CEO & President
CEO & President
Before joining Farmhold Financial, Jeff was a member of the Lawrence Affiliates as the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Missouri Bank of SEMO. His involvement in the banking industry started in 1982 while attending Missouri State University with his studies in information technology. After college, Jeff began working for the State of Missouri Division of Finance as a bank regulator.
Toward the latter part of 1985, he began employment as a loan officer and senior lenders position with Centerre/Boatmen's banking group primarily focused on agricultural markets. After Bank of America’s acquisition of Boatmen's Bank, Jeff became the Community Bank President with emphasis on small business and agricultural lending for Bank of America in the southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas region. In May of 2002, Jeff opened First Missouri Bank of SEMO and was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Missouri Bank of SEMO Bank group. His responsibilities included supervision of an agricultural related loan portfolio in excess of $100,000,000.
In addition to serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Missouri Bank of SEMO, his roles outside of banking in the Lawrence Affiliates included assisting in managing over 6,000 acres of farmland. He is involved in a partnership that farms over 1,500 acres of rice and soybeans.
Through these experiences, Jeff recognized the need for Farmhold Financial - a company that could provide support to the agricultural banking community while simultaneously providing greater capital access to farmers.
Chief Credit Officer
Chet Alexander was previously the Divisional Credit Officer for Simmons Bank. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Credit Administration and Consumer Lending. He has over 25 years of credit experience, focusing on commercial and agricultural lending and loan operations.
Lexi Kisling is the Comptroller of Farmhold Financial. She is a CPA and has previously worked in accounting and finance at Ernst and Young, Pepsico, as well as a tech start up.
Ashley has worked exclusively in agricultural banking and analysis for over 14 years. She also works as a public speaker and provides cotton analysis on Ag Day, US Farm Report, and AgriTalk. Ashley grew up in the State of Georgia, surrounded by the agriculture industry. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Finance and obtained her MBA from Augusta University.