Dakota MAC Team Spotlight
We are proud of the years of service, dedication, knowledge and resilience of our Dakota MAC team. Each of our team members has a unique story, and we want you to have the chance to get to know them a little better. That is one of the reasons we developed our Dakota MAC Team Spotlight. We hope you enjoy getting to learn more about our team.
Meet Nick Luchsinger
Favorite childhood memories
Nick grew up near Columbus, NE where as a kid he enjoyed raising cattle and showing animals at the local fair. As a senior, starting wide receiver and safety, he led the Lakeview Vikings to the playoffs in football and then to the state tournament in basketball the same year!
Education and experience
His path to Ag lending was not at all traditional, graduating with a BS in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His studies focused on coursework about understanding why people think and act the way they do and behavior profiling. He was a trained Crisis Negotiator for the Nebraska Department of Corrections and was the Omaha Region Team Leader coordinating all full-scale drills; dealing with hostage situations, barricaded, and suicidal inmates. Nick also supervised high-risk offenders on probation in the Omaha, NE area for many years, helping them change their lives for the better. After his career in criminal justice and dealing with some very difficult, demanding, and high-stress situations, he decided to look for something that more aligned with his passion for Agriculture. Knowing nothing about Ag lending, Nick reached out to Jeff Wolfgram, Dakota MAC Manager, to discuss how his unique skill set could cross over into Ag lending. Jeff saw the connection he could make with people of all backgrounds and knew that Ag lending was something that Nick could excel in. Here we are five years later, and Nick is happy with the growth he’s experienced in his role.
When he is not busy helping to secure financing for other farmers, he works with his own cow herd and is fascinated by using genetics and nutrition to maximize gains. He still really enjoys sports, but now he considers himself more of a Fantasy Sports Wizard than the all-star athlete that he once was. Above all, being a good husband to his wife of nearly 12 years and father to his four kids - ages 9, 6, 3, and 1 are his most treasured roles.