pfizer, 3M, IBM, Dell, Microsoft, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Seagate, Iomega, Caterpillar, Monsanto, Deere, DuPont, CNH, MarketWatch, USDA and many more, some of which JD has worked with in his previous careers. NeuVision Group projects have been featured in BusinessWeek, Forbes, CNBC, MSNBS and others.
They operate on a quote by Abraham Lincoln: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” JD’s personal favorite quote is one by John D. Rockefeller: “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” He also is also the principal investor in Brightstar Care, Wichita, Kansas, location, a family-owned home health care agency.
JD’s career in agriculture began at a young age at a farm store in his hometown of Andover, Kansas, where he quickly learned the importance of a consultative sales approach. After earning his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University, he began his career 2011 with Cargill, the world’s largest privately held company. JD started in their Kansas City location, relocated to the Raleigh, North Carolina, area, and finally relocated to Omaha, Nebraska. Over four years in roles as territory sales manager and farm marketer, JD honed his skills in agricultural sales and marketing to help clients manage risk, maximize profitability, manage wealth, and increase brand awareness.
In 2015, Wells Fargo recruited JD for the position of vice president of business development in the Midwest Farm Division, in Overland Park, Kansas, where he focused on the financial side of agriculture, serving the top one percent of producers in the Midwest by designing products, resources, and solutions to help them meet their financial goals. A year and a half later, he was recruited by Trimble, a leading global provider of advanced technology solutions. JD relocated to the Nashville, Tennessee, area, where he focused on precision agriculture as business development manager, and then as global channel manager responsible for managing the dealer channel.
With an aptitude to understand the needs, triangulate the problems, and build a solution, JD worked with producers to help them run their businesses more efficiency and boost profitability. He rebuilt an ERP solution and relaunched field application software used on farms, resulting in an average 105% recurring revenue growth over three years.
Committed to the success of his clients, JD constantly analyzed the agricultural industry, processes, and issues that producers face to develop solutions to help them reach their goals. He worked on collecting data off farms, aggregating it in the cloud, and then turning it around into useful information for better reporting and decision making around best practices for more economical and sustainable farming. Many of the dealers with whom he implanted ERP systems have consistently won awards.
Craig Hiemstra, a general manager at Trimble who hired JD, stated, “JD knows how to strengthen relationships with strategic accounts and is able to tackle all the challenges that accompany a sales and customer account management role, is adept, has very effective communication skills with C-suites and decision makers. Any company would be fortunate to have JD involved in their organization.”
After a successful career in corporate roles, JD could no longer ignore his entrepreneurial drive and desires. He is moving forward with his lifelong desire to be an independent business owner. As a sought-after expert in agricultural technology with a specialization in precision agriculture and a broad set of skills across the industry, he launched JDH Enterprises. “I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. My experience in a variety of roles over my career gives me a unique perspective that I can use to help my clients,” JD shares. “Now I get to use my knowledge and experience to help smaller companies get their products launched into the market and work on their business development. I have the skills and training that most small companies could not otherwise attract.”
JD’s commitment to helping others extends beyond his professional life. He is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, a professional and social fraternity that provides connections and networking. Known for Making Better Men, JD credits this organization with being instrumental in his success, and one that has afforded him opportunities. He believes in giving back, and also serves as the scholarship director for Kansas State AGR Alumni Board of Directors and sponsors a scholarship.
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