Agribusiness in 1988 with a $200
Smith Corona electric typewriter and the savings from
moonlighting as a fee appraiser on evenings and weekends
while still working full time as a farm mortgage loan
officer. The practice developed quickly thanks to the
appraisal experience and industry contacts developed
during a thirteen-year career as a farm loan officer in
North Central Iowa prior to 1988. Greder has been
accredited by the American Society of Farm Managers and
Rural Appraisers since 1989 and a member since 1984. In
fact, he was the Iowa Chapter State President in 2002
and has also served on National Committees.
Fred has been a State Certified General Real Property
Appraiser since three weeks after the State of Iowa
began issuing certificates in October of 1991. He was
raised on a combination crop and livestock farm in
Western Iowa. Greder also maintained a hog feeding
operation earlier in his career. He and his wife Marty
have been residents of North Central Iowa since they
both graduated from Iowa State University on the same
day in 1975. Fred's major emphasis of study was in Farm
Operations. In addition to his appraisal
activities, Fred is an active, licensed real estate
broker. He is currently serving as Chairman
of the State Appraisal Examining Board.
here for Fred Greder's Qualifications.
been with Benchmark
for 25 years and helped the business move to 3
different locations. She is happiest here at
Courtside Offices because there are windows with
natural daylight and she can walk to work, even on the
snowiest days. She is
an employee who will stay late to get the job done
but will also ask to get off early to go ride her
horse and enjoy the sunshine on a nice summer
day. Retirement is not in her near
future. She enjoys working for Benchmark
with Fred Greder. She will tell you, "This is
the Best Job Ever!"
Benchmark Agribusiness after the
crop harvest of 1997. He continues to operate an active
cash grain operation near Dougherty, Iowa, while acting
as an Appraisal Associate between the planting and
harvesting seasons. Staudt is a fifth generation farmer
along with his wife, Shelle, and their two children.
Chris is also a proud graduate of Iowa State University.
The area of emphasis in Chris' Bachelor of Science
degree in 1986 was in Agricultural Finance/Business. He
also has a strong career background in lending. Chris
worked for three different lenders for a total of seven
years immediately following college. His expertise is in
the fields of government support programs, cash rent
appraisals and farm expense analysis.
Fred's son, David
Greder grew up with
After receiving his doctorate in Religious Studies from
the University of Iowa, David moved home to North Iowa
to accept a teaching position at nearby Waldorf
University. When he's not teaching or grading
papers, David is at Benchmark
putting together appraisal reports and any other
task Barb gives him to do in the office.