Over the last year, Big River Rice & Grain has pioneered a year-long management training program with the intent of identifying and developing young talent into professionals that will be invested in the future leadership of Big River. During the program, management trainees are exposed to both the operational and commercial sides of the business, and at the conclusion they are evaluated and placed in a position that utilizes their strengths.
Two trainees, Romeo Stalling and Ben Gallant, have already successfully completed different segments of the program, including extensive merchandising content. In the beginning of January, Holly Barthol, the newest member of the management trainee team, was welcomed. Just like her fellow management trainees, she too has successfully completed the merchandising coursework.
Even though, Holly Barthol is the newest member of Big River’s management trainee team, she is not new to Big River agriculture. Barthol has been working for Big River for almost two years as a grain accountant in the Parkdale location. In addition to her experience at Big River, Barthol is married to a former agricultural producer on the Arkansas/Louisiana border. With an educational background in biology, Barthol has instinctively taken to the agriculture industry, which explains her natural fit into the management trainee program. The current executive leadership of Big River encouraged Barthol to join the program as they saw her demonstrate her ability to positively communicate with producers, passion to learn, and humility to take initiative within the workplace daily. Barthol has enjoyed the new experience so far, saying, “Big River wants you to be well-prepared and have a flexible skill set to fill a role where there is a need. The management trainee program is hard work, but enjoyable work.”
As Barthol continues in the management trainee program, she is committed to using her understanding to serve the needs of the Big River community. To learn more about the management trainee program and what Big River can do for you, visit our website and locations: http://bigriverriceandgrain.com.