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Here at Hills Supply, our success is built firmly on a foundation of customer care and expertise in the dairy business. Providing the consistently excellent customer service that we are known for throughout the dairy industry is only possible through the efforts of the men and women who contribute their talents every day. We are proud to call each one of these individuals our team members and hope you take a few minutes to learn a little bit about them here.

With a keen eye on the future of the industry and the technologies that will contribute to profitable dairy operations, the Hills Supply team looks forward to serving our customers in the dairy industry every day.

OWNERS

Frank Burkett
Frank BurkettOwner
Frank Burkett has been immersed in agriculture and dairy farming his whole life. “I grew up with the dairy industry. When it was summer, weekends, or holidays, I was on my grandparents farm,” he said. “My grandparents and uncles taught me well and started an ever growing love and appreciation for agriculture and the dairy industry.”

After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural systems management and a minor in agricultural economics, he returned to his family’s dairy where he shepherded the operation through a period of growth and modernization. He is the managing partner of Clardale Farms, where they milk 695 head of Holstein cattle, raise replacement heifers, and farm over 900 acres for feed production.

Frank is the current president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, a position he was elected to in 2016. He also serves as the Farm Bureau District 9 trustee representing members from Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, and Stark counties. Prior to his election as president, he served as the organization’s first vice president for two years and on the state Farm Bureau board beginning in 2007.

He is a past board member for Ohio Dairy Producers Association and is a member of Rivertree Christian Church.

Mick Heiby
Mick Heiby Owner & Sales Manager
Mick Heiby grew up on a stone quarry farm in Mercer County, Ohio. After his graduation from The Ohio State University –ATI with a degree in dairy science he started milking cattle and was partner in several operations including Dalwood Farms, where they milked 450 head. Mick then went to work for Milk Marketing, Inc as a field representative after which he served as Farm Inspection Section Head for the Ohio Department of Agriculture for 8 years. After adding a BBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University to his education, Mick then worked at National City Bank as vice president of agricultural banking.

Mick joined Hills Supply, Inc., in 2009 as a hygiene specialist and transitioned into sales and account management. He brings more than 33 years of experience in the dairy industry to his new role. “I’m honored to serve the dairy industry through this opportunity provided by the Hill family,” he said. “I’m looking forward to building our customer focused business and working with Frank to be good stewards of a company with a 40 year history.”
Mick is married to Ellen, his wife of 32 years and has 3 children; Greg – married to Megan, Tiffany – married to Matt, and Bethany. He resides near Ashland, Ohio on a farm purchased from his wife’s family where they currently raise beef cattle, and dairy show heifers. Mick and Ellen are members of Wooster Nazarene Church.

Mick lives by the motto: “Everything I have I owe to God and ‘udders’ !“

BUSINESS MANAGER

Stan Palmer
Stan Palmer

CANAL FULTON

Service Department

Pat Ritchie
Pat RitchieManager
Derick Cain
Derick CainVMS Service
Brian Miller
Brian MillerVMS Service
Chad Schlernitzauer
Chad SchlernitzauerService
Randy Eutin
Randy EutinService
Steve Ebner
Steve EbnerService
Rob Baugher
Rob BaugherService
Dan Weiss
Dan WeissService
Jacob Cummings
Jacob CummingsDelivery

Sales Department

Chip Fohl
Chip FohlSales
Chuck Ferrel
Chuck FerrelSales
Doug BoyleRoute Sales
Jeff Silchuk
Jeff SilchukSales
Daniel Blair
Daniel BlairSales/Delivery
Kaitlin Chaddock
Kaitlin ChaddockAnimal Health Sales

Parts Department

Cindy Nutter
Cindy NutterManager
Rhonda Hamilton
Rhonda HamiltonParts Specialist
Linda Oyster
Linda OysterParts Specialist

Administration

Sue Metz
Sue MetzController
Blair Besancon
Blair BesanconAdministrative Assistant
Rod Brown
Rod BrownIT/Process Consultant

ST. MARY’S

Ben Torsell
Ben TorsellManager
Dillon Lininger
Dillon LiningerService
Mark Torsell
Mark TorsellRoute Sales
Larry Bowser
Larry BowserSales/Delivery
Jeroen VanWezel
Jeroen VanWezelService
Abigail Torsell
Abigail TorsellAdministrative Assistant
Matt StammenService

VAN WERT

Jon Lengerich
Jon LengerichSales
Tim Hanover
Tim HanoverWarehouse

CIRCLEVILLE

Jack Fox
Jack Fox Service