Our Board

Bill Lipinski

Chairman of the Board
CEO Farm Credit East

William J. Lipinski serves as Chief Executive Officer a position held since Farm Credit East was formed on January 1, 2010. He was previously President and CEO of First Pioneer Farm Credit. He reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors. He sets strategic direction with the Board and directs human resources, credit and services delivery, finance and customer service. Bill is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Bill began his Farm Credit career in 1979 and was promoted through a number of positions before becoming CEO. Bill is a current director and past Chairman of the Board of Farm Credit Financial Partners, a service company owned by Farm Credit East and other ACAs. He is a member of the Farm Credit System Presidents Planning Committee, a national leadership group. Bill was a former member of the Board of Directors of Pro-Fac Cooperative, Inc. He also served as director of the Farm Credit Leasing Corporation for a number of years.

Phil DiPofi

Chairman of the Human Capital and Compensation Committees
President & CEO Northwest Farm Credit Services

Phil DiPofi earned his bachelor's degree from the State University College of New York at Buffalo, and his master's in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Niagara University. Phil most recently served as Chief Banking Officer at CoBank, which is part of the Farm Credit System that provides financing for agricultural cooperatives throughout the nation. At CoBank he was responsible for all of the bank's strategic banking functions, including Regional Agribusiness, Corporate Agribusiness, and Banking Services. As the President and CEO of Northwest FCS, Phil is ultimately responsible for the association's credit portfolio of owned and serviced loans, the association's overall financial performance, and for more than 600 employees in offices throughout the Northwest.

Mark Littlefield

Chairman of the Audit Committee
President & CEO Farm Credit West

Mark Littlefield has served as CEO of Farm Credit West since January 2011. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president since the company's founding in 2001 and has been employed in the Farm Credit System since 1984. Mr. Littlefield is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow, and serves on the Farm Credit West's Corporate Governance Committee. In addition to serving on the Board of FPI, he also serves as the chair of FPI's audit committee and also serves on the board for Farm Credit Foundations (Farm Credit centralized HR shared services).

Marcus "Marc" L. Knisely

Marc Knisely serves as President/CEO of AgCountry Farm Credit Services.  AgCountry provides a full array of financial service products and serves nearly 18,000 farmers and ranchers across Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin through 38 branch office locations and nearly 600 dedicated team members.   Marc’s agricultural experience started at an early age having grown up on a family dairy operation in southern Michigan. He is a graduate of Michigan State University (MSU) where he obtained a B.S. degree from the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources with a strong emphasis in food systems management/finance.  Marc began his Farm Credit System career while in his final semester at MSU in the spring of 1981 as a loan officer with a Production Credit Association in Michigan.  He has served in various management and leadership roles at the Farm Credit System Association level including branch manager, vice president of producer lending, vice president of marketing, senior vice president and has served as an Association CEO since 1998. Marc also serves on the Trust Committee for Farm Credit Foundations, a Farm Credit HR services provider/entity. 

Tom Tracy

President & CEO Farm Credit Illinois

Tom Tracy has more than 20 years of banking experience at three different financial institutions. He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master's degree in business administration from Eastern Illinois University. Tom and his wife, Erin, reside in rural Piatt County with their two children, Alex and Maggie.