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Brian Marlatt

May 30, 2014 - Brian Marlatt has been a part of the 1st Choice Team since 2010. Brian started out as an intern and has since worked in nearly every role within the company.  In 2020, Brian assumed the role of President of 1st Choice Seeds. Brian handles the…

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Amy Marlatt

May 22, 2019 - Amy Marlatt joined the 1st Choice Seeds Team in 2018, running the business office. Her responsibilities include bookkeeping, customer billing, and HR.  She also helps with customer events, including hosting the Rushville field day at Brian and Amy’s home.  Amy graduated from Purdue University, College…

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Mark Denzler

May 30, 2014 - As CEO of 1st Choice Seeds, Mark Denzler, has been with the company for 25+ years. A typical work day for Mark begins with planning goals for the day and taking time to touch base with the team. Before 1st Choice Seeds, he worked in…

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Joyce Denzler

May 30, 2014 - Joyce Denzler is the Event Coordinator at 1st Choice Seeds. Joyce has been an important part of the company, with her husband Mark, since 1996. Joyce previously managed the business office and now assists with company event planning. Before 1st Choice Seeds, Joyce taught at…

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Kristin Lawson

April 17, 2019 - Kristin Lawson joined the 1st Choice Seeds’ team in March of 2019. As the Communications Coordinator, her role includes managing our website and social media accounts, customer service, as well as planning company events. Kristin also assists with marketing and advertising for our company. She…

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Mark Borden

May 30, 2014 - Mark Borden has been part of 1st Choice Seeds’ team since 2009. As Seed Specialist, Mark assists farmers with their seed needs, making sure each customer chooses the best seed for their farm. Mark appreciates the teamwork mindset that our team possesses. He believes that…

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Blair Kramer

November 4, 2019 - Blair Kramer joined the 1st Choice Seeds’ team as Production Lead in the Fall of 2019. Blair oversees the production operations of our facility. He coordinates inbound seed treating, packaging, and warehousing of all 1st Choice Seeds’ products. As a graduate of Ball State University,…

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Leon Bird

May 30, 2014 - Leon Bird is Seed Specialist at 1st Choice Seeds. Before joining our team, Leon owned Bird Hybrids, LLC. In 2009, his company joined forces with 1st Choice Seeds. While running his own seed company, Leon was able to help advance cover crops as a farming…

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Dale Longwell

January 19, 2016 - Dale Longwell has been a Seed Specialist at 1st Choice Seed since 2015. Each day, he works hard to help his customers maximize the return on their seed investment. Before joining the team at 1st Choice Seeds, Dale worked as Sales Manager for a large,…

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Chris Linville

November 17, 2017 - Chris Linville is an expert at assisting farmers choose the right genetics for their field. As Seed Specialist for 1st Choice Seeds, this is his daily mission. His lifetime of ag experience ranges from crop fieldsman to Agronomist, Ag Salesman, and Row Crop Farmer. Chris…

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David Woodruff

August 28, 2019 - David Woodruff joined our company as Seed Specialist with seven years of seed selling experience, previously working as a field advisor. He enjoys working for 1st Choice Seeds because of the seed performance and personalized customer service. David’s motivation comes from seeing his customers progress…

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Joey Benningfield

August 28, 2018 - Joey Benningfield joined 1st Choice Seeds as Seed Specialist, serving farmers in central Kentucky. Daily, he works with farmers to help improve their crops. Joey’s ag experience includes many years in ag sales and row crop farming. Growing up, Joey lived and worked on a…

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Steve Miller

August 28, 2018 - Steve Miller is Seed Specialist for 1st Choice Seeds. Assisting customers with their seed and chemical needs is an important part of Steve’s work day. He enjoys working for 1st Choice Seeds because of the direct communication with upper management and the satisfaction he gets…

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Solomon Rees

January 26, 2022 - Solomon Rees joined our team in 2020. As Warehouse Assistant, Solomon is involved in shipping and receiving. Some days, you can find him delivering seed to our customers. One reason Solomon enjoys his job is because everyday is different. Before joining our team, Solomon managed…

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Mitchell Cowan

January 26, 2022 - Mitchell Cowan joined the 1st Choice Seeds team in 2021 as our Production Assistant. Mitchell’s workday changes from day to day, as he is involved in everything from treating and delivering to shipping and receiving seed. Mitchell’s experience in agriculture began at a young age,…

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