Executive Vice President, Infrastructure Banking Group
Brett Challenger is the executive vice president for CoBank’s Rural Infrastructure Banking Group. He is a member of the bank’s Management Executive Committee.
Mr. Challenger’s team specializes in serving the needs of infrastructure cooperatives and businesses that specialize in power, communications, water and waste, commodity export and supply chain financing. Mr. Challenger joined CoBank in 2006, most recently managing the Regional Agribusiness Banking Group that specializes in serving the needs of agricultural cooperatives and other commercial agribusinesses that process, market, transport and export agricultural commodities. Previously, he served as senior vice president for CoBank’s Energy and Water banking division.
He has more than 30 years of experience in advising, lending and capital-raising for agriculture, power, energy, water, waste, infrastructure and other industries in the United States and Asia. Before joining CoBank, Mr. Challenger was a senior vice president and principal, serving as a key member of the initial management team of Duke Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to that, he served as the managing director and co-head of the energy and power group at Bank of America/Banc of America Securities, LLC, where he spent two years in Singapore arranging debt and advising U.S.-based clients pursuing opportunities in Southeast Asia and Australia.
Mr. Challenger earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Colorado, and an MBA from University of Cincinnati.