Obituary: Ron Panizzi

Ronald Lee Panizzi, age 80, of Haysville, loving husband, father, grandfather, retired Sales Manager, Price Brothers Equipment, and retired USD 261 Transportation support employee, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Funeral service was held, February 27, at the Haysville United Methodist Church, Haysville, Kansas.

Ronald is preceded in death by his parents, Tony & Mary Panizzi, and his grandson, Christopher Sprague.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Phyllis; daughters, Janis Doty (Tom), Haslet, TX, Shirley Rose, Wichita, Jill Black (Randy) Valley Center, Shelley Sprague (Chuck), Upland, CA, Ronda Clark, (Bret), Haysville, and Sherry Macurak, Plano, TX; sisters, Mary Grannon (Albert), Wichita, Gloria Peterson (Don), Camdenton, MO, and Teresa Brooks, Liberal, MO; grandchildren, Lindsay Bowker (Josh), Evan Sprague, Cooper Clark (Kerry), Erin Black, Philip Macurak, Tanner Black, Bailey Clark and Rachael Sprague; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Emilee and Elizabeth Bowker; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial has been established with Haysville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Grand, Haysville, KS 67060.

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Obituary: Keith Goodfellow

Harrison Keith Goodfellow, January 16, 1927 to February 14, 2017, with courage and dignity Keith passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side.

Beloved husband to Doreen Elsie (Sargent), the love of his life, married since June 29th 1945. Cherished father to Brian (Monique) Goodfellow, Linda (Ron) Dawson & Barb (late Dave) Treffrey. Adored grandfather to grandsons Tim, Michael, Sean, Derek, Chris, Kevin, Josh, Jeffrey, Justyn, only granddaughter Danielle and nine great-grandchildren with two more on the way.

Born in Smiths Falls, Keith worked in the farm machinery industry with companies such as Cockshutt and the Co-op before starting United Farm Supplies in 1957 until incorporation in 1961 to what is now currently Mohawk Equipment Limited.  Mohawk Equipment has been a member of EMDA (formerly FEWA) since 1978.

Outside of work Keith’s passion was tending to his many gardens. In respecting Keith’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date.

As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the Brant Community Healthcare System Foundation –

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EMDA Spring meeting – Destination Savannah

EMDA’s 2017 Spring Management Workshop will be held March 24 & 25 in Savannah, Georgia.

The EMDA Spring Management Workshop offers a unique venue for members to learn from others who share a commonality of purpose, operations, problems and goals . . . all in a much more relaxed atmosphere than that of the annual Fall Convention. Gain valuable insight from other association members in a relaxed and enjoyable environment where attendees and their families will create great memories and lasting friendships.  Send in your Registration Form today and make your travel plans to come to Savannah!

Air ServiceLocated just 15 miles from Savannah’s Historic Meeting District, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport offers approximately 124 daily flights in and out of Savannah. Scheduled airlines include Delta, United, American, JetBlue (Seasonal: Allegiant and Sun Country).

Savannah, Georgia, is a charming, Southern escape, where quirkiness materializes through art and period architecture houses trendy boutiques, where ghost stories are set under a veil of Spanish moss and where local cuisine comes straight from the coast. Known as one of the “World’s 30 Friendliest Cities” by Condé Nast Traveler readers, this coastal town has a world-class reputation for hospitality and grace. Savannah will draw you in with romantic ambiance and a lively atmosphere long before you leave its flourishing, park-like Historic District.

Grab some friends or a loved one and discover all this city has to offer. From music festivals to art exhibits, paddleboarding and kayaking to evenings on the town, warm temperatures create the perfect setting for relaxation by day and revelry by night. With a large variety of attractions to explore in Savannah’s downtown, and Tybee Island just 20 minutes away, you’ll find a well-rounded lineup of indoor and outdoor activities to suit your style.

Two events of note going on in Savannah during our Spring meeting:

savannahmusicfestival_logoThe Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. The 28th festival season runs from March 23rd through April 8th, 2017.

savannahtourofhomes_logoThe 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens will take place Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26, 2017. The Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens offers a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah’s finest private homes and admire the special furnishings that have been treasured by families for generations but seldom seen by visitors. In addition to home and garden walking tours, you can also enjoy some exclusive special events as well as some of the best food and hospitality the South has to offer.

Of course, there are lots of Shopping options too – (Click on the menu icon in the upper left part of the video to see a drop down list of videos)

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Manufacturer Best Practices – NOW!

The start of a New Year means resolutions. How will you build stronger rep relationships to drive increased sales and profits?

Deliberate action!  Nothing replaces investing in your own rep business model like the MRERF MBP class. The objective? Uncover those best practices and strategic goals to drive key 2017 results.  Manufacturers Best Practice (MBP) class is updated this year based on direct input from manufacturers like you, and is taught by Bryan Shirley, CPMR.  It is dynamic, interactive, valuable and drives actionable results.

Bryan Shirley

Bryan has consulted with thousands of reps and manufacturers on the biggest relationship challenges they face. He knows the mistakes, and he knows what works.

Whether you are new to the independent sales model, are disgruntled with rep results after working together for several years, or are looking to up your game and learn more about becoming a solid partner favorite with your key reps, this workshop has value for you. The Manufacturer’s Best Practices (MBP) is a two day workshop to learn how to manage reps. You will learn how to better manage your rep network, and learn best practices that can be implemented immediately.

Increase your sales and profitability, build a solid best practices checklist to take back and implement, identify challenges that are taking too much of your time and not delivering results.

Powerfully interact with peers, colleagues, and CPMR’s. Get answers.

In 4 weeks you can join MRERF in Atlanta and kickoff 2017. Enroll now:

  • March 20-22 Atlanta, GA
  • May 22-24 Denver, CO
  • September 25-27 Kansas, MO

Don’t wait!  There will NEVER be a perfect time. Do it now!

Enroll here:

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Hiniker seeks sales reps

Hiniker Company, Mankato, Minnesota, is looking for sales representatives in the following states: Iowa, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. These positions are available immediately and include the entire line of Hiniker Ag Products.

Interested individuals should contact Wayne Buck at (507) 625-0322 or via email at

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