Sam Miller, senior vice president of Agribusiness and Food Banking for M&I Bank – the largest Wisconsin-based bank, and an affiliate of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation – has been elected chair of the American Bankers Association's Agriculture and Rural Bankers Committee for the 2008-2009 association year.
Miller, a columnist for Wisconsin Agriculturist, has 24 years of agricultural banking experience and is also a member of the Wisconsin Dairy 2020 Council, school director for the Wisconsin Bankers Advanced Ag Banking School, and treasurer and board member of the Dairy Business Innovation Center.
"Agricultural bankers serve an important role in providing financial services to the farms, agribusinesses, and main street businesses that supply food, fiber, and fuel to consumers," said Miller. "It is an honor to represent these bankers who support the local, national, and global economy by continuing to meet the needs of the agribusiness industry."
"American farmers and agribusinesses are some of the most productive and innovative in the world. Their continued success is aided by the products and services they receive from banks and bankers across the country," added Miller.
Miller, who is based in Appleton, holds a B.S. in agricultural economics from University of Wisconsin and an MBA from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Miller replaces outgoing committee chairman W. Jeff Greenlee, who is president of NBanC in Altus, Oklahoma.