Meet The Team

Ben Ekern

Midwest Territory Manager

Ben, Calf-Tel’s Midwest Territory Manager, holds a Bachelor of Science-Animal and Plant Systems from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Previously, he came from Accelerated Genetics where he was an award-winning District Sales Manager in Minnesota. Ben has now been with Calf-Tel for four years and was named Calf-Tel’s Top Seller in 2020.

Bernd Kleiner

Business Development Manager – Europe

Bernd has been with Calf-Tel for 17 years and is an expert in his field. He manages the European branch, heading the business development, trading, and sales out of Germany and for wider Europe. He studied Applied Sciences at the University of Nuertingen specializing in the agriculture business, animal housing and nutrition gaining a “Diplom Ingenieur” degree.

Gary Day

Pacific Northwest Territory Manager

As a youngster, Gary was active in 4-H and FFA. Gary continued on to complete animal science/pre-vet and rangeland management studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In addition to his education, Gary has experience as a HSDA meat inspector, cattle producer and livestock equipment sales representative.

Kelly Driver

Eastern US & Canada Territory Manager

Kelly has been involved in the dairy industry in New York state all her life. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business from SUNY Cobleskill and an MBA from Le Moyne College. In addition to raising calves and heifers, Kelly also has a keen interest in dairy cattle genetics. She feels that getting calves off to the best start allows them to better reach their genetic potential. She has worked as our Eastern US & Canada Territory Manager for Calf-Tel since 2017.

Melissa Roden

Sales Administrator

Having grown up on a 50-cow registered herd farm in West Bend, WI where she assisted with calf and livestock management, Melissa brings with her a lifetime of dairy experience. Melissa now owns and helps run Roden Echo Valley, LLC in Trenton, Wisconsin alongside her husband and family. Melissa has been with Calf-Tel for 7 years.

Tomasz Kazmierczak

Eastern European Territory Manager

Tomasz brings with him 25 years of experience in international agriculture. He completed studies at Poznań University of Life Sciences, Department of Animal Husbandry, Poznań, Poland, where he gained his Master’s Degree and went on to complete postgraduate studies in Marketing. Tomasz has been with Calf-Tel for 3 years.

Xavier Avila

Western Territory Manager

Xavier, a lifelong dairyman, is Calf-Tel’s Western Territory Manager. Residing in Tulare, California, Xavier owns his own dairy and actively plays a role in the California dairy community. In addition to his background in operations and genetics, he is also a corporate board member of Land O’Lakes and has served as Chairman of the California Dairy Campaign among other accomplishments.
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