Director, Office of Examination, and FCA Chief Examiner
“If you are interested or involved in agriculture and want to work in this field, FCA provides a great opportunity to learn new skills and stay challenged. This opportunity has allowed me to change jobs without changing employers, which has been very satisfying to me.
“I started working at FCA in McLean in 1986 after graduating from Virginia Tech with my degree in agricultural economics. I come from a long line of farmers—my parents and many generations before them have had a beef cow-calf operation in central Virginia—and I knew I wanted to do something related to agriculture, but not necessarily farming.
“Being in the headquarters office, I found many opportunities to work with other offices and to benefit from rotational assignments. I got to meet so many people in different capacities here as well as in the institutions I traveled to—something many employees don’t get an opportunity to do so early in their careers.
“After I became a commissioned examiner in 1990, I moved into a technical support unit within the Office of Examination. I worked for three years on examination issues such as borrower complaints, technical questions such as interpretation of regulations, and prior approvals required for FCS institutions.
“In 1994, I was asked to help in the regulations development area. I really enjoyed that assignment, too, and stayed there until 2005 when I accepted the job of Director of FCA’s Office of Secondary Market Oversight. Five years later I became Director of the Office of Examination and FCA’s Chief Examiner.
“The skills I acquired as an examiner, particularly in presentation and writing, have been most helpful to me throughout my career with FCA. The ability to get up in front of a group and cogently present your ideas and findings, knowing that other people might not agree with them, serves anybody well.
“I’ve worked for FCA in several different capacities, and I think there are still opportunities here to learn and do different things.”
- Patrick Fairchild, examiner, Bloomington
- Jennifer Thompson, examiner, Dallas
- Kevin McAdoo, associate examiner, level 3, McLean
- Sarah Kreger, retired certified IT specialist, McLean
- Michael Anderson, program manager, IT/Operations Examination, Denver
- Robert Coleman, Director, Office of Examination, and FCA Chief Examiner, McLean