Retirement has come for Russ Brown, below we get a look at his 34 successful years at two different John Deere dealers, some wisdom for the next generation, and the next big thing on his radar, which seems to be appreciating the good things in life.
Corporate Product Support Director Russ Brown is retiring after 34 years at Coastline and nearly 50 years in the equipment dealing industry. We spoke to him to get his reflections on Coastline, construction, and career, and to hear what’s next for him.
What accomplishments are you most proud of in your time as Corporate Product Support Director?
Changing the Service Department to a paperless environment. Many of the process improvements we have accomplished would not have been possible without this change. I am also proud of the part that I played in helping incorporate the acquisitions of Cesco and Blaine.
What have you enjoyed most about working at Coastline?
There are so many things, but most importantly is feeling like I was a part of a family. I was blessed to have known Jim, George, Mary Ann and Scott and to have worked for a company and a family that truly cares about their people.
How have construction dealing and John Deere changed and evolved over the course of your career?
Much like the automotive industry, the technology of the machines has become more sophisticated and more reliable which requires a higher level of technician to repair.
What advice do you have for people just starting out in the construction industry?
It is a tremendous growth industry with so many job paths and it’s a great time to be starting off.
Any exciting plans for retirement?
Relaxing in the pool, traveling and playing golf with my wonderful wife, Christina, and spending time with our amazing grandkids.
We are so grateful to Russ for his years of service as a valued member of the Coastline family. We wish him much relaxation and adventure in retirement!