FINPACK Lenders Conference

Join us for the FINPACK Lenders Conference at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on December 11 and 12, 2018.

2018 Registration

Attendance at the event will cost $299 per person. Pre-registration is required. Registration cancellations will be refunded until November 30, 2018 and are subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after this date.

To register, click here.

2018 Lodging

We have secured a room block at the Radisson Blu Mall of America for Tuesday, December 11 for $154 (plus tax) per night. Guest rooms are limited. To reserve a room, please call 1-800-333-3333 and mention “MN FINPACK Lenders Conference” during the reservation process to receive the conference rate, or visit and use promotional code “UMNFPK“. Rooms must be reserved by Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

2018 Agenda

Tuesday, December 11

  • 10:00 a.m. Welcome, Robert Craven
  • 10:05 a.m. Working with Borrowers that Might Be Circling the Drain, Curt Covington
  • 11:05 a.m. Economic Outlook and the Future of Banking, Brad Stevens
  • 11:50 a.m. Lunch & Learn
  • 1:30 p.m. The Regulator Perspective on Ag Credits, Matt Nankivel
  • 2:15 p.m. Break
  • 2:30 p.m. FINPACK Updates and Developments, FINPACK Development Team
  • 4:00 p.m. Break
  • 4:15 p.m. Commercial Credit Analysis Trends, Brad Stevens
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Wednesday, December 12

  • 8:00 a.m. The Pulse of Agriculture and Ag Lending, Dr. David Kohl
  • 9:15 a.m. Break
  • 9:30 a.m. Current Farm Financial Situation, Dale Nordquist and Robert Craven
  • 10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m. Credit Tools and Techniques for the “Grinder,” Dr. David Kohl
  • 12:00 p.m. Adjourn


Curt Covington

Curt Covington
Executive Vice President – Agricultural Finance, Farmer Mac
Curt Covington joined Farmer Mac in 2015 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Agricultural Finance. He leads Farmer Mac’s business development efforts in the Farm & Ranch and USDA Guarantees business segments. In addition, he oversees the company’s credit administration and underwriting functions. Curt’s extensive experience in ag lending spans over three decades and his passion for rural America developed at a young age on his family’s grape and tree nut farm in Selma, California. Most recently, Curt served as the Managing Director for the Ag and Rural Banking Division at Bank of the West. He has also held various management roles within the Farm Credit System and at Rabobank. In addition to his role at Farmer Mac, Curt is a respected leader in the Agricultural Mortgage industry and is actively involved in leadership roles within industry trade groups. Curt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Finance at the University of Southern California and earned a Masters in Agribusiness from Santa Clara University.

Dr. David Kohl

Dr. David Kohl

David Kohl, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
Dr. David Kohl energizes agricultural lenders, producers and business persons with his keen insight into the agricultural industry through extensive travel, research, and exposure during his career.  He is Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.  Dr. Kohl has traveled over 9 million miles in his professional career and conducted over 6,000 workshops and seminars for a variety of agricultural audiences.

Dr. Kohl’s personal involvement with agriculture and interaction with key industry players provide a unique perspective into the future trends of the agricultural industry and economy.  Dr. Kohl is also a business coach and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Matt Nankivel

Matt Nankivel
Risk Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Matt Nankivel is the Risk Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Prior to managing the Risk Team, Matt worked in other sections within Supervision, including as a commissioned examiner in the community/regional banking group and as a financial economist on the large bank team. Matt has worked on a broad range of Federal Reserve System initiatives including various roles within CCAR-stress testing and model validation. Matt also recently led a multi-district agricultural risk workgroup, and has been the project manager for the Federal Reserve’s Bank Exams Tailored to Risk (BETR) program since July 2017.

Prior to joining the Reserve Bank, Matt worked as part of an operational excellence team at He also taught accounting classes as a Lecturer in Business at Mayville State University. Matt received a B.S. in Business Administration from Mayville State University and an M.B.A with focus on quantitative analysis from the University of North Dakota.

Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens
Relationship Manager, Alerus
Brad Stevens has worked in the banking industry for over 32 years, serving community banks as a Commercial Banker, Branch Manager, Senior Lender, and Senior Credit Officer.  His expertise is working with commercial borrowers in the Commercial and Industrial, Fabrication and Real Estate sectors providing them sound advice on their business and banking relationship.  Brad takes great pride in using the information provided by his clients to assist them in business decisions while making sure that the borrowing they are requesting is structured properly, is warranted and will not get them into trouble.

Brad writes a weekly economic outlook that is widely distributed and watched by many.  The outlook is based on detailed analysis of many wide ranging business and economic reports which are boiled down to how they will directly affect business operations.