AgChoice Farm Credit Announces New Leadership Team
January 17, 2013
Darrell Curtis, AgChoice's president and CEO
AgChoice Farm Credit is pleased to announce its new leadership team, including Darrell Curtis as the new president and CEO. Curtis took over leadership of AgChoice on January 1, 2013, following the retirement of Allyn Lamb, former president and CEO.
“It is an honor to serve AgChoice customer-owners in my new role,” said Curtis. “As a customer-owned cooperative business, AgChoice’s purpose is to be a partner in helping our customers achieve success through the broad array of services we offer. This is succinctly reflected in our mission statement, ‘Creating maximum value for our customer-owners,’ and our employees and Board of Directors are very passionate about achieving it.”
Curtis has more than 24 years of experience in the Farm Credit System, becoming AgChoice’s chief financial officer in 1999 and assuming the chief operating officer role in 2004. He earned a BBA in economics from The Pennsylvania State University and an MA in accounting from George Washington University. Curtis developed some of his leadership skills during his service in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, retiring as a major. His finance and business management skills have been instrumental in AgChoice’s financial success, with the Association achieving sound levels of profitability each year, and returning $148.8 million in patronage to AgChoice customer-owners.
In addition to Curtis’ transition to CEO, other changes to AgChoice’s senior leadership team include:
- Gary Heckman will serve an expanded role as chief business development officer, offering leadership and oversight to AgChoice’s sales team located across its 10-branch territory as well as AgChoice’s marketing efforts.
- Bob Kobzowicz has been promoted to chief financial officer after serving as AgChoice’s controller for more than 12 years.
- Brad Cornelius will continue his role as chief credit officer, with the additional responsibility of managing all aspects of credit operations.
AgChoice Farm Credit is an Agricultural Credit Association with more than $1.5 billion in gross loan assets. Through 10 branch offices, it provides financial services to more than 7,000 customer-owners in 52 counties in central, western and northern Pennsylvania as well as four counties in West Virginia. To learn more about AgChoice Farm Credit and its financial programs, visit www.agchoice.com.