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Jake Ekstrand

Class of 2014
From Yates City, Illinois
Monsanto Chemistry Account Manager

As a Sales Representative at Monsanto, Jake promotes Monsanto Chemical Sales through retail locations spread across the state of Indiana. He says the University of Illinois prepared him for this position by exposing him to diversity on campus that you can't find anywhere else. Even the students who do not come from an agricultural background found a place where they belonged in the College of ACES, and Jake says he was able to learn from them in many ways.

He says he is able to excel in his profession by being as likeable as he can be while earning respect from those he serves. Jake also strives to be available at any time of the day for the needs of the company. He is driven by the promise of seeing new people and places while building a partnership with others within agriculture.