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Rural Enterprise Assistance Program (REAP)
A rural background and a career in lending and technical assistance have provided me with a great foundation for working at the Center. I grew up on my family’s farm north of Bradshaw, Nebraska, where we raised hogs, corn, and soybeans. I feel fortunate that I was able to move back to the Bradshaw area a few years ago with my wife, son, and daughter, to help out on the same farm where I grew up.
My 18 years of lending experience includes agricultural, consumer, commercial, and residential lending for a multi-state banking organization, where I worked exclusively in towns less than 3,000 in population, so rural living is my passion. I also spent many years working for a development district doing small business lending and technical assistance in rural communities in southeast Nebraska. I’m grateful I can use this insight to aid in my work with REAP.
Helping small business owners either expand their existing business or start a new one is very rewarding, as is all of my work in rural Nebraska.
He serves the east central region of Nebraska including Boone, Butler, Colfax, Dodge, Garfield, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, Sherman, Washington, Wheeler, Valley, and York counties.