The senior management team of Northwest Farm Credit Services consists of the President & CEO and eight senior officers who form the Management Executive Committee (MEC).
Phil DiPofi, President and Chief Executive Officer
Fred DePell, Executive Vice President-Lending and Insurance
Tom Nakano, Executive Vice President-Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Financial Officer
John Phelan, Executive Vice President-Chief Risk Officer
Mark Nonnenmacher, Executive Vice President-Special Industry Lending and Services
Mandy Minick, Washington President
Blair Wilson, Idaho President
Brent Fetsch, Oregon President
Bill Perry, Montana President
Phil DiPofi, originally from Niagara, New York, earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University College of New York at Buffalo, and his master’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Niagara University. He formerly served as chief banking officer at CoBank, which is part of the Farm Credit System that provides financing for agricultural cooperatives throughout the nation. As the President and CEO of Northwest FCS, Phil is ultimately responsible for the association’s $12 billion portfolio of owned and serviced loans, the association’s overall financial performance and for more than 650 employees in 45 offices throughout the Northwest.
Fred DePell was raised on a dryland wheat, pea and barley farm near Genesee, Idaho. He graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor's degree in economics. Fred is currently responsible for the lending operations and crop insurance services in the field lending offices.
Tom Nakano was raised on a small row crop farm outside of Ontario, Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and received an MBA from Willamette University in 1992. Tom earned his CPA certification in April 2002. As CFO, he is responsible for overseeing all of the reporting, accounting and treasury functions of the company.
John Phelan was raised near Clancy, Montana. He graduated from MSU-Billings in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and management, and received an MBA from the University of Montana in 1992. He graduated with highest honors from the Pacific Coast Banking School in 1999. As chief risk officer, he supervises Credit Underwriting, Prior Approval, Risk Management and Analytics, Collateral Services and Special Asset Account units.
Mark Nonnenmacher was raised in Western Montana. He earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Montana and his master’s degree in finance from the University of Oregon. He has more than 27 years of experience in the Farm Credit System, 10 of which were spent managing the agribusiness lending and affiliated associations of CoBank’s western region. Mark is responsible for the Special Industry Lending and Services division, which provides specialized products, capital market, business management and knowledge center services and serves our forest products, agricultural cooperative and commercial fishing and seafood processing customers.
Mandy Minick grew up in Snohomish, Washington, on a small part-time farm. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with an agricultural business management Bachelor of Science degree. She started at Northwest FCS as a credit officer trainee in Mt. Vernon, then moved to Moses Lake and Yakima, serving as a credit officer. Mandy later became Sunnyside branch manager where she managed a portfolio consisting mainly of dairies and wine grapes. Mandy oversees the lending and insurance services team in Washington.
Blair Wilson was raised on his family’s farm/ranch near Lapwai, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho in agribusiness and began his Farm Credit career working for the Federal Land Bank in Idaho Falls. Blair previously served in many capacities for Northwest FCS, most recently as a senior vice president for the Financial Services Division overseeing staff in Idaho and Oregon. He also worked in Northwest FCS’ Internal Audit department and spent three years as a liaison to the technology group. Blair oversees the lending and insurance services team in Idaho.
Brent Fetsch grew up in agriculture near Pendleton, Oregon. He gained work experience in Germany before graduating from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resource economics. He is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School and Mark Wright Executive Program. Brent joined Northwest FCS in 1987 and served in a variety of field and headquarters roles including regional vice president in The Dalles, Oregon, and senior vice president of Community Lending. Brent previously served as senior vice president of operations and chief information officer in the company’s headquarters office in Spokane, Washington. Brent oversees the lending and insurance services team in Oregon.
Bill Perry was raised on his family’s cattle ranch in central Montana, near Judith Gap. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from Montana State University and a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University. Bill previously worked in the headquarters office in Spokane, Washington, as vice president of Enterprise Risk Management and Credit Underwriting, and served as a member of the Prior Approval team. Previously, Bill served as a relationship manager in Montana, working in the Bozeman, Havre and Billings branches. Bill oversees the lending and insurance services team in Montana.