Board of Directors

Terry D. Milligan

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Milligan owns and operates a beef cattle operation and hay production operation in Van Zandt County and Bryan and Atoka counties in Oklahoma, and operates Milligan & Company Fire Ant Control. In 2015, he retired from USDA after 34 years of service. Mr. Milligan holds an Associate’s degree in Farm and Ranch Management from Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Mr. Milligan currently serves as chairman of the board and executive session secretary. Terry had previously served as vice chairman of the board and has served as director since his election in 2010.

Ron Gabriel

Director/Vice Chairman

Mr. Gabriel resides in Grand Saline, Texas, where he owns and operates oil field service companies and a beef cattle, horse and hay operation. He is the owner, director and president/CEO of Lubri-Pump, Inc., owner and President/CEO of Turbo Drilling Fluids, Inc., and Four Star Rentals, L.L.C., owner and president/secretary/treasurer of Gabriel Land Holdings, LLC, and owner/director of Energy Devices of Texas, Inc and CLUHEIR, LLC. He is past chairman of the Legacy Ag Credit, ACA Compensation Committee and the Nominating Committee, and served on the Spring Hill School Board for six (6) years.

Cody Newman


Mr. Newman is president and co-owner in a family business, the Newman Corporation, which manages investments and operational activities in cattle production, and oil and gas production and real estate development, located in Harrison County. He serves as a board member of NH, Inc., a family business which purchases and sells livestock, and serves as trustee of Newman Ranches, a family business which purchases and sells real estate. Additionally, Mr. Newman serves on the board of the Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation and previously served as a school board member for Harleton ISD. Mr. Newman holds a B.S. in Agriculture and Business from Texas A&M Commerce. He served as director at large for the association from 2000 until he was elected director in 2008. He was elected board vice chairman in 2010 and served in that position until 2015. Additionally, he serves as audit committee vice chairman and chairman of the compensation committee.

Paul Nicklas


Mr. Nicklas resides in Canton, Texas, where he owns and operates a commercial cow/calf operation, concentrating on alternative marketing strategies, breed composition and sire selection. Additionally, he owns and operates a small business in Van Zandt, Kaufman and Henderson counties. Mr. Nicklas is a former licensed Texas real estate agent, a professional bondsmen of Texas, and a retired Texas peace officer. He has served as director since his election in 2013.

John Shinn

Chairman of the Audit Committee

Mr. Shinn resides in Ben Wheeler, Texas. He holds a BBA in accounting, has been a CPA since 1984 and owns and operates a private CPA practice in Van Zandt County, Texas. He previously served as Van Zandt County Auditor, and serves as a member of the Van Zandt County Child Welfare Board and the Van Zandt County Wildlife and Nature Resources Committee. Mr. Shinn has served as director since his appointment in 2016.

William (Bill) Melton


Mr. Melton resides in Columbia, South Carolina. He has worked for Farm Credit in various capacities for 41 years most recently serving as CEO of Cape Fear Farm Credit. Until his retirement in June 2013, Mr. Melton served as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at AgFirst Farm Credit Bank. Prior to joining AgFirst in 1987, Bill was employed for 12 years with three associations located in North Carolina and Georgia and served in roles of increasing responsibilities including four years as CEO. He completed a three-year certificate program at the Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU and received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina State University. Bill began his agricultural career as an Area Manager for ConAgra in NC. He served 2 years on active duty with the US Army, 1 year in the Army Reserve, and 6 years with the NC Air National Guard. He served as a board member on the National Chicken Council and the NC Southeast Partnership. Mr. Melton was a member of Fannie Mae’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council and a member of USDA’s Strikeforce Initiative for Economic Growth and Opportunity Advisory Committee for North Carolina. He served as an Executive Committee member of the Farm Credit System’s RAAW Workgroup. Mr. Melton was appointed as director at large in February, 2017.

Brandon Sides


Mr. Sides resides in Canton, Texas, where he is co-owner and operator of Sides Pea Farm & Processing Facility. He serves on the Dallas School District Farm to School Steering Committee. Mr. Sides holds a political science degree and a minor in business and Spanish from the University of Texas and completed one year of the law degree/MBA at Golden State College in San Francisco. He was appointed as director in February, 2017.

David R. “Randy” Reeves


Mr. Reeves resides in Marshall, Texas, where he has served as a County Extension Agent – Agriculture for over thirty years, serving in Harrison, Hardin, Upshur and Gregg counties. He has a BS in Agricultural Economics and a MS in General Agriculture, both from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Mr. Reeves coordinates the Annual East Texas Turfgrass Conference held each February at the Overton Research and Extension Center, and writes a weekly news article and horticulture blog for the Longview News Journal as well as a monthly producer newsletter for the Oil Belt Farm & Ranch Club. Mr. Reeves currently serves as a school Board member for the Texas Early College High School in Marshall, Texas, and Panola Charter School in Carthage, Texas. Mr. Reeves was elected as director in September, 2017.


Elected by the member-borrowers, Legacy Ag Credit is governed by a Board of Directors that is responsible for the overall health of the Cooperative. Board members typically serve three-year terms, and each year, stockholders have the opportunity to vote in a director election. Legacy Ag Credit wants strong representation on this board, and to that end, the Association encourages each stockholder to get involved in director elections. It is, therefore, very important that you exercise your stockholder right to vote.

Moreover, we also hope you will consider whether you have skills and experience that would be an asset to the Association and Board of Directors. If you believe that you would like to help shape the policies that establish the long-term, strategic direction of the Association, please consider running in the next Board election.

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