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As a lender for First National Bank of Omaha, my primary role is to manage a loan portfolio and develop new relationships with agribusiness customers. My responsibilities include performing the loan underwriting and renewal process, calling on customers for new business, staying abreast of market conditions and policy that affects the agribusiness lending climate, and serving as the primary point of contact for my customers and all of their banking services.
First National Bank of Omaha is a large regional bank with branches and affiliate companies serving markets around the Midwest, Texas, and Colorado. The agribusiness department in Omaha serves as a direct lender for large producers, processors, and marketers in the Ag sector. I service a variety of borrowers within the industry including grain companies/cooperatives, swine and beef producers, large specialty crop producers, and food processors.
The best thing about my job is the variety of tasks that I perform that are enjoyable to me. I like working in Omaha in an office setting, but also spending time out of the bank serving customers and building new relationships. It is a great combination of utilizing credit skills in the office and understanding your customers' needs by learning their business and developing personal relationships with them.
In addition to the job itself, I am pleased to work for a reputable bank in the agribusiness lending arena. I have been given several opportunities to work with nationally visible Ag clients at a young age. The bank is one of the largest family-owned banks in the country; this goes hand-in-hand with our 150-year commitment to agriculture. I am also privileged to work with great people, who are not only co-workers, but friends. That makes going to work every day even more enjoyable.
I would advise students to embrace the on-going change in the Ag sector, but always remember their roots. Agriculture is big business and it is a global business. There will always be a future for those that are passionate about the industry. The world's population continues to grow and we will need to find innovative ways to feed them. Ultimately, the consumer is the driving force in changing agricultural practices, industry consolidation, and technological advances. Despite these changes demanded by a global marketplace, always embrace the time-honored practices of respect for the land, pride of an honest day's work, and a deep sense of responsibility that comes with feeding the world.