About The people behind Farm Depot!

All three About pages contain same content until content (names and bios) are created for each location. :)

About the Owners

Mark and Mike Laethem are the third generation of a family that has been dedicated to the service of the agricultural industry. The Laethem brothers have built one of the most successful agricultural businesses in Michigan and will continue along that path of success in the Farm Depot venture.

Their success is due, in large part, to the attention that they pay to their customers and their customer's needs. Mark and Mike Laethem are happy to provide their talents and expertise to customers using the time-honored and successful Laethem tradition. The Laetham brothers have served farmers in Tuscola County and throughout Michigan for more than 65 combined years.

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Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email
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Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Brian Pleyte
Sales Associate

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email
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Brian Pleyte
Assistant Manager

Brian came to Farm Depot in Ionia early in 2014 as the General Manager. Brian has previously worked in other equipment dealerships and has owned his own company. Brian is also a sales employee for the Ionia store.

(616) 755-5811 Email

Blake Laethem
General Manager

Blake is a third generation farm equipment dealer; he grew up in the business and spent several years working a number of different positions with Agco corporation.  His latest job title was Regional Sales Manager in the north west United States.

(616) 522-5501 Blake@FarmDepot.biz
 

Jeff Moore
Sales & Technical Products

Jeff has been involved with the Laethems since 1991 and works in sales as well as technical products. Jeff also manages the information systems for Farm Depot. Jeff enjoys selling technical products. Jeff is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University and holds several systems-related certifications.

(989) 551-6835 Email

Chuck Kotsch
Service Manager

Chuck (Chuckie) Kotsch has a long history in the service field and is the Service Manager for Farm Depot. He has training in a wide variety of technical fields and effectively manages Farm Depot's shop and mobile technician workforce.

If you need equipment service anywhere in the state of Michigan, please contact Chuck.

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Alan Henrickson
Sales Associate

Alan has farmed most of his life along with completing a career as an air traffic controller. Alan spent time running his own computer business and enjoys interacting with growers and has knowledge of a wide-range of topics. Alan enjoys working with new technology and he knows how to demonstrate the value for new technology in today's competitive grower market. Alan works in sales at the Schoolcraft store.

(269) 679-3939 Email

Scott Karr
Service Administrator

Scott spent 27 years as general manager of a modern Automotive Service shop and is the Service Administrator for Farm Depot Caro. Scott is an ASE Certified Service Consultant and brings vast array of service experience and customer satisfaction accomplishments to the Farm Depot team. In his free time Scott enjoys spending time with his family and participating in pedal-bike racing competitions

(989) 980-4348 Email

Blade Patrick

 
Blade is very activiely involved in the sales department of Ionia.  He has extensivce training in the self-propelled sprayer product line and enjoys selling precision

(616) 309-7257
BladeP@FarmDepot.biz

Mark Ives
(616) 309-9984
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Mark is a service technician in Ionia, and brings 30 years of experience in other dealerships as a technician.
Pete Kammers
(616) 309-6765
Email
Pete is a service technician in Ionia, and attended North Western Ohio for Diesel Tech. He has been working in this field for 20 years and came to Farm Depot from Simons in Fowler, MI where he was a diesel truck mechanic.
Jenna Francisco
(616) 522-5501
Email
Jenna is the office manager in Ionia. She came to Farm Depot in the fall of 2013 from the banking sector. Jenna handles work orders, invoices, whole goods and inventory in Ionia as well as reception and customer service.
Bob Robinson
(616) 522-5501
Email
Bob came to Ionia after years in the automotive industry and currently works in the parts department. He has worked in customer service and parts since 1987, and daily applies his knowledge and customer expertise to help keep Farm Depot customers satisfied.
Associate #59683058
(616) 309-9984
Associate #59683058 is a value to this company! [This section will be completed later.]
Employee #58694
(616) 309-9984
Employee #58594 will have a bio here later.
Sherri Thorp
(989) 673-6172
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Sherri Thorp takes care of many book keeping and administrative functions for all three Farm Depot stores.  Sherri remains actively involved in many community service events while working full time for Farm Depot.
Lori Barret
(989) 673-6172
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Lori takes caro of Accounts Payable for Farm Depot.  She has an extensive background in accounting and works in the Caro office.
Jenna Francisco
(616) 522-5501
Email
Jenna is the office manager in Ionia. She came to Farm Depot in the fall of 2013 from the banking sector. Jenna handles work orders, invoices, whole goods and inventory in Ionia as well as reception and customer service.
Bob Robinson
(616) 522-5501
Email
Bob came to Ionia after years in the automotive industry and currently works in the parts department. He has worked in customer service and parts since 1987, and daily applies his knowledge and customer expertise to help keep Farm Depot customers satisfied.
Sandy Munson
(269) 679-3939
Email
Sandy is a Schoolcraft native and takes care of many book keeping and administrative functions at the Schoolcraft location.  Sandy also answers the phone and helps direct people to the appropriate department.
Employee #58694
(616) 309-9984
Employee #58594 will have a bio here later.