Best Employers 2015

Best Employers 2015

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A d v e r t i s e m e n t BEST EMPLOYERS I N N O R T H C A R O L I N A F or nearly 100 years, Carolina Farm Credit has been an important fxture in the agriculture landscape in North Carolina, serving the credit needs of farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners. As part of the national Farm Credit System formed by Congress in 1916, Carolina Farm Credit is headquartered in Statesville, with 36 branch ofces and 231 employees ser- vicing customers in 54 counties in the western half of North Carolina. Longevity, fnancial stability and knowl- edge of agriculture, the cooperative structure and patronage program are a few of the rea- sons customers choose Carolina Farm Credit over other fnancial lenders. But there are several other reasons Carolina Farm Credit was named one of the 2015 Best Employers in North Carolina. Carolina Farm Credit promotes a strong work-life balance, even incorporating those values in the organization's business plan. "We encourage employees to put their spiritual lives frst, family second and work third. We believe having a balanced life allows our employees to reach their full potential and thereby strength- ens our rural communities and Carolina Farm Credit," said Chief Executive Ofcer Vance C. Dalton Jr. As a local agricultural credit cooperative, Carolina Farm Credit employees live and work in the same communities as their customers – known as member-borrowers. Community service and giving back is vital to the success of the organization and a large part of the work- life balance. Employees are provided with paid time of to participate in community-service activities and volunteer work. Te cooperative as a whole supports several charitable organizations, including 4-H, FFA, Operation Christmas Child and many other local charities. As part of the overall work-life balance, an employee wellness committee encourages active and healthy lifestyles. Te committee sponsors a healthy eating challenge, a fall ftness step challenge, and contributes to the cost of gym memberships, home gym equipment or weight loss programs. Personal and professional leader- ship development is also an important focus for the organization. Employees are encouraged to participate in mentor- ing opportunities, and various leadership workshops and seminars. Tey are also aforded opportunities to serve on com- mittees within the organization to gain leadership experience. Unlike a lot of organizations, Caro- lina Farm Credit provides employees with a voice in the strategic business planning process every year. A large group of employees is selected to actively participate in setting goals and objectives for the cooperative. Many employees say that one of the great things about working for Carolina Farm Credit is the cooperative structure and the patronage program. "Te patronage program directly benefts our member- borrowers, and it's very fulflling to work for an organization that puts the customer frst and operates under a structure that always looks out for the best interest of our members and employees," said Sarah Rachels, Human Resources Manager. As a cooperative, Carolina Farm Credit is owned by member-borrowers who ulti- mately control the organization by electing a board of directors, made up of farmers and two appointed outside directors from among the 54-county territory. At the end of each fscal year, the board reviews the fnancials with the option of dis- tributing a portion of profts to its members as a patronage refund or retaining the net in- come to strengthen its capital position. Every year since 1988, Carolina Farm Credit has paid a patronage refund, with a total of more than $403 million in cash returned to customers. Tis truly lives up to the organization's motto, "We put our profts in your pockets!" A group of Carolina Farm Credit employees v lotte's Oper ocesssing center. 146 Victory Lane, StateSViLLe, nc 28625 • 800-521-9952 • A century of dedication Carolina Farm Credit

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