TAMPA, Fla. — HELM Agro US Inc., a global manufacturer of high-quality crop protection and fertilizer products, announced the hiring of Aaron Locker as vice president of sales for the organization’s U.S. business.

Locker has 30 years of experience in the crop protection sector with a proven track record in national sales and marketing management, business development and channel strategies.

In his new role, Locker will be responsible for the leadership, planning and execution of crop protection product sales and channel partner programs for the company’s distributor and retailer networks.

Previously, Locker was vice president of market development for Vivid Life Sciences. Prior to that, he was North American marketing director for FMC Agricultural Solutions. For that same company, Locker also served in the role of director of strategic accounts.

Locker started his career in crop protection with Syngenta’s predecessor, Ciba-Geigy, where he had a variety of sales and channel strategy roles.

“Aaron will significantly strengthen our crop protection business by driving improvements already underway,” said Dave Schumacher, president and CEO of HELM Agro US.

“The HELM team looks forward to integrating Aaron’s high-impact strategies, customer-centric focus and solution-oriented approach to marketplace success.”

“With a commitment to adding new patented product solutions to our portfolio offerings, expanding our footprint with experienced sales professionals and strengthening our long-held channel relationships, HELM is poised for tremendous growth potential over the next several years,” Schumacher said.

Currently, HELM has one of the fastest growing portfolios in the U.S. crop protection arena. In total, the company now has 18 products available for sales activities in the row crop, specialty crop and horticultural markets.

According to Schumacher, the company plans to add more offerings in 2020 following anticipated Environmental Protection Agency registration approvals.

Locker holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University. He resides in Alexandria, Ohio, and can be contacted via email at alocker@helmagro.com.

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