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Leadership

Agriculture is Local.
So Are Our Decision Makers.

When you are a Farm Credit of Florida member you have the financial and agricultural experience and strength of our local leadership beside you. We are strategically advised by some of the best and most successful thought leaders in the agricultural industry. Our Board of Directors and Senior Management Team work diligently to maintain an efficient and sound Association all while keeping one thing in mind... your success.

Eric Hopkins

Chairman

W. Eric Hopkins, Chairman, is a sugarcane and vegetable grower in Western Palm Beach County, employed by, and part owner of, Hundley Farms, Inc. He is the Board Chairman of Pioneer Growers Cooperative and serves as Director on the boards of Hundley Farms, Inc.; Frontier Produce, Inc.; Double H Farms, Inc.; Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association; and Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation, a fundraising organization.

He serves as a Director of Elberta Logistics International, LLC, an agricultural transport business; is an owner and managing member of Many H’s, LLC, an agricultural transport business; and is an owner and managing member of American Berry Company, LLC, a blueberry growing business. Mr. Hopkins previously held elected director positions on the Boards of Farm Credit of South Florida and Farm Credit of Florida from 2009 until 2013. During this time, he was a member of the Audit Committee. On Jan. 30, 2014, the Board appointed Mr. Hopkins as a stockholder director, a position established under the bylaws and his current term of office is 2020-2023. Mr. Hopkins serves serves as Chair of Farm Credit of Florida, ACA and the Executive Committee.

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Bob Lines

Vice Chairman

Bobby G. “Bob” Lines , Vice Chairman, is a cattle rancher, as well as a Bahia sod and seed producer, in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Mr. Lines owns and operates Agricultural Land Services, Inc., a grassing contractor that provides sodding and seeding services to various government projects. Additionally, he supervises 4L Land & Cattle, LLC, which is a beef cattle operation and also produces beef cattle and roping type cattle. Mr. Lines is also heavily involved in the equine industry.

He serves as a Director and is past President of the Florida Quarter Horse Association and as National Director of the American Quarter Horse Association. Mr. Lines was originally appointed to the Farm Credit of Florida board in 2015 for a term that expired in 2016, and then was elected to serve and his current term of office is 2021-2024. Mr. Lines serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee and is also a member of the Credit/Lending and Executive Committees.

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John Alger

John L. Alger  is a vegetable grower and nurseryman in Miami-Dade County and is President of Alger Farms, Inc. He is an owner, officer and Director of S. M. Jones and Company, Inc., a produce sales company in Belle Glade; and HAB Packing, LLC, a vegetable packing company in Brinson, Georgia.

Mr. Alger is also on the board of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, and is a member of the Baptist Health South Florida Founders Society and the University of Miami UHealth Champions. Mr. Alger was elected to the Farm Credit of South Florida board in 2007 and his current term of office is 2021-2024. He is a member of the Audit and Credit/Lending Committees.

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Toby Basore

Tobin J. “Toby” Basore  is a vegetable grower in Western Palm Beach County. He is an owner and manager of TKM Bengard Farms, LLC, a vegetable grower and packing company; and Cypress Cooling, LLC, a vegetable cooling and shipping company. He is an owner and President of TKM Farms, Inc., a vegetable grower and packing company; and an owner and senior officer of TKM Management, Inc. 

Mr. Basore is an owner and managing member of American Berry Company, LLC, a blueberry growing business. He is a Director of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and serves as Chairman of the Florida Vegetable Exchange. Mr. Basore is a Director of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute Alumni Association, a graduate of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute and a member and past Director of the Leadership Palm Beach County organization. He was elected to the Farm Credit of Florida board in 2014 and his current term of office is 2020-2023. He is a member of the Credit/Lending Committee and the Governance Committee.

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Rowdy Bateman

Howard P. “Rowdy” Bateman has interests in a family cattle operation, as well as his own cattle operation. He is President of Bateman Family Partnership, Inc., and is Managing Member of I S Ranch, LLC. He was elected to the Farm Credit of Southwest Florida board in 2004 and his current term of office is 2019-2022. Mr. Bateman is a member of the  Audit, Executive and Governance Committees. 

Roger Davis

Roger W. Davis is a tobacco, corn and timber farmer and cattle rancher based in Alachua County. He is owner, President and Director of R & H Farms, Inc. He owns CWH Land, LLC, and is an owner and Managing Partner of 848 Land, LLC. Mr. Davis was elected to the Farm Credit of North Florida board in 1998 and his current term of office is 2019-2022. He also serves on the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank Nominating Committee. He is a member of the Compensation and Credit/Lending committees.

Joe Joyce

Joseph C. Joyce serves as an Outside Director of the Association. He is Executive Director of the University of Florida Leadership and Education Foundation, Inc. Dr. Joyce serves as Faculty Advisor to the Wedgworth Agricultural and Natural Resources Leadership Institute within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). 

He retired from the University of Florida in 2015 as a Professor Emeritus after serving 20 years as Senior Associate Vice President for IFAS. Dr. Joyce is a 2016 inductee to the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. He was appointed by the Governor to the Florida Environmental Regulation commission in 2008, 2012 and 2015. He is a past Director of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, and retired as a Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserves, after a 28-year career. Dr. Joyce was appointed to the Farm Credit of North Florida board in 2008 and his current term of office is 2019-2022. He is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.

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Marty McKenna

Martin J. “Marty” McKenna is a citrus grower and operates McKenna Brothers, Inc., a privately owned citrus and harvesting operation. He has ownership in Dixie Belle Grove Partnership; Tombstone Grove Partnership; JMCK Enterprises, LLC; New Port Groves Partnership; EdMac Partnership; and McKenna Family Enterprises, LLC.

Mr. McKenna is a Director, Officer, and has ownership interest in McKenna & Associates Citrus, Inc.; Lakemont Harvesting, Inc.; M & M Groves, Inc.; McKenna Harvesting, Inc.; and Poachers Hammock Grove, Inc. He manages Firetower Grove Partnership and is past Chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission. Mr. McKenna was elected to the Farm Credit of Southwest Florida board in 2009. His current term of office is 2021-2024. He is a member of the Credit/Lending and Governance committees.

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John Newbold, III

John R. Newbold, III is a cut-foliage farmer in Crescent City, Florida. He owns, operates, and is President of Forest Groves, Inc.; and is an owner and manager of Newbold Farms, LLC. He is a Director of the Putnam County Fair Authority, Crescent City Cemetery Association, Florida Wine and Grape Growers Association, and Florida Wildflower Cooperative. Mr. Newbold was elected to the Farm Credit of Florida board in 2014 and his current term of office is 2020-2023. He is a member of the Audit and Compensation committees.

Hal Phillips

Harrell H. “Hal” Phillips, Jr.  is a cattleman and veterinarian in Levy and Marion counties. Dr. Phillips owns and operates Phillips Ranch, a ranching and background/stocker operation with almost 1,200 breeding age beef cattle, and backgrounds approximately 1,500 calves annually. The ranch also produces hay, sod, grass seed, small grains and timber. 

Dr. Phillips has 31 years of experience as a veterinarian. He serves as Director, and is past President, of both the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association. Dr. Phillips is a past Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He has ownership in The Creek at Wekiva, LLC, a recreation and conservation property. He serves as Director on the Southeastern Youth Fair Board. He was originally appointed to the Farm Credit of Florida board in 2015 for a term that expired in 2016, and then was elected to serve and his current term of office is 2020-2023. He is chair of the Governance Committee and serves on the Compensation and Executive committees.

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Bobby Sexton

Robert G. “Bobby” Sexton is a citrus grower and juice processor from Vero Beach, Florida. He is owner, Director and President of Oslo Citrus Growers Association, Inc.; and co-owner of Orchid Island Juice Company. He is co-owner and serves as a Director on the boards of Oslo, Inc.; Lost Legend, LLC; Sexton Grove Holdings, an agricultural company; Sexton Citrus, LLC; Oslo Packing Company; and Sexton, Inc., family real estate companies. 

Mr. Sexton is a shareholder and also serves as a Director on the board of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac). He serves on the Board of the Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County; and serves as an Outside Director for McArthur Farms, a dairy company. Mr. Sexton was elected to the Farm Credit of South Florida board in 1995 and his current term of office is 2019-2022. He is a member of the Audit and Governance committees.

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Lisa Sherman

Lisa Sherman  is a citrus grower in Highlands County and has ownership interest in Black Bear Citrus, LLC; and Lake Childs Citrus, Inc. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Lake Placid. Mrs. Sherman is an officer and serves on the board of Black Bear Citrus, LLC; Lake Childs Citrus, Inc.; The Great Fruit Company, Inc.; Highlands County 4H Club Foundation; Embassy Ministries, Inc.; Good Care Home, Inc.; and Lisa Sherman, CPA, P.A. es.

Mrs. Sherman had previously held an Outside Director position on the boards of Farm Credit of Southwest Florida and Farm Credit of Florida from 2008 until May 2014. On May 29, 2014, the board appointed Mrs. Sherman as a stockholder director, a position established under the bylaws, and her current term of office is 2020-2023. Mrs. Sherman is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation and Executive committees.

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Wayne Simmons

Wayne H. Simmons is a citrus grower, timber farmer, Realtor, and rental property owner from LaBelle, Florida. He is an owner and President of Simmons Family Grove, Inc. He is an owner and manager of LaBelle Fruit Company, LLC; LaBelle Housing Company, LLC; and LaBelle Timber Company, LLC. Mr. Simmons is a Broker Associate of Southern Heritage RealEstate and Investments. 

He is also licensed in Georgia as an associate with Green Forest & Farm Realty, LLC. He is a Director and Past President of the Gulf Citrus Growers Association. Mr. Simmons is a past Director of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation. He is also a member of the Florida Citrus Production Managers Association, Hendry County Farm Bureau, and Realtors Land Institute. He was elected to the Farm Credit of Florida board in 2014, and his term of office is 2020-2023. He also serves on the AgFirst District Advisory Committee. He is chair of the Credit/Lending committee and is a member of the Governance and Executive committees.

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Don Tanner

Donald G. "Don" Tanner Jr.  operates Oak Hill Farms Cattle Company, which is a cow/calf and stocker operation in Callahan, FL.  He has a three generation relationship with Farm Credit. His family (grandparents and parents) produced hay and cattle and were contract poultry growers for what became Tyson Foods, Inc. in Jacksonville, where he worked in management for the company itself in live production, plant operations, and ultimately Controller of the Jacksonville Complex.

He is a controller at reforestation contractor Mizell Development, Inc., and President of Oak Hill Farms Cattle Company. He currently serves as a Director of Farmers  Federal Credit Union where he was past chair of the Supervisory Committee. He is a Director of Nassau County Farm Bureau and current member of the Florida Farm Bureau Beef Advisory Committee. He is a past Officer/Director and current member of the Nassau County Cattlemen's Association and past Director/Trustee and current member of the Northeast Florida Fair Association. Mr. Tanner is also a Public Arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He was elected to the Farm Credit of Florida Board in 2021, and his current term of office is 2021-2024. Mr. Tanner is a member of the Audit and Credit/Lending Committees.

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Robert Teston

President, Chief Executive Officer

A 41 year employee and advocate of the Farm Credit system, Rob Teston previously served as Chief Operating Officer with Farm Credit of Central Florida, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer for Legacy Ag Credit in Texas, and has provided credit management consulting services to various Farm Credit Associations. Teston began his career with Farm Credit of Florida as the Chief Credit officer and was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit of Florida in 2019. In addition to overseeing the growth of Farm Credit of Florida, Teston also keeps a close eye on the citrus industry. He owns several groves in Polk County growing early and late season oranges for juice.

Rob loves finance, agricultural industries and the culture of the people he serves so he says Farm Credit is a perfect fit! You could say Rob Teston has orange running through his veins. He is an owner of a few citrus groves, and enjoys wearing orange and blue for the Florida Gators!  When he is not supporting and helping rural people and communities succeed, Rob enjoys the thrills of being a grandparent, boating around local rivers and trying to outplay his wife in a game of golf.

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Marcus Boone

Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer

Marcus has over 40 years of experience with Farm Credit, beginning his career in his native state of Georgia.  After working with two different associations in Georgia Marcus moved to Florida and began 21 year career with Farm Credit of Central Florida.  His Farm Credit journey then took him to the Farm Credit Bank of Texas, serving as relationship manager and then advancing to Vice President/Unit Manager of the Association Direct Lending Unit.  Marcus returned to Florida in 2013 as the Chief Lending Officer at Farm Credit of Florida, a leadership role that he continues today as he manages the entire lending staff throughout the Farm Credit of Florida territory.

Deborah Caldeira

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Hailing from the only English speaking country in South America, Debbie Caldeira migrated to the United States in August 1984 from her native Georgetown, Guyana.  After working for top performing companies such as fortune 500's Marsh & McLennan and the New York Stock Exchange, Debbie moved to Florida where she embarked on a 22 year career at a local community bank. As the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Farm Credit of Florida, Debbie enjoys working for a company with great values and a deep commitment to its customers. 

Laura Craker

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Laura joined Farm Credit of Florida as Chief Financial Officer in June 2012 and was previously employed by community banks in South Florida as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Accounting.  Laura earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Florida State University and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Florida International University.  She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida. 

Dawn Goodspeed

Senior Vice President and Chief Operations & IT Officer

Dawn is the Director of Loan Operations and Information Technology for Farm Credit of Florida and has served in the Farm Credit System for over 31 years. Dawn began her career with Farm Credit of South Florida in 1989 as an Accountant, and soon became Assistant Operations Manager, managing the accounting, finance, and daily operations. Named Controller of Farm Credit of South Florida in 2003, she served in that capacity for several years. With 31 years experience in Accounting, Operations and recently serving as Administrator for the IT Department, Dawn was named the Director of Loan Operations and Information Technology for Farm Credit of Florida.

Roland Kampf

Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer

In April 2012, Roland Kampf joined Farm Credit of Florida bringing with him over 23 years of Farm Credit experience.  Roland began his career as an Examiner with the Farm Credit Administration, and has held several positions in at various Farm Credit System institutions.

Ashley Layson

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

After spending 8 years on the television news desk as a reporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee and an anchor in Montgomery, Alabama, Ashley Layson stepped out of the news world and into Farm Credit. Layson began her Farm Credit career in 2008 as Director of Marketing at Alabama Ag Credit. She joined the Farm Credit of Florida team in 2013 to oversee the marketing department. An enthusiastic advocate of the Farm Credit System, Layson is proud to create and execute marketing strategies, campaigns, branding initiatives and customer experiences. Layson graduated from The University of Alabama in 2001 with a degree in Communications. She also enjoys singing at local events and fundraisers, including providing the National Anthem at conferences and rodeos.

John Quinlan

Senior Vice President and Senior Attorney

John joined Farm Credit of Florida as in house counsel in November of 2020. Prior to joining Farm Credit of Florida, John served for more than 30 years as outside legal counsel for banks and other institutional lenders in Florida, including Farm Credit Associations. John lives in Bradenton with his wife and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

Jonathan Ray

Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Jonathan joined Farm Credit of Florida in November 2016 and was appointed as Chief Credit Officer in 2019.  Prior to joining Farm Credit of Florida, his most recent position was Vice President, Credit Risk Manager at a community bank in South Florida where he was responsible for commercial loan underwriting, loan syndications, special assets and related financial reporting and audit functions.  He currently holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and a Master of Science in Finance Degree from Florida Atlantic University.  

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