Richard (Dick) has a long history in agriculture having lived and worked on the family property at Willow Tree until 1993 when he began his career in grain marketing.
Richard worked and trained with IAMA grain division in Toowoomba and Gunnedah, then moved to Armidale in 1998 as a marketer with New England Agricultural Traders (NEAT) until 2000. He then owned and operated a fertiliser contracting business and for two years was Corporate Agribusiness Manager with CBA. Richard then established an office for Ozepulse trading in Armidale until May 2010, at which time Gardner Smith acquired Ozepulse, creating an opportunity for him to form a partnership with Jack Vivers at Agmark Commodities.
Richard, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from UNE in 2002, lives on a lifestyle block south of Armidale with his wife Tanya and three boys Max, Oscar and Joe.
Andrew Close has very recently commenced work at Agmark Commodities, principally handling the logistics side of the business.
He was born and bred in Cowra and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in the rural industry having had 13 years in Mudgee working as a licensed Auctioneer, Stock & Station and Real Estate Agent.Before this, he worked in the agency in Dunedoo.
Having moved from Mudgee to Armidale in early 2003 with his wife Belinda and two children Sophie and Dougie, Andrew established a vineyard/cellar door operation at “Mihi Creek” producing cool climate New England boutique wines.
In the past 12 months, Andrew has been working in the Grain Industry, with the emphasis on logistics with a small amount of trading
Blakes interest in grain and logistics spawned from his upbringing on a broad acre grain producing farm at Quambone, NSW (200km North West of Dubbo). Blake focuses on the logistics side of Agmark while often dabbling in other areas of the business.
Schooled at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst, he is now studying a Bachelor of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of New England.
By spending 3 years travelling and working before attending university, Blake has a wealth of practical agricultural experience and a respectable knowledge of travel and the world. Since starting university, he has actively sought out experience in his field of interest which landed him some casual harvest work at a grain broking company in Dubbo. Blake is now enjoying the challenge of working in the grain and logistics industry while finishing his degree. Blake enjoys the Armidale lifestyle and doesn’t mind trying his hand on the Rugby Field on the weekend.