Our Team

Tim Bratland

Tim Bratland is the President of YieldMaster Solutions in De Smet, South Dakota. Tim attended Dakota State University where he studied business management. In 1989, Tim and his father built a seed processing plant and started Bratland Seed, a seed cleaning business. Since then, Tim has amassed over 30 years of experience in the seed industry, including leadership roles in several areas such as product selection, production, and sales in the United States and Canada. Today, agriculture is still an integral part of his life as he leads the YMS team. Tim focuses on building customer relationships and identifying key technologies on the cutting edge of ag, targeted to meet the demands of an evolving industry, enhance crop performance, and ultimately boost grower ROI.

Josh O’Brien
National Sales Manager

Upon graduating from the University of Central Missouri in 2009, Josh became an account executive for a biological marketing company based in Iowa.  He spent the next 10 years traveling the country developing a dealer network for their microbial-based products designed for use in the agronomy, livestock, and horticulture industries.  In October of 2019, Josh joined YieldMaster Solutions as an account executive. Since then, he has transitioned to National Sales Manager, responsible for sales across North America, industry partnerships, and the YMS distributor account network. When not on the road educating farmers about the YMS product line, Josh works from his office in Minneapolis, MN.  

Justin Miller
Western Sales Lead/Technical Product Lead

Justin grew up near Cando, ND and graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Plant Pathology in 1997.  For the first 10 years of his career in agriculture, he gained firsthand experience in agronomy and management roles in the potato industry working for multi-state, family-owned ag companies.  Since 2008, Justin worked in technical sales and management roles for biotechnology companies in the ag sector.  Most notably, Becker Underwood (now BASF), Ostara and Lallemand Plant Care.  Prior to joining YMS, he served as the Commercial Manager, USA, for Lallemand Plant Care. Justin currently serves as the Sales Lead for YMS business in the western US, working to support and grow the current YMS distributor and dealer network and additionally serves as the Technical Product Lead role as YMS expands its crop knowledge base for its current and future suite of products.

Jamie Jones
Business Development Manager

Jamie grew up in southern Minnesota where her involvement on the farm drew her to pursue an agronomy degree from South Dakota State University. Upon graduation, she has gained valuable industry experience in retail sales, serving as a retail sales manager as well as an account manager. In her role now, Jamie serves as YieldMaster Solution’s Business Development Manager. When asked what makes YMS unique, Jamie stated, “We strategically select products. YieldMaster Solutions eliminates the guess work for the growers by only representing validated, top-quality products”.

Shandy Bertolino
Account Manager

Shandy primarily serves Illinois and Indiana as an account manager for YieldMaster Solutions. Her role is to help recruit and train dealers as well as service and support distributors for our exciting biological line-up. She attended Purdue University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree.  Shandy has grown up in the agriculture industry and currently lives on a crop and livestock farm with her family in Morrisonville, Illinois. Her first-hand experience allows her to walk alongside our clientele.

Luke Orth
Account Manager

Luke Orth is a graduate of Michigan State University and has been involved in the seed industry for several years. Based out of Ludington, Michigan, Luke serves as an Account Manager for Michigan, focusing on cultivating a retail network and steward dealer relationships in order to further support and promote the high quality YMS product line.

Mark Christensen
Account Manager

From a young age, Mark has actively been involved in the agriculture industry. He grew up on a crop and livestock farm near Laurel, NE and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mark continued farming and then worked in the financial planning sector. Mark and his wife currently reside near Elkhorn, NE. Since joining the Yield Master Solutions team in July of 2022 as an account manager, Mark services Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, and Iowa. His passion for the agriculture industry combined with his financial planning background allows him to operate with our dealers and growers’ success in mind.