Courtney Eelman joined the AgAmerica Lending team in July 2017. She is the Chief Credit Officer and leads underwriting efforts, appraisal management, retail production, portfolio management, and loan servicing as the Credit Committee Chair.
Courtney holds more than 20 years of experience in agriculture lending. Prior to AgAmerica, she worked at Farm Credit of Central Florida for more than 15 years. She started with the agriculture lending company as a Credit Analyst intern while earning a bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of South Florida. Upon entering the USF graduate program, Courtney worked in the credit department at AmSouth, now known as Regions Bank. Shortly after earning her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Finance, International Finance, and Marketing, she was offered a Senior Credit Manager position at Farm Credit of Central Florida and three years later became the Chief Credit Officer in 2012. Her responsibilities included credit risk management, loan portfolio compliance, and credit policies and procedures implementation. She also assisted in the development of a centralized credit department for the Central Florida ACA headquarters. During her time there, Courtney completed the Graduate School of Banking program at Louisiana State University.
At AgAmerica, Courtney applies her extensive knowledge of finance and operations to help others understand the dynamic relationship between legal business structures and agriculture financing. Her commitment to agriculture is evident in the creative solutions and effective strategies that she and her team have developed to better serve our spectrum of borrowers.