The American Bankers Association Center for Agricultural and Rural Banking will present Wisconsin banker Samuel J. Miller with its annual Bruning Award for his leadership and outstanding dedication to providing credit and financial guidance to farmers, ranchers and businesses in rural America. 

Miller has been an agricultural banker for 30 years and is currently the managing director and head, Agriculture, BMO Harris Bank, which is a top ten agriculture bank in the United States. Miller manages a team of bankers and is responsible for the oversight of BMO’s U.S. agriculture portfolio.

“The most rewarding part of my career has been serving customers who are providing food and fiber for consumers both domestic and international,” said Miller. “Agricultural banking combines the best of art and science. There are the spreadsheets, programs and tools to measure and assess, but there’s still a great amount of art left in the business. Recognizing and understanding the cycles of agriculture and helping farmers navigate through the good times and more challenging periods, remain fundamental to the business.”

The award will be presented at the ABA National Agricultural Bankers Conference in Minneapolis on Nov. 12.