Gene Smestad
Mr. Smestad graduated from the North Dakota State University in 1965 with a degree in Economics. He spent 2 years with the ND/USDA Extension service, 5 years as a bodily injury claims negotiator with State Farm Insurance, and 32 years with Farm Credit Services starting as a loan officer and ending as the President/CEO of AgCountry FCS of Fargo, ND. As the CEO of AgCountry, Mr. Smestad had over 350 employees, 28 branch offices in Eastern ND and West Central MN, and was accountable for the origin of servicing 3.1 Billion dollars of lease and loan volume with contracts in 31 states nationally. Mr. Smestad serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and on the Finance Committee of the Dakota REIT.