Farm Credit Agribusiness Team Welcomes Lawson as Relationship Manager
Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) recently announced that Bruce Lawson has joined the Association’s Agribusiness team as a Relationship Manager. His wealth of experience in business development and passion for the agriculture industry will be a great asset to the Association.
Lawson is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics. During his time at the university, he also became a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
Prior to his role with Farm Credit, Lawson developed his acumen in Ag Lending while working for Telmark, Inc., where he worked in Business Development to establish the company presence in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. He continued on to serve as the Region Sales Manager for Telmark for their Capital Region, which stretched along the Atlantic coast from the Pennsylvania/New Jersey line, down through Florida. He has also done a significant amount of business development work for additional Ag and Non-Ag related businesses.
Lawson grew up in Radford, Virginia, and now owns a small farm in Hanover County, Virginia, with his wife and two sons. Together, they run a non-profit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program called Galloping Acres Foundation. While he did not grow up on a farm of his own, he worked for a livestock broker in his late teens that influenced his love of agriculture.
In regards to what he is looking forward to most in this role, Lawson says, “I am very excited about the position of Agribusiness Relationship Manager because I have the opportunity to help a multitude of farmers by helping to provide financing for the businesses that support them.”
Dustin Bowman, Agribusiness Regional Sales & Lending Manager, says, “Bruce is a tremendous addition to our Farm Credit and Agribusiness team. He brings with him a network of deep relationships from all over our footprint. Bruce is a tenured financial professional who understands the importance of creating a great customer experience. We are fortunate to have him and I know our member borrowers will feel the same way.”
When not working and raising his two teenage sons, Lawson enjoys riding and training horses. He also helps individuals prepare for hunting and fly-fishing trips out west, so they can feel more comfortable and confident in the saddle. He also enjoys hunting and fishing with his sons.
About Farm Credit of the Virginias
Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.8 billion dollars in financing to more than 11,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and have been for over 100 years. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.