Leadership

Our mission is to provide to deliver highly competitive funding, products, and services that empower our partners to support rural communities and American agriculture. Our leadership team ensures we adhere to that mission. Meet our Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Executive Committee

Tim Amerson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Amerson received a B.S. degree in business finance from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Duke University. Prior to joining AgFirst in 1987, Mr. Amerson was employed by The National Bank of South Carolina. He serves on the AgFirst/FCBT Plan Sponsor Committee, AgFirst Plan Sponsor Committee, the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation Board of Directors (vice chairman of the board and chairman of the Compensation Committee) and the Farm Credit System Presidents’ Planning Committee (chairman of the Finance Committee and member of the Business Practices Committee). Mr. Amerson is a member of the AgFirst Executive Committee.

Charl Butler

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Butler earned a B.A. in economics from Wake Forest University and a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina. He is a CPA and completed the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He was employed by The National Bank of South Carolina as CFO prior to joining AgFirst in 2007. Mr. Butler serves on the board of the Farm Credit Captive Insurance Company as chairman, the AgFirst/FCBT Plan Fiduciary Committee as chairman, the Farm Credit System Disclosure Committee and the AgFirst Executive Committee.

Ben Blakewood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mr. Blakewood received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Duke University. He was employed by Price Waterhouse, Carolina Power & Light Company, and Affinity Technology Group prior to joining AgFirst in 1998. He is a member of the AgFirst Executive Committee.

Chris Jones

Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Mr. Jones received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining AgFirst in 2011, he was employed by United Community Banks, Silicon Valley Bank, and Bank of America. He serves on the Farm Credit System Risk Management Committee and the AgFirst Executive Committee.

Dan LaFreniere

Chief Audit Executive

Mr. LaFreniere is a CPA with a B.B.A. in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. Before joining AgFirst in 2013, he worked for SCANA Corp. in Columbia, S.C.; The Coleman Co. Inc. in Lake City, S.C.; Baxter Healthcare Corp. in Deerfield, Ill.; and Deloitte and Touche in Chicago. He is an ex-officio member of the Bank’s Executive Committee.

Isvara Wilson

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Ms. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in economics. She earned her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and before the Supreme Court of the U.S. Prior to joining AgFirst in 2012, Ms. Wilson worked with Bank of America. She serves on the board of the Farm Credit Captive Insurance Company and on the AgFirst Executive Committee.

Board of Directors

John S. Langford, Chair

Farm Credit of Central Florida

John S. Langford, vice chairman, is from Lakeland, Fla., and owns and operates John Langford, Inc., a citrus farming operation. Mr. Langford also owns and operates John Langford Realty, Inc., which specializes in the sale of agricultural lands. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Farm Credit of Central Florida; Lake Wales Citrus Growers Association, a citrus growers’ cooperative; and Polk County Florida Farm Bureau, which focuses on the promotion of agriculture. Mr. Langford obtained his Bachelor of Arts in history and accounting from Emory University and his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and he graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in 2014. He serves on the Board Compensation Committee. Mr. Langford became a director in 2012, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Curtis R. Hancock Jr., Vice Chair

River Valley AgCredit, Compensation Committee

Curtis R. Hancock Jr., from Fulton, Ky., is owner and operator of Hancock Farms. He grows row crops, including corn, wheat and soybeans. He serves on the boards of River Valley; the national Farm Credit Council, a trade organization; Farm Credit Council Services, a Farm Credit System service provider; and Kentucky Small Grain Growers, a grain cooperative. Mr. Hancock received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Tennessee-Martin and a Master of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Hancock serves on the Board Governance Committee. He became a director in 2013, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2016.

Jack W. Bentley Jr.

AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Compensation Committee

Jack W. Bentley Jr., from Tignall, Ga., owns and operates A&J Dairy, a dairy, pasture, crop and timberland operation. Mr. Bentley is a director of AgGeorgia Farm Credit. He also serves on the boards of the following agricultural and dairy trade and promotion organizations: Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, American Dairy Association, Lone Star Milk Producers and the Wilkes County Farm Bureau. Mr. Bentley has a Bachelor of Science in ag mechanics and business from Clemson University. He serves on the Board Governance Committee. Mr. Bentley is also the Board-appointed member of both the AgFirst Plan Sponsor Committee and the AgFirst/FCBT Plan Sponsor Committee. He became a director in 2010, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2017.

James “Jimmy” C. Carter Jr.

AgSouth Farm Credit, Governance Committee

James “Jimmy” C. Carter Jr., from McDonough, Ga., owns and operates Southern Belle Farm, Inc., a beef cattle and hay farm that includes fruit and vegetable crops and provides agriculturally related educational activities. Mr. Carter also operates a feed, mineral and supplements business from the farm and provides artificial insemination services and supplies for cattle as an independent sales representative for ABS Global. Mr. Carter is a director of AgSouth Farm Credit and the national Farm Credit Council. He serves as chairman of the Henry County Water and Sewage Authority, and he is a representative on the Ocmulgee River Basin Advisory Council. Mr. Carter serves as vice president of the Henry County Farm Bureau, which focuses on the promotion of agriculture. He is a member of the board for the Henry County Cattleman’s Association. Mr. Carter has a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and Master of Science in animal nutrition from the University of Georgia. Mr. Carter serves on the Board Compensation Committee. He became a director in 2011, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2018.

Bonnie V. Hancock

Outside Director, Governance Committee

Bonnie V. Hancock, outside director, is from Wake Forest, N.C. Ms. Hancock is executive director of the Enterprise Risk Management Initiative at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and she teaches courses in financial management, enterprise risk management, and strategy and financial statement analysis. Previously, she worked with Progress Energy as senior vice president of finance and information technology and later as president of Progress Fuels, a subsidiary that produced and marketed gas, coal and synthetic fuels. Ms. Hancock has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an accounting major from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Science in taxation from Georgetown University. She is a board member of Powell Industries, a designer and manufacturer of electrical equipment systems for industrial facilities, where she serves on the audit and compensation committees; the Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight, where she serves as chair of the audit committee; and the North Carolina Coastal Pines Girl Scout Council, where she serves as chair of the audit committee. Ms. Hancock serves as chair of the Board Risk Policy Committee. She became a director in 2010, and her current term expires Dec. 31, 2017.

Dale R. Hershey

MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Governance Committee (Chair)

Dale R. Hershey, chairman, is from Manheim, Pa., where he is a partner in Hershey Brothers Dairy Farms and manages the operation’s real estate and cropping enterprises. The farm includes a dairy operation, as well as corn, alfalfa, soybeans, barley, and rye and grass hay. He serves on the board of directors of MidAtlantic Farm Credit and the national Farm Credit Council, a trade organization. Mr. Hershey has a Bachelor of Science in community development and a Master of Science in ag economics and rural sociology from Penn State University. As chairman of the Board, he serves as an ex-officio member of all Board committees. Mr. Hershey became a director in 2008, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Walter C. Hopkins

MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Compensation Committee

Walter C. Hopkins, from Lewes, Del., is the owner and operator of Green Acres Farm, a dairy and grain farming operation. He also manages Lyons LLC, a land holding company. He serves on the board of directors of MidAtlantic Farm Credit and is chair of both the AgFirst Plan Sponsor Committee and the AgFirst/FCBT Plan Sponsor Committee. Mr. Hopkins has a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering from the University of Delaware. Mr. Hopkins serves as chair of the Board Compensation Committee. He became a director in 2013, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2016.

William K. Jackson

AgChoice Farm Credit, Risk Policy Committee (Chair)

William K. Jackson, from New Salem, Pa., is a partner in Jackson Farms, a dairy operation with other farming interests, including corn and alfalfa. He is president of Jackson Farms 2, LLC, a small dairy processing facility that produces milk and makes ice cream marketed to area stores and sold at an on-site convenience store. Mr. Jackson is also president of Jackson Farms 3, LLC, and Jackson Farms Limited Partnership, which are involved in the production of natural gas. He serves on the boards of AgChoice Farm Credit; the Fay Penn Economic Development Council, a local economic development committee; the Fayette County Fair Board, a county fair; and the Penn State Fayette, Eberly Campus Advisory Board, which oversees campus community involvement. Mr. Jackson has a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business management from Penn State University. Mr. Jackson serves as chair of the Board Governance Committee. He became a director in 2013, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2016.

S. Jerry Layman

AG CREDIT Agricultural Credit Association, Governance Committee

S. Jerry Layman, from Kenton, Ohio, assists with Layman Farms, LLC, a no-till corn and soybean operation, and Layman Farm Drainage, an agricultural tile installation business. Mr. Layman currently serves as a board member of AgCredit. He represents AgCredit on the Independent Associations’ Retirement Plan Sponsor Committee and is a member of both the AgFirst Plan Sponsor Committee and the AgFirst/FCBT Plan Sponsor Committee. Mr. Layman is a stockholder in the following agricultural cooperatives: Truepointe Ag Coop and Heritage Farm Coop. Mr. Layman has a Bachelor of Science in agriculture education from the Ohio State University and a Master of Science in education leadership from the University of Dayton. Mr. Layman serves on the Board Compensation Committee. He became a director in 2015, and his current term will expire Dec. 31, 2018.

S. Alan Marsh

First South Farm Credit, Governance Committee

S. Alan Marsh, from Madison, Ala., is a partner in Marsh Farms, an operation consisting of row crops, including cotton, soybeans, wheat and corn. Mr. Marsh is a director of First South Farm Credit and Limestone County Farmers Federation, an agricultural trade organization, and he is president and stockholder of South Limestone Co-op Gin, a cotton ginning operation. He is also an advisory board member for Staplcotn, a cotton cooperative association. Mr. Marsh received a Business Management Certification from Stratford Career Institute. Mr. Marsh serves on the Board Governance Committee. He became a director in 2010, and his current term will expire Dec. 31, 2017.

James L. May

Central Kentucky Ag Credit, Audit Committee

James L. May, from Waynesburg, Ky., is owner and operator of Mayhaven Farm. His cattle program consists of a beef cow herd and a backgrounding program of feeder cattle. The farming operation also includes alfalfa hay, corn, soybeans and wheat. He also operates Mayhaven Seed Sales, an agricultural seed sales business. Mr. May currently serves on the boards of Central Kentucky Ag Credit; Lincoln County Extension Council, an education organization; and the Lincoln County Farm Bureau, an agricultural promotion organization. He has a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky. Mr. May serves on the Board Audit Committee. He became a director in 2006, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2017.

Fred R. Moore Jr.

MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Audit Committee

Fred R. Moore Jr., from Eden, Md., is president of Fred R. Moore & Sons, Inc., d/b/a Collins Wharf Sod, a turf and grain operation, which grows sod (turf), corn, soybeans and wheat. He is also partner of F&E Properties, LLC, a rental business. He currently serves on the boards of MidAtlantic Farm Credit; Wicomico Soil Conservation District, an environmental and conservation entity; and Wicomico County Farm Bureau, an agricultural promotion organization. He currently serves as an assistant chief of the Allen Volunteer Fire Company. Mr. Moore has a Bachelor of Science in agriculture education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mr. Moore serves on the Board Audit Committee. He became a director in 2014, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2017.

James M. Norsworthy III.

First South Farm Credit, Risk Policy Committee

James M. Norsworthy III., from Jackson, La., runs 100 Cedars Cattle Farm, a cow-calf operation with other farming interests including a commercial hay operation and a pine and hardwood timber operation. He is a member of the board of directors of First South Farm Credit. Mr. Norsworthy is a member of the board of directors for Centreville Academy, an educational institution, and served as a former mayor of the town of Jackson, La. Mr. Norsworthy has a Bachelor of Science in vocational agriculture education from Louisiana State University. He serves on the Board Risk Policy Committee. Mr. Norsworthy became a director in 2008, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Katherine A. Pace

Outside Director, Audit Committee

Katherine A. Pace, outside director, is from Orlando, Fla. Ms. Pace is a certified public accountant and principal of Family Business Consulting, LLC, which provides financial and strategic planning for closely-held businesses. Prior to forming her company, she was a tax partner with KPMG, LLP, from 1985-2005. While at KPMG, her practice included a variety of cooperative and agribusiness clients as well as participation in trade associations, such as the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives. Ms. Pace obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Furman University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and she is a current and past member and director of numerous trade and charitable organizations. Ms. Pace is the board designated financial expert and serves on the Board Audit Committee. She became a director in 2006, and her current term expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Thomas E. Porter Jr.

Carolina Farm Credit, Risk Policy Committee

Thomas E. Porter Jr., from Concord, N.C., is president of Porter Farms, Inc., a farming operation consisting of a sow farrow unit and a wean swine operation, pullet houses, layer houses and a cow/calf operation. He also manages The Farm at Brush Arbor, LLC, an agritourism business on his farm. He currently serves on the Carolina Farm Credit board of directors. Mr. Porter also holds board and leadership positions with the following agricultural trade and promotion organizations: board member on the Cabarrus County Ag advisory board, president of Cabarrus County Farm Bureau and chairman of Cabarrus County Extension advisory board. He also serves on the Commissioners Circle for the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture. Mr. Porter serves on the Board Governance Committee. He became a director in 2014, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2017.

William T. Robinson

AgSouth Farm Credit, Audit Committee (Chair)

William T. Robinson, from St. Matthews, S.C., is the owner/operator of Robinson Family Farm, which consists of hay, cattle and timber. Mr. Robinson is currently employed as the market development officer for the SEFA group, an engineering, construction and transportation company, and he retired from the department of Treasury and Corporate Financial Planning at Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility. He serves on the Parent Advisory Council for Wofford College. Mr. Robinson obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in civil engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration from Charleston Southern University. He currently serves as chairman of the board of AgSouth Farm Credit. Mr. Robinson is a member of both the AgFirst Plan Sponsor Committee and the AgFirst/FCBT Plan Sponsor Committee. Mr. Robinson serves on the Board Audit Committee. He became a director in 2016, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Robert H. Spiers Jr.

Colonial Farm Credit, Risk Policy Committee

Robert H. Spiers Jr., is from Stony Creek, Va. Mr. Spiers is the owner/operator of Spiers Farms, LLC, with a tobacco, corn, soybeans, milo, wheat and timber operation. He currently serves on the boards of Colonial Farm Credit; the national Farm Credit Council, a trade organization; Tobacco Associates, Inc., which promotes export of U.S. tobacco; and Dinwiddie County Farm Bureau, which promotes agriculture. He is also a governor appointed director on the Virginia Flue-cured Tobacco Board and the Virginia Tobacco Revitalization Commission. Mr. Spiers has a Bachelor of Science in ag economics from Virginia Tech University. He is vice chair of the AgFirst Plan Sponsor Committee and a member of the AgFirst/FCBT Plan Sponsor Committee. Mr. Spiers serves on the Board Risk Policy Committee. He became a director in 2006, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2017.

Michael T. “Bo” Stone

Cape Fear Farm Credit, Compensation Committee (Chair)

Michael T. “Bo” Stone, from Rowland, N.C., owns and operates P&S Farms, Inc., and Bo Stone Farms, LLC. The row crop units produce corn, wheat and soybeans, and the operations include a swine finishing unit under contract with Murphy Brown, a cow/calf herd, timber management and small produce for a roadside stand company. Mr. Stone is a director of Cape Fear Farm Credit, a director of Southeastern Health hospital, and a director of Dillon Christian School. Mr. Stone has a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business management (with a minor in animal science) and a Master of Science in agriculture from North Carolina State University. Mr. Stone serves on the Board Compensation Committee. He became a director in 2015, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2018.

Ellis W. Taylor

AgCarolina Farm Credit, Audit Committee

Ellis W. Taylor, from Roanoke Rapids, N.C., is the owner/operator of a row crop operation, Mush Island Farms, LLC, which consists of cotton, soybeans, wheat, corn and timber. He is also part owner of Roanoke Cotton Company, LLC, which operates cotton gins and a warehouse. He is a director on the boards of AgCarolina Farm Credit and Northampton County Farm Bureau, which promotes agriculture. Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in agronomy, a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business management and a Master of Economics from North Carolina State University. Mr. Taylor serves as chair of the Board Audit Committee. He became a director in 2012, and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2019.