C. Sawnson Graves III
Secretary and Treasurer
Swanson purchased Reddick Equipment Company, Inc. and operated this sprayer manufacturing company for 27 years, growing sales over 800%. As a single proprietor in a highly seasonal business with 35 to 45 employees, he was responsible for managing cash flow, purchasing, sales forecasting, personnel, product engineering, development and manufacturing. Reddick grew from being an agricultural equipment manufacturer doing business in NC, to serving diversified customers in over 20 states through retail, dealer, and distributer accounts. Mr. Graves sold Reddick Equipment Company, Inc. in 2012 posting an average gross profit margin in excess of 31% for the last five years. Swanson holds a BS in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill, and a MS Industrial Engineering from NC State University.