Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team at 1st Farm Credit Service plays a key role in the Association’s growth and success. Combining their individual talents and expertise creates a new approach in the direction and focus of the Association. Their focus is both internal and external.

 

Gary J. Ash
President/CEO

Gary J. Ash is the President/CEO of 1st Farm Credit Services based in Normal, Illinois. He has a 38-year career with the Farm Credit System where he was named to his current position in 2006. Gary grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Iroquois County. Gary belongs to the Sunrise Rotary in Bloomington, serves on the Heartland Community College Foundation Board and serves on the Chicago High School …

Greg Carter
Chief Credit Officer

As Chief Credit Officer, Greg Carter manages the credit underwriting function, responsible for providing loan and lease decisions on branch originated farm and consumer loan requests.  He has more than 30 years of service to the Farm Credit System, holding various positions throughout his career. He has been in his current role since 2006. Greg graduated with honors from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and is …

Shannon Ganschow
Senior Vice President-Commercial Markets

Shannon Ganschow is the Senior Vice President, Commercial Markets.  In his current role, he is responsible for agribusiness lending and investments/commercial markets. Shannon was raised on a grain farm in Bureau County and began his Farm Credit career in 1998.  He received a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana …

Matt Ginder
Executive Vice President-Marketplace Delivery

As Executive Vice President, Marketplace Delivery, Matt manages the delivery of loan and crop insurance products and services through the association’s branch locations.  He has been with 1st Farm Credit Services since 1999, also serving  in the Finance and Crop Insurance departments during his tenure.  Matt grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Sangamon County, and is still involved with the family’s farming operation.  He is a graduate of …

Terry L. Hinds
Chief Lending Officer-Diversified Markets

Terry L. Hinds is Chief Lending Officer-Diversified Markets.   In his current role, he is responsible for capital markets, agribusiness, trade credit, leasing and mission related investment. Terry grew up on a farm in Coles County where he was very active in 4-H and the family farming operation. His family is deeply rooted in Illinois agriculture and still owns and operates the first Illinois farm the family purchased in 1848.  He is …

Ron Homann
Chief Risk Officer

Ron Homann is the Chief Risk Officer, managing several components of credit operations. Ron has served in this position since mid-2006. Throughout his 38 years with Farm Credit he has previously worked in a variety of credit and credit review positions for AgriBank, FCB of St. Louis, and a Production Credit Association. He grew up in Coles County and is a graduate of the University of Illinois. The Risk Management …

Doug Kridner
Chief Financial Officer

Doug Kridner is the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all financial operations.  He has served on the 1st Farm Credit Services finance team in various positions since November 2003.   Doug is a May 1992 graduate of Illinois State University, earning a bachelor’s degree Accounting.  He earned his Certified Public Accountant certificate in August 2000.  Doug is a June 2016 graduate of the American Banker’s Association Stonier Graduate School …