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Buckeye Farm News
For as long as Bob Vance can remember, Ohio Farm Bureau has been a part of his life. He grew up on a dairy farm and his parents often attended Ashtabula County Farm Bureau advisory council meetings. It was only natural that he would work for OFBF and Nationwide Insurance for more than three decades. Next month Vance retires from his position as OFBF's senior vice president of organization.
“I’m real proud of my whole working career with Farm Bureau and Nationwide because it goes back to my heritage,” he said.
In 1975 Vance started working for OFBF as an organization director in Brown, Clermont, Montgomery and Warren counties. Three years later he joined the state office as director of membership and later director of insurance and member services. He left OFBF in 1985 to work at Nationwide where he held various management sales positions for about 20 years. He retired from Nationwide in 2004 and then promptly rejoined Ohio Farm Bureau where he has helped oversee the organizational needs, which included finances, information technology, human resources, OFBF and AFBF annual meetings, member services, OFB Foundation and most recently field operations.
“I couldn’t have designed a better work-career strategy. It’s been very pleasing to work with two fine companies,” said Vance, who has a bachelor’s degree in business from Capital University. “When I look back on my work as an OD, I realize it is the foundation of my work career and success. I really learned how to get things done through volunteers and how to recruit people to get the work done. The most recent task force, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Envisioned Future – The New Era, was especially rewarding – helping to set the strategy for Farm Bureau into the future.”
Vance, who has been married 37 years to Rosi (Kessler) Vance, said that in his retirement he will spend more time with his family and three grandchildren and become more active with his church and community activities in Canal Winchester. He also plans to work on his golf game.
“I will miss the members, associates and friends who have been part of my Farm Bureau and Nationwide Career,” he said. “They are special, have high work ethics and performance standards and are fun to be with. I will miss the business relationships developed with companies providing quality services and programs to Farm Bureau. And I’ll miss my Organization team of associates who are dedicated, committed to the goals at Farm Bureau and fun to work with.”