Well-known for its land lending expertise and commitment to the success of American family farms, AgAmerica Lending announces the hiring of industry veteran Charles “Chuck” Cruse to help catapult the growth of its lending portfolio throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States.
This year AgAmerica has grown to be among the Top 30 largest farmland lenders in the USA. “By hiring Chuck Cruse, one of Florida’s most experienced and skilled ag lenders, we’re extending our market presence and further deepening our bench in the Southeast,” AgAmerica’s President and CEO, Brian Philpot explains.
Cruse’s successful 18-year career in agriculture banking and finance began with roles in the fertilizer, chemical, and citrus industries. His experience in agriculture finance includes positions with smaller local banks, large corporate banks, and most recently with one of the largest institutional investment companies in the world. He holds degrees from Valdosta State University and the University of Georgia, where he earned his Master of Science degree in Agriculture Economics.
Cruse’s leadership roles include serving as the current President and State Director for the St. Lucie County Cattlemen’s Association and as the Allied Chairman for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. He’s also an active committee member for the Florida Agricultural Financial Management Conference. Additional industry affiliations include the Indian River Citrus League and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Mr. Cruse lives in Fort Pierce, Florida and enjoys spending time with his wife and kids on the family cattle ranch.
“I’m proud to be joining the AgAmerica team – an energetic, forward-thinking financial firm – where I can apply my knowledge and grow my ag lending expertise.” Cruse states.
AgAmerica is the nation’s premier land lender, specializing in loans that use rural, vacant, and agricultural land as collateral. With expertise in cattle, timber, and row crop land, AgAmerica custom-builds term loans and lines of credit to suit a variety of agri-business operations.
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