June 28, 2019
Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV), a regional financial cooperative serving agriculture and rural communities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, has announced that long-time Special Assets Manager Patty Botkin has retired from the organization effective June 28th, after more than 16 years with the association.
Since she joined the FCV team in 2002, Botkin’s role within the Special Assets Group (SAG) evolved as the economy worsened and the agriculture industry faced unprecedented stress. Under Botkin’s leadership, the SAG department was well-prepared to support customer-owners through challenging situations and stand alongside them as they weathered stressful times.
Botkin shared, “My favorite aspect of working for FCV and my motivation for staying as long as I did was the challenge of building relationships, finding solutions, and building rapport with customer-owners in the face of stress.”
She continued, “At Farm Credit I was able to impact so many lives, I’m thankful for that. If I could do one small thing to make a difference in someone’s life while maintaining the core values of the association and my own character, that’s important to me to do that.”
Her colleagues commended her on her gift to help people in very difficult and life-changing situations through compassion, respect, and integrity. Special Assets Officer, Manny Schabel, who worked closely with Botkin, shared, “Patty always treated customers and employees with the greatest amount of respect and honesty. Her integrity and compassionate demeanor spoke volumes. She will be greatly missed.”
“Patty Botkin is the consummate professional who gets the job done but also has the determination to make sure she treated her customers with ethics, compassion and respect during what can be, at times, a very emotional and stressful situation. Patty is very knowledgeable in her profession, always ready to lend a hand, offer advice and is looking out for Farm Credit, her customers and fellow employees. A great boss who will be missed,” shared, John Brickey, Special Assets Officer.
Reminiscing on her years at FCV, Botkin shared, “I’m going to miss my FCV family, because that is what we are, a family. We care about each other here, we share the same goals, and stand with each other through the good times and the bad.”
Botkin has no major retirement plans besides making memories with her loving husband, children, and grandchildren.
ABOUT FARM CREDIT OF THE VIRGINIAS
Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.8 billion dollars in financing to more than 11,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and have been for over 100 years. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.
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