Farm Credit Illinois recently welcomed three new employees throughout its 60-county territory: Valerie Flannigan of McLeansboro Chad Gann of Paris, and Brad Legg of Wayne City.
Flannigan began as a sales and service specialist Feb. 13 at the Mt. Vernon regional office. The Mt. Vernon office serves farm families and rural landowners in Edwards, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Wayne, and White Counties. She grew up in Randolph County and later moved to Hamilton County before graduating from McLeansboro High School. She received an associate’s degree in business administration from Rend Lake College and studied marketing and finance at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Prior to joining the FCI team, she spent 14 years as a community banking representative at Banterra Bank in Mt. Vernon. Flannigan and her husband Reuben have two children – Chad and Kaitlyn.
Legg joined the FCI team as a vice president of financial services at the Mt. Vernon regional office on Feb. 6. He was raised on his family’s Wayne County grain farm and graduated from Wayne City High School before receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Murray State University. Prior to Farm Credit, he spent 12 years as a farm loan officer, serving Wayne and Edwards Counties at the Farm Service Agency. Legg and his wife Nina have three children – Reese, Ridge, and Raina.
Gann began as regional manager of the Paris regional office Feb. 6. The Paris office serves farm families and rural landowners in Clark, Coles, and Edgar Counties. Gann grew up in Edgar County and graduated from Paris High School before receiving a bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University. Prior to joining the FCI team, he spent 25 years at Cargill, Inc., holding various roles within the dry milling business including production management, commodity merchandising, and business leadership and advisement. Gann and his wife Brenda reside with their children – Kayla, Dakota, and Parker.
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Farm Credit Illinois is a farmer owned and directed agricultural lending cooperative serving 8,500 farm families, agribusinesses, and rural landowners in the southern 60 counties of Illinois with competitive and flexible financing and crop insurance expertise. The Association manages a $4 billion loan portfolio, provides 1.4 million acres of crop insurance coverage, and employs 210 staff based in the Mahomet central office and 14 regional office locations. The U.S. Farm Credit System supports rural communities, farm families, and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services today and tomorrow.