First job was milking cows and general farm work on family's 60 cow dairy farm in Eaton County, Michigan. When we sold our cattle I went to work for Dennis Orr dairy farm as a night time milker. Attended Western Michigan University from 1974 to 1977 graduating with a BS in Agricultural Distribution. During that period I worked for Narrow Lake Nursery as a general laborer and equipment opertator during the summers and weekends. Upon graduation, I started with Federal Land Bank Assn of St. Johns, MI. I transferred to Federal Land Bank Assn of Clare, MI in 1981. From there I remained with the Farm Credit System as the Michigan system went through a number of mergers and changes. During all I this I worked as an appraiser/loan officer or branch manager. In 1999, the Michigan Farm Credit Institutions finally merged into a single entity, GreenStone Farm Credit Services. I was named Chief Appraiser, a position I held for 11 years until in 2010 I stepped down to care for my wife who was going through cancer treatments. I was appointed as review appraiser for GreenStone after I stepped down, handling those duties until 2019. After 42 years and 2 months I retired from the Farm Credit System and started my own company, Heisler Ag & Rural Appraisal Services, LLC. I handle work via contract with Complete Appraisal Services, Inc.