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.

Shawn Smeins serves as Deputy Head of Rural, North America, for Rabobank. 

In his role as Deputy Head of Rural, Smeins oversees the General Management team across all territories focusing on business development and growth of the rural business. Smeins ensures Rabo AgriFinance continues to provide value-added financial products and services, client-focused solutions, and long-term business relationships across each territory.

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, then General Manager of the Central Territory in 2016, until assuming his current role in 2019.

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.

Jill Jelacich serves as General Manager of California for Rabo AgriFinance.

As General Manager, Jill is responsible for Rabo AgriFinance’s Food & Ag portfolio in California. Jill manages a team of 160 employees throughout California, comprised of Business Development Managers, Relationship Managers and Financial Analysts. She also leads the first line of defense with a focus on providing excellent service, executing the organization’s rural growth strategy and maintaining favorable credit quality through active portfolio management.

Jill began her career at Rabobank in 2003 as an Agricultural Credit Analyst. During her more than 15 years at the bank she has held progressively senior roles in both the Commercial and Risk pillars where she developed expertise in Food and Agriculture, Commercial and Investment Real Estate lending. Jill has played a vital role in the success of the F&A Division, managing key relationships and driving portfolio growth. She has led the Commercial pillar in employee development and succession planning through the design and implementation of a commercial lending training program, establishment of a bank-wide internship program and creation of formal career pathing to develop and retain talent.

Prior to Rabobank, Jill worked for State Street Bank and Trust, managing a team responsible for portfolio accounting and customer service for large institutional investment clients, CalSTRS and CalPERS. Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Saint Mary’s College of California. She is a graduate of the California Ag Lending Institute and served on the Ag Lending Society Board of Directors from 2008-2012.

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.

Chris Olson serves as the General Manager of the Central Territory for Rabo AgriFinance.

In his role as General Manager, Chris Olson leads the Customer Relationship Management teams in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana  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.

Chris joined Ag Services of America as a Credit Manager in 1998. He continued to serve in various relationship management roles, eventually transitioning into Area Account Manager just prior to the acquisition of the company by Rabobank International.  While with Rabo AgriFinance, Chris has had roles as Assistant Vice President Regional Coordinator, Regional Vice President, and Managing Director before accepting the role of General Manager in March of 2019

Chris is a native of Iowa and has been involved in agriculture his entire life.  He was raised on a farm in Grinnell, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in finance.  Outside of work, Olson is actively involved with his two children and their various activities.

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.

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