Leadership

The Rabo AgriFinance leadership team is committed to agriculture.

Located in St. Louis, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Cedar Falls, Iowa; our General Managers spend time in our field offices, on farm and participating in industry events.

Curt Hudnutt serves as Head of Rural, North America, for Rabobank.

In this role, Hudnutt is primarily responsible for growing assets and revenues for Rabo AgriFinance, ensuring strong adoption of Risk Culture within the first line of defense and assuring a positive customer experience. Hudnutt works collaboratively across functions to ensure Rabo AgriFinance is balancing financial performance, customer experience and risk.

Hudnutt began his career with Rabo AgriFinance in May 2002. Prior to his current role, he served as EVP – Joint Head, Business Development. He has also held the positions of Senior Credit Analyst, Credit Administrator, Special Assets Manager, Senior Credit Officer and Chief Risk Officer.

Raised in Iowa, Hudnutt graduated with honors from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Spanish. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Management, graduating with honors in 2008. Curt is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program having completed the General Management Program in 2015.

Van Dewey serves as General Manager of the West Territory for Rabo AgriFinance.

Van DeweyIn his role as General Manager, Van Dewey oversees the Customer Relationship Management teams in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming within the West Territory, leading functional teams in the growth and execution of business development. The territory provides financial services to leading farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses, who produce and further process small grains and oilseeds, dairy, poultry, vegetables and fruits, and beef cattle, in a diverse area of the country. 

Actively involved with his family farm in Central Kansas, Van has over 25 years of agricultural lending experience.  In 2004, Van opened one of the first Rabo AgriFinance offices, located in Wichita, Kansas, and grew the Kansas portfolio to one of the company’s largest markets.  Following a promotion to Team Leader in 2005, he was further promoted to Regional Vice President in 2007 and to Managing Director in 2010.  Since 2010, the West Territory has grown to be the largest Rabo AgriFinance territory in both portfolio size and employees. 

Prior to his role at Rabo AgriFinance, Van held roles in agricultural lending, with more than 15 years of Farm Credit Services experience; managing local offices as well as experience at US Bank’s Agribusiness Group.  

Van holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Kansas State University.

Shawn Smeins serves as General Manager of the Central Territory for Rabo AgriFinance.

In his role as General Manager, Smeins oversees the Customer Relationship Management teams in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana leading functional teams in the growth and execution of business development. The territory provides financial services to leading farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses, who produce and further process grain and oilseeds, swine, dairy, poultry, and beef cattle.

In 1993, Smeins joined Ag Services of America in a Credit and Special Assets role. He was later promoted to Chief Operating Officer and continued to serve as COO after Ag Services was acquired by Rabobank in 2003. He was later promoted to Managing Director for Rabo AgriFinance, until assuming his current role as General Manager of the Central Territory in 2016.

Smeins graduated from Morningside College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa.

Nathan Thomsen serves as General Manager of the East Territory for Rabo AgriFinance.

Nathan ThomsenIn his role as General Manager, Nathan Thomsen oversees the Customer Relationship Management teams in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maryland, Maine,  Delaware  and New Jersey within the East Territory, leading functional teams in the growth and execution of business development. The territory provides financial services to leading farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses, who produce and further process small grains and oilseeds, dairy, poultry, vegetables and fruits, and beef cattle, in a diverse area of the country. 

Nathan has worked with Rabo AgriFinance in a variety of roles and geographies starting in 2003 when Rabo AgriFinance made its first foray into production agricultural lending in California.  In 2005 he moved to Idaho when that office first opened and was instrumental in growing the regions portfolio to the point that it is now Rabo AgriFinance’s largest market. In 2016, Nathan was promoted from Region Vice President to General Manager of the East Territory.   

Prior to his role at Rabo AgriFinance, Nathan was involved in production agriculture, primarily in the Central Valley of California where he managed a 2,300 acre Pistachio orchard.

Nathan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Davis and a Bachelor’s degree in Crop Science from Utah State University.

Brian Haezebroeck serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Rabo AgriFinance.

Brian HaezebroeckIn his role, Haezebroeck is responsible for all aspects associated with the Vendor Finance business unit and leads a team that provides financing solutions to input manufacturers and ag retailers for their needs and their respective customers’ needs. 

Haezebroeck started with Rabo AgriFinance in 2011 after 12 years with John Deere where he held several positions of increasing responsibility. From managing the strategic and tactical planning process for John Deere Financial to working directly with major agribusiness clients, Haezebroeck's career is deeply rooted in agriculture finance.  

Haezebroeck holds a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Marketing from Arizona State University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree from Western Illinois University. 

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