K. Ben Gore
BEN GORE was born on a small cattle farm in Albertville, Alabama, in 1952. He still lives on and operates the farm today. His interests in cattle and farming led to his early involvement in programs such as 4-H and FFA and later to his pursuit of a business career that would benefit farming families and communities.
He earned an accounting degree from Auburn University in 1974 and quickly went to work in a loan officer training program with First Alabama Bank. In 1976, he joined Alabama Farm Credit at its Albertville office, where he served for 32 years, including 22 years as branch manager. Under his leadership, the Albertville branch grew from $20 million to $200 million in assets as it helped finance and grow the poultry industry in North Alabama.
Gore was named CEO of Alabama Farm Credit in 2009. As CEO, the Alabama Farm Credit team more than doubled in staff and grew from $400 million to more than $800 million in assets. He retired in 2018 after 42 years with the bank. Gore says his career was rewarding because of the ways in which it enabled him to help farming families expand and grow their operations.
In addition to his career in banking for the agricultural industry of Alabama, Gore has served his community through organizations such as the Sand Mountain Civitan Club, where he was a member and past president for 25 years. He is also a board member and past president of the Cecil Wright Tutoring Center, an after-school program for middle-school-aged children in Albertville; and he is a board member of the Douglas Water Authority, a rural water system in northeast Alabama. He is also a 40-year member of Albertville First Baptist Church.
He currently serves the agricultural industry at the state level through his role as president of the Alabama Agribusiness Council and as a board member of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association.
Gore and his wife of 30 years, Becky, have four children and eight grandchildren.