About JohnHollison

I started this blog to connect and interact with like minded individuals and give me a place to record my thoughts in a long form that Instagram and Twitter (@johnhollison) just cannot provide. This is an “About Me” post and might understandably be a little bland. A quick glance over this post will provide the reader with some context such as where I am from, what I’ve done, where I’m going and so forth.

My name is John and I grew up in the Texas Panhandle on a successful farm and ranch. I did excellent in school but distractions (girls, work, sports, etc.) led to me graduating barely within the top 25% of my class, although I should have been in the top 10%. I was never really challenged in school and because of this was a little bit of a trouble maker. I was extremely interested in agriculture and had projects such as farming corn, cotton, and sorghum on 56 acres of land that I had been given oversight of by my father throughout high school. On that 56 acres I worked to install the first  successful “Drip Irrigation” system in the entire county. My father purchased that land for $350 an acre and when I graduated high school it was sold for $2,300 an acre. I didn’t know it then but I was building my own college fund. I was also an avid livestock shower and always had some calves, sheep, or hogs around the farm. We were well respected within the community and always had competitive animals.

I received a livestock judging scholarship to a local junior college where I decided to study a trade, welding. I never ended up judging livestock for the college but did receive my welder’s certification. I wanted to go strait to work on the pipeline but on the advice (threats) of my mother and grandmother I decided to pursue an education at the university level. I applied to several D1 Texas schools and was accepted to all that I applied. In the end I decided to attend a reputable D2 school that my life-long best friend was attending. I had a great time throughout college and graduated with honors receiving BS in Animal Industries, which focused on ranch, feedlot, dairy, packer & processor operations. Immediately following graduation I got a job and enrolled into the university’s MBA program. While continuing to work towards completing my MBA, I am currently employed as a Loan Officer at a small rural bank where I specialize in cattle marketing and lending. I manage to find some time between work and school to engage in activities I enjoy such as reading, golfing, fishing, hunting, team sports, weight training, and snow skiing. As far as creative interests I am skilled in carpentry and leather-craft. I enjoy making beautiful items that will last a lifetime for people who respect and admire excellent craftsmanship.

I have always had an entrepreneurial drive. Over the years I always seemed to have some sort of business or hustle going constantly. In the past I’ve had small businesses centered around: Buying & selling hay, hunting/ fishing outfitting, welding, carpentry, leather fabrication/repair, land clearing, firewood sales, training horses, trading cattle, and hot-shot hauling just mention a few. I am used to working outside and with my hands. I haven’t ever had a typical “9-5” job in my life until recently. Working at the bank in an office all day is very different from the type of work that I am used to. My ultimate goal is to one day own & operate my own farm/ranch in order to provide my future children with the same opportunities that I was given by my father growing up.

Thank you for reading this first blog post. Now that you know a little about me please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below or suggest a topic for my next blog post. The direction of this blog is still amorphous but is beginning to take shape. I have decided to jump into blogging with both feet and any advice or constructive criticism you could provide would be appreciated. Again thank you for your time and God bless.

Regards,

JohnHollison

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2 thoughts on “About JohnHollison

  1. Hi John,
    It seems to me you have an interesting perspective and story to tell. I immediately think of the long history between farm/ranchers and bankers. You have a foot and now understanding in both worlds. Good luck!

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    1. I realize that I am in a position where I can comment on both sides of this relationship. I hope that I will be able to provide valuable insights to both farmers/ranchers and individuals involved in financial services. Thank you for the comment Eric!

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