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Mike Horton Honored at Council Annual Meeting

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Mike Horton receiving his special co-op service awardRALEIGH - Mike Morton, Council Past Board Chairman, was honored with a special Co-op Service Award at the Cooperative Council's 2014 Annual Meeting in Charlotte for serving as Chairman of the Council Board for the past two years.  This follows Morton's retirement on December 31, 2013, as CEO of Carolina Farm Credit.


After nearly 36 years with the Farm Credit System, and seven years serving on the Council's Board of Directors, it is only fitting that Morton be honored for his dedication and service to the cooperative industry in North Carolina.  When presenting the award, Council then President Jennie Gentry stated, "I cannot begin to express my appreciation to Mike for all he has done for the Council.  Not only has helped and served our organization, but he has been an incredible mentor to me as well.  I know that anyone who knows Mike can agree that they are better people after working with him."


Morton’s Farm Credit career began in 1978 as a Loan Officer Trainee /Assistant Branch Manager for Mountain Farm Credit in the Asheville office. Since then he has worked for Farm Credit in multiple roles including Branch Manager of the Waynesville office of Mountain Farm Credit, Branch Manager of the Mocksville office of Ideal Production Credit Association, Vice President of the credit department of Piedmont Farm Credit, Senior Vice President/Chief Operations Manager of Piedmont Farm Credit; Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Manager of Piedmont Farm Credit; Executive Vice President/Chief Lending Officer of Carolina Farm Credit; Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Carolina Farm Credit; and President/CEO of Carolina Farm Credit.


Outside of serving on the Council's board, Morton also serves on boards for the NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation and Yadkin Valley Telephone / Yadtel, Inc.


Morton and his wife Melody live in Advance, NC, where he is enjoying his retirement.  He is actively involved in his hometown church where he serves on the deacon board and teaches Sunday School.  Morton plans to spend time with his family, which includes his son, Zac, and his daughter, Emily, and his two grandchildren, Brily and Ellie Grace.


“It has been a blessing to spend my entire career with Farm Credit-an agriculture service cooperative,” said Morton. “Words cannot express how grateful I am to those who have helped me along the way. The relationships I have developed through Carolina Farm Credit will always be treasured and I look forward to watching Carolina Farm Credit and N.C. agriculture prosper in the future.”