ABA Honors Ag Banking Leaders with Annual Awards

ABA today revealed the receivers of its Bruning and Blanchfield Awards, the association’s premier awards provided for contributions to ag banking. This year’s Bruning Award will exist to Joseph Kessie, senior vice president and business local supervisor of Lake City Bank in Indiana.

Kessie was raised on a little animals and grain farm in northern Indiana. After finishing from Purdue University, he worked as an ag lending institution for the Albion Production Credit Association and the National Bank of Warsaw prior to signing up with Lake City Bank as vice president of business banking in 1997. In his 24 years at Lake City Bank, Kessie has actually handled the bank’s whole agribusiness loan portfolio and led the organization to turn into one of the biggest ag loan providers in Indiana.

He presently serves on the board of the Farm Financial Standards Council and formerly worked as the 2017-2018 chair of ABA’s Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee. In addition to numerous neighborhood management functions, Kessie is a founding committee member and present president of Huntington University’s farming research studies board of advisers.

Winning this year’s Blanchfield Award—which exists to a non-banker for contributions to ag and rural banking—is Joe Cornely, a well known farm broadcaster and owner of Farm Media Productions, who has actually invested 4 years informing the stories of America’s farm market. Cornely has actually dealt with ABA because 1992 to produce newspaper article throughout ABA’s National Agricultural Bankers Conference, and his stories from the conference have actually aired yearly on more than 700 radio stations throughout the nation. The awards will exist throughout the upcoming Agricultural Bankers Conference, Nov. 14-17, in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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