Farm Credit Services of America Directors
At Farm Credit Services of America, we believe our core values of honesty and integrity are at the heart of everything we stand for and reflect in everything we do. By pledging to follow ethical practices, we’re reaffirming our commitment to ensuring the long-term interests of our customers are being served. Every action we take and every business decision we make are driven by these values. The board of directors has adopted a Code of Ethics, click to review the Code of Ethics.
FCSAmerica directors uphold these values through Standards of Conduct and Code of Ethics Policies, which define expected actions and behavior. All directors and employees are expected to conduct their official duties in a professional manner, and avoid conflicts of interest, real or apparent, and the appearance of impropriety with directors, employees, customers and others that conduct business with Farm Credit Services of America. This commitment starts with our board of directors. Our directors are proactive and focused on strategic and operational excellence that aligns with the best interests of our member-customers.
The board of directors is responsible for overseeing and interacting with senior leadership. Through their experience and knowledge, they exercise sound judgment on key aspects of our business including strategic planning, leadership development and succession, operating performance, compliance and stockholder value.
We continually review corporate governance guidelines to ensure they align with the financial services industry best practices. In fact, as a privately held cooperative, Farm Credit Services of America’s board has proactively implemented changes to its structure and business practices to align with financial industry standards. The Audit Committee assists the board in fulfilling its fiduciary and oversight responsibilities. Click to review their charter.
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Meet our Board of Directors:
Robert Bruxvoort - New Sharon, IA
Bruxvoort operates a family farm producing corn and soybeans along with a farrow-to-finish hog operation. He was elected to the board effective January 1, 2008 and his current term ends on March 31, 2014.
Jim Ehlers- Newell, IA
Ehlers has a farming operation raising corn and soybeans, a farrow-to-finish hog operation and a feeder-to-finish cattle operation. He holds a degree from Iowa State University. Ehlers was elected to the board effective January 1, 2009 and his current term ends on March 31, 2015.
Jeremy Heitmann - Board Chair - Byron, NE
Heitmann farms with his family. They raise corn, soybeans, and wheat and run a feeder-to-finish cattle operation. He began his board service in 2008 as an appointed customer-stockholder director. Heitmann was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2011 and his current term ends on March 31, 2014.
Steve Henry - Nevada, IA
Henry has a commercial and seed-crop production operation. He was elected to the board effective January 1, 2011 and his current term ends on March 31, 2015.
Nicholas Hunt - 1st Vice Chair - Atlantic, IA
Hunt owns and operates a farm. He grows corn, soybeans, alfalfa and has a cow-calf and cattle feeding operation. He was elected to the board effective January 1, 2007 and his current term ends on March 31, 2017.
Robert Joki - Cook, MN
Joki was the Controller, Grain Group, for Ag Processing Inc., a cooperative for procuring, processing, marketing, and transporting grains and grain products in the United States and Canada. Joki is also a Certified Public Accountant. He was appointed to the board in 2011 and his current term ends on March 31, 2015.
Cris Miller - Spearfish, SD
Miller has a family ranching business with a commercial cow-calf operation, and a background and finish cattle enterprise. He has a degree from Northwest Vo-Tech College and a National Rural Electric Director Certification. Miller was elected to the board effective January 1, 2012 and his current term ends on March 31, 2016.
Randy Peters - McCook, NE
Peters has a family farm and ranch operation raising wheat, corn, soybeans and sunflowers. They raise and sell certified seed wheat and have a Black Angus and a Red Angus cow-calf herd. Peters attended McCook Junior College, the University of Nebraska Technical School of Agriculture and Kansas State University. He was elected to the board effective January 1, 2003 and his current term ends on March 31, 2015.
John Reisch - Howard, SD
Reisch is a farmer and cattle feeder. As a partner of Reisch Farms, Inc., he raises corn, wheat, soybeans, alfalfa and cattle. He was elected to the board effective January 1, 2008 and his current term ends on March 31, 2014.
Nancy Tarver - Gillette, WY
Tarver operates a cow-calf and yearling operation with her husband and two sons. She was elected to the board effective January 1, 2007 and her current term ends on March 31, 2015.
Jon Van Beek - Primghar, IA
Van Beek has a family farm operation raising corn and soybean seed. They also raise hogs and contract feed pigs. He attended Northwestern College. Van Beek has served on the FCSAmerica board since January 1, 2009 and has six years of prior experience on the board. Van Beek's current term on the board ends March 31, 2016.
Nick Vande Weerd - Brookings, SD
Vande Weerd is part of two agricultural businesses - Vande Weerd Family Farms custom raises heifers and farms, and Pleasant Dutch Dairy. Vande Weerd is an appointed customer-stockholder director. He began his service on the board effective November 1, 2011 and his current term ends on March 31, 2016.
Kim Vanneman - 2nd Vice Chair - Ideal, SD
Vanneman and her husband own and operate a diversified farming operation including row crops, small grains, finishing feeder pigs and a commercial beef cow herd. She is also a member of the South Dakota State Legislature. She was elected to the board effective January 1, 2007 and her current term ends on March 31, 2017.
Susan Voss – North English, IA
Voss and her husband, Robert, grow corn and beans and have run cow-calf and background feeder operations. She also is a certified public accountant and principal at TD&T CPAs and Advisors, PC. She holds a degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. She was elected to the Board with a four-year term effective April 1, 2014.
Mark Weiss – Omaha, NE
Weiss, whose professional background is in technology strategies, is currently the Executive Director, Enterprise Technical Services, with The Nebraska Medical Center. He has senior leadership experience with organizations engaged in the business of healthcare, gas and water utilities, telecom, financial services and software development. He began a four-year term on the Board as an appointed Director effective April 1, 2014.
Jennifer Zessin - Madison, NE
Zessin has a family farm operation and past business experience in personnel and internal auditing. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Zessin was elected to the board effective January 1, 2009 and her current term ends on March 31, 2016.