WWJ Closeup, May 2021

GLENN JANDERNOA
President
Valley Farms Supply Inc.
Lansing, Michigan

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF?
Realize earlier in my career that I can’t expect employees and vendors to have the same sense of urgency that I feel with every customer. Be more secure with my own judgement, that I’ve hired the right people, and to trust they will handle any problems.

WHAT ARE YOU HEARING MOST FROM YOUR CUSTOMERS WORKING IN THE IRRIGATION MARKET?
Not enough time in the day to get everything done. Fear of over-regulation on water use. Many larger contractors are active on committees and councils at the state level to assure they are in the know on issues that are in the news or at the regulation level.

EFFICIENT IRRIGATION SYSTEMS HAVE?
As water use and regulation become more an issue, I believe that more effective and efficient irrigation systems are our future. It only stands to reason that the more positive energy we can get out of a gallon of water, the less gallons we’ll need to use at one time.

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED?
Take the information you have in front of you and make a decision. Don’t over analyze something into not making a decision. Once you make that decision, move forward! 

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Being in this industry my entire life, I knew what we did was important. With all the things thrown at us in 2020, I now know how essential what we do is. Knowing that we’re part of an essential industry and doing my part to help contractors supply water to people.

WHAT ADAPTATIONS DID YOU MAKE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC THAT REMAIN FOR YOUR COMPANY TODAY?
We’re having more people work from home to limit the number of people in our offices and service centers. We’ve added space to eliminate shared workspaces. We’re doing no-contact deliveries to keep our customers and delivery drivers safe. And we’re constantly evaluating our inventory.

THE BIGGEST WATER ISSUE FACING IRRIGATORS TODAY?
Finding and keeping young, talented help. This industry isn’t something on young people’s radar, so trying to attract a younger generation to take up this work can be challenging.