Mentorship Program

Jeff Benge

Global sales and marketing executive. Creative mind. Recovering accountant turned marketer with strong business acumen.

As the manager of Strategy & Planning for the Ag & Turf Division of John Deere Jeff lead strategic planning and governance for the division. During this time, he was also supporting key business improvement projects to enhance the company’s M&A processes and activity. Throughout Jeff’s career, he has shown a keen ability to drive sales growth and channel capabilities across the globe. These experiences led to many unique opportunities to deliver new ways to grow and market this iconic brand.

Following his graduation from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business with a BS in Business Administration, Jeff joined John Deere’s internal audit staff. During the first three years with Deere he conducted financial and procedural audits across John Deere’s North American manufacturing and marketing units. And then he found his passion.

Jeff moved into a 30-year career focused on sales and channel management holding positions of increasing responsibility within the North American sales organization before taking on global assignments. His roles included Director of Sales and Marketing for India while residing in Pune. He was the Global Marketing Manager for John Deere’s utility tractor business, which included managing regional teams in Germany, India, Brazil and the US. He also served as the Director of Sales & Marketing for China, headquartered in Beijing.

Mentor Sessions:

To be announced soon

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Let us know you'd like to sit down with a mentor by completing the application form. We will review each application and connect you to the mentors we think will be most helpful. Due to the number of applicants, we can't guarantee everyone will get a meeting with a mentor.

We will notify selected applicants via email prior to the scheduled mentor session. All information shared in mentorship meetings is confidential.

Feel free to apply to meet with more than one mentor by submitting the form multiple times.

The efactory's mentorship program is a joint program with the Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University. By signing up to meet with a mentor you will also become a client of the Small Business Development Center.