COO / VP-Equipment Group
As a co-founder of Ag 1 Source, Rick Rupp serves as the COO and VP for the equipment group. His equipment team partners with manufacturers, dealers, and distributors across North America seeking to add the best talent to their operations.
Rick started his career as a livestock feed salesman for Land O’Lakes Feed. In 1993, Rick accepted a position with a regional agricultural equipment manufacturer, Wylie Manufacturing. In this position, Rick helped the company establish a wholesale/retail operation from scratch, including hiring, training, and leading a sales and operations team. Rick began his career in the recruiting industry in 1999. Since then, he has partnered with companies to place over 400 sales, marketing, management, accounting, operations, manufacturing, and executive-level candidates into their businesses.
Through the years Rick has earned respect from clients and candidates as being a trusted advisor, career coach, and business partner. He works closely with his clients to understand their company culture, business goals, and personnel needs. When working with individuals seeking a new career opportunity or looking to advance their careers, Rick uses a common sense approach to identify their key skills and talents, but also works closely with the candidates to determine their preferences on what companies to target and what type of opportunity they believe will be the ideal match. This integrity-based recruiting formula has made Rick an industry expert on which both clients and candidates can trust and rely.
“Rick has delivered great results to the organizations I have worked for over the years. His detailed pre-work in the search process is exceptional, and because of this pre-work, the end results have far exceeded my expectations. Even when my organization is not actively searching, Rick is constantly bringing us potential candidates. I attribute this to the fact that he really understands our business, knows our people, has visited our operations, and understands that someone might fit our needs to add higher value to our organization.” – COO, Equipment Manufacturer
“Our company has been using Rick Rupp and Ag 1 Source for almost 10 years and, as we have grown, we have filled several key positions in the Company with candidates provided by Ag 1 Source. We can count on candidates provided by Ag 1 Source to be the top performers in their area of expertise that are highly qualified, pre-screened and well briefed as to our expectations, prior to our first contact with the job candidate. I would strongly recommend Ag 1 Source as the top agricultural recruiting firm for both employers and professionals looking for new employment opportunities.” – President, Ag Dealer
“Rick Rupp and Ag 1 Source have proven to me that preparation and determination can move a person into a really great job. Mr. Rupp coached me and gave me great advice and worked day and night to make sure I was prepared for my interview. I did exactly what he recommended and landed a really great job with a great company. I have tried other headhunters without the great results that I got from Mr. Rupp. If you are serious about finding a great job, try Ag 1 Source!” – Placed Candidate
“I have worked with Rick on a number of critical hires and found him to be of the highest quality and integrity. His pre-evaluation of potential recruits is outstanding, far better than other recruiter options, and find that he brings candidates closest to my needs. Besides being a true professional, Rick is also personable and easy to work with. I will utilize his services again.” – President, Equipment Manufacturer