Coming Full Circle

Ryan Gushi grew up on a cattle ranch in Bristow, Okla., but admits he did all he could not to stay. His journey took him to college to study kinesiology and athletic training. It also took him to the oilfields of Oklahoma. But when he got laid off from that last job as a technician, he took a friend’s advice, which in many ways brought him full circle.

A friend he grew up with was working at Hoxie Implement in Hoxie, Kansas, and said that Ryan might be interested in a checking out a position there. Two and a half years later, he’s still at the dealership and loving what he’s doing. “I’d never actually turned a wrench for a living. This is my first job ever doing it, but from the first moment, everything just clicked. It felt right to do it,” he says.

Ryan also feels at home at the dealership: “I like everyone around me. They’ve all been there from start to finish. They keep employees—which I like.” He also says that the Sales Manager Ed Heim and his whole family made him feel welcomed and helped with the transition both at work and moving into the community. “All those things are worth a lot. They show me that I’m in a good place,” he adds.

To further his career, he’s currently studying to get his Associate’s Degree in diesel technology at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kansas, which he started this past fall. The program runs two years, so he goes to school during the week, and then commutes to Hoxie on the weekends to work at the dealership.

Ryan credits the scholarship he received from the Equipment Dealers Foundation

for helping him achieve his career goals. “I’d like to say thank you for helping me financially with the scholarship. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to make school work,” he says.

When he finishes and starts again full time at the dealership, he sees himself working on older tractors and combines. “What I like about them is they’re raw–not a whole lot of electronics—and lots rust to deal with,” he adds. And about his new career that has brought him full circle, he chuckles and says, “It’s my dad’s fault. I grew up around it all my life and fought it. I was always looking for something else out there. But I ended up working my way back around to it—and now it’s something I love.”

About the Scholarship

The EDF was established in 1988 to provide scholarship funding to help meet the industry’s needs for trained individuals. EDF also provides temporary assistance for dealerships and its employees affected by natural disasters. Learn more about EDF here.