Our Leadership Team
Bill York, Founding Partner, CEO and Chief Credit Officer
With more than 40 years of experience in ag lending, Bill is no stranger to trends in agriculture. He has held senior leadership positions with AgriBank, one of Farm Credit’s largest banks serving farmers in 15 states, as well as CNH Capital where he supported Case and New Holland agriculture and construction sales. Bill got his start growing up on his family dairy farm in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Keir Renick, Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer
Banking is in Keir’s blood. He was raised in Dalhart, Texas where his family operated a community bank – serving local farmers. With experience in everything from commercial and investment banking to private equity and mergers and acquisitions, Keir brings a diversified wealth of banking experience to FarmOp Capital and helps the team look through a different lens. Keir’s professional experience includes positions with Moody’s and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Darwin Melnyk, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Technological advances in agriculture are not new to Darwin. He’s been helping provide them for more than 20 years. In fact, Darwin’s most recent venture helped to revolutionize the buying and selling of farm equipment. Iron Solutions – now Trimble - provided equipment dealers with pricing, risk management, residual value management and more. Darwin’s dedication to bringing solutions to farmers can be traced back to his roots, growing up on a grain farm in western Canada. In addition to his role at FarmOp, Darwin serves as an Outside Director for the Western Equipment Dealers Association.
Rick Snyder, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Rick brings nearly 40 years of experience in ag lending to his role with FarmOp Capital. His agriculture career began working his grandfather’s cotton fields in northeast Arkansas and expanded to leadership roles in equipment financing for several leading financial institutions. Rick has held positions in portfolio management, credit underwriting and business development, as well as sales and marketing throughout his career. He’s worked for the agriculture division of TCF Equipment Finance, Daedong USA and Agricredit Acceptance LLC.