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Farm Credit Announces New Chief Credit Officer

Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) recently announced that Credit Manager, Brad Hewitt, has transitioned into the role of Chief Credit Officer and will continue serving out of the Harrisonburg branch office.

Hewitt moved into his new position with 12 years of experience with the Association. He joined FCV back in 2008 as a loan officer and has moved through several positions since. In 2013, he transitioned into the role of Credit Analyst and then advanced to his previous title of Credit Manager in 2016.

Hewitt graduated from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia in 2007 as Magna Cum Laude, with his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Finance, and a minor in Economics. 

In addition to his experience and education, Hewitt brings to the role valuable takeaways from training opportunities afforded by FCV. He has completed courses in Leadership Development, Cross-Functional Work Groups, Sales Magnetism, and other lending courses. His credit knowledge, willingness to listen and leadership training will ensure his success as Chief Credit Officer.

Hewitt is looking forward to his new opportunity, and notes, “I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience in agricultural credit and lending to the CCO role.” As a lifelong resident of the Shenandoah Valley, his passion lies with providing sound credit to all those involved in agriculture. Being raised on a multi-generational beef cattle farm that his family still operates today, Hewitt understands that the importance of reliable financing for agricultural operations is paramount.

Brad Cornelius, FCV’s CEO and Hewitt’s direct supervisor said, “We are thrilled to welcome Brad into the role of CCO.  He has been an asset to FCV during his twelve years here, and we are confident that his training, experience and agricultural background will continue to be a great benefit to our member-borrowers for years to come.” 

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

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