Directors have named Brandon Haberer as President and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, a customer-owned financial cooperative. Haberer, the association’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, will assume his new duties on February 1. He succeeds Glen Manchester who retired on December 31.
Haberer (pronounced Harbor) has served as the association’s EVP and COO since October of 2016. He has been with Farm Credit for 11 years, holding the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer from 2008-2016. He joined Farm Credit as Senior Business Credit Analyst in June of 2008 and works in the association’s central office in Russellville.
“Brandon has been an integral part of the senior management team since joining Farm Credit and the board believes he has the experience, leadership and vision to guide and grow the association,” Chairman Kenny Brixey said.
A native of Ozark, Haberer earned a political science degree from the University of Central Arkansas and has participated in the NRECA Board Leadership Program. Before joining Farm Credit, he worked in commercial banking for 14 years where he gained lending, compliance, budgeting and management experience.
Haberer is a director and past chairman of both the Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative and Adult Development Center boards and is a director of the Watalula Water Users Association.
As a financial cooperative, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas is owned by the 6,100 rural Arkansas members it serves across 41 western Arkansas counties. With more than 1.3 billion in assets the association has 115 employees and 23 branch office locations. A part of the national Farm Credit System, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit today and tomorrow.