, | Certificate of Distinction: 2000
Lee Rulon is a man who “leads by example with hard work, integrity and a spirit of cooperation,” according to Larry Svajgr, executive director of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association, Inc. Rulon has labored unselfishly and used his talents for the benefit of his employer, the seed industry and his community.
Rulon received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Kentucky in 1967. He was hired by Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Atlanta, Indiana, as the first non-family member to serve as marketing manager and to oversee the farmer dealers. Rulon built Beck’s Hybrids’ entire sales department from the ground up, according to company president Lawrence “Sonny” Beck. Rulon currently serves as the Marketing Director for Beck’s Hybrids.
Herman Rettinger, a Beck’s dealer for nearly 30 years, notes that competitors in the seed business have long taken note of the intense loyalty of Beck’s dealers, a fact that he credits in large part to Rulon’s development of the dealer network. There is no doubt that Rulon has played a key role in the growth and expansion of Beck’s Hybrids in recent years, growth that has made the company one of the top regional seed suppliers in Indiana. Rulon has been a key partner with Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy, providing funding on behalf of Beck’s to develop a series of CD-ROM tools for use by crop managers across Indiana and throughout the U. S. In addition to his responsibilities at Beck’s, Rulon Enterprises, a family farming operation.
Rulon served on the international committee of the American Seed Trade Association, and he has been on the executive committee and was president (1995) of the Indiana Seed Trade Association. He is currently on the board of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) and recently served on the executive committee. He was a key resource for ICIA as it planned and built its new headquarters, a facility that opened in 1999. Recently Rulon’s peers elected him to represent the seed industry on the Indiana Grain Indemnity Board.
In his community, Rulon has served as president of the Cicero Police Board. And he is a two-term member of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Merit Board, a five-member board that oversees the department’s personnel functions including hiring officers, pension plan administration and administration of disciplinary actions. Sheriff L. Joe Cook says that Rulon’s “leadership and people skills are quite evident as he participates in the solving of difficult problems often brought before the board.”