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BRANDT Promotes Two to Leadership Positions

Promotions Bolster BRANDT Specialty Formulations Leadership Team

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (3 November 2016) – BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty agriculture products, promoted two rising stars to its senior leadership team in its Specialty Formulations division.  

Brian Haschemeyer has been promoted to Director of Discovery & Innovation. This role grants Haschemeyer critical division-wide responsibilities, overseeing all agronomic support, product development and laboratory services.

John Guglielmi has been promoted to National Sales Director, covering Ag, turf & ornamental, adjuvants and aquatics products. Guglielmi will lead a deep, experienced salesforce of 32 professionals, covering 49 states.    

In announcing the decisions, Bill Engel, Executive Vice President, called out the experience and expertise that Haschemeyer and Guglielmi bring to the BRANDT team.

“I am extremely proud to make this announcement,” said Engel, leader of the BRANDT Specialty Formulations group. “Both Brian and John are top-notch individuals and true leaders. They share the values that make BRANDT special and they will continue to lead us into the future.”

Haschemeyer, 40, has been with BRANDT for ten years, most recently as Manager of Chemistry and Laboratory Services on the Discovery & Innovation team, working on a wide range of products to improve plant health. A native of Central Illinois, Haschemeyer has a BS in Chemistry from Western Illinois University. He recently authored BRANDT’s inaugural patent application for a humic-acid product he helped develop.

Guglielmi, 53, spent the last year as BRANDT’s Director of Business Development. He has over 25 years of experience managing, marketing and selling Ag, turf and ornamental products. He has held numerous management positions where he was responsible for setting strategic direction and delivering a profit. Immediately before joining BRANDT, Guglielmi served as senior vice president of fertilizer sales at QC Corporation, a Verdesian Life Sciences company.

Guglielmi holds two masters degrees, an MS in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University. He also holds a BS in Botany from Auburn University.


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.