Thank You to Our Sponsors – Rabobank


RDO Caters Taters for Charity is possible because of the goods, services, and dollars donated by generous companies that support the event year after year. We’re pleased to highlight our Hot Potato sponsors with a special feature here on the blog. Read to find out more about one of our Dining Room sponsors, Rabobank, including how the bank is working with partners across the Food & Agriculture industry in fulfilling its mission of ‘Growing A Better World Together’. Rabobank With roots in the agriculture industry dating back more than 115 years, Rabobank today is one of the world’s largest financial services leaders. This includes its standing as one of the world’s largest banks, providing wholesale and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. In the United States, Rabobank is a premier bank to the food and agribusiness industries. This focus is a natural fit with R.D. Offutt Company’s key area of business, and was the basis of the partnership between the two companies that formed more than 20 years ago. It’s no wonder that, today, Andre Baladi, a Relationship Manager within Rabobank’s Wholesale Banking team, describes the partnership between his company and R.D. Offutt Company as, “very deep and long-standing.” “To say we’re attached at the hip wouldn’t be too far off the mark,” he added, with a laugh. The relationship extends further than business, as Andre says Rabobank is always looking for ways to better connect with the Food & Agriculture industry and differentiate itself from other banks with its sector focus and expertise. RDO Caters Taters is one of the ways they’ve been able to do just that. Eating Food, Doing Good Tom Espel, R.D. Offutt Company Corporate Treasurer, has worked with Rabobank since the relationship formed, and is the one who initially approached the team about sponsoring RDO Caters Taters. “Participating in charitable events like this is an important part of our culture,” Andre said. “We enjoy opportunities to support our partners through various community initiatives and RDO Caters Taters felt like a great one.” In addition to continued sponsorship of the event, the Rabobank team typically makes the trip to Fargo to attend the event. Last year, Andre joined a few of his colleagues and Tom for his first pound-tato lunch. “It was exciting to see so many people attending the event,” he recalled of his first RDO Caters Taters experience. “The committee does a great job drawing in a crowd.” In addition to the delicious food and fun atmosphere, Rabobank enjoys the community giving side of RDO Caters Taters. The team appreciates the opportunity to support new charitable causes each year and, this year, Andre says they’re especially excited to help further the mission of the Great Plains Food Bank. “It’s a great cause and one that’s close to Rabobank’s heart, too,” he said. “Members from our office volunteer at our local food bank at least once a year and I know many of our other offices do as well.” Visit the Rabobank website to learn more about the company’s different areas of expertise in meeting the needs of the Food & Agriculture industry. ----- Join us for RDO Caters Taters for Charity, Tuesday, November 20 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo. 100% of proceeds benefit Great Plains Food Bank. See event photos and special updates by following RDO Caters Taters on Facebook and Instagram .

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