Hometown: Stoutland, Mo.
Family: Wife Veronica; son Garrett; and daughter McKenna
In Town: Randy Golliher has worked at Lebanon MFA for 27 years, most recently as a sales representative.
“I started in sales and on the dock to learn the products, then into the office and then in outside sales. That meant going to lots of customers’ locations, calling on our current customers, and prospective clients. Of course, all those years ago, we still had lots of dairy customers and that has changed over the years. Today, we serve cattle farmers, swine, equine and poultry producers.
“Today, I do some feed rations, some fertilizer, seed, and I’m in the office a lot more. With MFA, we are truly blessed to have all the resources available to us that we do like nutritionists, an agronomist, a staff veterinarian, any of whom we can call on to answer a customer’s particular question or even come down to help us solve a customer’s specific problem.”
After over two decades, Randy said he still feels like he has a lot to learn.
“What I like best about this job is that it is always something different, definitely not the same thing every day. It is surprising, but there is always something new in terms of problem-solving, something new to learn.”
In the Country: Randy and his wife, Veronica, live on 45 acres where they raise a dozen commercial beef cows and have eight quarter horses. Veronica drives a school bus for Camden County schools and raises standard Australian Shepherds. Their son, Garrett, is a senior and part of the rodeo team at Missouri Valley and is about to graduate with a degree in agriculture business. Their daughter, McKenna, attended Ozarks Technical Community College for two years before going to Missouri State University in Springfield, majoring in agriculture business and communication. She is the family barrel racer.
“I started rodeoing in high school at age 15,” Randy explained. “I grew up in Indiana and went to community college in Fort Scott, Kan., on a rodeo scholarship and then to what was then Southwest Missouri State as a part of their rodeo team.
“I married me a Show-Me State girl and have lived west of the Mississippi ever since, and I love it.
“We enjoy our Quarter Horses and do some trail-riding, but we spend a lot of our time chasing rodeo and barrel racing events with our kids. Garrett was at college for two years in Carthage, Texas, riding bulls and saddle broncs before returning to Missouri. Recently, we were at a college rodeo in Tennessee where he was looking into an internship. McKenna participated in the BBR (Better Barrel Races) world finals last year in Oklahoma, and there were 2,200 horses on-site at the time.
“I enjoyed my time in rodeo, but now it is our kids’ turn, and we are happy to keep up with them and their activities.”