It’s a new growing season at your local Warner Fertilizer
Curtis Bradley – General Manager
Curtis Bradley has been General Manager for Warner Fertilizer Company, Inc. since July of 2021. Curtis is a graduate of Murray State University with a degree in Agricultural Mechanization.
Before joining Warner, he owned and operated a large row crop farm in Southeastern Illinois for almost 30 years. He also was a seed dealer and managed a herd of Angus cattle.
Additionally, Curtis owned and operated an oil and gas procurement, logistics, and transportation company serving Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Most recently he worked for the University of Kentucky as an advisor to the plant science department based in Princeton, Ky.
Curtis is excited about being part of the community and working with Warner’s team and customers.
Paulette M. Large – Controller
Paulette Large is the Controller and Secretary of Warner Fertilizer Co. Inc. She began with the company in 1987 as a data entry clerk and moved to accounts receivable and payroll the following year. She has served as Controller since 2002 having served the prior five years as assistant to the controller. Ms. Large oversees the financial records, handles human resources and manages the corporate office which handles accounts payables, accounts receivables and payroll for all Warner locations.
Ms. Large attended Somerset Vo-Tech College studying Data processing where she was Secretary of Phi Beta Lambda in 1984-1986. She has been an avid member of unit 38 Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion for the past 13 years where she has served as Treasurer, First Vice President and President.
Ms. Large is a member of Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. She has one son and one daughter.
Gary Rowe – Credit Manager
Gary Rowe has been with Warner Fertilizer Co. Inc., in Somerset Kentucky as Credit Manager since February 2006. Along with his job as Credit Manager, Gary also assists in sales, Inventory receiving and control and traffic control of shipments.
Gary came to Warner’s with two years experience in the banking industry as well as nine years managerial experience in retail. Gary served 12 years in the Navy Reserves from 1986 until 1998 where he worked in Supply along with being Assistant to the Commanding Officer.
Gary is married and has two children. He is active in his children’s school activities which include coaching basketball and football teams along with coaching a cheerleading squad. Gary and his family attend Campground Baptist Church in Somerset where he holds several positions. Gary is currently singing with a Southern Gospel Quartet which travels throughout Kentucky.
Corey Frye - Somerset Manager
Corey was born and raised in Nancy, KY. Growing up he worked on friends’ farms in hay and tobacco to make money for the summer, that is what developed his love for the agriculture industry. He graduated from Southwestern High School in 2015.
He attended Western Kentucky University, and graduated with a degree in agriculture with a focus in plant agronomy in December 2018.
He began working for Warner Fertilizer in January of 2019 as an agronomist. Then, in the winter of 2021 the opportunity presented itself to become the store manager at the Somerset location. I took the opportunity and have been managing the store since. I am a licensed Certified Crop Advisor.
Ricky Maxey - Agronomist
Richard “Ricky” Maxey was born in Somerset Kentucky and grew up in Science Hill. He was raised on a small hobby horse farm with a farming background. Both sides of his family have row crop and beef cattle operations. Growing up he worked for his dad, helping with his Lawn, Landscaping and Construction company.
Ricky graduated from Pulaski County High school in 2017 and pursued a college degree at Western Kentucky University. Ricky graduated from WKU in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture with a concentration in Agronomy and Agribusiness.
Ricky was recently hired at Warner Fertilizer as the new Agronomist. He plans to grow his agronomic knowledge and use that to help farmers with their everyday practices to help them feel more certain in what they are producing in a very uncertain industry.