This month we are pleased to feature Montie Gause. Montie is a loyal and dedicated contractor for DCI, we have been blessed with the fortune to collaborate with Montie on a wide variety of projects over the years. Montie lives in central Iowa, was raised and attended college in Florida and has spent his life involved in the agriculture industry. Montie thoroughly enjoys his work with DCI as a contractor, especially because he is able to stay connected with the folks in the industry he holds close to his heart. Please enjoy reading more about Montie in this month's spotlight.
How did you get involved with DCI?
It's been too long ago. I don't remember, but it has been many years ago!
Tell us about your background:
I was born and raised on a farm in the central part of the Florida Panhandle where we raised cattle, hogs, corn, peanuts, sugarcane and tobacco. We lost my dad when I was 10 years old in a auto accident and I had to grow up in a hurry. I am the middle sibling of 5 children. I went on to college and graduated from Florida A&M University with a BS in Animal Science. I joined Shell Chemical Co. in 1975 in the Ag Chem Division and 3 years later I migrated to the Animal Health Division. I enjoyed over 20 years in agriculture for companies including BASF and FMC. Following my years in ag, I spent 10 years as the Internet Training Manager with Qwest/Dex Media Yellow Pages.
What is the best thing about being a DCI Contractor?
Being able to stay connected to the field and people who I miss so much in the ag industry. I really enjoy meeting and sharing with new people.
What would you like to share about your home and family life?
I am a single, empty-nester with 3 children.
What was your first job?
My first job off the farm was as a carpenter's aid during summer in college and as a sales rep with Shell Oil-Chem Division after finishing college.
What do you do during the first hour of the morning?
I love mornings! Time for coffee, news and getting connected with my day.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Hunting, fishing, golfing and just being in the outdoors with my camera.
What is your greatest achievement?
Becoming the AAU Outstanding Athlete (Judo) for the state of Iowa.
What are you ordering for your favorite meal?
Who are your favorite sports teams?
Cubs and Yankees!
What is the happiest memory of your life?
Becoming a dad.
Tell us about your favorite pet.
My German Shorthair Pointer, Marley (he was named before the movie), who just passed this past December 27th. Twelve years and one month of the best friendship anyone could ever have.
What three people (living or not) would you invite to a dinner party?
My Dad, Mom and Marley. All three gone, but never forgotten.
What historical figure do you admire most?
Dr. Martin Luther King
What was the first concert you attended?
Tell us something about yourself that most people do not know:
I am a 3rd degree blackbelt in judo. I taught and competed in Sioux City, Des Moines and Iowa State University.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
If I ever go through a day without learning something, I've wasted a day!