Brad Slagle, Key Account Manager
Who am I
After graduating from college with a business major in Missouri, I gained some working experience before joining Grundfos in 2014 as an Application Engineer. Afterwards, I was a District Sales Manager for three years in Chicago before moving back home to Kansas City to be a Key Account Manager.
Working with customers is like a puzzle you got to figure out – how to differentiate yourself and Grundfos from the competitors
How I make a difference
I manage the relationships between Grundfos and our industrial water treatment customers. The premium product is what is going to set us apart from our competitors, but I am also able to take our ideas and direction and align them with our customer’s needs. I am the link between Grundfos and our customers, aligning two sets of core values and offering solutions.
Having been able to take what I have learned about water treatment and Grundfos from my previous job roles within engineering and sales and apply it to my current position, I have been quite successful in my job. And this has been recognized. My biggest accomplishment is being selected for the ‘Reach for the Stars Programme’ in 2018, which is a global recognition programme. I was invited to go to Portugal with my wife to participate in a project – that was really great and something I will remember.
What drives me
I really like to learn. And getting up every day with the opportunity to learn something new, to better myself in Grundfos, is something I truly value. Traveling quite a bit can sometimes be tiresome, but I enjoy my role and especially the people I get to work with – the people I interact with on a daily basis and the relationships that I have formed at Grundfos both locally and in the rest of the world. Working with customers is like a puzzle you got to figure out – how to differentiate yourself and Grundfos from the competitors. And it is always changing and there are always new projects, always new people. There is a lot of value to that and I see myself working at Grundfos for a very long time.
Grundfos put a lot of emphasis and resources into providing a good workplace. And with a family to care for, amazing benefits are always a plus. There is a lot of great things going on behind the scenes besides just selling a good product or solution.
Grundfos has a great company culture with values that I appreciate in an employer. It is a real family environment where people are open and always willing to help.
That special culture
Grundfos has a great company culture with values that I appreciate in an employer. It is a real family environment where people are open and always willing to help. Willing to teach you and willing to be taught. It is a very encouraging culture where you get a lot of opportunities. I do not have a true engineering background, but Grundfos gave me the opportunity to be an engineer. Grundfos took a chance hiring me and it has opened doors and taken me places that other companies have not – especially on a global level.
I once hit a homerun of Max Scherzer, the best pitcher in baseball.