Fluker's Cricket Farm

WHO WE ARE

Staff

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 David Fluker - President/Owner

I’m a second-generation cricket farmer, practically born and raised in this unique business. While most kids were away at camp, I spent my summers feeding, watering, counting, and delivering crickets. Let’s just say my connection to crickets and reptiles has been a lifelong endeavor. I absolutely love my job and my team. We have accomplished many exciting things together, growing this little cricket farm from a small seasonal fish bait company to the internationally recognized reptile brand it is today. As graduate of LSU, I am proud of the strategic partnership we have cultivated with our state’s flagship university. We have funded many research projects over the years and continue to rely heavily on LSU’s deep resources to develop and produce our insects and quality family of products. Now more than ever, I am excited about the continued growth our future holds.

 

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 Diane Noland - Secretary Treasurer/Owner

Diane Noland is the co-owner of Fluker Farms and has been with the company since she was eight years old. Along with her job title, her duties include daily financial, planning company Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas parties, maintaining an acceptable work environment, cooking for employees, and filling in when essential employees are absent. She also does many things with our sister company: Roux Brands. Diane’s favorite part of working at Fluker’s is when she gets to entertain the employees for all of their hard work. When asked what reptiles/amphibian/insect she would be if he had the chance and why, Diane replied with, “A butterfly because I love to be around flowers”. Outside of work, Diane loves to work in her flower beds and doing yard work because her flowers giver her an overwhelming peace. Diane is also actively involved in her church, kitchen duty, and VBS. If she could describe herself in three words, Diane’s three words would be peacemaker, loyal, and selfless-she always thinks of others before herself whether she tries to or not. Out of all of the accomplishments in Diane’s life, she is most proud of her family. In addition to earning an income, her career has also created value in her life because she believes that working hard is satisfying enough. The most important part of Diane’s job is keeping our company successful. She is professionally passionate to show the employees that everybody is important to our company. Diane learned what was necessary for her job by life experiences and praying for direction from God. Clients should connect with Diane because she is very friendly, loves people, is patient, and is always willing to work out the situation. When asks how she deals with adversity Diane said, “I used to wear many hats in this company, did a lot of daily tasks when employees missed in the office. It doesn’t bother me to do manual labor. I enjoy it. It also helps that I keep an open mind and I do not think any job or task is beneath me.” Diane believes that the most important life lesson she has learned from the working world is that “Sometimes it is hard to manage your time but you always need to work hard and give your best”.

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Sam Furby - Vice President/Director Sales and Marketing

I have worked at Fluker’s for 20 years. As Executive VP, I wear many hats. My main responsibility is sales, but I also play a big part in marketing, new product development and general management. One of my favorite things about my job is I don’t do the same thing over and over. There is ALWAYS a new challenge or opportunity. Because of those challenges I have learned that you receive in proportion to what you give, which is true in most aspects of life as well. There’s nothing more satisfying than being involved in the evolution of a new product; from conception through placement, and then seeing the result of your efforts on pet store shelves across the entire country. Some would say I deal with adversity by throwing tantrums, I’d say by a lively discussion of the adverse situation. It’s all a matter of perspective. Ironically, I would say the biggest influence in my career would be David Fluker. He taught me how to argue and deflect blame. Even with our constant battling of wills, I am extremely proud of how far we’ve come as a company over the past 20 years in terms of both growth and our contributions to the pet industry. I know it’s a cliché, but the company has become an extension of my family, with all the associated joy, tragedy, disagreements, and successes. My wife has been the biggest supporter in my career and my everyday life. I am intuitive, playful, sarcastic, and loyal; she’s the calming influence on my somewhat anxious personality. My wife, Suzanne, is an elected official in our small town, therefore we are involved in many community activities. Along with cooking, music, college football, ballroom dancing with my wife, golf, fishing, and other outside activities-I thoroughly enjoy being an active participant in the pet industry organizations (yes even in my spare time). Chameleons have always interested me and I have felt a personal connection with them. Their adaptive natures resonate with my salesman personality!


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 Taylor Vernon - Chief Financial Officer

Taylor Vernon currently holds a position in accounting and the Human Being Department at Fluker Farms and has been with us since February 9, 2012. His favorite part of his job is knowing that Fluker’s is a family business, which makes it trusting. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would he be and why, Taylor replied with, “Turtles because my wife loves turtles”. Outside of work, Taylor is passionate about reading and studying/applying theology. His hobbies also include spending time in the Rockies with his wife and kids. Connecting work to life, Taylor believes that the most important life lesson he has learned from the working world is that “we do not always have the freedom to choose the roles we play at work, but we can choose how we are going to play the roles we have found ourselves in at work”.


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Waco Hitt - Director Dry Products Division

Waco Hitt, another LSU alumni on Fluker’s staff, has been with us for twenty-two years. His main tasks during the workday are new product development, purchasing and quality assurance. (Although he says babysitting David and Sam takes up most of his time.) Waco’s favorite part of working at Fluker’s is developing new products for the industry. He finds a sense of accomplishment when he sees a product he developed on the shelves of pet stores. He says he has a great team which makes his job fun. When asked what reptiles/amphibian/insect he would be if he had the chance and why, Waco replied with, “A Liger. That’s pretty much my favorite animal”. Outside of work, Waco loves to kayak fish, hunt, and play golf, but that stuff has taken a back seat since they have eight month old twins at home now! He and his wife also make/restore vintage furniture in their free time. Waco says that his family is what drives him to work hard every day. He has four kids, including the twins and that leaves his hands full enough. Waco admits that his wife is the biggest influence in his life because she is everything to him and she encourages him when life gets stressful. His Dad is also an influence because he taught Waco how to work his butt off every day. Out of all of the accomplishments in Waco’s life, he is most proud of staying married for over twenty years and having awesome kids. In addition to earning an income, his career has also created value in his life by teaching him how to build relationships. The most important part of Waco’s job is having to have attention to detail, and the biggest proof that he is good at his job is that he hasn’t been fired yet! Clients should connect with Waco because he believes that “his good looks draw them in”. He has brought the personal experience of respecting others into his professional career, which goes a long way. Waco believes that the most important life lesson he has learned from the working world is that “No matter where you work, take ownership of your job”.

 

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Troy Lee - Production Manager Live Insects Division

 

Troy Lee is an alumni of Glen Oaks High School and currently holds the position of Production Manager Live Insects Division at Fluker Farms. He has been with us for one year and seven months overseeing daily operations of the farm, the birth of different insect, and sales of the insects (crickets, mealworms, soldier worms, super worms, fruit flies, and Madagascar roaches). Troy’s favorite part of working at Fluker’s is when he gets to get off of work, and the most challenging part of his job is to have one-hundred percent customer satisfaction and watching the insects grow. When asked what reptiles/amphibian/insect he would be if he had the chance and why, Troy replied with, “A bearded dragon because they look cool”. Even outside of work, Troy is passionate about animals. He is also involved in the community through attending his kids’ school events and activities. Troy’s family is the biggest influence in his life and career because this is how he supports them. If he could describe himself in three words, Troy’s three words would be trustworthy, honest, and dedicated because “that’s the only way he knows how to be”. Even though he loves to be surrounded by animals, he is surprisingly good at being a people person. Out of all of the accomplishments in Troy’s life, he is most proud becoming the manager of the farm. In addition to earning an income, his career has also created value in his life because it has taken him to a place he would never have thought to be and he’s loving every moment of every new experience it brings. The most important part of Troy’s job is making sure all of the employees are safe and that the products are of high quality, and the biggest proof that he is good at his job is the satisfaction of our customers. Clients should connect with Troy because he is easy-going, honest, and trustworthy by always keeping his word. He has brought the personal experience of having the work ethic that his father instilled in him at a very young age, which makes him take initiation of learning everything he can learn about his job. When asked how he deals with adversity, Troy said, “I put the bad behind and push on. We have to learn from our mistakes”. Troy believes that the most important life lesson he has learned from the working world is to “give it your all and it will pay off in the long run”. 

 

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Kyle Plumlee- Dry Products Production Manager

Kyle Plumlee currently holds the position as Dry Products Production Manager at Fluker Farms and has been with us since December 16, 2015. As part of his job, Kyle’s duties are Special Projects, Safety, and Dry products Production Manager. He also maintains all HVAC, electrical, and automated equipment. His favorite part of working at Fluker’s is the sense of belonging and family atmosphere imbued by David, Diane and the rest of the staff. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would he be and why, Kyle replied with, “I would be a bee so I could help keep the world fruitful and beautiful”. Outside of work, Kyle loves to spend time with his daughter, Raven. He also enjoys reading, puzzles, and tinkering with anything mechanical or electrical. Connecting work to life, Kyle believes that the most important life lesson he has learned from the working world is to “never stop learning because life never stops teaching”. 

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Tracy S - Sales Supervisor

Tracy Siebert currently holds the position as Office Manager in Supervisor Sales and Accounting, and first worked with us from February 2014 to October 2015. She, then, returned to work with us in October 2016. Tracy believes that the best part of her job, here at Fluker’s, is that she has the best coworkers because they make coming to work so enjoyable for her. She also loves the food and admits that “we sure can do some eating around here”. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would she be and why, Tracy replied with, “I guess a turtle. They just seem to be laid back and not have a care in the world”. When she isn’t working, Tracy loves to spend time with her husband (Darren), daughter (Megan), her son (Brent), and her three sweet fur babies: Yorkie (Mitzi), Boxer (Lizzie), and her Goldendoodle (Duke). Aside from family time, she is also passionate about scuba diving, spearfishing, and traveling on cruises. The most important lesson that Tracy has learned in the working world is that “you have to have patience and a good sense of humor!”

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Casey Barthe - Logistics Manager

Casey Barthe currently holds the position of Logistics Manager at Fluker Farms and has been with us for 16 years. As part of his job, Casey assists with day to day dry goods warehouse operations, along with overseeing the movement of inbound and outbound freight shipments. His favorite part of working at Fluker’s is the fun family atmosphere, plus he gets to have pets at work. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would he be and why, Casey replied with, “Coqui Frog.  I’m not very big and have been told I can be quite loud”. Outside of work, Casey likes to spend time with his son, listen to and play music, and care for all of his animals. Connecting work to life, Casey believes that the most important life lesson he has learned from the working world is that “teamwork is important”.

 

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Jane A - Shipping Manager

Jane Amond currently holds the position as Shipping Manager at Fluker Farms and has been with us for almost fourteen years. As Shipping Manager, Jane provides everything needed to produce a shippable order to our customers. This includes box assembly, order building, strapping orders, weighing orders, and scanning orders into our computer system. She also monitors the weather across the United States for extreme temperatures daily and packages our insects accordingly to insure a healthy delivery. Jane is also the farm’s medical first responder. Her favorite part of working at Fluker’s is the people she works for and alongside of. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would she be and why, Jane replied with, “A Fluker cricket, of course. They get plenty of good food, water, lots of dating opportunities, and a chance to travel. There’s nothing not to love about them”. Outside of work, Jane is passionate about her family. She comes from a large family and she has created a rather large family of her own. Her husband, four daughters, son, and nine of the most amazing grandkids are her entire world. .Her hobbies also include cooking, sight-seeing,, shopping, and being around animals, especially horses. Connecting work to life, Jane believes that the most important life lesson she has learned from the working world is that “you get what you give, so always give your best”.

 

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Nancy B- Accounts Receivable

Nancy currently holds the position of Accounts Receivable at Fluker Farms and has been with us for almost four years. As part of her job, Nancy works with Sales, Customer Service, and troubleshooting electronic document interchange. Her favorite part of working at Fluker’s is that she enjoys the workplace relationships. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would she be and why, Nancy replied with, “A bearded dragon because they look menacing, but they are really very sweet”. Outside of work, Nancy loves to spend time with her sons and grandson. She is also passionate about photography. Connecting work to life, Nancy believes that the most important life lesson she has learned from the working world is that “workplace relationships are overrated”.

 

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Ashlee A - Accounts Receivable

Ashlee Aucoin currently holds the position of Accounts Receivable at Fluker Farms and has been with us for almost two and a half years. As part of her job, Ashlee works with Customer Service and Collections. Her favorite part of working at Fluker’s is the problem solving. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would she be and why, Ashlee replied with, “I would be an inch worm because their pretty”. Outside of work, Ashlee likes to play billiards and hang out with her children. Connecting work to life, Ashlee believes that the most important life lesson she has learned from the working world is that “If you don’t go out and get it, you will never have it”.

 

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Jenny A. - Sales and Marketing 

Jenny currently holds a position in Sales and Marketing at Fluker Farms and has been with us for 13 years. In Sales and Marketing, Jenny’s duties include being the Sale’s Director for dry product line, keeping us current with all international and local permits/certificates, and being at the receiving end of all of Sam Furby’s forwarded emails. Her favorite part of working at Fluker’s is that there is never a dull moment. She also enjoys working for a small, family owned company. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would she would be and why, Jenny replied with, “A panther Chameleon because they are beautiful, colorful creatures”. Outside of work, Jenny likes to garden, even though her husband says plants cringe when she purchases them. Her green thumb is started to turn brown. She also has two kids that take up most of her time. Connecting work to life, Jenny believes that the most important life lesson she has learned from the working world is that “A phone call will typically eliminate a dozen emails”.

 

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Jackie P - Sales Customer Service

Jackie Pfeifer currently holds the position as our Customer Service Representative and has been with us since March 3, 1998! Although CSR is her main job, she also wears many other hats at Fluker Farms. Jackie scans orders when needed, has filled in at every position on the farm, from sifting mealworms, to mixing up foods in our production room, is the office cook most of the time, is a first aid responder, and even the parking lot attendant. She claims that she is “just the jack of all trades”. Jackie’s favorite part of working at Fluker’s is the family atmosphere. Since most of our employees have been here for years, that makes everyone one big family. If she could be any reptile/amphibian/insect, Jackie would choose to be a sucata tutle because “sucata turtles have a long life span, and they are slow and take life as it comes”. Outside of work, Jackie is passionate about cooking and entertaining, which leads to her love of helping people when they have events going on. Her hobbies also include spending time with her step-grandson Kaellum. The most important lesson that Jackie has learned from the working world is that “you show up for work on time and you get things done”. This has in turn led to her learning a good work ethic here.

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Betty B - Sales Customer Service 

Betty Barnes currently holds a position in Sales Customer Service at Fluker Farms and has been with us since March 19, 2013. As part of her job, Betty answers emails from customers and enters in purchase orders for products. Her favorite part of working at Fluker’s is that she loves the employees and that the company is family oriented. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would she be and why, Betty replied with, “fish to be in the water all the time swimming around”. Outside of work, Betty loves to spend time with her family and go to the beach every summer. Connecting work to life, Betty believes that the most important life lesson she has learned from the working world is to “Be polite. You can’t control everything. Work hard to get the job done”.

 

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Karlie M - Public Relations

Karlie McCaskill currently holds a position in Public Relations at Fluker Farms. Since her family owns the company, Karlie has been with us off and on throughout her schooling, and then constantly since she has graduated college for a year and a half.  As part of her job, Karlie works with Public Relations, social media, marketing- specifically email marketing, is a lunch fetcher, and an errand runner. Her favorite part of working at Fluker’s is that she gets to work with her family. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would she be and why, Karlie replied with, “I would be bee because each bee has a role, they live in large "families", they cross pollinate which makes the world a more beautiful place, they can see almost every color, and they produce the sweet substance of honey”. Outside of work, Karlie loves to read, travel and spend time with her husband, Chandler, and their families. She also volunteers at her church, likes to hang out with her friends, play with her and her husband’s fur babies (Remi and Blaze), and eat delicious food, and then eat more! Connecting work to life, Karlie believes that the most important life lesson she has learned from the working world is that “communication is a huge part in being successful, experience is more valuable than time in a classroom, and being interested in what you do is very important to your job”.

 

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Jarrod W - IT Manager

Jarrod Whitehead currently holds the position as IT Manager at Fluker Farms and has been with us for ten years. As IT Manager, Jarrod maintains databases, operating systems, the help desk, designs and masters websites, takes and edits photographs, and is a network administrator. His favorite part of his job is the semi-flexible work schedule. When asked which reptile/amphibian/insect would he be and why, Jarrod replied with, “Alligator, I just think they’re interesting”. Outside of work, Jarrod is passionate about photography. His hobbies also include hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Connecting work to life, Jarrod believes that the most important life lesson he has learned from the working world is that “You can’t always do everything yourself. You have to learn how to ask for help and delegate to those with the talents best suited for the project”.