Robert Sharkie brings almost 40 years of agricultural experience to his role as CEO. After commencing his career in a Rural Supplies store in 1980, he went on the road servicing all farm and agricultural clients throughout his area. His knack for dealing with people resulted in a role managing staff in Rural Supplies, Livestock, Real Estate, Finance, and Insurance. Robert came to ATS/Ruralco in May 2015 and saw the role as an opportunity to give back to an industry that has been very good to him and provided a career pathway from a young age. Philosophy, vision, staying relevant in an ever-changing market and staff development are all focuses for Robert. He is a different kind of leader, always one to pitch in and lead his team by example, as well as attending front-line events to maintain his strong relationships with his customers in the agricultural community.