Release date: 10/20/2016
STATESVILLE, NC – Carolina Farm Credit completed the 2016 director election by mail on October 1. The members elected to serve a five year term are Tommy E. Porter, Jr. and Clark M. Newlin.
Tommy E. Porter, 62, of Concord, N.C. is a full time farmer whose operation consists of swine, poultry, and beef cattle. In addition to farming, Mr. Porter also owns and operates The Farm at Brusharbor, an outdoor wedding and events venue. He has been a member of the Carolina Farm Credit board for 14 years. Mr. Porter also serves as; Chairman of the NC Cooperative Extension Advisory board for Cabarrus County, President of Cabarrus County Farm Bureau, Chairman of the Cabarrus County Voluntary Agricultural District, and on the Board of Directors for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank and the North Carolina Poultry Federation.
Clark M. Newlin, 68, of Haw River, N.C. is a full time farmer whose operation consists of beef cattle, grain, and hay. Mr. Newlin has been a member of the Carolina Farm Credit board for 14 years. He graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Newlin is a member of the Alamance County Cattlemen’s Association, and North Carolina Farm Bureau. He is also a Sunday school superintendent and teacher at Graham Presbyterian Church.
The following stockholders were elected to serve on the 2016 Nominating Committee:
Region 1 – Donald R. Smart, Haywood Co.
Mary Louise J. Corn, Henderson Co. (Alternate)
Region 2 – Dan A. Hunsucker, Catawba Co.
Kevin E. Lutz, Lincoln Co. (Alternate)
Region 3 – Dennis T. Leamon, Iredell Co.
Brent W. Barnes, Davie Co. (Alternate)
Region 4 – Andrew W. Burleson, Stanly Co.
James G. Davis, Davidson Co. (Alternate)
Region 5 – Mary Beth Jackson, Moore Co.
Charles C. Elliott, Randolph Co. (Alternate)
Region 6 – Sam I. Kiser, Jr., Alamance Co.
Timothy E. Yarbrough, Caswell Co. (Alternate)
In October, the board will hold an organizational meeting to appoint committee members and elect the chairman and vice-chairman.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 32 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
For 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
Carolina Farm Credit serves over 9,200 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.4 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Carolina Farm Credit was recognized as a 2015 Best Employer in North Carolina. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are L. Kim Starnes, Chairman, Salisbury; W. Rex Bell, Vice-Chairman, Statesville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Tony L. Ragan, Sanford; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.
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