Employee Spotlight: Michael Clayman
This issue, we’re introducing you to Farm Credit Midsouth Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer Michael Clayman. Like a number of Farm Credit Midsouth’s most senior employees, he has been with Farm Credit for more than two decades, though his journey has taken him through several Associations.
Michael’s story begins in Kansas where he was raised and began his Farm Credit career after a short detour to Oklahoma where he graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Animal Science and International Studies. He had grown up in agriculture and had a passion for remaining involved. Looking to utilize his combined ag and business backgrounds, he accepted a position post-college as a loan officer, laying the foundation for a successful Farm Credit career across multiple states.
Michael had met his wife Cassey while in Oklahoma and the two married in 2003. Deciding together they were up for adventure, Michael interviewed for a Farm Credit position at First Ag Credit (now Capital Farm Credit) in Amarillo, Texas. They enjoyed the panhandle quite a bit and Michael grew his experience serving as branch manager of three branches in the role. Opting for another position of progressive responsibility in 2011, the Claymans next moved to Sulphur Springs in Northeast Texas where Michael managed four branches for Agriland Farm Credit. A merger had the family on the move again in 2014 when, fortunately for us, Michael interviewed to be the branch manager of Farm Credit Midsouth’s Marion branch. Finally, in 2018, Michael was promoted to his current position, SVP Branch Operations, Chief Marketing Officer.
Though the Associations varied in size and set-up, Michael has always appreciated the core values of the Farm Credit model. When asked what sets apart Farm Credit Midsouth, he didn’t have to think too long.
“Farm Credit Midsouth is a little different, smaller, more of a family culture,” he says, “Among the employees, there’s a supportive environment with everyone cheering each other on. The 13-county territory is of the size that everyone seems to know everyone else in the ag community. That’s a benefit.”
From a young age, Michael has always been active in 4-H. He sheered sheep and judged livestock to help pay for college, something he continues to do to this day when he can find the time. That’s something that has become increasingly difficult as his kids Wyatt, 12, and Willow, 11, have gotten older and themselves have become more involved in showing sheep. From about April through November, it’s pretty much a full-time activity for the family, who resides in West Memphis. They have the only sheep in Crittenden County and are busy raising and showing throughout the spring, summer and fall locally, at the state fair, and even up into Louisville and Missouri. While the schedule keeps them busier than busy for a good part of the year, the smiles in this photos tell you all you need to know about the Claymans’ passion for showing.