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Nick Westgerdes AFM.
Area Vice President

Rochelle, Illinois

Mailing Address:
PO Box 116
Rochelle,  Illinois  61068

Direct Line: (815) 787-2915
Mobile: 815-570-1484
Fax: (888) 483-0030
Real Estate Broker: Illinois.

Accredited Farm Manager AFM

Territory Served:
Vice President for farm management services in Farmers National Company's East-Central Area, including Illinois, eastern Iowa, and northeast Missouri

Educational Background:
Western Illinois University - Macomb, Illinois (2002-2004)
- Bachelor of Agriculture Science
- Crop and Soil Science Major and Conservation Minor

Black Hawk East College - Galva, Illinois (2000-2002)
- Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis on Agriculture

Professional Experience:
Currently Farmers National Company East-Central Area Vice President (2018 to present)

Assistant Area Vice President for East-Central Area (2017-2018)

Previously Farmers National Company Farm Manager, Rochelle, Illinois (2012-2018)

Farmers National Company Farm Manager, Rochelle, Illinois (2012-2018)
- Northern Illinois Farm Manager
- Illinois Real Estate Broker

FamilyFarms Group - Brighton, Illinois (2009-2012)
- Agriculture Business Consultant and Inputs Coordinator
- Managed the business initiatives of several large progressive family farms throughout the United States.
- Created business plans with owners to ensure that long-term goals and objectives were achieved.
- Planned, closed, implemented and managed value added relationships with key vendors.

West Side Lumber - Macomb, Illinois (2003-2009)
- Outdoor Lumberyard Foreman

Responsibilities at FNC:
Farmers National Company takes a team approach to farm management that I fully embrace. The tools and resources available within FNC allow for a highly professional and tailored management experience for our clients. I work with the farm managers that assist landowners increase their income and enhance ownership enjoyment while providing greater peace of mind that their land is being well cared for. We consistently strive to increase the farms productivity and income while implementing good land stewardship to enhance the farm's value.

Professional Accomplishments:
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (December 2012-Present)
Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (December 2012-Present)
Northern Illinois Farm and Land Brokers (September 2013-Present)

Professional Awards and Designations
2014 FNC Territory Growth Program - Third Place
2016 Recipient of the Accredited Farm Manager designation through ASFMRA
2017 Graduate of the FNC Individual Development Program
2019 FNC Silver Eagle Real Estate Award
2020 FNC Gold Eagle Real Estate Award

Farmers National Company Committees
Ethics Committee (2015-2021)
External Technology Review Committee (2018-Present)
Long Range Planning Committee (2020-Present)

Client Comment(s):
"Nick provided a very thoughtful and factual approach to the sale of our property. His communication with us was excellent and he developed and implemented a phenomenal marketing plan for our farm. It was easy for us to tell early on that Nick truly cared about the interests of ownership and he did a great job of keeping us fully informed every step of the way. Nick was also professional, considerate, ambitious and diligent throughout the auction process."

Vandeburg Farm Ownership

"My overall impressions of Nicks' work are very positive. He's gotten up to speed quickly on our property and established a rapport with the operator. Nick communicates well and frequently, both important attributes in someone we rely on. His reports are easy to read, timely, provide suitable detail with pictures and give us a good indication of how things are going. He's also been very responsive to our questions and concerns. Finally, Nick is very personable and a pleasure to deal with, whether on the phone, in-person or via e-mail."

John M. - Madison, WI.

"I am truly grateful to Nick and Farmers National Company for keeping us so informed and protecting the value of our farm. Nick does a fantastic job. Working with all my cousins can’t be easy, not because they’re not all great people, but I can only imagine the difficult time he must have obtaining feedback from all owners to generate a farm decision. If it weren't for Nicks' superb coordination and communication skills it would be much more difficult for all 10 of us to each maintain a piece of ownership of the family farm."

Paula B. - Wheaton, IL.

"Nick does an excellent job of managing my farm and has been able to substantially increase my rent with the existing farmer. Having Nick as my farm manager has been a huge load off of my shoulders and provides great piece of mind knowing that someone is looking after my property."

Joyce F. - Mesa, AZ.

Year started with FNC: 2012
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