Introducing Mike Williams
SVP of Branch Operations, Chief Services Officer
This issue, we’re introducing you to Farm Credit Midsouth Senior Vice President of Branch Operations, Chief Services Officer Mike Williams. Like a number of Farm Credit Midsouth’s most senior employees, he has had the privilege of spending almost his entire career with one organization, a rarity in today’s banking world.
Mike admits that he was eager to take the Farm Credit interview offered to him for a loan officer position following his graduation from Arkansas State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Ag Business and Economics in 1992. He looked at it as “good practice” for what may lie ahead, never necessarily envisioning it would be the place he would build a long and successful career. Nearly 28 years later, it’s safe to say it went well. Mike is a graduate of the Barret School of Banking as well.
A native of Kennett, Missouri, Mike was raised on a family farm near Holly Island in Clay County, Arkansas—one he continues to help manage today. His upbringing in the agriculture community gave him a strong passion for the industry. And many of his Farm Credit Midsouth colleagues share that passion, backing up the Association’s oft-used tagline “We Know Ag.”
“For Farm Credit Midsouth, ‘We Know Ag.’ starts at the top,” Mike shares. “We have an amazing board, and the entire team gets out in the field and really gets to know our members and the current ag environment.”
Mike says he recognized way back in that first interview that Farm Credit Midsouth was a great organization to work for; one that takes care of its employees and offers exceptional opportunity for advancement. All are reasons FCM has so many employees who stick around, many retiring after decades of service to the Association, he says.
But while consistency can be found at Farm Credit Midsouth, the same cannot be said for Arkansas’s ag environment over Mike’s tenure. He notes definite changes over the years, including a shift to fewer, larger farming operations, increased crops and varieties being grown, and sweeping technological advancements which enable farmers to do more, faster; but also require a greater depth of knowledge.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Services Officer, Mike manages and leads branch management teams and works with internal teams to ensure Farm Credit Midsouth is providing the highest level of services to our members.
At home in Paragould, he’s kept busy with wife Audra, who is retired from her own business Ajax Title Services. They have two kids – Jack, 14, and Ava, 12, who are Greene County Tech students – along with rescue dog Finn. When not playing basketball, the family enjoys spending time at Lake Norfork, hunting and fishing, and traveling to Disney World.