Chief Operating Officer
As a lifelong rancher with more than 15 years of production ag lending experience, James Oliver brings a unique understanding to discussions regarding land—and succession.
“I got my start in production agriculture as a kid on our family’s South Texas cattle operation,” Oliver, who was reared in Pleasanton and holds a B.S. in agricultural economics from Texas A&M, said. “I’ve managed production ag loans from La Pryor, Texas to Golva, North Dakota.”
His previous banking employers include National Finance Credit Corporation, First State Bank of Uvalde, and Bank One and its successor, JP Morgan Chase. He currently sits on the board of directors of Ozona National Bank, a regional community bank.
“Because of my experience, I know that landowners have common issues—and the biggest one of these is passing their land intact to the next generation.”
Oliver, who has been running a diversified commercial cattle, sheep and goat operation on his wife’s family land in Crockett, Pecos, Val Verde and Kinney counties for the past decade, noted his family is facing the same challenges.
“When you ranch, it’s easy to turn off and tune out,” Oliver said. “I recognized that I wanted to be part of the conversation—in the industry and in the legislature—about keeping land intact. TALT offers several tools that helps people create their own options.”
His multi-faceted experience on the range and in the boardroom makes him a natural facilitator.
“My boss at JP Morgan Chase told me, ‘You can make a cowboy an accountant, but you can’t make an accountant a cowboy,’” Oliver said. “I speak both cowboy and financier.”
Finding succession solutions is important because productive, open space land is important.
“Productive, open space land is important because of our history,” Oliver said. “It’s important to the economy of our state whether it’s generating tax revenue at the county level or contributing to the balance of trade in the export market. And conserving land is a way to safeguard our natural resources like water. Frankly, wide open spaces are what makes Texas Texas.”