Blake Swindle has been promoted to Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services (AFCS), the company announced on Thursday.
AgHeritage Farm Credit Services is a financial cooperative with owned and managed assets of approximately $2.02 billion as of Dec. 31, 2021. The company provides credit and related services to more than 6,300 farmers, ranchers, and producers or harvesters of aquatic products in 24 Arkansas counties. Branch offices are located in Batesville, Brinkley, Lonoke, McGehee, Newport, Pine Bluff, Pocahontas, Searcy and Stuttgart.
Swindle joined AgHeritage in 2001 in the Credit department as a credit analyst, and has worked in various aspects since. His most recent role was senior vice president & chief commercial lending officer, a position he has held for the past two years.
“AgHeritage has experienced robust growth over the last several years. As such, it’s imperative we have the appropriate level of leadership resources and structure in place that’s commensurate with our scale, model and risk,” said AFCS CEO Greg Cole. “Blake’s proven leadership and years of experience are exactly what we need in a Chief Operating Officer to continue to advance.”
Swindle’s new responsibilities will include capital markets/agribusiness and retail lending. Branch Managers, along with the Capital Markets/Agribusiness department, will report to him.
Swindle is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a Bachelor of Science in Finance as well as a Master of Business Administration. He and his wife, Miste, reside in Benton with their two children, daughter Raegan and son Reed.