Terry Lindley, the chief marketing officer and senior vice president of American AgCredit, is retiring after 40 years with the Santa Rosa-based agricultural lender.
Lindley retires on Jan. 31, capping a distinguished career and a legacy of leadership in Sonoma County agriculture and the larger community. He serves on many boards related to agriculture and education, including 20 years as a trustee of Santa Rosa Junior College where he earned an agriculture business degree in 1976.
"A true visionary, Terry founded the first marketing department in the Farm Credit System," said Byron Enix, CEO. "During his four-decade tenure, the Association has realized immense growth to become the fifth largest lending cooperative in the System. Terry is respected by all and will be greatly missed. We are extremely grateful for his contributions over the years."
Lindley, 61, was born and raised on a family ranch in Humboldt County where he learned the value of hard work and gained a profound respect for the land and the people who farm it. His understanding of agriculture served him well as he worked to meet the financial needs of the farmers and ranchers who are part of the farm lending cooperative.
In 1977, Lindley was hired as a loan officer and appraiser at what is now American AgCredit. Over the years he rose to executive positions and was a key part of the team that guided the agricultural lender from $300 million in assets and a handful of employees to a company that, today, holds $9 billion in assets with more than 500 employees in six states.
"It's been an amazing 40 years, and I've been lucky to have been able to take part in the growth of American AgCredit," Lindley said. "I consider it a great honor to have served the farmers and ranchers throughout our lending area and to contribute to the greater community where we do business every day."
Lindley’s accomplishments have been recognized with many awards over the years including SRJC’s President’s Medallion, the Sonoma County Fair’s North Bay Rancher of the Year, and the Harvest Fair’s Friend of Agriculture. He’s also been named Friend of Sonoma County Farm Bureau and recipient of the 4-H Foundation’s Shining Star Award. In 1996 he was named the Marketer of the Year for the National Farm Credit System.
Lindley’s legacy and contributions will be celebrated at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) AgTrust’s 2017 AgStravaganza on Nov. 18 at Shone Farm in Forestville. The event pays tribute to an outstanding Sonoma County leader while raising funds for SRJC’s Agriculture & Natural Sciences Department. Proceeds will go to the American AgCredit Endowment, held by the SRJC Foundation, which funds SRJC agriculture scholarships and supports the college’s Agriculture & Natural Sciences Department.
In retirement, Lindley will focus on his family, community service and running his beef cattle operation, which includes 250 cows grazing on more than 10,000 acres of mostly leased land in Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt counties.
Lindley and his wife Misty live in Healdsburg. They share four children, Lily, 10, Quincy, 13, Abbi, 14 and Jake, 15.
About American AgCredit
Founded in 1916, American AgCredit is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, and is the nation’s 5th largest Farm Credit cooperative. American AgCredit specializes in providing financial services to agricultural and rural customers throughout California, Nevada, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico – as well as to capital markets customers throughout the country.
Financial services provided by American AgCredit include production and mortgage financing, equipment and vehicle leasing, crop and life insurance, lines of credit, and the Young, Beginning and Small Farmer Program. In addition, the Association provides interest-free loans for qualifying 4-H and FFA AgYouth programs, as well as college scholarships to young people interested in agriculture.