Shawn Stuteville, general manager for Hans Weber Sales & Service Corporation in North America, was born and raised in Paola, Kansas. His interests were in agriculture and he attended Allan County Community College in Iowa, Kansas. Soon he transferred and finished a four-year degree at Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal sciences and industry.
Upon graduation in 1992, he was prepared to manage a corporate farm or cattle ranch. That is until a friend of his, who worked for AEM, a branch of engineering and manufacturing started by Howard Grivna and owned by Timesavers, called and said that they needed help at least while Stuteville found his place in agriculture.
Stuteville started on the production floor building machines and testing-out imports. Later, he moved on to the testing and rebuild department, then service work, and eventually into sales. Unfortunately, this occurred right after 9/11, and by the end of 2001, AEM closed down.
AEM had a relationship with Hans Weber Sales & Service. Through Jerry Hilscher, the sales manager of Weber, Stuteville contracted with Weber on service calls. He soon was offered a full-time position. By 2002, Stuteville became the customer service manager along with servicing the machines in the field and initiating start-ups.
By 2009, the economy was slow and Hilscher retired. Stuteville was promoted to general manager and remains in that position today.
Stuteville comes from a family where both parents owned their own separate businesses. In addition, his father raised cattle as a hobby. Stuteville and his younger brother, are not new to long hours and dedication to their jobs. Both brothers were engaged in their father’s interests at an early age and eventually started to work with their father’s construction business.
“I plan to stay with Weber until I retire,” said Stuteville. His close counterpart in Germany, Karl Bauer,
has been with Weber since he was 15 years old, over 30 years now. “The people at Weber stay with the company their entire working careers.”
When asked about his WMIA membership, Stuteville simply explained, “The fact that we import our machinery makes it is very important for us to be involved with an association like the WMIA. Just even being on the members’ list we believe has given us an advantage toward many marketing opportunities.”