Get to Know Diane
We’re introducing you to Farm Credit Midsouth Chief Financial Officer Diane Steiling. In October, Diane will celebrate her five-year anniversary with Farm Credit Midsouth, having joined us as Controller back in 2016. She was elevated to her current role, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), in January of 2021.
A native of West Memphis, Diane’s journey to Farm Credit didn’t come by way of a farming background, but rather one in accounting and finance. She earned a degree in Accounting at the University of Arkansas, after which she and her husband Jeff, an architect, settled in Memphis. When he accepted a position at a Jonesboro firm, the couple relocated to Jonesboro where they have remained for 30 years.
Diane’s career path led her into commercial banking, where she served as CFO of a community bank for more than 15 years. She spent a short time in the medical field before a controller’s position opened up with Farm Credit Midsouth and, fortunately for us, the rest is history.
When asked to reflect on the last five years with Farm Credit Midsouth and what makes her experience unique as compared to previous positions, Diane summed up her work as “rewarding.” “Because our customers are also ‘owners,’ we’re investing in them, but they are also investing in us,” she said. “We all have a stake, so we’re in it together.”
As a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Diane brought a wealth of experience and expertise with her to Farm Credit. Still, she credits recently retired Farm Credit Midsouth Executive Vice President, Shari Wilson for providing exceptional mentorship; and the FCM Board of Directors for allowing a valuable period of transition prior to Shari’s departure.
Chief Financial Officer roles can be structured in various ways by different companies, organizations and even other Associations. For Diane, her role as CFO covers the Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology (IT) departments within our Cooperative. She shares that it’s rewarding to be a part of each of these three ‘teams,’ and she relishes her opportunity to serve the Association this way.
As mentioned, Diane and her husband Jeff make their home in Jonesboro where they have raised two daughters, Ashley (Jeremy) Evans, graduating with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas; and Allison, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas studying Elementary Education. On the rare occasions free time lines up, the family enjoys getting away to the beach or the lake, or anywhere they can spend some time away together.