Agricultural Lending Family
Phone: (309) 747-3600
Rich Ritter has worked for Flanagan State Bank since 1995. Rich is Senior Vice President of Agricultural Lending. He has 40 years’ of experience as an Ag lender. Rich grew up in rural Blue Mound, Illinois, on a farm. His dad was a tenant grain farmer; Rich helped produce and market corn, soybeans, wheat, hogs, beef, chickens, eggs, milk and butter. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Millikin University.
Rich has been involved with many activities in the Ag industry and in the surrounding local communities. He served a two-year term as one of two lenders in the U.S. appointed by the USDA as a member of the “National Committee for Young Farmers”. In 1994 Rich created the “Farming with a Future” newsletter that is mailed quarterly by Flanagan State Bank to over 1,000 farmers and landlords in central Illinois. Rich has also been involved with Lions, Rotary, Optimist, Kiwanis, “Just Say No”, FFA, county fairs, Agri-Ability Unlimited, Dale Carnegie, youth sports coaching, livestock judging, and promoting both Ag and pork.
Rich is married and lives in Flanagan, Illinois. He and his wife Carol have two sons. Rich has tried to pattern his life after the great innovator, John Deere, who once said, “I will not put my name on anything unless it is the best from within me.” Rich wants to continue to grow each day and make a positive impact on those around him.
David Wyss, Jr.
Phone: (815) 796-2264
David Wyss was born and raised in Minonk, Illinois. David graduated from Illinois State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Dedicated to increasing his agricultural knowledge, DJ also attended Iowa State University, completing their Agriculture Credit School. He joined Flanagan State Bank as an Agriculture Loan Officer in 2007. Prior to working for the bank, David worked at the FS in Minonk, and spent time as a crop scout for Pfister Hybrids in El Paso.
David attended Fieldcrest High School, where he was active in football and FFA. He grew up working on a farm with his father and grandfather, learning what it means to be a part of this vital industry. His personal history and lifelong experience in the farming industry make him dedicated to helping his customers accomplish their personal and business goals.
David currently lives in El Paso with his wife, Laura. When he isn’t working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling. He also enjoys reloading and shooting high powered rifles. He stays involved in the community by maintaining membership with the Illinois Farm Bureau and serving on the Illinois Central College Agriculture Advisory Committee.
Le Roy Branch
Phone: (309) 962-4707
Sarah Hoerner has worked at Flanagan State Bank as an Agricultural Loan Officer since 2018. She grew up in Graymont, IL where her family raised chickens, hogs, and cattle as well as grew corn and soybeans. Sarah graduated from Pontiac Township High School, has earned her Bachelor’s from the College of ACES at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Agribusiness, Farm & Financial Management, and has an MBA from the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Sarah worked in Chicago 9 years before moving back to Central Illinois to farm. Sarah’s lifelong love of agriculture and her experience in the city gives her a unique perspective on running a farm as business and as well as experience with working people from outside of the industry. While she lived in the city she continued to be involved in agriculture through her family’s farm and her involvement in with the Livingston County Farm Bureau. She currently grows corn and soybeans with her dad and uncle on their farm outside of Pontiac, IL.
Sarah currently lives in her hometown of Graymont and likes that she is just a few miles away from the farm. She is an avid Fighting Illini and Chicago Cubs fan, golfer, and euchre player. She also currently serves on the board of directors for the Livingston County Farm Bureau.
Phone: (309) 394-2785
Logan Weber started working for Flanagan State Bank in 2018.