Todd & Sargent announces the retirement of Philip B. Sargent, Senior Vice President. Phil started working part time in 1959 and was hired full time in 1976. After 39 years full time with the company, Phil retired on December 31, 2015.
While working part time during his junior high and high school years for his dad, Warren B. Sargent, Phil performed many duties in the Todd & Sargent warehouse and office from cleaning to payroll. In 1964, he worked with the construction crew building the new T&S warehouse at the Ames office on Arrasmith Trail and in 1965 building the wood cribbed grain elevator in Napier, Iowa. During his college years at Iowa State University, Phil began working in the Todd & Sargent drafting department. He was elected to the board of directors in 1969.
After graduating from Iowa State University, Phil worked as a Grain Merchandiser for Cargill, Inc. for five years. He returned to Todd & Sargent in 1976 as a programmer in the computer department under the direction of his brother Dan Sargent. The computer department did custom computer programming for both Todd & Sargent and outside clients until 1978 when the department was dissolved. In 1978, Phil became President and General Manager for PMI. PMI was a subsidiary of Todd & Sargent which provided maintenance and manlift services to the grain and feed industry.
Warren B. Sargent, President and CEO, reorganized the company in 1981 and developed three departments: Marketing & Product Development, Operations, and Administration (including Safety). Phil became the Vice President of Administration. In 1983, Phil was promoted to Executive Vice President of Todd & Sargent. He was responsible for development, implementation, and management of overall corporate goals, strategies, and policies along with corporate banking, bonding, legal, insurance, and risk management programs. In 1985 he also served as President of Todd & Sargent, Canada, LTD and managed over 19 projects. A few of those projects were built for Cargill Nutrena, Aurora Cooperative, Manitoba Pool Elevators, and Cargill Limited. From January 2014 until his retirement, Phil held the position of Senior Vice President and Vice Chairman of The Sargent Group, Inc. Board of Directors. Phil will remain a member of the board of directors.
Phil and wife Susan live in Ames where they raised their three children. Future plans include spending more time with their children and grandchildren and enjoying the mountains at their Colorado home. Their family includes son Jon Sargent of Ames; daughter Jennifer Peckham and husband John of Salina, Kansas; daughter Lindsay Abt and husband Dan of Maitland, Florida; and four grandchildren. Please join us in wishing Phil all the best in his retirement!