Board of Directors

Kevin Pawlowski, President

Director – PNW
FARMERS EQUIPMENT COMPANY
Lynden, Washington
360-354-4451

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Kevin Pawlowski has been involved in the equipment industry for over 30 years. He joined Case Credit (now CNH Capital) as a field representative in 1985 before leaving in 1992 to become part of Farmers Equipment Company, a two-store Case IH dealership in northwestern Washington state where he serves as the company’s President and General Manager. While the dealership has diversified into construction equipment and industrial lines, its primary markets are still agricultural, with dairy, row-crop and soft fruit being the area’s major agricultural products. Prior to joining the WEDA Board in 2015, Kevin served on the Board of the Pacific Northwest Association for 5 years. Kevin has a BA in Economics from Whitman College, and a MBA from Seattle University. Kevin and his wife, Deanna, have two grown children.

Wally Butler

Director – Canada
MAZERGROUP
Winnipeg, Manitoba
204-253-2900

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Wally completed his CPA (Chartered Accountant) in 1991 joining Mazergroup in 1997. Mazergroup has experienced rapid growth and diversification throughout its 57 year history and is currently the New Holland dealer for Manitoba with additional brands including Hyundai and Kobelco construction. The organization operates 15 locations with 275 team members. Wally’s position is V.P. Finance and Administration / CFO.Wally and Kathryn, consulting partner with national firm MNP, 13 year old daughter Camryn and 11 year old son Nate reside just north of Winnipeg.

Scott Eisenhauer

Director – SW
P & K EQUIPMENT, INC.
Enid, Oklahoma
580-237-2206

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Scott Eisenhauer has spent his professional career in the agricultural equipment industry. After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1999, he began with John Deere Company, where he spent time in several different roles on different territories working with dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. In 2006, Scott had the opportunity to transition to the dealer network, where he joined P&K Equipment, Inc. as the General Manager. Today, he continues to serve as the General Manager for both P&K Equipment, Inc., a 10-store John Deere organization in Oklahoma, as well as P&K Midwest, Inc., a 9-Store John Deere organization in east central Iowa.Scott and his wife Melissa have two children – a 10 year old daughter, Katie and a 5 year old son, Mason.

Arthur Ward

Director – Canada
PATTISON AGRICULTURE LIMITED
Swift Current, Saskatchewan
306-773-9351

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Arthur was raised on a small ranch in southern Saskatchewan.  After attending university, he entered the ag industry in 1994, working for a small manufacturing company as a sales rep.  He held several positions of increasing responsibility in the industry, including branch manager and general sales manager. In 2006, he joined JayDee Equipment as sales manager and became regional sales manager in 2009, as part of a merger that formed JayDee AgTech.  In 2014, JayDee AgTech was purchased by The Jim Pattison Group along with Maple Farm Equipment.  In January 2017, the two companies formed Pattison Agriculture Limited.  In March of 2017, Nykolaishen Farm Equipment was purchased making the store total 19, with 17 locations in Saskatchewan and two in Manitoba.  In April of 2017, Arthur became president of Pattison Agriculture Limited.  He lives in Swift Current, Saskatchewan with his wife Kim.  He has two adult sons, Riley 26, and Braden 22, that also live in Swift Current and who both work in the agriculture industry.

Bryndon Meinhardt

Director – SW
KanEquip, Inc.
Wamego, Kansas
785-456-2041

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Bryndon Meinhardt is a 1995 graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Agribusiness. Following college he was employed by New Holland North America in sales and service positions. Bryndon returned to Kansas in 1998 to work in the family business. At that time Meinhardt Farm Equip, founded by Bryndon’s father Jim in 1967, was operating three New Holland and Case-IH dealerships in the eastern region of the state. Bryndon managed a New Holland/ AGCO location in Marysville for 20 years but as the business grew into KanEquip with fourteen stores across Kansas and one Nebraska location, Bryndon’s leadership role changed. Currently Bryndon serves as the Regional Manager of 6 locations and also on KanEquip’s operational board. Bryndon has been married to his wife Julie for 25 years and has four children.

Scott Hennessey

Director – PNW
ST. JOHN HARDWARE & IMPLEMENT
Fairfield, Washington
509-283-2111

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Scott Hennessey is an owner of St. John Hardware and Implement, a family-owned farm equipment dealership with five locations in Washington and Idaho. St. John Hardware and Implement was established in 1928 and sells Case IH, New Holland and multiple short lines of farm machinery. Before returning to the family business in 1987, Scott worked for four years for Northwest Farm Credit Services. He is a graduate of Washington State University, with a degree in Ag Economics. Scott served on the Board of the Pacific Northwest Association from 2003 through 2012. He served on the Case IH North American Dealer Advisory Board from 2007 through 2013. Scott lives near Spokane, Washington, with his wife, Jo. They have two grown daughters.

Ken Wagner

Director – SW
Heritage Tractor
Baldwin City, Kansas
785-594-6486

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Ken graduated with a BS degree in Agriculture Economics from Michigan State University and immediately became involved in the Agriculture and Outdoor Power industry. He started a 13-year career with John Deere Company and then transitioned into the dealer side of the industry. 

In 1998 Ken started Heritage Tractor, a John Deere dealership located just southwest of the Kansas City metro area. Since that time, he has led the organization and has grown the business into a 22-location enterprise with locations in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. Heritage Tractor serves a diverse marketplace involving large and small agricultureal equipment offerings, turf and commercial mowing products as well as compact construction equipment. Ken currently serves as President of Heritage Tractor. 

Ken is married to Diane, and they have two grown sons.  

 

Darwin Melnyk

At-Large Director
Franklin, Tennessee
636-212-1561

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Darwin grew up on a family farm in Western Canada and has an established track record as a business leader, builder and innovator. He founded multiple software, information, and technology enabled services companies and grew them to liquidity events and delivered positive returns for shareholders. Darwin is a thought-leader on the development of information, systems and decision support tools that address the unique challenges of managing complex agriculture supply chains. Since 2006, Darwin has led the development of Iron Solutions from trade association publisher into provider of integrated market intelligence and enterprise software services tailored for agricultural retailers. Recently, Darwin completed the equity sale of Iron Solutions Inc. to Trimble Navigation Ltd. (NASDAQ:TRMB). In addition to Western Equipment Dealers Association, Darwin serves on the Boards of Human Talented LLC and Missions International Inc., and speaks frequently to industry leaders on reducing risk and achieving business results with information and technology. Darwin received his undergraduate and graduate education at Friends (Wichita, KS) and Emory (Atlanta, GA) Universities and lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Dr. Adrienne Corn.