Enjoying sales through classes, professors and teaching assistant; moving on to sales as a career

Austin Rodenbeck

Hometown: Churubusco, IN
High school: Carroll High School
Major: Ag Sales & Marketing
Why did you come to Purdue: Going into an ag career there was no better school to go to in order to prepare myself, especially since it is one of the best schools in the country for my major!
Coolest spot on campus: Memorial Mall in the fall
Favorite local eatery: DT Kirby’s
Best place to get coffee: Greyhouse
Favorite Purdue tradition: Getting a Den Pop
Top three influences at Purdue:

  • Dr. Downey
  • Amy Cochran
  • My time in Alpha Gamma Rho
Favorite involvement at Purdue: AGEC 331 Teaching Assistant
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Participated in a study abroad opportunity
Places you have been as a Purdue student:
  • I have been to Nebraska for an internship
  • Denver for an internship over my winter break freshman year
Favorite Company you interned for: Dow AgroSciences
Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: Beef (Love a good steak!)
John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: John Deere
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: Chevy
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Fall
Where would you have gone to school if you couldn’t chose Purdue: Indiana University
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Management
Favorite club/organization: Alpha Gamma Rho
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Grand Prix Race
Favorite Purdue event: Basketball games in Mackey
Favorite dining court: Wiley
Favorite place to study: Basement of Hicks
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert
Favorite thing about CoA: Almost everyone knows everyone. By senior year you almost now the names of everyone in your upper level classes.
Favorite class: AGEC 431
Favorite professor: Dr. Downey
Three biggest accomplishments:


  • Accepting my job with Dow AgroSciences
  • Becoming a AGEC 331 TA
  • Being accepted to Purdue University

Things on your resume not listed above: I help run the Indiana Junior Swine Circuit that takes place during the summer.
What motivates you: Knowing how much scrutiny the Ag industry is going through right now and that I can potentially help educate those on the benefits of the industry.
Favorite quote: “You only live once.. but if you work it right, once is enough”
Accepted employment: Commercial Sales Trainee with Dow AgroSciences in Southern Illinois
Where do you want to end up: I would love to end up in a territory back in Indiana so I am close enough to help my dad run our family livestock operation
Advice for underclassman: Do not wait to get involved!!
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Everyone outside the Midwest thinks that Purdue is Ivy League.


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