RIDGELAND, Miss. – Southern AgCredit recently hired four new staff members. The rural lending cooperative specializes in financing land and agricultural operations in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Kelly Coleman joined Southern AgCredit as a relationship manager in its branch office in Ruston, Louisiana. He has over 35 years of lending experience, most recently as a senior vice president and loan officer for a commercial bank in West Monroe. Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Louisiana Tech University. He resides in Ruston with his wife, Tralynn. They have six adult children and five grandchildren. He is also the senior pastor at Culbertson Baptist Church in nearby Farmerville.
Carrie Fielder was hired as a paralegal in Southern AgCredit’s administrative office in Ridgeland, Mississippi. She has 16 years of experience as a paralegal and legal assistant. She also worked closely with the lending co-op for the past three years while she was a paralegal with the law firm Hubbard, Mitchell, Williams & Strain. Fielder holds an associate degree from Jones County Junior College. She lives in Brandon, Mississippi, with her husband and three children.
Brooks Hall joined Southern AgCredit as a loan officer in its branch office in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He started his career as an examiner in the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance, a position he held for three years. For the past 8½ years, he was a lender at Bank of Brookhaven. Hall attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University. He and his wife, Summer, live in Brookhaven.
Jeff Williams was hired as vice president and general counsel in the Ridgeland, Mississippi, administrative office. Prior to joining Southern AgCredit, he was a partner at a local law firm, Hubbard, Mitchell, Williams & Strain, which he helped start. Williams also is a lieutenant colonel in the Mississippi Air National Guard and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Mississippi and his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy. A Jackson native, he resides in Pearl, Mississippi, with his wife, Regina, and two sons Ethan and Collin.
“Our newest employees bring a wealth of experience to Southern AgCredit,” said Phillip Morgan, chief executive officer. “The stronger our team, the better we can meet the needs of agriculture and rural communities in our territory.”
Southern AgCredit is headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and has nine branch offices in Mississippi and Louisiana. It is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending cooperatives that finance agriculture, agribusiness, rural real estate and country homes.