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Dwayne Bertrand

Managing Director, Hancock Natural Resource Partners

Dwayne Bertrand

Managing Director, Hancock Natural Resource Partners

Dwayne is responsible for global acquisition sourcing and dispositions efforts across the timber and agriculture platforms, predominately focused on opportunities with vertically integrated operations, land based value-add strategies, and/or credit and minority equity investments. Dwayne also currently sits on HNRG’s Natural Resource Investment Committee.  Prior to HNRG, Dwayne was Vice President & Senior Managing Director – Head of North America Workout & Recovery at Manulife Financial where he and his team were responsible for management and oversight of problem credits (public, private and mezzanine/equity) in Canada and the United States. He also was responsible for new investment approvals for debt and equity along with approving all investment amendments, covenant waivers, and credit restructurings. Dwayne has been with John Hancock/Manulife for 22 years and is a seasoned corporate banker/investor with over 33 years of business development, relationship management, credit and workout experience, primarily in the agribusiness world.  From 1986 to 2013, Dwayne lent long and short-term capital to the agricultural industry, from the farm-gate to the retail grocery store (processing, storage, foodservice and other vertically integrated food companies).  Starting in 1997, Dwayne managed the West coast food team for John Hancock where he grew the investment portfolio from $350mm to $2.8 billion. He later went on to manage the U.S. food team for John Hancock with over $4.8 billion in investments before he moved into the credit role in Boston.  Dwayne has attended Pacific Coast Banking School, and has an undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno (emphasis in accounting & finance) and an executive MBA from Golden Gate University where he was on the honor roll.  He also attended two of the Harvard business school executive food and agribusiness programs.

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Jonathan Aggett, CAIA

Associate Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Jonathan Aggett, CAIA

Associate Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Jonathan is responsible for account management and client relations for both separate accounts and commingled investment vehicles. In this role, he evaluates portfolio performance, acquisition and disposition opportunities, and develops and implements client investment strategies. Jonathan previously served with HTRG in the capacity of Senior Portfolio Analyst. Prior to joining HTRG, he worked as a Quantitative Forestry Analyst for NCASI, an environmental research organization. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, an M.S. in Forestry Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in South Africa. He is also a CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) Charter Holder.

 

Charles Amalfi
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Charles Amalfi

Chief Financial Officer, Hancock Natural Resource Group Australia
Charles Amalfi

Charles Amalfi

Chief Financial Officer, Hancock Natural Resource Group Australia

Charlie is responsible for the group’s investments in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this role, he managed the investment entity Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Limited for over seven years. Before joining HNRGA, Charlie was with Burns Philp & Company Limited and in Taxation and Business Services with Grant Thornton. In addition to being a qualified Chartered Accountant he also holds a Masters of Taxation and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Mary Ellen Aronow
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Mary Ellen Aronow, CF

Associate Director, Forest Economics
Mary Ellen Aronow

Mary Ellen Aronow, CF

Associate Director, Forest Economics

Mary Ellen is responsible for performing economic research to support the business and forestry investment decisions of the Hancock Timber Resource Group. Mary Ellen has experience in industrial forest management, timberland investment and forest products marketing, with special interest in global markets and international trade. Before joining HTRG, she was an analyst with Timber-Mart South where she wrote quarterly timber market newsletters and reported on structural changes within the timberland industry. Mary Ellen received a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Montana, and her M.S. in Forest Economics from the University of Georgia.

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Keith Balter

Director of Economic Research

Keith Balter

Director of Economic Research

Keith is responsible for the market analysis supporting investment and operational planning and decision making for the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Keith’s team maintains informational databases and produces analytical studies and publications addressing trends in global timber and agricultural commodity markets as well as and the role of timberlands and farmlands in institutional investment. Before joining HNRG in 2012, Keith was Senior Economist with Forest Capital Partners LLC, a company investing and managing commercial timberland for institutional investors, where he was responsible for market analysis, business development and investor support. Prior to his time at Forest Capital Partners, Keith was a principal at RISI, a provider of information services and analysis to the global forest products sector. Keith holds a MFS in Forest Economics from Yale, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Baughman
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David Baughman

Director of Acquisitions and Dispositions, North America
Baughman

David Baughman

Director of Acquisitions and Dispositions, North America

Dave is responsible for the farmland acquisitions and dispositions program in North America, including sourcing and disposing of farmland investment opportunities, managing due diligence and developing strategic alliance opportunities. He works closely with HAIG’s Regional Acquisition Managers, Regional Operation Managers, Client Account Management and Resource Planning.  Most recently Dave was Senior Vice President at Hancock Farmland Services, providing oversight for the management of leased row crop properties in the U.S., as well as providing support for acquisitions and sales in the area east of the Rocky Mountains.  In addition, he was responsible for oversight of the development and direct farming operations for 2,270 acres of cranberries in Wisconsin. Prior to joining FMS in 1995, he worked as a farm manager for John Hancock for seven years, and for the company now known as Aventis Crop Science for eight years in the promotion of crop protectants to distributors, dealers and farmers. Dave holds a BS in Agronomy from the Ohio State University. He is a licensed Managing Broker in the state of Illinois and has earned the Accredited Farm Manager designation with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Nick Blacklock
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Nick Blacklock

Director, Global Resource Planning
Nick Blacklock

Nick Blacklock

Director, Global Resource Planning

Nick is responsible for global resource planning and timberland investment valuation. His role also includes analysis of new investment regions and global timberland investment risk and return. Nick leads timberland acquisition valuation and due diligence and provides oversight for Hancock Forest Management’s resource support teams and related resource information systems. Prior to joining HTRG in 2012, Nick worked for Forest Capital Partners (FCP) for eight years as General Manager of Decision Support with overall responsibilities of forest planning, information systems and timberland valuation. Prior to FCP, Nick held a series of positions with Boise Cascade in Canada, Brazil and the US focused on resource planning, timberland investments and forest information systems. He holds an Honors Degree in Forestry from Lakehead University, Canada.

Bodio
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Richard Bodio, Jr., CFA

Associate Director, Portfolio Manager
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Richard Bodio, Jr., CFA

Associate Director, Portfolio Manager

Rick is responsible for managing client portfolios and investment strategy. Prior to joining HAIG in 2011, Rick worked in Financial Strategy for Forest Systems Management Company. Rick holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Providence College and a MBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Connecticut, where he managed a portion of the University’s endowment. Rick is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Boston.

Matt Bohnam
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Matt Bonham

President, Hancock Forest Management North America
Matt Bohnam

Matt Bonham

President, Hancock Forest Management North America

Matt joined Hancock Natural Resource Group in June, 2015 as the General Manager – Southern Division in HFM. On July 2, 2016, Matt was promoted to President of HFM. Matt’s responsibilities include leading a team of professionals to deliver maximum returns on HTRG client’s properties. Matt has been in the forest industry for 24 years with progressive increases in responsibilities in timber management with PCA, Georgia-Pacific, The Timber Company, Plum Creek and Soterra LLC. After two years with Soterra, Matt was promoted to VP of Operations and later President, where he developed multiple revenue streams such as a consulting group, retail pine straw business, a wetlands mitigation bank and wildlife outfitting. Matt is very passionate about developing people and building a team inspired to work together. Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management from the University of Florida.

Cascio
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Tony Cascio

Director, Head of Client Account Management
Cascio

Tony Cascio

Director, Head of Client Account Management

Tony is responsible for ensuring that client interests are met, to include guiding investment activities to ensure compliance with stated objectives agreed to with clients; monitoring investment performance; and reporting and communicating results to clients. In addition, he is directly involved with business development activities, structuring investment agreements, and designing timberland and farmland investment goals and constraints. Before joining HTRG in 2016, Tony was Senior Vice President, Investments with Resource Management Service, LLC where he directed portfolio management, client relations, business development and investment research. Tony has chaired the NCREIF Timberland Committee. Tony holds a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Georgia, a MS in Forestry from North Carolina State University and a BS in Computer Science from James Madison University. Tony was also a Captain in the US Army Reserve.

Tim Cayen
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Tim Cayen

Senior Managing Director, Head of Institutional Business
Tim Cayen

Tim Cayen

Senior Managing Director, Head of Institutional Business

Tim is responsible for the administration of business development and client account management activities across the agriculture and timberland platform for the Hancock Natural Resource Group and is a member of the Executive Committee. The Institutional Business Group is comprised of 23 associates focused on portfolio management, capital raising and product development. Prior to this role, Tim was the Managing Director of Business Development where he led the team responsible for new product development, capital raising and portfolio management for various client accounts. He joined the company in 1993 as an analyst with Hancock Timber where he conducted acquisition and disposition analyses for client portfolios. Before joining Hancock, Tim was a forest analyst with George Banzhaf & Company, a nationally recognized forestry consulting firm, where he was directly involved in timberland valuation, wood supply analysis and timber inventory. Tim holds a B.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Forest Management and Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is registered with John Hancock Distributors LLC and holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.

Colter
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Don Colter, AFM

Acquisitions Manager, Pacific North West Region
Colter

Don Colter, AFM

Acquisitions Manager, Pacific North West Region

Don is responsible for acquisition of farmland and permanent plantings in the Northwest and Mountain West Regions of the US. In this role, his responsibilities include sourcing, modeling, underwriting, due diligence, negotiations and closing of permanent plantings and row crop investment opportunities. In addition, he is directly involved with assessing investment opportunities in vertically integrated operations in his region. Prior to his Acquisition Manager position, Don was a Senior Farm Manager with Hancock Farmland Services where he managed farms in the Northwest and Texas. Before joining Hancock in 2016, Don was an Agricultural Consultant with Wells Fargo Bank for 26 years, where he was directly involved in operational, strategic and risk assessment for large agricultural production and processing companies. The Agricultural Consultant role was a key advisory and credit-underwriting function for the agricultural lending portfolio for Wells Fargo Bank, the largest commercial agricultural lender in the US. Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science degree in Agribusiness from Arizona State University.

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Bill Devens

Associate Director, Global Initiatives
Devens

Bill Devens

Associate Director, Global Initiatives

Bill is responsible for developing price and farmland valuation forecasting models, global supply and demand balance sheets for agricultural commodities and assisting in the development of HAIG’s business strategy. Prior to joining HAIG, he worked as a strategy consultant for HighQuest Partners, where he was Co-Head of HighQuest’s consulting practice. During his time at HighQuest, Bill was responsible for the completion of 200+ projects for corporate clients in areas ranging from farmland investment and grain origination strategies to market entry strategies to due diligence on infrastructure and farmland assets. Prior to joining HighQuest, Bill worked for Bunge Global Agribusiness in roles ranging from international research to strategy development and M&A. Bill holds a BA in History from Davidson College and an MBA from Thunderbird.

Dooley
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Eric Dooley

Portfolio Manager
Dooley

Eric Dooley

Portfolio Manager

Eric is responsible for account management and client relations for both separate accounts and commingled investment vehicles. In this role, he evaluates portfolio performance, acquisition and disposition opportunities, and develops and implements client investment strategies. Eric previously served with HTRG in the capacity of Portfolio Analyst. Prior to joining HTRG, Eric worked for The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) as a Senior Analyst in the Marketable Alternatives group helping to oversee hedge fund investments. Eric holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. Eric is also a candidate for a M.S. in Forestry from Auburn University.

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Barry V. Engel

Managing Director, Corporate Resources

Barry V. Engel

Managing Director, Corporate Resources

Barry is responsible for managing and overseeing the Human Resource Department and overseeing the Information Technology Department. He joined HNRG in 2008 and spent the 12 years prior to that as an executive in corporate affairs, first with an electronic commerce company focused in banking and healthcare in Canada and the U.S., and following an acquisition, with a healthcare processing company in New York. He brings to HNRG extensive experience in human resources and technology, as well as a strong background in finance, corporate strategy and investor relations. Barry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, a law degree from the University of Montreal and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Evers
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Carl B. Evers, Jr.

Chief Operating Officer, Western Permanent Crops, Hancock Farmland Services
Evers

Carl B. Evers, Jr.

Chief Operating Officer, Western Permanent Crops, Hancock Farmland Services

Carl directs U.S. property operations, acquisitions, leases and sales for HAIG. He oversees the farming operations and leasing for approximately 50,000 acres of permanent crops and 185,000 acres of row crops in the U.S.. Prior to joining FMS in 1987, Carl farmed permanent and row cropland for Newhall Land & Farming Co. He holds a BS in Agricultural Management from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a MBA from Golden Gate University at San Francisco. Carl is an Accredited Farm Manager and 20 year member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Goundrey
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Debra Goundrey

Director, Strategic Client and Consultant Relations
Goundrey

Debra Goundrey

Director, Strategic Client and Consultant Relations

Debra is responsible for leading client satisfaction and strategic client initiatives at HNRG while also being the lead portfolio manager on several institutional farmland separate accounts. In addition, Debra drives HNRG’s consultant relations strategy supporting the $15 billion portfolio across farmland and timber accounts. Debra came to HAIG with over ten years of experience working with institutional clients globally and ten years in banking and finance. In her various positions she has been responsible for and led teams dedicated to client management, capital raising, investor relations and account service. Debra holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School (Australia) and a BA in Business Communications from Curtin University (Western Australia). She was also selected for the Australian Leadership Program in 1998-1999.

Griffin
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Matthew Griffin, CFA, CPA

Portfolio Manager and Manager of Analysis
Griffin

Matthew Griffin, CFA, CPA

Portfolio Manager and Manager of Analysis

Matt is responsible for portfolio management and investment analysis for various separate accounts, co-leads the portfolio management for the Hancock Timberland and Farmland Fund, L.P., and manages a team of analysts. Prior to joining HAIG in 2016, he worked for Park Street Capital as a Senior Vice President and Controller for their natural resource-focused investment partnerships for over five years. Matt’s responsibilities included investment analysis, valuation, operational and investment due diligence, financial forecasting and analysis, and management of partnership operations and reporting. Prior to this, Matt worked for PwC’s alternative asset management practice for over nine years. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a CFA Charterholder (2015) and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and is a CPA in Massachusetts.

Harkness
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Katherine Harkness

Portfolio Manager
Harkness

Katherine Harkness

Portfolio Manager

Kate is responsible for managing client portfolios as well as portfolio analytics, building off her prior experience at HAIG in both client portfolio and U.S. and Australia investment analysis. Kate joined the HAIG team in 2014 after working several years as a credit analyst for Farm Credit East, ACA, one of the largest farm credit associations in the country. At FCE, she was responsible for credit analysis and underwriting of row and permanent crop farm business loans. She holds a B.S. with dual degrees in Animal Science and Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University.

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Brent Keefer

Managing Director, Head of Timberland Investments

Brent Keefer

Managing Director, Head of Timberland Investments

Brent is responsible for overall management of the Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG). Previously, Brent oversaw global resource planning and timberland investment valuation at HTRG and was part of the senior management team. His role also included analysis of new investment regions and global timberland investment risk and return. He led timberland acquisition valuation and due diligence and provided oversight for Hancock Forest Management’s resource support teams. Prior to joining HTRG in 1998, Brent worked for Rayonier Inc. for ten years in the U.S. Southeast managing forest resource information and planning systems.  He holds a B.S. in forest resource management and a M.S. in forest biometrics, GIS, and remote sensing both from Virginia Tech.

David Kenney
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David P. Kenney

Associate Director, Acquisitions
David Kenney

David P. Kenney

Associate Director, Acquisitions

David is responsible for the management and execution of Hancock Timber Resource Group’s timberland acquisitions program throughout all regions. In this role, he is responsible for all facets of HTRG’s timberland acquisition strategy and process including identification, outreach, due diligence, investment analysis, negotiations, transaction management to closing and supporting property management implementation. Prior to his current position, David worked in forest operations, resource planning and acquisition functions over 1998 to 2003 for HTRG based in Olympia, Washington and Melbourne, Australia. Before joining HTRG in 2015 (and in 1998), David led acquisitions, asset management and forest operations activities for Rayonier Inc. over 2003 to 2014 and from 1990 to 1998. He received his B.S. degree in Forest Engineering from the University of Maine, and a M.S. in Forestry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Brian Kernihan
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Brian J. Kernohan

Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of Policy
Brian Kernihan

Brian J. Kernohan

Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of Policy

Brian is responsible for HNRG’s sustainability & responsible investing program and public policy engagement. In this role Brian directs Hancock Natural Resource Group’s global sustainability program, develops policies and environmental compliance mechanisms, and is responsible for government relations concerning business and environmental strategies. Brian is also responsible for advising the company on third-party forest and farmland certification and supporting ecosystem services revenue development and conservation transactions. Previously he was Director of Policy and Environmental Advocacy for HNRG. Prior to joining HNRG in 2012, Brian was the Director of Policy at Forest Capital Partners where he was responsible for a variety of programs including forest certification, forest policy, government affairs, public relations, conservation transactions, and ecology support. Brian is a director of PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) International and member of the Board of Governors of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI). Brian holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Wildlife Management from South Dakota State University. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, a designation accredited by The Wildlife Society.

 

David Kimbrough
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David Kimbrough

Director of Dispositions
David Kimbrough

David Kimbrough

Director of Dispositions

David is responsible for the daily management and execution of Hancock Timber Resource Group’s land sale program throughout all regions. In this role, he manages a team that helps customize and implement disposition strategies for each HTRG investor for both large scale dispositions and retail sales. Prior to his current position, David held positions in HTRG’s Forest Operations & Stewardship areas as regional forester and operations coordinator. In these prior roles, David was also responsible for the assignment, review and reporting of all third-party appraisal work performed on the firm’s North and South American properties. Before joining the firm in 1994, he worked with a timberland consulting firm in the South. He received his B.S. degree in Forest Management from Mississippi State University, and an M.S. in Forest Economics and an MBA from the university.

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Julie Koeninger, CFA

Director, Business Development

Julie Koeninger, CFA

Director, Business Development

Julie is responsible for institutional business development activities in North America and Europe in both agriculture and timber. In addition, she is directly involved in supporting new product and channel development initiatives at HNRG. In this role she is responsible for collaborating and partnering with the global team of sales professionals at John Hancock and Manulife to proactively develop new business opportunities targeting multiple channels and geographies.  Prior to joining HNRG, Julie was Director of Agriculture at Conservation Resource Partners. Before joining Conservation Resource Partners in 2017, Julie was the Product Strategist for Timber and Agriculture at Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, LLC where she was involved in the development of both timber and agriculture strategies as well as client relationship management and business development with the firm’s Renewable Resources Group. Julie previously served as an independent consultant in the agricultural investment space and was also a Portfolio Manager with Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, where she served in a number of roles from 1989-2005. Julie holds BA in English from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is a CFA Charterholder.

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Eugene Kwong

Director, Client Reporting

Eugene Kwong

Director, Client Reporting

Gene is responsible for the accounting, reporting and tax functions of Hancock Natural Resource Group’s timberland, farmland and renewable energy investments. Gene serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of several third party investor funds. Before joining the firm in 2006, he was employed by two Boston based hedge funds and had various responsibilities including accounting, reporting and operations. Prior to this, Gene was employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as a manager in their Audit Practice and Transaction Services group. Gene earned his B.S. in Accounting from Boston College, his M.S. in Taxation from Northeastern University and was previously a licensed CPA in NY and MA.

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Daniel Lambert

Director and Chief Compliance Officer

Daniel Lambert

Director and Chief Compliance Officer

Dan is responsible for overseeing HNRG’s risks and controls related to regulatory compliance and global investment management and property management operations. Dan began his career with Boston Partners Financial Group, affiliated with the John Hancock Financial Network, providing guidance to sales associates on securities and insurance regulations. Prior to joining HNRG in 2008, Dan worked exclusively in the financial services field, focusing on both investment adviser and broker-dealer compliance.   Dan holds a B.A. from John Carroll University and a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Bill McCallum
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Bill McCallum

Managing Director, Australasia and President HFM NZ
Bill McCallum

Bill McCallum

Managing Director, Australasia and President HFM NZ

Bill is responsible for management oversight of investor timberlands in New Zealand and Australia. Prior to joining HFM NZ in 2004, Bill held positions in operations management, marketing and acquisitions with Fletcher Challenge Forests Limited in New Zealand and South America. He previously worked throughout Asia and the Pacific with an international forestry consulting firm. Bill is a director of Hancock Forest Management (NZ) Ltd, Hancock Queensland Plantations and Hancock Victoria Plantations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Forestry Science (Hons) from the University of Canterbury, and an MBA from the University of Otago.

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Sydney J. McConathy

Director, Head of Global Business Development

Sydney J. McConathy

Director, Head of Global Business Development

Sydney is responsible for leading HNRG’s Business Development team specifically focused on capital raising, distribution, marketing operations and product development across our global institutional and high net worth markets. Prior to joining HNRG, Sydney was a Managing Director for Beacon Hill Financial Corporation, a Boston-based private placement firm with clients in the private equity buyout and energy sectors. Prior to Beacon Hill, Sydney was Manager of Project Finance with Alpine Energy Group, a private-equity funded power development firm. Early in her career, Sydney was a strategy consultant with The Parthenon Group where she performed a number of strategic consulting initiatives for global fortune 500 companies. Sydney holds a B.A. in International Studies and Art History from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is registered with John Hancock Distributors LLC and holds Series 7 and 63 licenses.

 

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Patricia Mundy

Managing Director and General Counsel

Patricia Mundy

Managing Director and General Counsel

Tricia is responsible for overseeing the legal team in supporting HNRG’s customary and strategic transactional initiatives, operational, management and client needs in both our investment and property management businesses. Prior to joining HNRG, Tricia was in-house at John Hancock providing counsel to North American Corporate Finance Group in connection with their equity and debt investments. Before joining John Hancock, Tricia was a corporate attorney at a Boston law firm for sixteen years providing legal services and advice to clients in all manner of business transactions, including private equity, M&A, corporate finance and corporate governance. Tricia holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College and a JD from Boston College Law School.

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Eric Pawlowski

Associate Director, Client Reporting

Eric Pawlowski

Associate Director, Client Reporting

Eric is responsible for accounting, financial reporting and various tax functions for client investments in timberland and agriculture.  He serves as the Assistant Treasurer for several real estate investment trusts.  Prior to joining HNRG in 2011, Mr. Pawlowski worked at a large New York based hedge fund and a Boston based private equity fund.  He has also worked in public accounting for both Arthur Andersen and Deloitte in Boston.  Mr. Pawlowski earned a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College and is currently completing a Masters in Taxation from Northeastern University.

 

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John T. Perda, CFA

Associate Director, Senior Portfolio Manager
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John T. Perda, CFA

Associate Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

John is responsible for developing and implementing client investment strategies, evaluating acquisition and disposition opportunities, evaluating portfolio performance, developing and implementing acquisition funding strategies, and managing all aspects of the client relationship. Prior to joining the Hancock Timber Resource Group, John was a senior consultant at Jaakko Pöyry Consulting, where he focused on strategy development, capital project analysis, and asset valuation within the forest products industry. John holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Rhode Island and is a CFA® charterholder.

Bill Peressini
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William E. Peressini

President and Chief Executive Officer
Bill Peressini

William E. Peressini

President and Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Bill is responsible for the overall management of HNRG and works closely with the executive team in carrying out those responsibilities. In August 2015, he was elected an HNRG Board Director by the HNRG Board. Prior to becoming CEO, he was the President and Chief Financial Officer of HNRG. In this role, he was responsible for the financial management of the firm, its subsidiaries and investment entities, the accounting and reporting of client investments, information systems, human resources and administration. Bill joined HNRG in 2011 and has been involved in all major strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining HNRG, he held senior management positions at Stimson Lumber Company, a privately-held integrated forest products company in the U.S. Northwest, and PacifiCorp, a regulated and non-regulated energy and telecommunications company based in Portland, Oregon. He has extensive experience in timberland and manufacturing operations, treasury and corporate finance activities, energy and credit risk. Bill holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Illinois-Champaign and an M.B.A from DePaul University in Chicago.

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Nick Ping

Director, Business Development

Nick Ping

Director, Business Development

Nick is responsible for business development activities in Australasia and Asia dedicated to raising institutional capital for new investments on behalf of the Hancock Timber Resource Group, Hancock Agricultural Investment Group and the Hancock Renewable Energy Group. In this role, Nick also supports HNRG’s Client Account Management teams and is responsible for the management of existing client relationships in Australasia and Asia. Nick previously served in the capacities of Vice President, Business Development and Resource Planning, Australasia. Prior to joining HNRGA in 2008, Nick coordinated the resource planning functions for HVP Plantations, before joining Pöyry Management Consulting, where he consulted on a variety of projects throughout the Asia Pacific, including forest appraisals, due diligence and strategic planning. Nick holds Bachelor of Forest Science (Hons) and Doctor of Philosophy (Forest Science) degrees from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Deakin University.

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Cleidson Rangel

Business Development Specialist, Brazil Fund Manager

Cleidson Rangel

Business Development Specialist, Brazil Fund Manager

Cleidson works in the marketing and new business development areas for Brazil at the Hancock Timber Resource Group. He has over 15 years of experience in forestry, private equity, international finance and agribusiness both in the US and overseas. In his past experience Cleidson managed Phaunos Timber’s $250 million South America portfolio, including operations in Uruguay and Brazil and served as president of Eucateca, a $150 million eucalyptus greenfield project in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Cleidson has an extensive knowledge on emerging markets investments opportunities. He also worked in the Latin America investment portfolio team at Devonshire Investors, Fidelity Investments private equity arm. Cleidson holds a B.S in Economics from the University of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil and an MBA from the Hult International Business School in Boston.

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Brent Reed

Senior Acquisitions Manager, Pacific West Region
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Brent Reed

Senior Acquisitions Manager, Pacific West Region

Brent is responsible for sourcing farmland, vineyards, nuts and orchard properties throughout California and the Pacific West to meet the investment objectives of HAIG clients. Brent has 28+ years of experience in agricultural investments. Prior to joining HAIG, Brent held positions with prominent agribusiness lenders such as Vice President, Sr. Relationship Manager for Rabo AgriFinance and Investment Manager for MetLife Agricultural Investments. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business from California State University of Fresno. He holds an Accredited Agricultural Consultant designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and was a past board member/treasure of the Ag Lenders Society of California. Brent grew up on his family’s farm near Porterville, California in Tulare County.  Brent can be reached at (559) 562-1500 or brent.reed@hnrg.com.

Jason Reynolds
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Jason Reynolds

Associate Director, Regional Operations
Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds

Associate Director, Regional Operations

Jason is responsible for forest operations and stewardship efforts on HTRG investor timberlands within South America and Europe. His responsibilities include oversight of operations for current and potential investor vehicles and direct investment in these geographies including safety, stewardship, forest planning, wood marketing, regional public affairs, and government and community relations. Prior to his current position, Jason served as General Manager of Hancock Chilean Plantations in Valdivia, Chile, where he was responsible for all operational and economic aspects of that company and as Resource Analysis Coordinator, in Charlotte, NC, where he was responsible for supporting valuation and forest planning efforts worldwide. Before joining HTRG in 2002, Jason worked for MeadWestvaco, an integrated forest products company, where he was directly involved in forest genetics, reforestation operations and silviculture research. Jason holds a BS in Forest Management and a MS in Forest Biometrics from The University of Georgia.

Rinfret
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Hugues J. Rinfret, CFA, FRM

Director, Resource Planning & Analysis
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Hugues J. Rinfret, CFA, FRM

Director, Resource Planning & Analysis

Hugues is responsible for ensuring that all farmland valuations, financial plans and farmland analyses for HAIG clients are performed on a consistent and reliable basis and to a high standard. In addition, Hugues’ new role involves acting as a liaison across a diverse functional groups within HNRG and its team members in preparing, managing or reviewing farmland investment models, property plans and analyses and ensuring that key deliverables are met. Prior to his current role, Hugues was Director of Research with MetLife Investments where he headed agricultural investment research to support the underwriting and analysis for MetLife’s $14B agriculture portfolio. Before joining MetLife in 2005, Hugues was Senior Industry Analyst with SunTrust Bank, a commercial bank with $190B in assets, where he was directly involved in developing a market risk analysis platform for the food and agribusiness portfolios. Hugues is a three-time graduate of McGill University in Canada. He holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics, a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and an associate degree in farm management.

Mike Rivard
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Michael Rivard

Managing Director, Chief Acquisitions Officer
Mike Rivard

Michael Rivard

Managing Director, Chief Acquisitions Officer

Mike is responsible for the Hancock Natural Resource Group’s global acquisition sourcing and dispositions efforts across the timber and agriculture platforms and is also responsible for corporate level mergers and acquisitions initiatives and opportunities. Before joining the firm, Mike served as Executive Director at UBS Timber Investors where he participated in the management of the firm, was portfolio manager for an international allocation from a large separate account client and participated in business development, fund structuring, portfolio management and acquisition sourcing in Latin America. He also managed a variety of domestic timber funds. Previously, Mike served as chief executive officer of a privately held forest products company in Maine. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Utilization from the University of Maine at Orono, and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Mark Royall

Acquisitions Manager, Southeast Region
Royall

Mark Royall

Acquisitions Manager, Southeast Region

Mark is responsible for sourcing farmland properties throughout the Southeast Region to meet the investment objectives of HAIG clients. Mark brings over 20 years of experience in real estate investment, including direct management of large ranch lands and permanent crops, land acquisition for international corporations, and land development across a variety of asset types. Prior to joining HAIG, Mark was an Agricultural Land Acquisition Manager for BP PLC, sourcing renewable energy opportunities across the southern U.S. He graduated from Carson Newman College with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and an M.B.A. Mark grew up working on his grandfather’s tobacco farm in North Carolina and currently resides in Florida. Mark can be reached at 941-400-0451 or mroyall@hnrg.com.

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Tom Sarno

Managing Director, Head of Timberland and Farmland Operations

Tom Sarno

Managing Director, Head of Timberland and Farmland Operations

Tom is responsible for Hancock Natural Resource Group’s timberland and farmland operations around the world including current investments in North America, South America, New Zealand and Australia.  In this role, Tom builds on his experience and capabilities honed as the Director of Global Operations for the Hancock Timber Resource Group where he is responsible for developing and leading large scale, integrated, investor owned, and third-party forestry property management platforms for our timberland clients around the world.   Prior to that role he has served as Senior Portfolio Manager with HTRG, where he was responsible for account management and portfolio development for individually managed accounts and pooled investment vehicles. Tom has also served in the capacities of General Manager, Southern Division and Mid-Atlantic Region Manager for Hancock Forest Management. In those roles, he led a team of professionals who provided asset management, stewardship and fiduciary oversight for HTRG managed assets in the US South and Northeast. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Tom was a Procurement Manager for International Paper’s Pensacola paper mill and McDavid sawmill enterprise. Among other roles, he has also served as Forest Operations Manager as well as Forest Analyst for Champion International Corporation. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida.

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Corbitt Simmons

Associate Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

Corbitt Simmons

Associate Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

Corbitt is responsible for coordination of M&A transactions within Hancock Natural Resource Group’s global platform. In addition, he is involved in investment strategy development, project research and assessment of acquisition opportunities. Prior to joining the M&A team, Corbitt served as Senior Portfolio Analyst for HTRG’s Client Account Management group and Senior Planning Analyst for Hancock Forest Management, Southern Division. Before joining Hancock in 2004, he worked for Forest Technology Group as part of the forest planning and analysis consulting team. Corbitt holds a B.S. in Forest Management from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Derek Solmie
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Derek Solmie

Associate Director, Acquisitions
Derek Solmie

Derek Solmie

Associate Director, Acquisitions

Derek is responsible for the management and execution of Hancock Timber Resource Group’s timberland acquisitions program throughout all regions. In this role, he is responsible for all facets of HTRG’s timberland acquisition strategy and process including identification, outreach, due diligence, investment analysis, negotiations, transaction management to closing and supporting property management implementation. Prior to joining HTRG in 2007, Derek was an Operations Analyst with Hancock Forest Management, the property management subsidiary of HTRG for four years, where he was directly involved in the budgeting, land records management, appraisal review and transaction support from their Vancouver, Washington office. Derek holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, a Master’s of Forestry in Forest Operations from Oregon State University and an MBA from the University of Portland.

Wilfred Steiner
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Wilfred Steiner

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Wilfred Steiner

Wilfred Steiner

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer

Wilfred is responsible for the financial management of the firm, its subsidiaries and investment entities. Prior to becoming CFO, Wilfred was responsible for the overall management of the HNRGA business in Australia and New Zealand and he was also responsible for international financial aspects of the HNRG business including coordinating financial work on international acquisitions and financial review of international operations. Previously he was the Chief Financial Officer of HNRGA. Prior to joining the Group in 2004, Wilfred was the Chief Financial Officer of companies involved in the retail and entertainment industries and had overall responsibility for financial, treasury and taxation aspects of the companies. Prior to these positions, he worked at a major accounting firm where he had significant involvement with audit and corporate finance activities, including mergers/acquisitions and valuations. Wilfred holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Economics from Macquarie University.

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Andrew Strahley

Vice President and Director of Australian Operations
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Andrew Strahley

Vice President and Director of Australian Operations

Andrew is responsible for the ongoing management and growth of HAIG’s Australasian farmland platform. Andrew joined HAIG at the inception of its Australia investing program in 2000 and has extensive experience in farmland agriculture, both domestic (Australia) and international with over 20 years in senior management positions with ConAgra, Mitsubishi (Aust) and the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation. Prior to assuming the HNRGA Directorship and Compliance Committee roles, Andrew has been the Managing Director of Hancock Farming Company Pty Ltd, the property manager for HAIG’s Australian assets since inception. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology and serves as a director on several agricultural boards. He studied Applied Science in Agriculture at the Charles Stuart University at Wagga. Andrew’s family has farmed cotton, cereal crops and livestock.

Strzelecki
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Michael Strzelecki, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager
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Michael Strzelecki, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager

Mike is responsible for portfolio management and client relationships of both separate accounts and commingled investment vehicles. In this role, he evaluates portfolio performance, acquisition and disposition opportunities, and develops and implements client investment strategies. Prior to joining HTRG in 2017, Mike worked at Global Forest Partners, where he was directly involved in portfolio management, valuation analysis, and investment research. Before GFP, Mike was an equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch, covering the forest products sector. He holds a B.S. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University and is a CFA® charterholder.

Taylor
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Addison Taylor, AFM

Acquisitions Manager, Southern Region
Taylor

Addison Taylor, AFM

Acquisitions Manager, Southern Region

Addison is responsible for sourcing, modeling, underwriting, due diligence, negotiating and closing of farmland properties in the Mississippi Delta states and Texas. He has been involved in agriculture his entire life, growing up on his family’s farming operation in Arkansas. Addison has over ten years of experience working in farmland management, acquisitions and investments in Arkansas, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and the Mississippi Delta. He holds a B.S.A. in Agricultural Business with a concentration in Marketing and Management from The University of Arkansas. He is an Accredited Farm Manager and Leadership Institute graduate through the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers where he is currently an active member. Addison is also a former Major in the Arkansas Army National Guard with twelve years of service. He has been with the HAIG team since 2013.

HNRG
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Courtland L. Washburn, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer
HNRG

Courtland L. Washburn, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer

Court is responsible for HNRG’s investment strategy and economic research. Court is a leading expert on the application of financial economic models to forest assets and timberland companies. His research has been published in numerous economics, finance and forestry journals.

 

Court began his career at Hancock Natural Resource Group in 1990. Court is a chairman of the HNRG Natural Resource Investment Committee, with authority to implement investment actions on behalf of its clients. Court holds an M.S. in Forest Policy from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Forest Economics from Yale University.

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Andrea Willard

Director, Corporate Finance

Andrea Willard

Director, Corporate Finance

Andrea is responsible for the financial reporting, budgeting and tax functions related to Hancock Natural Resource Group. Before joining HNRG in 2008, Andrea was a Tax Manager with Natixis Global Asset Management where she was responsible for the tax reporting and compliance of the Company and its subsidiaries. Prior to that, she worked for a local public accounting firm where she performed audit and tax services for small businesses. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Stonehill College and a Masters in Taxation from Bentley University. Andrea is also a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.

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Oliver S. Williams IV, CFA

Managing Director, Head of Farmland Investments

Oliver S. Williams IV, CFA

Managing Director, Head of Farmland Investments

Oliver is responsible for the overall direction and growth of HAIG’s institutional farmland investment program. He is a member of the senior management team of HNRG and serves on its Executive Committee. Oliver leads the management team for HAIG, serves on the HAIG’s Investment Committee and chairs a number of company boards for HAIG’s Australian Investment vehicles. Previously, Oliver headed HAIG’s asset management function and was part of the HAIG senior management team. Prior to joining HAIG in 1997, he spent 5 years with the First Pioneer Farm Credit, ACA, where he was responsible for evaluating and appraising farmland and farm businesses for potential loans. He is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, the Association for Investment Management and Research, the Boston Security Analysts Society and a CFA® charterholder. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, with a concentration in finance, from Cornell University. Mr. Williams grew up on a poultry and grain farm in western New York and is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho.

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