Bart Schilling grew up on the family farm in Iowa. They raised corn, soybeans, and alfalfa and also raised cattle, hogs, and chickens. His upbringing taught him an unlimited number of valuable life lessons common to all who grew up on a farm or ranch. He attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Tx and in 1992, earned a BBA degree with a minor in finance.
Shortly after graduating, he accepted a position with a local bank and with his background and love of agriculture, migrated into agricultural lending. He spent the next twenty-three years in the banking industry as an agricultural lender for several banks in Lubbock, Texas. He worked with nearly all sectors of the agricultural industry including row crop farms, feedyards, grow yards, dairies, ranches, stocker cattle operations, manufacturing and processing facilities, seed companies, and cotton merchandising firms.
In 2017, he left the banking industry and formed a consulting and insurance company to work more closely with the agricultural producers to help them improve the financial condition of their business. Since founding this company, he has worked with more than a dozen livestock and farming operations assisting them with budgeting and recordkeeping, resource productivity, balance sheet re-structuring, and insurance needs.
In addition, he owns and operates a small farm in Hale County and is engaged in numerous livestock enterprises ranging from a cow calf, feedyard cattle, and stocker cattle.
Bart is married to Laura, a geriatric social worker, and they have four grown children, Bryce, Brady, Brandt, and Brooke.
C. Tracy Mack
Tracy Mack grew up in Lubbock, Texas on a family farm that grew cotton, grain sorghum, peanuts, strawberries, wheat and raised cattle. He received his BBA in Finance from Abilene Christian University in 1987 and his MBA from Texas A & M University in 1989. In his first career move he joined Conoco Inc. working as a Treasury Analyst in the Finance division, working with domestic petroleum wholesalers providing trade credit and financial analysis. Eventually, he moved into a role providing financial support for domestic sales and international exports of petroleum specialty products and petroleum coke. He supported internal divisions that were located across Europe, South America, and Asia.
In 1994, after a two-month sojourn to Kenya, Tracy and wife Nancy moved to Lubbock, TX to start a cotton farming operation. From 1994 to 2018 almost every family decision physically, emotionally, and financially revolved around that farm. They grew irrigated and dryland cotton, but also rotated grain sorghum to improve the soil and increase organic matter.
Also in 1994, a relationship with Lubbock Christian University began when he first taught as an adjunct professor. In 1996, LCU offered him a full-time faculty position in the School of Business. From 1996 to 2015 he continued in that role as an Assistant Professor of Finance. In the summer of 2015, he moved into a leadership position when he was appointed Dean of the LCU School of Business. Tracy served in the position of Dean until the Fall of 2020.
Tracy is married to the love of his life Nancy and they have three children Anna Mack, Emma Thornton, Travis Mack and one son-in-law, Darby Thornton.