Farewell & Best Wishes to Tammy Park

This week we bid farewell to a dedicated, long-time employee, active community member and most of all a wonderful friend…Tammy Park. Tammy has a big smile that can light up a room and a great sense of humor. She came to work every day with a positive attitude and the highest level of professionalism. Tammy will be greatly missed by our entire team and our customers.

A Message From Tammy

“Time flies when you’re having fun!! I can’t believe it has been 17 years since we moved to the area. We took a huge leap of faith and it paid off. We were able to work and raise our family in a great farming community, and make many lifelong friends along the way! Even though it will be hard to leave, we are looking forward to being back in South Dakota with our families. It has been a pleasure getting to know and work with all of you over the last 4 years. I can tell you that you are working with a great team at AgVenture Pinnacle/Corn Capital Innovations that truly care about you and your business! I wish you all the best and remember, it isn’t the farm that makes the farmer, it’s the hard work and character!”

Trip Down Memory Lane

Don’t worry we won’t let Tammy leave without embarrassing her a little bit! Here’s a trip down memory lane with a few photos…starting with her farewell party with our employees. Some are a bit more professional and some are down right silly. Enjoy!

We’ve worked hard to make sure that our team and customers and well taken care of. We’re excited to welcome Allison Larsen as our new Office Coordinator.

We’d love for you to help us send Tammy off to South Dakota with a bunch of well wishes. Feel free to leave a comment below.

Give Yourself a Special Gift this Holiday Season

The Gift of Time

AgVenture Pinnacle - Happy HolidayYou can relate to the memorable moments that took place in farming this past year. During this holiday season we encourage all of you to give yourself a special gift, the gift of some time out.

Time out to reflect on this past year and acknowledge what went well for you, the opportunities you created and the wins you’ve had. The gift of this time is the opportunity to look forward, and design what you want for your farm for the next year.

Ask Yourself…


We’d like to help you plan for success.  We are AgVenture Pinnacle of Olivia, online at avpinnacle.com.

Happy Holiday’s from the AgVenture Pinnacle Team in Olivia, MN!

2015 Customer Appreciation Event a Success!

Thank you for celebrating another great year with us, we enjoyed spending time with our amazing clients, co-workers and friends at our Customer Appreciation Event on Dec. 1st. The event was a wonderful success and we truly are grateful for your patronage over the last year.

Silent Impact by Joe Schmidt

AgVenture Crew with Joe SchmidtWe hope that you enjoyed our guest speaker Joe Schmidt and his inspirational and entertaining speech about purpose, persistence, and passion. We certainly did! Here are a few of our favorite quotes.

“We make our biggest impressions when we are not trying to be impressive.”
“Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.”
“We all have a gift, make sure that you’re using it.”
“People won’t remember what you said or what you did, but they will remember how you made them feel.”
“Spend 90% of your time on the good stuff and only 10% of your time on the bad.”
“So many times we get so caught up in the destination that we forget to enjoy the journey.”
“If you want to be the best, you need to be better prepared than everyone else.”
“Be persistent in your passion.”
“Say a second “thank you” to those who made an impact in your life.”
“Think about who you would put on you Mt. Rushmore of impact. Simulate your life after those people.”
“Praise more, condemn less. There’s always something good to say about everyone.”

And how could we forget this one….“It don’t get no better than this!”  It certainly doesn’t! We were thrilled that Joe shared a copy of this bookSilent Impact” with each of us. We couldn’t have had a better night. Thank you for being part of it!

Where Did You Get Those Cookies?

We had so many of you ask about the awesome cookies we served at the event that we just had to share our secret!  The yummy cookies came from Cookie Creations, visit their Facebook page for more information.

Event Photo Gallery

Please enjoy our collection of photos from the event below. We’d love to see your event photos too! Please share them on our AgVenture Pinnacle Facebook Page.

What did you take away from Joe’s speech? Were you inspired to start making an impact on the lives around you? Please share in the comments.



Joe Schmit of KSTP-TV – Guest Speaker at Customer Appreciation Event on Dec. 1st

We are excited to show our appreciation for our patrons by joining together for a fun evening of great company, tasty food, and top notch entertainment on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015.

We hope that you’ve already received your formal invitation in the mail and wanted to remind you to RSVP by November 20th, 2015 to Tammy Park at (320) 523-2252 or tammy.park@avpinnacle.com. (Please note that this event is by invitation only.)

Please bring your wife, significant other, and/or business partner and enjoy our guest speaker, Joe Schmit.

Guest Speaker: Joe Schmit of KSTP-TV

Joe Schmit, KSTP-TVJoe Schmit is an award-winning broadcaster, community leader, and popular keynote speaker. He joined KSTP-TV in 1985 and has won 15 Emmys from the National Television Academy. Joe is also the host of TwinsWrap on 1500ESPN radio and is a regular contributor to the station.

Joe is former president and board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities. In 2000, he was  the winner of the Jim Kelly Distinguished Service Award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and in 2001, a winner of the Odyssey Award for commitment to youth  mentorship. Joe was also honored as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Community Leader of the Year in 2005. Currently, Joe is a member of the PACER Advisory Board and the Minnesota Vikings Advisory Board. Joe and his wife Laura are currently chairing a $7.2 million dollar capital campaign for VEAP, the largest food shelf in Minnesota.

“Silent Impact: Stories of Influence Through Purpose, Persistence, and Passion”

“We make our biggest impression when we are not trying to be impressive.” ~ Joe Schmit

During he presentation, “Silent Impact: Stories of Influence Through Purpose, Persistence, and Passion” Joe Schmit will share stories of real people and the ways in which they had a profound influence on others in their daily life.

Join Us!

Please join us on December 1st at Max’s Grill in Olivia, MN. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. The entire AgVeture Pinnacle – Olivia, MN Team looks forward to thanking you in person at this event!

Sincerely, Steve & Summer O’Neill, Erik Peterson, Eric Zempel, Tammy Park, Jordan Zuehlsdorf, Ernie Johnson, Diane Amberg

We Interrupt This Marriage To Bring You Harvest

When you fall in love with a farmer you know, or learn very quickly, that harvest is a third wheel in your marriage come fall. Spending long hours in the field leaves little time for loved ones, so farm wives and husbands need to find creative ways to get in some much-needed couple time. Here are 10 truths that all farm couples can relate to.

10 Harvest Truths for Farm Marriages

  1. Buddy Seat DatesThere will be dates in the tractor, combine or truck. If you married a farmer, chances are you’ve been on a “buddy seat date” during harvest. There’s just something romantic about having a little cab and your farmer all to yourself for a while.
  2. You will say good night or good morning over the phone or through Face Timing. Technology is great. You may not be physically together…but you can keep in touch.
  3. Meals taste better in the field with your farmer. Whether it’s in the back of a pickup truck or in the cab of the combine, harvest meals just seem to taste better when you get to eat them out in an open field with your farmer.
  4. A rare hug from your farmer will mean getting full of corn dust, dirt, oil or who knows what. But it’s totally worth it right?!
  5. You will experience “empty bed syndrome”. During harvest, you’ll find yourself waking up and going to sleep alone…that is if you get to take a break from farming yourself.
  6. There will be no planning anything. You can’t RVSP or say yes to any plans during harvest, everything is last minute based on the weather.
  7. You will check the weather often to see when the next harvesting break might come. A day off means that you get to spend some time together…even if it’s just going on a parts run.
  8. If you attend an event alone, family and friends will ask where your husband or wife is, unless they are farmers themselves. They just don’t understand, work needs to be done. Luckily you understand and give them a free pass to miss an event…just this once.
  9. You’ll have a lot of time to yourself. Too bad it will probably be spent working. Time apart makes you appreciate your time spent together more.
  10. You will find yourself more connected to Mother Nature. Most of the time you spend together as a couple will be spent breathing in fresh air and gazing over a beautiful country landscape. You’ll feel more connected to each other and the land.

Look on the bright side, harvest will be over soon and then your interrupted marriage will go back to normal…or at least until planting season! But as farmers…we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Share your story. What do you do to stay connected as a couple during harvest? Can you relate to any of the harvest truths above?

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