Meet our Team
President & Chief Executive Officer
Joe is a Monroe County Iowa native and graduated from Albia High School in 1983. In 1987 Joe received his Bachelors degree in Ag Business from Iowa State University and began an 11 year career at Dow Chemical. He became a Certified Crop Advisor in 1994. Joe founded Quality Ag Service in 1995. Joe has been instrumental in developing the strategies and strengthening the capabilities that have led to Quality Ag's growth in products and services offered to growers and ag businesses. Under his leadership, the company has become a national wholesale agro-chemical provider with retail agronomy roots in southern Iowa. Joe and his wife Allison live in rural Melrose, Iowa and have three grown children.
Wholesale Market Manager
Manager Joe oversees the inventory and delivery logistics of the wholesale operation, is the inside salesman for the wholesale market, and oversees the warehouse operations at the Albia location. Joe Knowles grew up on a farm in rural Melrose, Iowa and graduated from Albia High School. He received an associate's degree from Muscatine College in Ag Business in 2001. Joe has been at Quality Ag since near its founding and has been instrumental in the growth of the wholesale segment Joe and his wife Kari are busy with their son Logan, and twins Michael and Halley.
National Sales Manager
Jason works to provide our retail dealer customers with the knowledge and products to further the success of their retail operations. Jason joined QAS in July 2019 and brings his many years of distribution and manufacturer experience to his position. Jason, his wife Kami, and their two boys live near Columbia, MO.
Retail Sales Agronomist
Jon is the retail sales agronomist for the Albia location. He uses his CCA accreditation to make agronomy plans and recommendations for our customers. He is also the seed and seed treatment specialist in Albia. Jon has enjoyed a 25 plus year career in retail agronomy and has a passion for helping growers achieve a great result in their fields. He became a Certified Crop Advisor in 1997 and joined Quality Ag in 2007. Besides a passion for agronomy, Jon enjoys spending time with his children, grandchildren, and wife Patty.
Northern Division Manager
Dustin is the manager of our northern division. His duties include retail sales and service of chemical and fertilizer in the Northeast Iowa area.
Operations Manager of the Northern Division
Chad is the Operations Manager of our Northern division. His duties include retail sales and service of chemical and fertilizer in the Northeast Iowa area. Chad joined our team in May of 2020 and lives in La Porte City with his wife Danielle and their two sons.
Crop Insurance Specialist
Kari is our lead crop insurance agent. She heads up the sales and service of our crop insurance clients. Kari has a degree in agriculture from Iowa State University and is married to Joe Knowles, our wholesale market manager.
Retail Operations Manager
Kevin manages all of the day-to-day activities of the retail fertilizer and spraying operations and oversees the Melrose location. Kevin has been with QAS since 2002 and lives in Albia with his wife and three kids.
Rob works as the senior chemical and fertilizer custom applicator for our retail operation. He also uses his many years of experience to guide plant and equipment improvement projects. Rob has been with QAS since 2005 and lives in Russell.
Cary works as a chemical and fertilizer custom applicator for our retail operation. He also works in our Melrose location blending and dispatching fertilizer orders and working on repair/improvement projects. Cary has been with QAS since 2009 and lives in Moravia.
Jordan works as a chemical and fertilizer custom applicator for our retail operation. He also does some driving and makes agronomy sales calls. Jordan has been with QAS since 2016 and lives in Moravia with his wife and little girl.
Bill’s driving duties include customer deliveries, hauling grain, and delivering product to applicators in the field. He also uses his years of mechanical skills to keep trucks and equipment fine-tuned. Bill has been with QAS since February of 2019 and lives in Albia.
Jim does local driving, hauling fertilizer and chemicals to customers and applicators, and hauling grain. He is also does repair and maintenance work at the Albia location. Jim has been with QAS since 2016 and lives in Albia.
Eddie keeps our buildings full hauling fertilizer from the terminals to our plants. He also hauls customer grain and tends applicators. Eddie has been with QAS since 2017 and lives in Centerville with his wife.
Mike is our main mechanical specialist. He tackles the major in-house repairs. He also mixes fertilizer and fills in driving where ever needed. Mike has been with QAS since 2016 and lives in Blakesburg with his wife.
Kris oversees all the administrative functions of the operation and has been part of the company since 1999. Kris graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Accounting and an Agriculture degree. She and her husband Joe also have a farming operation near Melrose.
Lisa oversees inventory vendor payables, vendor finance customer programs, customer invoicing, and seed reporting. Her duties also include serving as payroll/HR manager. Lisa has been with QAS since 2007 and lives in Albia.
Administrative Specialist/Customer Support Rep
Nicole is the first point of contact for our customers. Her duties in Albia also include accounts receivable and payable, marketing, and regulatory compliance. Nicole joined the QAS team in August of 2019 and lives in Moravia.