Leadership

Board of Directors

Kim Rentz

Chairman

Kim Rentz, Chairman, joined the Board in 2013. His farming operation includes approximately 3,000 acres, and he primarily produces cotton and peanuts. He also owns a small cattle operation. A native of Miller County who currently resides in Colquitt, Mr. Rentz attended The University of Georgia where he majored in accounting. He currently serves on the board of the Decatur County Farm Bureau, an insurance and farm-related services provider; Three Notch EMC, an electric cooperative; and Decatur Gin, a cotton gin.

James H. Dixon, Jr.

Vice Chairman

James H. Dixon, Jr., Vice Chairman, is a resident of Camilla in Mitchell County.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics.  Mr. Dixon, who joined the Board in 2011, is a poultry and cattle producer.

John M. Bridges, Jr.

Board Member

John M. Bridges, Jr., has farmed for nearly four decades. He currently produces cotton, peanuts, green beans and other vegetables. Mr. Bridges is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a degree in Animal Science. He serves on the boards of the Decatur County Farm Bureau and AFG Feeds. Mr. Bridges resides in Brinson, Georgia.

Lee Bush

Board Member

Mrs. Lee Bush resides in Decatur County, Georgia. She is a Certified Public Accountant with the firm Thomas, Howell, Ferguson. Mrs. Bush was appointed as an Association Outside Director in September, 2020.  Her term will expire in 2023.

Rex LaDon Durham

Board Member

Rex LaDon Durham, is a native of Blakely in Early County. He joined the Board in 2018. Mr. Durham is a graduate of Mercer University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. His owns and manages Bluffton Peanut, LLC, a peanut buying point. Mr. Durham also operates a trucking company, Bluffton Freight Company, which primarily provides trucking services to the peanut buying point. He is a licensed grain/seed dealer, and he maintains a beef cattle herd. Mr. Durham serves as a County Commissioner for Early County and also serves as a board member and president of the Early County Farm Bureau (farm federation).

George Thomas Harrison, Jr.

Board Member

George Thomas Harrison, Jr., is a resident of Thomasville in Thomas County. He is a graduate of The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida with degrees in Accounting and Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. Mr. Harrison is a partner in the CPA Firm, Lanigan & Associates P.C., where he practices as a tax partner specializing in taxation with special interest in timber, real estate investment and development, and pass through entities. Mr. Harrison’s experience includes working with the accounting and agricultural sectors, specifically pertaining to forest products, farm machinery dealerships, financial planning, and accounting for timber, row crops, peanut and vegetable operations. Mr. Harrison joined the Board as an Outside Director in 2017. Mr. Harrison also serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Society of CPAs.

Robert L. Holden, Sr.

Board Member

Robert L. Holden, Sr., is a beef, poultry and row crop producer who lives near Whigham in Grady County and joined the Board in 1987.  Mr. Holden previously served as Director and Chairman of the Board of AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, the funding bank and service provider for associations in 15 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Director and Chairman of the Board of Georgia Milk Producers, tasked with awareness and education for the dairy industry; Director and Chairman of the Board of the American Dairy Association of Georgia, an organization which educates consumers on the importance of consumption, nutrition, and marketing of milk and milk products;  the board of the Grady County Farm Bureau, an insurance and farm related services provider; and as Director for the Sunshine State’s Dairymen’s Cooperative, a cooperative that markets its members’ milk.

Ted Milliron

Board Member

Ted Milliron is a resident of Randolph County and fifth generation crop and pecan farmer. He graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Mr. Milliron works together with his wife, Vanesa, and their son, Ben. Their farm operation includes cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans, oats, wheat, and pecans. Mr. Milliron currently serves on the boards of the Randolph County Farm Bureau, an insurance and farm related services provider, Randolph County Board of Assessors, and Milliron Farms.

Executive Management Team

Paxton W. Poitevint

President/Chief Executive Officer

Paxton Poitevint serves Southwest Georgia Farm Credit as President/Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, Mr. Poitevint has served in several different capacities including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Relationship Manager.  Prior to working at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, Mr. Poitevint worked as a financial analyst in the textile industry. Mr. Poitevint earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Georgia, and a MBA from Georgia State University. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

Tarrell Bennett

Chief Lending Officer

Tarrell  Bennett serves the Association as its Chief Lending Officer. Prior to being named CLO, Mr. Bennett served as the Association’s Credit Manager and worked in the Special Assets Management Department. Mr. Bennett is a graduate of Valdosta State College with a double major in Business Management and Marketing. 

Ryan G. Burtt

Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Burtt serves the Association as Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for financial accounting, reporting, technology infrastructures, internal controls, and operations for the organization. He also serves as the Association’s Standards of Conduct Officer. Previously, he served as the Association’s Director of Credit Administration. Mr. Burtt received a Master’s of Business Administration from Troy University and graduated from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking in partnership with Wharton. 

Patrick Deen

Chief Credit Officer

Patrick Deen serves Southwest Georgia Farm Credit as the Chief Credit Officer. Prior to being named CCO, Mr. Deen served as Director of Credit Administration and Capital Markets and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association’s Capital Markets portfolio, including both purchased and sold loan participations, as well as overall leadership, vision, and direction for the Association’s enterprise-wide risk management framework. Mr. Deen holds a Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting from Valdosta State University.

Allison Godwin

Human Resources Manager/Corporate Secretary

Allison Godwin is responsible for providing day-to-day administration of the operations of the human resources function and duties, including, but not limited to, departmental development, employee relations, payroll and benefits administration, compensation, training, diversity and inclusion, recruitment and on-boarding, performance management, annual staff meetings, and employee assistance programs. In addition, Ms. Godwin is the Corporate Secretary. She previously served as Assistant Controller in the Finance and Operations Department. Mrs. Godwin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from The University of Georgia.

Liz Nogowski

Chief Marketing Officer

Liz Nogowski is the Association’s Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, she manages the Association’s Business Development, Marketing, and Communication efforts. Ms. Nogowski earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with a minor in Political Science, from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.