John Hargroder, Automation Manager - Baton Rouge
At Champion, our service sets us apart. We make it a priority to be available when customers ask Champion to assist them in meeting their challenging and often changing schedules. Our team is always professional, dedicated, flexible, and friendly.
With over 30 years of experience in the automation field, John Hargroder leads as Automation Manager for the Baton Rouge, Louisiana and capital area market. In his role as Automation Manager, he builds customer relationships and manages employees, projects, and business development efforts.
Joining our team in 2006, John began in a Business Manager role -- opening the doors to Champion's very first Rocky Mountain office: Salt Lake City, Utah. This was soon followed by two additional offices in Colorado: Denver and Grand Junction. Advancing his career to Regional Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region of Champion, John oversaw operations at all three offices which collectively serve over 80 customers in numerous industries and states from North Dakota to Texas.
Under John’s leadership, the Rocky Mountain Regional offices implemented control systems for refineries, several natural gas compressor stations, liquid pipeline pumping and receiving stations, truck and rail loading terminals, solution mining operations, manufacturing lines, and food & beverages lines.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (currently the University of Louisiana - Lafayette). John is focused on personal development and has attended multiple leadership development programs. In his spare time, John enjoys cycling, other fitness activities, and spending time with family.