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A local perspective for growing Agribusinesses

Our Agribusiness bankers are local financial experts with in-depth knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be successful. Whether it is helping find the right loan to expand operations with new equipment and machinery or evaluating assets to help with livestock and facility expansion, we are prepared to help you with all your financing needs.

It’s important to have a local perspective – that allows us to see things from your point of view to better understand your needs.

Rick Gentis
Rick Gentis
Agribusiness Banking Manager

Rick Gentis

Rick Gentis

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Rick is a graduate of Southern Wells High School and continued his education at Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Agriculture. Rick is a board member with the Wells County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Wells County Foundation and Bluffton Rotary.

Rick was raised on a grain and livestock farm in southern Wells County and spent twenty years operating his own farm. He entered the field of agribusiness in 1993 after discovering in college that he had a passion for ag economics and farm management. Rick enjoys working locally because it gives him the opportunity to interact directly with farmers and small businesses. He is also impressed by the high level of teamwork at First Bank of Berne, and is happy to work with so many people who were raised on farms and have a natural disposition toward hard work.

Over the past decade, Rick has observed an increase in the use of technology in farming. He expects this trend to continue and predicts a related increase in the overall efficiency and productivity of farms. Rick is happy to be part of a team that is committed to advancing the field of agriculture. Rick shared that, “All First Bank of Berne staff, from the front line teller to the bank President and Board of Directors, are closely connected to the ag community.”

Rick joined the First Bank of Berne team in 2014.

Angela Paxson
Angela Paxson
Agribusiness Banker,
Portland

Angela Paxson

Angela Paxson

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Angela Paxson has more than a decade of experience in agribusiness. Her experience, education, and commitment to the agricultural community make Angela a valuable member of the First Bank of Berne team. She is a graduate of Jay County High School and Indiana Wesleyan University, where she studied business administration. Angela is an active member of her hometown community, serving as Vice President of the Jay County Farm Bureau Incorporated Board, member of the Jay County Purdue Extension Board, and 4-H volunteer.

Angela is a seasoned advocate of the agricultural industry. She continuously researches government legislation and regulatory proposals and travels to the Indiana Statehouse to voice and monitor issues that could affect regional agribusiness. When the Statehouse is not in session, Angela continues her commitment to furthering the interests of the ag industry at the county government level.

Angela chose a career in agricultural lending to realize her passion for helping others achieve their dreams, and has spent the past twelve years working in agribusiness. Angela is a whiz at math and loves spending time outdoors and on farm operations. Time spent on local farms and with the clients she serves has helped Angela become a trusted expert in her field.

Angela is a lifelong learner and doesn’t shy away from an opportunity to build on her lending skills. She has her finger on the pulse of the local farming community and appreciates the ups and downs of the industry. As market conditions change, she’s ready to adapt. Angela takes pride in serving First Bank of Berne’s agribusiness customers and helping them succeed.

Brent Hickman
Brent Hickman
Agribusiness Banker,
Kokomo

Brent Hickman

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Brent Hickman is an active member of the community with a background in farming and animal husbandry. Brent is a graduate of Eastern High School and Purdue University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in animal agribusiness. Brent is involved in multiple community organizations. He currently serves as the third Vice President of the Greentown Lions Club, Co-Chairman of the Howard County 4-H Fair Board Auction Committee, and as a member of the Howard County Farm Bureau Board.

Brent grew up on a grain farm near Greentown, Indiana and was a ten-year 4-H member exhibiting beef and swine. He is happy to have found a career in agribusiness that keeps him close to his agricultural roots. Brent enjoys seeing his customers and their families at community events, and loves helping people grow their businesses. He’s a perfect fit for First Bank of Berne’s team culture and commitment to farming values.

Brent chose a career in agriculture because of his desire to work with farmers on a daily basis and to help them grow their operations. Brent truly appreciates the opportunity to serve First Bank of Berne’s agribusiness clients.

Dan Buuck
Dan Buuck
Agribusiness Banker, Crop Insurance Services, Decatur

Dan Buuck

Dan Buuck

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Dan attended Bellmont High School before earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. His agribanking career spans a decade and he is involved with the Decatur Rotary Club and Zion-Friedheim Lutheran Church. Dan is a former board member with Lutheran Life Villages.

Dan chose a career in agribusiness so he could stay connected to the farming life in which he grew up. Dan raised hogs as a youth while working on the family farm and continues to stay active in grain farming. Dan loves getting to know his customers and watching them succeed. He appreciates the depth of knowledge that First Bank of Berne offers to the surrounding agricultural industry and expects the use of technology in agribusiness to increase in the coming years.

Dan has been part of the First Bank of Berne team since 2009.

Jamie McDonald
Jamie McDonald
Consumer Banker, Berne

Jamie McDonald

Jamie McDonald

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Jamie attended South Adams High School and later earned an Accounting and Business Administration degree from Bluffton College. Jamie serves as President for Habitat for Humanity. He is also a board member with the United Way of Adams County, where he previously served as board chair.

Jamie has worked in agribusiness for sixteen years, and loves the personal service that First Bank of Berne offers. Jamie enjoys working in the field, visiting the farmers he serves and getting to know his clients on a personal level.

Jamie has been part of the First Bank of Berne team since 2001.

Lisa Gilbert
Lisa Gilbert
Loan Assistant, Bluffton

Lisa Gilbert

Lisa Gilbert

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Lisa attended Huntington North High School and Purdue University. She is a member of Markle Church of Christ. She is happy to work at a lending institution that recognizes the importance of agriculture within the communities it serves.

Lisa’s connection to the agricultural industry is lifelong. She grew up on a dairy farm near Roanoke, Indiana and has worked in agribusiness for ten years. Lisa enjoys being involved in her community, working with great people, and is happy to be part of such an important industry.

Lisa joined the First Bank of Berne team in 2016.

Lori Liechty
Lori Liechty
Loan Assistant, Berne

Lori Liechty

Lori Liechty

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Lori grew up on a small family farm just south of Berne.  Shortly after graduating from South Adams High School, she was offered a job at First Bank of Berne and has built a career here for over thirty-five years.

Lori has learned to know many of First Bank of Berne’s customers and enjoys working with them.  She has served in various departments during her time here and is happy to now be a part of the agribusiness team, sharing of her knowledge and commitment with her peers.  Lori feels that the bank’s officers and lenders understand the value of agriculture within the communities they serve.

Lori served as the Treasurer of the Project Share Board and has been involved in various positions at her church, First Missionary in Berne. 

Lori made the switch to agribusiness in 2015.

Michelle Dahlinghaus
Michelle Dahlinghaus
Agribusiness Banker, Portland

Michelle Dahlinghaus

Michelle Dahlinghaus

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Michelle is a graduate of Jay County High School and earned dual degrees in agricultural economics and agronomy from Purdue University. Michelle grew up on her family's dairy farm near Bryant, Indiana and was actively involved in the day-to-day operations of her family's business. She now lives on a farm with her husband, a fifth-generation farmer.

Michelle has worked professionally in the agriculture sector for four years and made the switch to banking two years ago. Michelle is happy to be part of the First Bank of Berne family and to serve a role in the company's ongoing history of putting customers first for 125 years. Michelle recognizes that every farm is unique, and she takes pride in her contributions to Jay and the surrounding counties. Michelle is happy to share in the experience and knowledge of the agribusiness team.

Although she now lives across the state line in Mercer County, Ohio, Michelle is proud to have been raised in Jay County and she wants to see the community grow and succeed in providing opportunities for the next generation. She is passionate about the agricultural industry, so First Bank of Berne is a perfect fit for her. Michelle is proud of the years of experience and dedication that First Bank of Berne brings to the surrounding community. Michelle put it best when she said, "Just as people strive to preserve the family farm, First Bank of Berne strives to preserve the feel of a community bank."

Michelle has been part of the First Bank of Berne team since 2015.

Nathan Liechty
Nathan Liechty
Agribusiness Banker, Berne

Nathan Liechty

Nathan Liechty

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Nathan grew up on a 3200-acre grain farm in Adams, Jay, and Wells Counties. He is a fifth-generation farmer. Nathan was home schooled and later attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he earned a degree in business. He also studied at the Midwest School of Ag Banking.

Nathan has worked in the banking industry for 9 years, and 7 of those are in agribusiness. Nathan is passionate about banking as well as farming and is happy to have found a way to merge the two careers. He is actively involved in his community. Nathan serves on the Leadership Committee of the Foods Resource Bank, Adams County Growing Project. In addition, he is the Adams County Representative & Treasurer for PCARET, and is the past President of the Adams County Extension Board.

Nathan was born into farm life. As he would say, farming is in his blood and “is not just an occupation, it’s a way of life.” Nathan has ridden tractors and combines since he was born and driving them since he could reach the pedals. He is a 10-year 4-H member and has engaged in various projects including livestock. He loves America’s heartland for its small-town values and he feels that the staff and leadership at First Bank of Berne understand those values. Nathan views the highlights of his career as helping beginning farmers and helping generational farmers bring their children into the business.

Nathan has been part of the First Bank of Berne team since 2015.

Tim Tobias
Tim Tobias
Agribusiness Banker, Crop Insurance Services, Berne

Tim Tobias

Tim Tobias

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Tim attended Huntington North High School and later graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. He grew up in Warren, Indiana on a small grain farm and has spent the past three decades working in agribusiness. Tim has always liked numbers, and working in agribusiness allows him to stay close to his roots in farming.

Tim is involved in the local community, serving on the Adams Central School Board and the Adams Central Scholarship Foundation Board. He is also the past treasurer for the Adams County Fair Board, having served with that organization for 10 years. Tim appreciates the family atmosphere at First Bank of Berne and enjoys working with the customers, some of which have become friends and neighbors.

Customers are #1 at First Bank of Berne. Tim is proud to be part of a team that understands this value. He is committed to doing what’s right for the customer while staying on top of the changing trends in agribusiness. Tim works hard to maintain the high level of subject knowledge needed to understand risk and the cyclical nature of agribusiness. He want to ensure that his customers are ready when an opportunity presents itself.

Tim has been part of the First Bank of Berne team since 1994.


For your convenience download and complete the Farm Financial Statement before visiting your local First Bank of Berne Ag Lender.