Staff

Brenda Harrenstein, Production Manager

Time with Two-Cylinder:
30 years

Duties:
Typesetting magazine, serial number research (including research, typesetting and proofing documents in preparation for shipping) administrative duties, and web updates

Best Part of the Job:
Friendships that have developed over the past 30 years.

Hidden Talent:
Repurposing items by transforming them into useful and creative one-of-a-kind displays. I like to visualize what things can be rather than what they are. It's also fun to utilize items in an entirely different way than what their original design would seem to dictate.

Hobbies:
Horses and horsemanship, reading, sewing, cooking, gardening/landscaping, interior design, home remodeling/repair, old cars/trucks.

#1 Item on Bucket List:
Going on extended trail rides throughout the West.

Where do we see Two-Cylinder in the future?
Progressing into a more digital age through video streaming and seeing John Deere Day movies in John Deere dealerships. I would also like to see the camaraderie and enthusiasm rejuvenated to the level as when I first became involved. There needs to be a unified direction to keep the hobby strong.

Jack Cherry, Editor Two-Cylinder magazine

Time with Two-Cylinder:
33 years.

Duties:
Selecting material for the magazine, writing, research, photography, judging tractors and equipment.

Best Part of the Job:
Meeting and visiting with the people interested in vintage John Deere products.

Hidden Talent:
Directly linked to John Deere manufacturing for decades, so am able to separate much of what is fact and fiction.

Hobbies:
Target shooting; long-range centerfire rifles.

#1 Item of Bucket List:
Visit historic locations of World War II in Europe.

Where I see Two-Cylinder in the future:
Technological developments are changing the way we distribute information. The magazine stays — top quality — through the foreseeable future, but we need to add streaming for those constantly “on the go.” There is an obvious lack of direction and unity in the hobby, with people popping up here and there with their own ideas of how it ought to be. Such efforts are almost always self-serving, whereas the intent of the Two-Cylinder organization is to provide accurate information in quality formats, and other services such as individual tractor research and quality-achievement awards. As long as we can continue to serve, we'll be here to do so.

Elyse Garcia, Member Services

Time with Two-Cylinder:
7 years

Duties:
Shipping of merchandise, managing digital databases, handling phone and online orders, handling customer inquiries, managing inventory, and daily housekeeping duties.

Best Part of the Job:
Providing quality products for tractor enthusiasts.

Hidden Talent:
I forgot where I buried it…

Hobbies:
Reading, animal rescue, gardening, interior design, home remodeling/repair, traveling, history.

#1 Item on Bucket List:
Travel through Europe with my husband.

Where I see Two-Cylinder in the future:
Seeing a younger generation take interest in preserving the history of John Deere, and having a broader knowledge of Two-Cylinder and New Generation models.

Gretchen Madden, Member Services

Time with Two-Cylinder:
12 years

Duties:
Accounting, managing digital databases, handling phone and online orders, handling customer inquiries, managing inventory.

Best Part of the Job:
Interaction with individuals who are genuinely enthusiastic about the hobby, and know how to have fun with it!

Hidden Talent:
Bilingual (French)

Hobbies:
Reading, kayaking, hiking, science, and animal rescue.

#1 Item on Bucket List:
Spending a lengthy stretch traveling though Great Britain and Ireland.

Where do we see Two-Cylinder in the future?
Continue to provide the educational as well as fun and creative aspects that represent the John Deere community.

Tim Madden, Maintenance

Time with Two-Cylinder:
12 years

Duties:
Maintaining office properties/buildings

Best Part of the Job:
Having the privilege of working in a family-oriented environment alongside my spouse, Gretchen.

Hidden Talent:
Woodworking

Hobbies:
Archaeology, hiking, fishing, kayaking, cycling, and snowmobiling.

#1 Item on Bucket List:
Skydiving