Amie Pala was named chief executive officer for Farm Credit Bank of Texas in January 2021.
Previously she served as the bank’s chief financial officer for 10 years, following 15 years as vice president and treasurer.
Pala also serves on national committees including the Farm Credit System Disclosure Committee, the Farm Credit Captive Insurance Board and the System’s capital workgroup.
Before joining the bank, she worked for American Express and First City National Bank.
Pala holds a degree in finance from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Dallas. She is also a certified international cash manager (CERT-ICM) with the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Brandon Blaut was appointed chief financial officer of Farm Credit Bank of Texas in January 2021. Previously, he was the bank’s vice president of finance and loan operations.
He is responsible for finance, treasury and cash operations, interest rate risk management, debt, derivatives and capital issuance, financial planning and analysis, investment portfolio and liquidity management, accounting and financial reporting, loan accounting operations and Sarbanes Oxley compliance.
Blaut has worked in the banking sector for more than 20 years and the Farm Credit System since 2006. Prior to joining Farm Credit Bank of Texas in 2015, he was chief financial officer and later chief credit officer for Great Plains Ag Credit. He began his career as a commercial lender with Amarillo National Bank.
Blaut received his BBA in finance from West Texas A&M University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
John Sloan is the chief credit officer of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas. He is responsible for the bank’s credit division, which includes capital markets, association direct lending, business systems, and risk management and credit operations.
Previously, he was vice president and unit manager of the bank’s Association Direct Lending Unit (ADLU) for four years. Sloan joined the bank in 2010 as a vice president and relationship manager, and from August to November 2012, he served as acting CEO of Ag New Mexico. Prior to joining Farm Credit Bank of Texas, he had 20 years of Farm Credit experience, including eight years as vice president of agribusiness lending at Farm Credit Services Southwest in Arizona.
Sloan earned a business administration degree from New Mexico State University and an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He is also a graduate of the Western States School of Banking at the University of New Mexico.
Nanci Tucker is the bank’s general counsel and leads Corporate Affairs. In her role, she provides advice and counsel to the bank’s board of directors and management, and serves as the corporate secretary.
Tucker joined the bank in 2018 with 25 years of experience managing legal departments for Austin-based banks, other financial institutions and technology companies. She helped guide these organizations through business growth, regulatory compliance, complex contract negotiations and the acquisition and sale of technology.
Tucker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Houston Law Center.
Ed Benson oversees the bank’s core technology activities and delivery of credit business systems. This includes computing and connectivity services, information security, compliance and disaster recovery planning. He also ensures the bank and its affiliated lending cooperatives have modern, efficient systems that meet their credit delivery and compliance needs.
Benson joined Farm Credit Bank of Texas in 2013 as vice president, business systems. In that role, he was instrumental in building a suite of integrated products for customer relationship management, loan origination, credit analysis, underwriting and servicing.
He has over 20 years of experience in engineering and technology, having worked in consulting and management roles at several information technology and financial services companies, including Catapult Systems, CitiGroup and Dell. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University, and both an MBA and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas.
Nisha Rocap is the bank’s chief audit executive, who oversees the activities of the internal audit department and the credit review function for the Farm Credit Bank of Texas.
In her current position, Rocap is responsible for assessing level of risk in bank activities to ensure sufficient audit coverage, and works closely with the bank’s audit committee. Her department facilitates the Farm Credit Administration’s examination process and works with external auditors.
Rocap is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Internal Auditor. Prior to joining the bank, she spent 16 years in public accounting. She was most recently a risk assurance director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Austin. She began her career at Arthur Andersen.
Rocap holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in accounting, with a minor in management information systems.