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Board of Directors

American AgCredit is directed and controlled by a 20-member Board of Directors. 16 directors are customers elected by customers. Four directors are appointed by the board.

GARY HARSHBERGER

GARY HARSHBERGER

Chair

Term Expires: 2023
Committee(s): Executive

Mr. Harshberger is a farmer with an operation consisting of dryland and irrigated wheat, corn, milo and soybeans with a summer grass stocker program. Gary is currently Chairman of the Kansas Water Authority. In addition, he operates Harshberger Enterprises and Harshberger Seeds, is President of Double H Farms, Inc., and a member of Harshberger Land, LLC and Hatcher Holdings, LLC which are all involved in farm commodity production. He is also involved in the ethanol industry as a director of Conestoga Energy. Gary has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University.

JOE ALAMO

JOE ALAMO

Vice-Chair

Term Expires: 2026
Committee(s): Executive, Strategy & Risk

Mr. Alamo has been a partner in Alamo Dairy and Alamo Farms since 1997. He currently milks 4,000 cows and grows nearly 4,000 acres of corn, winter forage, alfalfa, and almonds. He is the Turlock Irrigation District Director, the California Farm Water Coalition Director, and past president and current member of the Central Counties Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He is also active with Western United Dairies, the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, and the Turlock Pentecost Association.

BERRY BORTZ

BERRY BORTZ

Director

Term Expires: 2022
Committee(s): Governance

Mr. Bortz farms in partnership with his family in eastern Pratt, southwest Reno, and southern Wichita counties in Kansas, producing corn, wheat, soybeans, alfalfa, cotton, sorghum, and bermuda. They also have a commercial and registered cow herd along with a feedlot and is a partner in Next Gineration Inc. and Central Kansas cotton producers, which gins cotton for producers in south central Kansas.

ROBERT BOYNTON

ROBERT BOYNTON

Director

Term Expires: 2022
Committee(s): Compensation, Executive

Mr. Boynton has been actively involved in agriculture for his entire professional life, and grew up on a small family dairy farm in Humboldt County, California which he owns today. He has a Ph.D. in Ag Economics from Michigan State University. Bob has an extensive agricultural business background, having served as Executive Director of the Dairy Institute of California and as Sr. VP of Marketing & Sales for Leprino Foods. He holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

Cyril Chappellet

Cyril Chappellet

Director

Term Expires:  2025
Committee(s):  Audit

Mr. Chappellet is the President and CEO of Chappellet Vineyard and Winery, a family-owned and operated winemaking and vineyard operation established in 1967.  Cyril oversees every aspect of the operation from farming and winemaking to finance, personnel, and sales. He also manages a 2,500-acre ranch adjacent to the vineyard property used as a cattle operation.

RANDALL DOLL

RANDALL DOLL

Director

Term Expires: 2024
Committee(s): Compensation

Mr. Doll is a farmer and rancher in Butler County, Kansas, overseeing the production of alfalfa, bluestem prairie hay, brome, milo, and wheat. He has extended family ranch and farming operations located in Barton, Finney, and Gray counties in Kansas. He is the President and CEO of Capital Partners Group LLC, a training and development firm. He is also President of Doll Real Estate Services LLC, a land development and management firm. Mr. Doll also serves on the board of Farm Credit Council Services.

Carolyn Dunn

Carolyn Dunn

Director

Term Expires: 2026
Committee(s): Audit

Ms. Dunn partners with her husband in their farming operation in St. John, Kansas, consisting of wheat, corn, alfalfa hay, milo, and seedstock cattle. She is the Executive Director for Stafford County Economic Development, a non-profit that promotes economic and population growth throughout Stafford County in Kansas. Ms. Dunn holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins.

Marshall Ernst

Marshall Ernst

Director

Term Expires: 2024
Committee(s): Compensation

Mr. Ernst grew up on a family farm in Wisconsin. He and his spouse own and operate Ernst Herefords, a registered cow/calf business focused on producing breeding stock for the commercial industry. Prior to that, Mr. Ernst spent 30 years in the food industry for several nationally branded food companies. He served as Senior Director of Livestock Operations for the National Western Stock Show in Denver. He majored in animal science at the University of Wisconsin.

George Fontes

George Fontes

Director

Term Expires: 2024
Committee(s): Compensation, Strategy & Risk

Mr. Fontes is a fourth-generation farmer in the Salinas Valley; his family operation has included beef cattle, grain hay production and vegetable farming. Currently, he owns and operates Fontes Farms LLC providing farm management services, equipment rental and repair services. He was President and co-owner of Comgro Incorporated, growing lettuce, broccoli, mix lettuce, and spinach. Mr. Fontes also serves on the board of Farm Credit Foundations headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

KIMBERLY CLAUSS JORRITSMA

KIMBERLY CLAUSS JORRITSMA

Director

Term Expires: 2025
Committee(s): Governance

Ms. Jorritsma is a third-generation dairy farmer and a key member of Clauss Dairy Farms and Sunwest Jersey Dairy management teams in Hilmar, California. Clauss and Sunwest Jersey Dairy Farms are registered Jersey dairies and farming operations that employ over 50 people. She is a co-owner of Hilmar Cheese Company Inc., serving on their board of directors. Kimberly was the first female chairperson of the National Dairy Board and currently serves on the board of the Dairy Council of California.

DR. KIRVIN KNOX

DR. KIRVIN KNOX

Appointed Director

Term Expires: 2025
Committee(s): Compensation

Dr. Knox resides in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a retired academic, formerly Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences & Vice Provost for University Outreach at Colorado State University. His business experience is in energy, production agriculture, academic administration, and agriculture research.

Janet Konkel

Janet Konkel

Director

Term Expires:  2025
Committee(s):  Audit

Ms. Konkel  and her husband Mike operate a farm south of Kersey, Colorado, growing alfalfa hay and small grains.  She worked for the National Western Stock Show in Denver and served for eight years as the Weld County Fair Coordinator in Greeley.  She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in agricultural business.

KRISTIN McMENOMEY

KRISTIN McMENOMEY

Appointed Director

Term Expires: 2023
Committee(s): Compensation

Mrs. McMenomey resides in Potter Valley, California. She and her husband John farm 200 acres of Vineyard property in Potter Valley consisting of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. She has 21 years of government experience in purchasing, information technology, and risk management. Kristin served 17 years as a Board member of the CSAC Excess Insurance Authority Board of Directors, including Vice-President. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University.

JASON OCHS

JASON OCHS

Director

Term Expires: 2022
Committee(s): Governance

Mr. Ochs is a member of Plum Creek Farms, LLC Syracuse, KS, an agricultural entity that produces dryland wheat, milo, corn, and custom farming which includes, harvesting, tillage, planting, and CRP management.

Teresa Reimer

Teresa Reimer

Director

Term Expires: 2023
Committee(s): Governance

Ms. Reimer resides on a ranch near Kalvesta, Kansas and is a fifth-generation farmer and rancher. Her cattle operation consists of cow/calf, backgrounding, and finishing that is complemented by a dry-land farm producing wheat, sorghum and forages. Teresa holds a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University.

LARRY M. SOLARI

LARRY M. SOLARI

Appointed Director

Term Expires: 2022
Committee(s): Audit

Mr. Solari is a certified public accountant and partner in BPM LLP located in Stockton, California. He was appointed as an outside director of the Association Board of Directors in January 1994.

TOM STEGMAN

TOM STEGMAN

Appointed Director

Term Expires: 2025
Committee(s): Audit, Executive

Mr. Stegman is retired. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of AgVantis. Prior to that he served in various Information Technology management positions at Farm Credit Bank of Wichita (predecessor organization to US AgBank). Mr. Stegman was raised on a family farm in southwestern Kansas and now resides in Oro Valley, Arizona.

CHARLES TALBOTT

CHARLES TALBOTT

Director

Term Expires: 2025
Committee(s): Strategy & Risk, Governance

Mr. Talbott resides in Palisade, Colorado. His business experience is in tree fruit and wine grape production, and he is in charge of the overall business and financial performance of the family operations.

THOMAS TEIXEIRA

THOMAS TEIXEIRA

Director

Term Expires: 2023
Committee(s): Audit, Strategy & Risk

Mr. Teixeira is partner-owner of Teixeira and Sons and grows over 9,000 acres of alfalfa, almonds, cantaloupes, corn, cotton, fresh market tomatoes, processing tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and wheat. The company operates a tomato transplant greenhouse facility and is part owner in Pacific Ginning LLC, Eagle Valley Ginning LLC, and 360 Agri LLC. Pacific Ginning and Valley Ginning are cotton ginning operations and 360 is a custom cotton harvesting company.

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