Departing Foster Landmark franchisee Chris Geisler chats with local agricultural contractor and former workmate, Andrea O’Hara at the birthday and farewell barbecue lunch last Wednesday. m124015

Departing Foster Landmark franchisee Chris Geisler chats with local agricultural contractor and former workmate, Andrea O’Hara at the birthday and farewell barbecue lunch last Wednesday. m124015

IT HASN’T been 10 or 15 years since Browns and then Landmark established their farm supplies store and depot in Power Street, Foster.
It was 26 years ago that Chris Geisler joined the fledgling business, working alongside Gary Stoll, rising to manager in 1995 and then Landmark franchisee in 2011.
But last Wednesday, there was time to reflect, as Chris farewelled the business, handed over to new owners Gordon and Sylvia Vagg, and their manager Michael Comben who has been with the operation since the start of the year.
“It’s all about relationships,” said Chris about success in business.
“Country communities thrive on local involvement and in business, it’s all about relationships. The better you get to know your clients, the better placed you are to anticipate their needs.
“You get to meet their kids when they come in and you know what they are doing. And now 25 years down the track, the kids they brought in with them back then are now running the farms and you’ve got that on-going relationship as well.”
The hallmark of Chris’ time at Landmark Foster has been that relationship and being prepared to go that extra mile to help. It’s a quality that’s now ingrained in the business and will certainly be carried on by new manager Michael Comben and his team.
Last Wednesday was a celebration of Chris and his partner Fiona’s time in the business and also an in-store demonstration day with specials being offered and supplier reps in attendance.
Chris and Fiona will now be heading north, to Echuca where they have family and friends but after a bit of travelling around, he’ll eventually have to get back to work again.