The Business Is in His Blood

Working for an equipment dealership is in Treyton Schemper’s blood. He’s fourth generation at O’Brien County Implement in Sheldon, Iowa, which is a New Holland ag and construction dealership that’s been around since 1948. He adds that in reality, he could be considered fifth generation in the business, as his great, great grandfather sold ag equipment in Kansas.

Treyton grew up working summers and Saturdays alongside family, including his great grandfather, who passed away in 2008, his grandfather, two great uncles, his father and cousin. He’s the oldest of four kids, who may also want to join the business some day.

Right now he’s a junior at Dordt College in Sioux Center, just 30 minutes from where he grew up. He’s double majoring in finance and accounting with a minor in economics, and spent this summer working at an accounting internship. The 9-to-5 job in an office is a good learning experience, giving him better insight into business practices, he says, but admits he misses interacting with all the customers at the dealership and not getting outside.

He’s received a scholarship from the Equipment Dealers Foundation (EDF) to help him complete his studies. “I’m very grateful for scholarship,” he says. “And I appreciate the support from both the association and the dealership.”

All in the Family

Pride shows through when Treyton talks about the dealership. And it’s family he keeps coming back to. “I learned the values I hold to this day from my dad—hard work, integrity and honesty—which are fading things,” he says. “And it’s cool that I’m able to work with my family on a day-to-day basis. It’s not always easy—it’s tough sometimes, but rewarding.”

He also passes along some advice that he got from his great grandfather about working in a family business: “He said, ‘We get along fine. We may not always agree, but we always try not to be disagreeable.’”

When he finishes school, he’s looking forward to bringing all that knowledge back to O’Brien County Implement. For him, it boils down to interaction with customers and getting to know them and their stories. And that also segues into his advice for others who are looking to get into the business and be successful. “Listen to your peers and bosses, because everyone has a story to tell and advice to give, and ag knowledge is passed on from generation to generation,” he says.

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.