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Senior Leadership

The association is managed by a 13-member Management Executive Committee (MEC) who provide strategic direction and leadership for the association, ensuring American AgCredit continues to fulfill its mission to be the best lender to agriculture.

Byron Enix

Byron Enix

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Enix was promoted to Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2014. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President–Credit Heartland Region since 2012 and 2010, respectively. Prior to the Farm Credit Services of the Mountain Plains merger and since 2006, he served as Chief Financial Officer–Mountain Plains. He has 32 years of Farm Credit System experience in credit, operations, and finance.

Greg Somerhalder

Greg Somerhalder

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Somerhalder was promoted to Chief Operating Officer on March 1, 2014. He previously served as Chief Corporate Strategist since 2013. He has over 35 years experience with Farm Credit in many areas of banking, including lending, credit, risk, and strategy. Mr. Somerhalder serves as a director of Farm Credit System Associations Captive Insurance Company.

Mike Banks

Mike Banks

Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Mr. Banks has served as Chief Credit Officer since January 1, 2017. He most recently (since March 2013) served as Senior Vice President for American AgCredit, leading the Association’s Credit Management Department. He has over 23 years of service to the Farm Credit System, primarily focused in various lending and credit functions.

Roger Bastow

Roger Bastow

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. Bastow has served as Chief Administrative Officer since 2009. He previously served as Senior Vice President–Finance and Operations from 1999 to 2009 at Farm Credit of the Heartland. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has served the Farm Credit system in human resources, operations, and finance roles over the past 25 years. Mr. Bastow is a member of the Farm Credit Foundations Trust Committee.

Chase Hafner

Chase Hafner

Executive Vice President and Chief Disruption Officer

Mr. Hafner currently serves as the Chief Disruption Officer for the Association. Since joining the Association in 2014 he has served as a strategic executive in the Chief Technology Officer role as well as a prior role of Senior Vice President of IT. Prior to joining American AgCredit in 2014, he served as a CIO in the education sector and has dedicated his career to driving strategic results and transformations to fuel business performance.

Sean O'Day

Sean O'Day

Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer

Mr. O’Day currently serves as the Chief Banking Officer for corporate banking. Agribusiness lending and Capital Markets operate under the Corporate Banking umbrella. Prior to assuming the position of Chief Banking Officer, Mr. O’Day served as Senior Vice President–Capital Markets. For the past 26 years, his focus has been in the areas of corporate finance and loan syndications, and he has a total of 37 years of Farm Credit service.

Paula Olufs

Paula Olufs

Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

Ms. Olufs currently serves as the Chief Customer Officer where she leads the centers of excellence for customer experience, product development and product delivery, uniting the Association around a common vision and strategy for customer experience from the customer’s perspective.  Prior to her current position she served as the Chief Innovation Officer since 2016. She has over 34 years of Farm Credit experience.

Jerry Rose

Jerry Rose

Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer

Mr. Rose has served as Chief Risk Officer since 2013 and previously served as Senior Vice President–Risk Management since 2012. He has held risk and financial management roles for the past 29 years in the Farm Credit System.

Lynn Scherler

Lynn Scherler

Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer

Mr. Scherler joined American AgCredit as Chief Lending Officer in October 2017. He previously served as President – Strategic Relationship Division for CoBank; as Interim President & CEO of Farm Credit of Southwest Kansas from October 2015 – March 2016; and a number of other relationship and leadership roles at CoBank. Mr. Scherler has a total of 20 years of banking experience, 16 of which have been served in the Farm Credit System, with experience in the areas of relationship management, credit, and strategy.

Debra Seedorf

Debra Seedorf

Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer

Ms. Seedorf has served as Chief Transformation Officer since July 2018. She served as Chief Credit Delivery Officer 2016-2018 and Chief Process Officer since 2014. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President– Enterprise Solutions since 2012. She has over 25 years of Farm Credit experience in many areas including lending, operations, underwriting, human resources, finance and accounting.

Gary Van Schuyver

Gary Van Schuyver

Senior Vice President - Corporate Banking

Mr. Van Schuyver currently serves as the Senior Vice President – Corporate Banking. Prior to assuming the position, Mr. Van Schuyver served as Senior Vice President–Western District. He has over 34 years of service to the Farm Credit System, primarily focused on corporate finance, loan syndications, and agribusiness lending.

Vern Zander

Vern Zander

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Zander has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2012. He previously served as Vice President–Relationship Manager in the Association’s Capital Markets Group. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been with American AgCredit for the last 15 years, with a total of 29 years of Farm Credit service.

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