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Trevor Gunnels, BBA '19, MBA '23

As far as academic achievement and professional success, Trevor Gunnels stands as an exemplary figure whose journey is marked by determination, accolades and a commitment to the agricultural industry.

Graduating from CMU with a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in management in an impressive three years, Gunnels’ academic prowess was underscored by a perfect 4.0 GPA. A recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Scholarship and an active participant in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization and Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, his dedication extended beyond the classroom to the court as a valuable member of the CMU Men’s Volleyball Team.

Post-graduation, he pursued his MBA while working full-time at U.S. Bank. Gunnels’ career jumpstarted thanks to an internship program offered at CMU which led to a role as a credit review specialist at the bank. Having grown up in Drexel, Missouri, and with roots deeply embedded in a family-run cow/calf operation, his passion for agriculture became a guiding force for his professional choices.

Almost three years into his tenure at U.S. Bank, he seized an opportunity to join Rabo AgriFinance, an agriculture lending institution, as a financial restructuring analyst. In his current role, he can continue to apply his knowledge and skills to analyze various financial documents and underwrite credit requests that service large agriculture providers.

Gunnels expresses unwavering gratitude for his alma mater.

“Choosing to go to CMU was the best decision I have ever made. The term Mavily is so fitting because the people I was blessed to meet at CMU, whether faculty or students, have truly become a part of my family,” said Gunnels.

He continues to thrive in his role at Rabo AgriFinance due in large part to the foundation set at CMU and his dedicated Maverick spirit. 


Written by Laura Bradley