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Growing Careers: What It's Like to Work at RDO

Growing Careers: What It's Like to Work at RDO

23 Dec 2022 Read time: 3 min

RDO Equipment Co. has grown to serve more than 75 communities across nine states from its first small equipment store in Casselton, North Dakota, with help from team members who followed their passion for learning, changing and building a full and fruitful life. Hear how five team members describe their RDO story.  

Austin Ehret – Moorhead, Minnesota  

RDO Equipment Co. Field Service Technician Austin improvises and overcomes to ensure customers are up and running. 

"I get to see different locations every day," he said. "And tackle problems by finding the quickest, safest and most efficient solution."  

Austin continues to explore and learn about equipment every day with customers and RDO team members.  

Hear Austin talk through his daily routine.  

Matt Strock – Billings, Montana  

Fifteen years ago, Matt Strock began his career at RDO Equipment Co. as a Field Service Technician working around Montana on heavy equipment. Through the years, his passion for construction technology, including GPS positioning systems like Topcon, continues to grow.  

Today, he's a trainer and remote support specialist for internal and external customers, paying forward his expertise to keep customers up and running. Watch Matt share his growth and day-to-day experiences as a Solutions Center Specialist at RDO Integrated Controls.  

Christina Carlos Lakeside, California  

RDO Equipment Co. Parts Manager Christina Carlos shared: "Life takes turns."  

And that is the best part. Christina was seeking a sales position when the RDO Store Manager in Lakeside, California, encouraged her to take a role in parts to better fit her interest in cars and diesel engines sparked while growing up working alongside her dad. This is where Christina's RDO Story begins.  

Watch Christina explain how she became a heavy equipment parts expert and how she trains her team for success.  

Matt Saar – Moorhead, Minnesota  

At a young age, RDO Equipment Co. Service Operations Manager Matt Saar had an interest in fixing things when he would hang out with his dad, who worked in the car business.  

As an adult, he started his career as an automotive technician and grew into a sales and service manager. Six years ago, Matt took the leap from the automotive industry to agriculture heavy equipment at RDO Equipment Co.  

"Growing up in Park Rapids, Minnesota, I was familiar with Offutt Farms, but when I moved to Fargo-Moorhead, I met people who worked for RDO and heard about how it was a good company to work for," Matt explained. 

Today, Matt and his team work together to keep machines running.  

"I love working with my co-workers. It's truly a team environment," he said. Matt emphasizes when you've made that connection. You really are invested in making it an enjoyable and successful experience. 

Watch Matt share how his team ensures jobs get done safely through collaboration.  

Brandon Barela – Lakeside, California  

"When I was younger, my grandfather was a truck driver," said Brandon Barela, Trucking Manager for Southwest Region at RDO Equipment Co.  

Five years ago, when Brandon worked in construction, he felt motivated to "get off the ladder." So, he followed his grandfather's legacy and applied for a trucking dispatcher job.  

Today, he combines his construction industry knowledge with management skills gained through working with his RDO teammates. 

"I couldn't ask for a better team," he said. "We really do come together to create success." 

Watch Brandon at work as he further explains how he transitioned from construction worker to manager. 

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