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.

Executives

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 (member of the Governance Committee) and the Farm Credit System Presidents Planning Committee (member of the Executive Council and Business Practices Committee). Mr. Amerson is a member of the AgFirst Executive Committee.

Charl Butler

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating 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 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.

Isvara Wilson

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

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.

Will Brown

Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Mr. Brown received a B.A. in monetary economics and finance from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He joined AgFirst in 2017 and previously worked at First Citizens Bank of South Carolina, First Citizens Bank & Trust of North Carolina and Wachovia Bank. Mr. Brown currently is chairman of the Loan Committee, the Special Asset Management Committee, and co-chairman of the Data Governance Steering Committee. He also serves on the Senior Management, Management Coordination, Asset/Liability Management, and Disclosure committees. Mr. Brown is also a committee member on the Risk Work Group of the Farm Credit System.

Jamie Bumgarner

Vice President and Director of Association Relationships

Mr. Bumgarner joined AgFirst in 2004. He previously was employed by Safety-Kleen Inc. Mr. Bumgarner serves as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee and as a member of the AgFirst Senior Management and Management Coordination committees. He is co-chair of the Project Prioritization and Governance Committee and serves on the following committees: Asset/Liability Management, Disclosure, Loan, and Data Governance Steering. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration from the University of South Carolina. 

Stephen “Steve” Ciambrone

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Stephen “Steve” Ciambrone joined AgFirst in June 2019 as vice president of application development and was named the Bank’s chief information officer in October. He previously served as managing director of Citgroup’s Global Consumer Banking technology organization, where he oversaw software development services for the Bank’s worldwide fleet of 109,000 ATMs. In addition, Mr. Ciambrone led infrastructure development of Citi’s next-gen payment solutions, including digital wallet, global payment hub and Money2 for Health, which was named the 2015 “Innovation of the Year” by American Banker. Prior to joining Citi, he served as the vice president of distribution solutions software at Nationwide. He also held leadership positions with Bank One/JPMorgan Chase, NationsBank/Bank of America and National Westminster Bank. Mr. Ciambrone earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and anthropology from Stony Brook University and an MBA from Dowling College.

Stephen Gilbert

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gilbert received a B.S. in business administration with a major in accounting and a minor in economics from Syracuse University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of South Carolina and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Prior to joining AgFirst in 2007, he was employed by Price Waterhouse LLP, Pirelli Cables and Systems North America, and Hanson Brick and Tile North America. Mr. Gilbert currently serves as chairman of the Disclosure Committee at AgFirst and co-chairman of the Data Governance Steering Committee. He is a member of the Senior Management, Management Coordination and Asset/Liability Management committees, as well as the Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (ICFR) Steering Committee. Mr. Gilbert is also a member of the Farm Credit System Disclosure Committee.

Frances Griggs

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Mrs. Griggs received a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to joining AgFirst in 2013, she was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Howden North America. She has previous experience as in-house counsel for insurance companies and as a litigator in private practice. Mrs. Griggs serves on the AgFirst Senior Management and Management Coordination committees. She also serves on the Asset/Liability Management, Disclosure and Executive Credit committees.

Dan LaFreniere

Senior Vice President and Chief Audit Executive

Mr. LaFreniere has 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 has prior experience at the plant, division and corporate levels including audit, accounting and corporate planning positions. He is an ex-officio member of the Bank’s Executive Committee.

Board of Directors

Ellis W. Taylor, Chairman of the Board

AgCarolina Farm Credit

Ellis W. Taylor, 50, Chairman of the Board, from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, 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, ACA, and Northampton County Farm Bureau, which promotes agriculture, and the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation. 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 Coordinating Committee and as an ex-officio member of all Board Committees.

Michael T. Stone, Vice Chairman of the Board

Cape Fear Farm Credit

Michael T. Stone, 48, Vice Chairman of the Board, is from Rowland, North Carolina, and 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. Mr. Stone is a director of Cape Fear Farm Credit, ACA, a director of Southeastern Health hospital, a director of Dillon Christian School, and a member of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Energy and Transportation Committee. He also serves on the board of The Farm Credit Council, a trade organization. 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 is the Board appointed member and chair of both the AgFirst Plan Sponsor Committee and the AgFirst/FCBT Plan Sponsor Committee. He serves on the Board Compensation, Board Coordinating and Board Governance committees.
 

Gary L. Baldosser

AgCredit, ACA

Gary L. Baldosser, 53, from Republic, Ohio, owns and operates Baldosser Farms, Inc., a cow/calf and row crop operation and Garbec Farms. Mr. Baldosser is the Vice Chairman for the board of directors of AgCredit, ACA. Mr. Baldosser also serves on the board of Sunrise CoOp Clyde Condominium Association, a condominium grain storage association. He also serves as a trustee for Tri-Grain, LLC, a family land holding entity; a member of Bloc-B, LLC, a family land holding entity; and a member of Garbec Farms, LLC, a family land holding entity. Mr. Baldosser received a Bachelor of Science in Ag Economics from The Ohio State University. He serves on the Board Audit Committee.

Jack W. Bentley, Jr.

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

Jack W. Bentley, Jr., 62, from Tignall, Georgia, owns and operates A&J Dairy, a dairy, pasture, crop and timberland operation. Mr. Bentley is a director of AgGeorgia Farm Credit, ACA. Mr. Bentley also serves on the boards of the following agricultural and dairy trade and promotion organizations: USDA Farm Service Agency, 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. Mr. Bentley serves on the AgFirst Plan Sponsor Committee and the Board Audit Committee.

Jenny R. Black

FARM CREDIT OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Jenny R. Black, 45, from Lakeland, Florida, is a Certified Project Manager and owns and operates Jenny Black Consulting, LLC, an information technology consulting company. Ms. Black also serves as the manager for the following citrus and agricultural operations: Ridge Investments, LLC, Black & Myers Properties, and BHB Holdings, LLC. She is a director of Farm Credit of Central Florida, ACA and serves on the board of The Farm Credit Council, a trade organization. She also serves as a director for the Polk County Florida 4-H Foundation Board, a youth agricultural organization, the Volunteers in Service to the Elderly Advisory Board, a non-profit whose mission is to assist the elderly with independent living, and All Saints Academy Independent School, an education organization. Ms. Black has Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Liberal Studies and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology, Finance and Marketing from the University of South Florida. Ms. Black serves on the Board Risk Policy Committee.
 

Sherry E. Bowden

Outside Director

Sherry E. Bowden, 58, outside director for the Board, is from Johns Island, South Carolina. Ms. Bowden is a former [retired] CFO at State Street Corporation. She is a certified public accountant and a certified personal property appraiser and is trained in business process improvement as a Six Sigma Green Belt. Ms. Bowden received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary. She also earned a Master of International Management in Finance from the American Graduate School of International Management and an MBA from Drury University in a dual degree program. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of CPAs and serves on the Central Region Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America. Ms. Bowden is the board designated financial expert and serves on the Board Audit Committee.

William J. Franklin, Jr.

Farm Credit of the Virginias

William J. Franklin, Jr., 62, from Duffield, Virginia, owns and operates Franklin Farms, a beef cattle and hay farm. Mr. Franklin is also Chief Executive Officer of Scott County Telephone Cooperative, a telecommunications company. He serves on the boards of the Scott County Cattle Association, a trade organization, and the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board, which offers re-employment and training programs. Mr. Franklin also serves on the following telecommunications boards: Carolina-Virginia Telephone Membership Association, National Rural Broadband PAC Board, IRIS Networks Board, and LIT Networks Board. He is a member of Farm Credit of the Virginias, ACA. Mr. Franklin has a Bachelor of Science in Ag Education from Virginia Tech. Mr. Franklin serves on the Board Risk Policy Committee.

Bonnie V. Hancock

Outside Director

Bonnie V. Hancock, 58, outside director for the Board, is from Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Hancock is Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Enterprise Risk Management Initiative at North Carolina State University (NCSU) where she teaches courses in financial management, enterprise risk management, and strategy and financial statement analysis. Prior to joining NCSU, 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, and operated fuel terminals and ash management facilities. 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 member of the boards of Powell Industries, designer and manufacturer of electrical equipment systems for industrial facilities, where she serves on the compensation committee; the North Carolina Coastal Pines Girl Scout Council, a leadership development organization for girls, where she serves as board chair; and the National Association of Corporate Directors – Research Triangle Chapter, an organization for the advancement of exemplary board leadership, where she serves as program committee chair. Ms. Hancock serves on the Board Coordinating Committee and as Chair of the Board Risk Policy Committee.
 

Curtis R. Hancock, Jr.

River Valley AgCredit

Curtis R. Hancock, Jr., 73, from Fulton, Kentucky, is owner and operator of Hancock Farms. His operations consist of row crops including corn, wheat and soybeans. He serves on the board of The Farm Credit Council, a trade organization; and Kentucky Small Grain Growers, a grain cooperative, and is a member of River Valley, ACA. 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 and the Board Compensation Committees.

Walter C. Hopkins, Sr.

MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Walter C. Hopkins, Sr., 72, from Lewes, Delaware, is the owner and operator of Green Acres Farm, Inc., 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, ACA. Mr. Hopkins has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Delaware. Mr. Hopkins serves on the Board Compensation and the Board Governance Committees.

William K. Jackson

AgChoice Farm Credit

William K. Jackson, 64, from New Salem, Pennsylvania, is a partner in Jackson Farms, a dairy operation with other farming interests, including corn, soybeans, 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 via 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, ACA; The Farm Credit Council, a trade organization; the Fay Penn Economic Development Council, a local economic development committee; president of the Fayette County Agricultural Improvement Association Board, a local 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 on the Board Compensation Committee, the Board Coordinating Committee and as chair of the Board Governance Committee.
 

J. Alvin Lyons

Central Kentucky AgCredit

J. Alvin Lyons, 62, from Georgetown, Kentucky, is owner and operator of Lyons Family Farms, a farming operation of row crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay. His farm also includes a commercial cow/calf herd and stockers. Mr. Lyons also serves as Magistrate of Scott County Fiscal Court, the legislative body for the county government. Mr. Lyons is a director of Central Kentucky AgCredit, ACA. He represents Central Kentucky on the Independent Associations’ Retirement Plan Sponsor Committee and serves as chair. He is a director on the boards of the Scott County Farm Bureau, an agricultural promotion organization, the Scott County Rural Land Management Board, which focuses on land preservation, and the Scott County Beef Improvement Association, which provides beef promotion and education. Mr. Lyons has completed the University of Kentucky Ag Leadership Development and Master Cattleman Programs. Mr. Lyons serves on the Board Audit Committee.

S. Alan Marsh

First South Farm Credit

S. Alan Marsh, 65, from Madison, Alabama, is a partner in Marsh Farms, Inc., an operation consisting of row crops including cotton, soybeans, wheat and corn. Mr. Marsh is a director of First South Farm Credit, ACA, and Limestone County Farmers Federation, an agricultural trade organization and he is president and stockholder of South Limestone Coop Gin, a cotton ginning operation and an association borrower. 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 Risk Policy Committee.

Fred R. Moore, Jr.

MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Fred R. Moore, Jr., 67, from Eden, Maryland, is president of Fred R. Moore & Son, 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 and a partner in F&E Moore Properties, LLC, which is a land holding partnership. He currently serves on the boards of MidAtlantic Farm Credit, ACA, Wicomico Soil Conservation District, an environmental and conservation entity and Wicomico County Farm Bureau, an agricultural promotion organization. He currently serves as an active life member 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 is chair of the Board Compensation Committee and serves on the Board Governance and Board Coordinating committees.

Michael W. Patrick

First South Farm Credit

Michael W. Patrick, 54, is from Canton, Mississippi, and he is a partner in Patrick Farms Joint Venture, a cotton, corn, soybean, and timber operation. Mr. Patrick serves on the First South Farm Credit, ACA, board of directors. He serves as a Commissioner for the Madison County Soil and Water Commission and on the Madison County USDA FSA County Committee. Mr. Patrick holds a Bachelor's degree from Mississippi State and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Patrick serves on the both the Board Compensation and Board Governance Committees.

Thomas E. Porter, Jr.

Carolina Farm Credit

Thomas E. Porter, Jr., 66, from Concord, North Carolina, 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, ACA, 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, chairman of Cabarrus County Extension Advisory Board, Cabarrus County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Water Committee for the American Farm Bureau, and the Food Innovation Committee. Mr. Porter also serves as a member of the Union Power Cooperative Board and a member of the Three Rivers Land Trust Board. He also serves on the Commissioners Circle for the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture. Mr. Porter serves on the Board Risk Policy Committee.
 

William T. Robinson

AgSouth Farm Credit

William T. Robinson, 52, from St. Matthews, South Carolina, is the owner/operator of Robinson Family Farm, which consists of row crops, hay, cattle and timber. Mr. Robinson is currently employed as Executive Director 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 board of the Orangeburg Area Cattleman’s Association, and Tri-County Electric Cooperative. 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 on the board of AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA. Mr. Robinson serves on the Board Coordinating Committee and as chair of the Board Audit Committee.