Farm Credit Financial Partners, Inc. (FPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcus Knisley, President and CEO of AgCountry Farm Credit Services, as the new Chairman of its Board of Directors. Knisley succeeds Bill Lipinski, former CEO of Farm Credit East, who will retire from Farm Credit in March 2020. Lipinski was instrumental in the founding of FPI in 1995. He served on FPI’s Board since the company’s founding, most recently as Chairman. Lipinski began his career in Farm Credit in 1979, becoming CEO of Farm Credit East in 1994.   

Knisley has served as President and CEO of AgCounty Farm Credit Services since January 2018. He began his Farm Credit career in the spring of 1981 serving in various management and leadership roles including as an association CEO since 1998. Knisley is a graduate of Michigan State University (MSU) where he obtained a B.S. degree from the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.   

FPI is also pleased to welcome Michael Reynolds, newly appointed CEO of Farm Credit East, to its Board. Reynolds previously served as Chief Business Officer of Farm Credit East where he provided executive leadership for all branch credit and financial services operations. He also previously served as Executive Vice President and Regional Manager. Reynolds has been with Farm Credit for 29 years.   

FPI also welcomed Aaron Johnson, newly appointed President and CEO of Farm Credit Illinois, to its Board this past fall after the passing of former CEO Tom Tracy. With nearly 35 years of Farm Credit and banking career experience, Johnson first joined the Farm Credit System in 1985. Following a successful lending and field management career based in Farm Credit’s Pontiac and Decatur offices, he joined Farm Credit Illinois’ senior management team in 2002 and was named executive vice president in 2014.  

Mark Littlefield, President and CEO of Farm Credit West, will serve as Vice Chairman of the Board and continues as Chairman of the Human Capital and Compensation Committee. Tom Nakano, EVP-Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Farm Credit Services, also continues to serve on the Board as Chairman of the Audit Committee.  


About Farm Credit Financial Partners 

Organized in 1995, Farm Credit Financial Partners, Inc. (FPI) is the largest and most innovative provider of technology products and services to the Farm Credit System. A customer-owned service organization, FPI supports six agricultural credit associations (ACAs) from Maine to California with 100,000 members and $43 billion in Farm Credit assets. Through a partner-driven approach, FPI is improving lending for American agriculture with technology that is robust, reliable, and intuitive. Visit