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BRANDT Expands International Sales Team with Experienced Agronomists

Tampa, Florida (25 April 2022) – BRANDT, a leading Ag retailer and manufacturer of specialty inputs for the agriculture, turf and ornamental markets, added three new members to the company’s international sales team. All three new hires will represent BRANDT’s extensive portfolio of Ag inputs, working to grow and support the company’s international distribution partners.

“As we focus on international growth, these three gentlemen will help us take our team to the next level,” said Ramon Georgis, VP, BRANDT International. “We welcome their experience, their passion and their commitment to global agriculture.”

Esmelvin Genao brings extensive knowledge of the agriculture market in the Dominican Republic. Genao was most recently a technical sales representative with Duwest Domincana and he holds an agronomy degree from the Universidad ISA, Santiago DR. He will report to Prospero DeLeon and focus on growing BRANDT’s footprint in the Dominican Republic.

With deep experience on the grower side of the Ag equation, Fernando Merello joins the BRANDT team, headed by Pablo Merello, in Chile. An agronomist specializing in fruit crops, Merello trained at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He was most recently with Fresh Land Chile Exports; he also spent significant time in the brewery business.

Christos Papamanthou joins BRANDT to grow and manage distribution in Greece and the Balkan countries. With more than 15 years of experience and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Papamanthou most recently worked in crop biostimulant technologies at EVYP, LLP. He will report to Christine Bassaber.

“Our specialty Ag input products are highly technical, boasting some of the most advanced formulations in the industry. So we don’t just hire sales people: Our sales team members are highly skilled and highly technical,” explained Georgis. “We’re incredibly excited to welcome these three respected agronomic professionals to BRANDT International.”


A leading agricultural company, BRANDT serves growers around the globe. Founded in 1953 by Glen Brandt and his sister Evelyn Brandt Thomas to help Illinois farmers adopt new and profitable technologies, the company has experienced aggressive growth under the leadership of President and CEO Rick Brandt. Innovation, technology and strong customer service are a few of the core beliefs that drive BRANDT today. BRANDT’s focus is providing the products and services that give growers the best opportunity for return while building a stronger, healthier and more abundant food supply.