It’s the season to be thankful, and as member of Farm Credit East’s human resources team, I know I am thankful to work with Farm Credit East’s talented and incredibly diverse team of 475 people. Our employees come from various backgrounds and geographic locations, all with different interested and levels of experience. It makes coming to work each day to interact with my teammates that much more fun!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I was curious to discover what others across Farm Credit East are thankful for, so I reached out to some of my fellow teammates. Here is what they had to say:
“I am thankful for my customers! It is clear to me they take pride in what they do and I am thankful to be here to help them achieve their goals!” – Ashley LaCourse, Accounting Specialist in Greenwich, NY
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to constantly learn and develop. I have the pleasure of working with some very sophisticated operations, so I’m never sure what’s waiting on the other end of that ringing phone!! There’s never a dull moment.” - Joseph Baldwin, Financial Services Leader in Geneva, NY
“I am grateful to work in an industry that is strong overall, with a customer base full of businesses and individuals that are very appreciative of our help.” – Kristen Kochetta, Branch Operations Leader in Middletown, NY
“I am thankful for my coworkers who are always so willing to lend a hand wherever help is needed. This attitude not only creates a supportive work environment, but helps to create improved and efficient services for our customers.” – Kathryn Bisson, Credit Representative/Analyst in Auburn, Maine
“I am thankful for the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally and support others to do the same.” – Martha Johnson, Senior Accountant in Enfield, Conn.
“I am thankful to work for an organization comprised of people that are personally and emotionally invested in the success of their customers for the betterment of Northeast agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products.” – Pete Frizzell, Northeast Senior Marketing Agent for Crop Growers in Enfield, Conn.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to work with clients that wake up each day wanting to figure out how to be better than the day before. I am also thankful for the opportunity to work alongside great teammates that are passionate about agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products, and helping their customers. It’s a win-win all around.” – Amie Thomas, Business Consultant in Greenwich, NY
"I am thankful for God and the gifts he has given me – Every day I go to work, I get to help the people that feed the world. It doesn’t get any better than that!" – Mary Beth LaMay, Tax Specialist in Potsdam, NY
As I read through these responses, two themes really jumped out at me. First, as a team we have a strong passion for serving our customers in order to help better their businesses and the Northeast agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products industries. Second, we really care about each other and help each other to do better.
I must admit, these themes were not a surprise to me. Whenever I interview someone and they ask me why I was attracted to Farm Credit East and why I made a career here, I wholeheartedly answer “the people!”, both in terms of our customers and our colleagues. Reading their responses made my appreciate my teammates that much more. I am proud and thankful to work alongside these passionate individuals each and every day.