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Farm Credit Recognizes Outstanding Team Members

Farm Credit of the Virginias, a lending cooperative serving Virginia, West Virginia, and western Maryland, recently announced its’ 2020 Circle of Excellence winners and its’ inaugural President’s Circle award winners. These awards recognize employees for their contributions to the organization’s continued growth and support of agriculture and the rural communities they serve.  

The Circle of Excellence award recognizes new business generation, leadership, customer service, loan servicing and credit administration. The following eleven sales & lending team members were recognized as 2020 Circle of Excellence winners:

•    Autumn Crider (Warrenton, VA)
•    Jessica Baker (Leesburg, VA)
•    Rebecca Frantz (Oakland, MD)
•    Greg Mitchell (Moorefield, WV)
•    Ryan Vaughn (Ripley, WV)
•    Heather Lutman (Leesburg, VA)
•    Ashlie Howell (Verona, VA)
•    Mark Haddix (Elkins, WV)
•    Shauna Janczuk (Rocky Mount, VA)
•    Kristen White (Abingdon, VA)
•    Kim Rittenhouse (Harrisonburg, VA)

The President’s Circle award is a peer-nominated accolade which recognizes employees for their outstanding contributions to the association. The nomination criteria are based on the association’s core values, which are excellence, passion, integrity and collaboration. The following 10 employees were recognized by their co-workers as 2020 President’s Circle award winners:

•    Mary Hammock (Rocky Mount, VA)
•    Dana Close (Roanoke, VA)
•    Jamie Thomas (Harrisonburg, VA)
•    Susie Johnson (Harrisonburg, VA)
•    Paige Losh (Staunton, VA)
•    Jody Fiorini (Wytheville, VA)
•    Amanda Morgan (Wytheville, VA)
•    Cole Heizer (Staunton, VA)
•    Joey Cornwell (Rocky Mount, VA)
•    Steven Porter (Wytheville, VA)

Brad Cornelius, CEO of Farm Credit of the Virginias, said “We are equipped with exceptionally hard-working team members that value the rural communities we serve and the work that we do. Our leadership appreciates our dedicated employees, who are each committed to supporting our customer-owners, regardless of their role within the organization.” 

He continued, “The annual Circle of Excellence awards and recently created, peer-nominated President’s Circle awards provide the opportunity to highlight a handful of individuals that go above and beyond, whether that is exceeding sales goals or providing superior customer-service, each recipient is exceptional in their dedication to furthering our mission and vision.”

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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. 

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