IT'S ABOUT KNOWING THE PEOPLE AND STORY
DENNIS KASPAR - OWNER/FOUNDER
Dennis founded Viatrac Fertilizer in 2015. His passion for agriculture and innovation stems from a family legacy that began in 1898. He has a background in manufacturing and production but has been heavily involved with agriculture since graduating Texas A&M in 1985. An entrepreneur at heart, he is constantly thinking about ways to improve existing agricultural models with an emphasis on conservation. He continues his passions to this day while overseeing a family ranching operation with his son spanning three counties in South Central Texas. Faith, family, and friends are where his treasures lie.
MORGAN BARNETT - GENERAL MANAGER
DEBBIE PUSTKA - OFFICE MANAGER
Morgan has worked with Dennis going on twenty seven years. As general manager of Viatrac, he wears multiple hats while overseeing sales and operations. From raising chickens as a young boy to graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in Poultry Science in 1982, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the company.
Debbie has known Dennis since grade school and has worked with Morgan for over twenty five years. As office manager for Viatrac, she serves as the front line of communications for customer service and accounts. She has an agricultural background and passion, raising horses, cattle, sheep, and show lambs.
JIM JACOBS - PLANT MANAGER
Jim is a US Army veteran. He got his start in a family welding and construction business. He spent twenty years as a welding contractor before joining the poultry industry. His roles varied from maintenance manager for Tyson Foods to running the feed mill for Pilgrim. Jim envisions his role at Viatrac as the orchestra conductor, aiming for a harmonious outcome on day to day production. He also plays guitar and is a music minister, currently working on a new album as of November 2017.
CHAD NORTON - MILL SUPERVISOR
RANDY WEAVER - PRODUCTION CONTROL
Chad grew up in Shelby county on a poultry farm. He met Jim Jacobs in 2006, and they have been working together ever since. Chad oversees the mill at Viatrac ensuring seamless operations.
BRETT BANNER - SALES
Brett grew up in the city but moved to the country as fast as he could. He graduated college with a degree in business communications and has been developing his professional skill set since 1992. At the core of his work Brett believes that it's all about creating and managing good relationships. One of the most satisfying parts of his role at Viatrac is learning from experienced farmers while helping them bring their soil to its full potential. In their spare time, Brett and his family own and operate a local ministry in Nacogdoches.
ZACH PRATER - SALES
Zach grew up on a rice and soy bean farm. He got his start working at a young age doing "all the non-glamorous jobs". In 2009, he graduated with a plant science degree and worked with an agriculture consulting business for several years afterward. This experience gave him a broad, but detailed, perspective on many different aspects of modern agriculture. As a part of the sales team at Viatrac, he works with both growers and retail stores. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys being near any type of river, lake, or ocean.
VAN VANLANDINGHAM - SALES
REGGIE ARTRIPE - SALES
Reggie grew up in Kingsville, Texas, where he spent many a day on a working farm. This area had a strong ranching community and is the original home of legendary King Ranch. He got married to the love of his life and became a Farm Bureau Agent for two counties, eventually opening his own business. He went on to work in many different aspects of agriculture including livestock, trees, grasses, fruit, and produce.