AgFirst hires two senior executives

COLUMBIA, SC – AgFirst Farm Credit Bank in Columbia has hired two new senior officers, Will Brown and Sam Esfahani.

Brown is the bank’s new chief credit officer. He previously worked at First Citizens Bank & Trust of North Carolina, where he was involved in the integration of the wholesale functions between First Citizens’ North Carolina and South Carolina operations during their recent merger. Prior to the merger, Brown was the chief credit officer and executive vice president for First Citizens Bank of South Carolina. Brown replaces Chris Jones, who will retire in September.

Esfahani has been hired as AgFirst’s chief information officer. He most recently served as a technology consultant to Danske Bank in Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously, Esfahani was chief information officer for PSCU, a St. Petersburg, Fla., organization that provides traditional and online financial services to credit unions throughout the United States. He replaces Ben Blakewood, who will retire later this year.

“Will and Sam were selected after an intense nationwide search with a top-tier executive recruitment firm,” CEO Tim Amerson said. “We are pleased to welcome these talented and experienced professionals to AgFirst.”

About AgFirst

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank is one of four banks that make up the nationwide Farm Credit System. Farm Credit has supported rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services for more than 100 years. AgFirst is a cooperative providing funding to 19 Associations in 15 states and Puerto Rico and services to 20 Associations in 18 states and Puerto Rico.