Golden State Farm Credit Executive Leadership
Robert Faris JrPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Faris has served as President and Chief Executive Officer, from April 2019 to present. Previously he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at another Farm Credit, from 2014 through 2019. Mr. Faris also serves as the Vice Chairman for the AgVantis Board of Directors, our technology services provider, since January 2019; and has been a member of the board since 2014. He began his career in agricultural lending in 2000. His career experience includes credit, business banking, and management.
Larry GragerExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Grager was hired in February 2016 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2017. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer at First Mountain Bank, Big Bear Lake, CA; Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Seattle, WA; First National Bank of Southern California, Riverside, CA and Gilmore Bank, Los Angeles, CA. He is a CPA licensed by the state of Washington and has his MBA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. He serves as Secretary and Treasurer of Dramatic Artists Agency LA LLC, a California based Talent Agency.
Dave LehrmanSenior Vice President and Chief Appraisal Officer
Mr. Lehrman has served as Chief Appraisal Officer since January 2017. He was appointed Senior Vice President effective January 2018. Prior to that, he served as Appraisal Manager from January 2014 through December 2016. He previously served as Appraisal Manager for Federal Land Bank Association of Kingsburg, FLCA since 2007. Mr. Lehrman has been employed in the Farm Credit System since 1986.
Walter LohseSenior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Lohse has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer since August 2017. He previously served as VP Credit Management for Golden State Farm Credit from March 2015 through August 2017. Mr. Lohse previously served as a Loan Officer with Northern California Farm Credit. Mr. Lohse has been employed in the Farm Credit System since 1986.
Craig MeyerSenior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Meyer has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer since February 2015. He previously served as VP Customer Service and Risk Manager from January 2014 through February 2015, and he served as Vice President-Support Services & Credit Services for AgVantis, Inc. from January 2001 through December 2013. Prior to joining AgVantis, Mr. Meyer served in various credit, operations and appraisal positions with the Farm Credit Bank of Wichita, Federal Land Bank of Hays Kansas, and the Federal Land Bank of Southeast Kansas. Mr. Meyer serves on the board of directors of Farmers for Hope and is a member of the church council for Faith Lutheran Church in Chico, CA. Mr. Meyer has been employed by the Farm Credit System since 1976.