Employee Spotlight: Haley Ruffner

This month’s employee spotlight is on Haley Ruffner!

Can you tell us about your role at the company and what you enjoy most about it?

I am a senior agricultural sales broker at Aden Brook, which means I manage relationships with farmers, customers, and freight carriers. I am based in southern Colorado and work closely with farmers in the San Luis Valley—getting to learn from such knowledgeable and kind farmers has been my favorite part of my job.

Can you share a recent accomplishment or project you’re particularly proud of?

A recent project that I am proud of can’t be announced until March, but it’s one that ties my writing background together with my knowledge of the agriculture industry and experience as a sales broker. Having entered this field of work from the publishing industry, I am thankful that Aden Brook continues to foster my love of writing!

What motivates or inspires you?

I’ve had horses almost my whole life, and working hard to make sure I can take the best care of them is a big motivating factor for me. I’m also inspired by the people I work with, whether it be coworkers, customers, or farmers—I truly get to work with the best people and their drive and commitment continually inspire me to keep improving myself.

What advice would you give to someone new to the job?

I would advise anyone new to the job to get comfortable with asking a lot of questions. I had no experience in sales when I started, and I’ve leaned hard on my coworkers to share their knowledge in everything from negotiating tactics to grading different types of hay. Everyone is happy to share what works best for them or their understanding of the market, you just have to ask and be willing to learn!



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