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Jonathan Aggett, CAIA

Director, Timberland Senior Portfolio Manager

Jonathan Aggett, CAIA

Director, Timberland 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

Director, Forest Economics
Mary Ellen Aronow

Mary Ellen Aronow, CF

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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Devon Baker, CFA

Timberland Associate Director & Portfolio Manager

Devon Baker, CFA

Timberland Associate Director & Portfolio Manager

Devon 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. Devon joined HNRG in 2016, and most recently served in the capacity of Senior Resource Analyst, where he was tasked with timberland valuation, carbon valuation and reporting, tax analysis, and biological growth and yield modeling. Prior to joining HTRG, he worked in business development at Resource Management Service, LLC, a large institutional timberland manager. Devon holds a BBA in Finance and a Master of Forest Resources from the University of Georgia, and is a CFA charterholder.

 

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Keith Balter

Managing Director, Economic Research

Keith Balter

Managing Director, 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 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 an MFS in Forest Economics from Yale, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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David Baughman

Managing Director, Acquisitions and Dispositions, The Americas
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David Baughman

Managing Director, Acquisitions and Dispositions, The Americas

Dave is responsible for HNRG’s farmland acquisitions and dispositions program in North and South America, including sourcing and disposing of farmland investment opportunities, managing the due-diligence and escrow process and developing strategic alliance opportunities. He works closely with HNRG’s Acquisition Managers across North and South America, Operation Managers, Client Account Management and Resource Planning.  Most recently Dave was Managing Director of Farmland Acquisitions and Dispositions for the United States and served in that capacity for three years.  Prior to the previous role, Dave was Senior Vice President at HFS, providing oversight for the management of HAIG’s 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 JHUSA 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 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

Managing Director, Global Timberland Resource Planning
Nick Blacklock

Nick Blacklock

Managing Director, Global Timberland 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.

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Richard Bodio, Jr., CFA

Managing Director, Deputy CIO, Agriculture
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Richard Bodio, Jr., CFA

Managing Director, Deputy CIO, Agriculture

Rick is responsible for the development of new investment strategies and growth initiatives, client investment governance and identifying and mitigating risk exposures related to HNRG’s agricultural investment process, products and client investments. Rick is a member of the HNRG NRIC. In addition, he is directly involved with business development activities, structuring investment management agreements, and designing client investment goals and constraints. During his time with HNRG, Rick has led the Farmland Plus investment team, the Client Account Management team, and the investment underwriting function Prior to joining HAIG in 2011, Rick worked in financial strategy for Forest Systems Management Company. Rick holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Providence College and an 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

Managing Director, North American Operations
Matt Bohnam

Matt Bonham

Managing Director, North American Operations

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.

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Tony Cascio, Ph.D.

Managing Director and Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Timberland
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Tony Cascio, Ph.D.

Managing Director and Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Timberland

Tony is responsible for the development of new investment strategies and growth initiatives, client investment governance and identifying and mitigating risk exposures related to HNRG’s timberland investment process, products and client investments. Tony is a member of the HNRG NRIC. In addition, he is directly involved with business development activities, structuring investment management agreements, and designing timberland investment goals and constraints. Before joining HNRG 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 PhD in Forestry from the University of Georgia, an 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 U.S. Army Reserve.

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Eric Cooperström

Managing Director, Impact Investing and Natural Climate Solutions

Eric Cooperström

Managing Director, Impact Investing and Natural Climate Solutions

Eric is responsible for developing timberland and agriculture products that deliver on HNRG’s sustainability and responsible investing priorities. In this role, he is directly involved in developing HNRG’s carbon and climate investment strategy, supporting new business development and providing market intelligence and leadership. Prior to joining HNRG in 2021, Eric was a Senior Director with NatureVest, the impact investing arm of The Nature Conservancy, where he led asset management and led investment committee review of new transactions. Before joining TNC in 2016, Eric was a Principal with The Skoll Foundation, a private foundation focused on social entrepreneurship, where he led program related and follow-on investments. Eric holds an MA in International Economics and International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Don Colter, AFM, AAC

Farmland Acquisitions Manager, Pacific North West Region
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Don Colter, AFM, AAC

Farmland 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, Strategic Initiatives, Farmland Plus
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Bill Devens

Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, Farmland Plus

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 HNRG’s Farmland Plus 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.

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Robert Green

Managing Director, Australasia Timberland Operations

Robert Green

Managing Director, Australasia Timberland Operations

Robert is responsible for operational management oversight of investor-owned timberlands in New Zealand and Australia. Prior to joining HNRGA in January 2021, Robert served as the CEO of Kaingaroa Timberlands (KT), a 200,000ha softwood plantation located in New Zealand’s Central North Island. Before KT, Robert served as the director of sales, contracts, and planning and ultimately as the CEO for VicForests, a state-owned business in Victoria, Australia. Robert also has experience working and living in the United States when employed as a general manager at Snavely Forest Products. Robert holds the Tertiary degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Economics,  University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand, is a member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand, and the Institute of Foresters.  Robert has served as a Member of the Board Finance Committee at the Royal Childrens Hospital in Victoria, Australia, he has also served on the Board of the NZ Forest Levy Trust, on the Ministerial Advisory Group, and on the Executive Council of the NZ Forest Owners Association.

 

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Carl B. Evers, Jr.

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

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Matthew Griffin, CFA, CPA

Managing Director and Senior Farmland Portfolio Manager
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Matthew Griffin, CFA, CPA

Managing Director and Senior Farmland Portfolio Manager

Matt is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agricultural portfolio management group, including evaluating investment opportunities, performance, realizations and implementation of client strategies. Prior to joining HAIG in 2016, he worked for Park Street Capital as a Senior Vice President and Controller for its 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers in alternative asset management assurance practice for over nine years. He holds a BA with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a CFA® charterholder, a member of the CFA Society Boston and a CPA in Massachusetts.

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Eduardo Hernández

Managing Director, Global Head of Timberland Operations

Eduardo Hernández

Managing Director, Global Head of Timberland Operations

Eduardo is responsible for providing strategic leadership for our timberland operations platforms around the world. He will lead the operations organization to achieve health, safety, environment, client, and internal profitability, and risk measures with a team of professionals in wholly-owned subsidiaries as well as client-owned investment vehicles. Prior to joining HNRG, Eduardo held several roles at CMPC Celulosa S.A., the most recent was the Chief Operating Officer of Forest and Wood Products. In this role, he was responsible for 2.9 million acres of timber operations in Chile, Brazil and Argentina and approximately 400 operations employees. Prior to CMPC, Eduardo held a number of roles at Rayonier Inc. Eduardo holds an MBA and Administration degree from the Universidad de Concepcion, Chile, as well as a Forestry Engineering degree from the Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile.

David Kenney
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David P. Kenney

Director, Timberland Acquisitions
David Kenney

David P. Kenney

Director, Timberland 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.

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Brian J. Kernohan

Chief Sustainability Officer, Senior Managing Director, Environment and Policy

Brian J. Kernohan

Chief Sustainability Officer, Senior Managing Director, Environment and 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 also overseas environmental stewardship support for forestry and farming operations in North America while supporting ecosystem services revenue development and conservation transactions. In addition to his leadership within HNRG, Brian is Head of Sustainability for Manulife Investment Management’s Private Markets business which adds real estate, infrastructure, private equity and credit to his portfolio of responsibilities.  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

Managing Director, Timberland Acquisitions and Dispositions
David Kimbrough

David Kimbrough

Managing Director, Timberland Acquisitions and Dispositions

David is responsible for the daily management and execution of Hancock Timber Resource Group’s land acquisition and divestiture programs throughout all regions. In this role, he manages a team that focuses on acquiring investment grade timberlands across all target area geographies for HTRG.  He is also responsible for overseeing 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

Managing Director, Business Development

Julie Koeninger, CFA

Managing 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 and a member of the CFA Society Boston. She is registered with John Hancock Distributors LLC holding Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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Eugene Kwong

Managing Director, Client Reporting

Eugene Kwong

Managing 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.

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Brent McGowan

Managing Director, Global Head of Agricultural Operations

Brent McGowan

Managing Director, Global Head of Agricultural Operations

Brent is responsible for providing strategic leadership for our agricultural operations platforms around the world. Brent will lead the property management organization to achieve health, safety, environment, client and internal profitability, and risk measures with a team of professionals in wholly-owned subsidiaries as well as client-owned investment vehicles. Prior to joining HNRG, Brent was Vice President, Operations of the Agricultural Division at Wilbur-Ellis Company, LLC.  While at Wilbur-Ellis Brent led the U.S. operations, managing the network of retail and distribution logistics, application, manufacturing, and procurement functions. He was accountable for safety, compliance, cost optimization, operational excellence, supply chain effectiveness, and risk mitigation.  Brent holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis and is an Alumni of Harvard Business School – Advanced Management Program.

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Patricia Mundy

Senior Managing Director and General Counsel

Patricia Mundy

Senior 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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Stuart Pattillo

Farmland Portfolio Manager

Stuart Pattillo

Farmland Portfolio Manager

Stuart is responsible for the management of institutional client portfolios including portfolio analytics, evaluating investment opportunities, performance, realizations and implementation of client strategies within the broader agricultural portfolio management group. Prior to joining HAIG in 2020, Stuart was Director, Private Investments at Bonnefield Financial, Canada’s largest farmland investment manager. At Bonnefield, Stuart was responsible for business development and the active management of a portfolio of Canadian farmland on behalf of private investors. In between Bonnefield and joining HAIG, Stuart consulted on alternative asset investment strategies with private asset managers in Canada and the US.  Prior to Bonnefield, Stuart was in Agriculture Equity Research at AltaCorp Capital (now ATB Capital Markets) and a natural gas trader with TD Securities in Calgary, Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) from University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and an MBA from HEC Montréal – Université de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec.

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Eric Pawlowski

Director, Property Management Accounting

Eric Pawlowski

Director, Property Management Accounting

Eric is responsible for overseeing the accounting for the client assets at the property management level. This includes reporting and tax functions for client investments in timberland and agriculture.  Eric also serves as the Assistant Treasurer for several HNRG real estate investment trusts.  Prior to joining HNRG in 2011, Eric worked at a large New York based hedge fund and a Boston based private equity fund.  Eric has also worked in public accounting for both Arthur Andersen and Deloitte in Boston. Eric holds a BS in accounting from Boston College and an MS in taxation from Northeastern University.

 

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John T. Perda, CFA

Managing Director, Timberland Client Account Management
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John T. Perda, CFA

Managing Director, Timberland Client Account Management

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.

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Kristina Phillips

Farmland Transaction Associate

Kristina Phillips

Farmland Transaction Associate

Kristina is responsible for coordination of acquisitions and dispositions in the United States. She works closely with HAIG’s Director of Acquisitions and Dispositions, Regional Acquisitions Managers, Regional Operations Managers, Client Account Management, Legal Counsel and Resource Planning, as well as a multitude of third party vendors, brokers and title & escrow companies. Kristina joined the HAIG team in April 2018 after 15 years working as a paralegal focusing on commercial real estate transactions and corporate law. Kristina holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Champlain College and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Real Estate Finance from Boston University.

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Nick Ping

Managing Director, Institutional Business Asia Pacific

Nick Ping

Managing Director, Institutional Business Asia Pacific

Nick is responsible for Hancock Natural Resource Group’s institutional business development, client account management and relationship management functions throughout Asia Pacific. Nick previously served in the capacity of Vice President, Business Development and Resource Planning, Australasia. Prior to joining HNRG in 2008, Nick coordinated the resource planning functions for HVP Plantations, an HNRG managed entity, before joining Pöyry Management Consulting, where he consulted on a variety of projects throughout 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. Nick is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and full member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (MIFA) and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry (MNZIF). Nick is also member of the IFA’s Australian Forest Valuation Subcommittee, and the NZIF’s Valuation Working Party.

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Brent Reed

Associate Director, Senior Farmland Acquisitions Manager, Pacific West Region
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Brent Reed

Associate Director, Senior Farmland 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 29+ 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. Brent earned a BS 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

Director, South America Operations and President of Hancock Forestal y Agrícola
Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds

Director, South America Operations and President of Hancock Forestal y Agrícola

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 an MS in Forest Biometrics from The University of Georgia.

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Hugues J. Rinfret, CFA, FRM

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

Managing 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’ 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 USD14 billion agriculture portfolio. Before joining MetLife in 2005, Hugues was Senior Industry Analyst with SunTrust Bank, a commercial bank with USD190 billion 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.

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Mark Royall, AFM

Farmland Acquisitions Manager, Southeast Region
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Mark Royall, AFM

Farmland Acquisitions Manager, Southeast Region

Mark is responsible for sourcing farmland properties throughout the Southeast Region to meet the investment objectives of HAIG clients. Mark has been with HAIG since 2015. He brings over 25 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 US. He graduated from Carson Newman College with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and an MBA. Mark is an Accredited Farm Manager by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He 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

Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Timberland Investments, CIO

Tom Sarno

Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Timberland Investments, CIO

Tom is responsible for the firm’s institutional timber investment program, including investment underwriting and portfolio management, acquisitions and dispositions, resource planning and analysis, client account management, economic research, and property management. Previously, he served as global head of timberland and farmland operations, where he developed and led large-scale, integrated, investor-owned, and third-party forestry property management platforms. Prior to that, he served as director of global timber operations. Tom has also served as senior portfolio manager, where he was responsible for account management and portfolio development for individually managed timber accounts, as well as pooled investment vehicles; and general manager, Southern Division and Mid-Atlantic region manager. In those roles, he led a team responsible for asset management, stewardship, and fiduciary oversight for managed assets in the South and Northeastern United States. 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 served as forest operations manager as well as forest analyst for Champion International Corporation.

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Daniel Serna

Associate Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Daniel Serna

Associate Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Daniel is responsible for managing institutional client portfolios, including portfolio analytics, evaluating investment opportunities, performance, realizations, and implementing client strategies. He previously led global economic market research for HNRG’s agriculture investment business. In this role, he developed market outlooks and price forecasts for crops produced on client properties, and he was involved with investment strategy. Before joining HNRG in 2018, Daniel was an Associate Director of MetLife Agricultural Finance, where he originated agricultural real estate loans, including business development, credit analysis and farmland valuation. Prior to this, Daniel was a business analyst with Agri-Mark/Cabot, a vertically integrated dairy farm cooperative, where he was involved with commodity futures and options. Daniel holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

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Corbitt Simmons

Director, Transaction Management & Support

Corbitt Simmons

Director, Transaction Management & Support

Corbitt is responsible for coordination of M&A transactions within Hancock Natural Resource Group’s global agricultural platform.  The Transaction Management team’s role is to provide global support for the consistent application of acquisition and disposition protocols, including deal management, investment approvals, due diligence assessments, transaction execution and management integration.  In addition, Corbitt is involved in the assessment of acquisition opportunities, contract negotiation, investment strategy development and global platform expansion.  In 2020 Corbitt completed a multi-year secondment in Australia where he supported the expansion of the Australasian agricultural platform 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 BS 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

Director, Timberland Acquisitions and Dispositions
Derek Solmie

Derek Solmie

Director, Timberland Acquisitions and Dispositions

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

Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Wilfred Steiner

Wilfred Steiner

Senior 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.

Strahey
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Andrew Strahley

Managing Director, Head of Australasia Agricultural Investments
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Andrew Strahley

Managing Director, Head of Australasia Agricultural Investments

Andrew is responsible for the ongoing strategy, 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 30 years in senior management positions with HNRG, ConAgra and Mitsubishi (Aust). Prior to assuming the HNRGA Directorship, Compliance Committee roles and Director of the Australian farm companies and operating entities, 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 advisory boards. He studied Applied Science in Agriculture at the Charles Stuart University at Wagga. Andrew’s family has farmed cotton, cereal crops and livestock for 4 generations in Northern New South Wales, and with his wife Julie, two sons and daughter this tradition continues and are all involved in agriculture.

Strzelecki
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Michael Strzelecki, CFA

Managing Director, Business Development and Senior Timberland Portfolio Manager
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Michael Strzelecki, CFA

Managing Director, Business Development and Senior Timberland Portfolio Manager

Mike is responsible for business development activities, specifically focused on capital formation for HNRG’s timberland strategy across North America, South America and Europe. In addition, he manages a number of investment portfolios and large institutional client relationships. 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

Farmland Acquisitions Manager, Southern Region
Taylor

Addison Taylor, AFM

Farmland 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.

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Ben VanDahm

Agriculture Portfolio Manager

Ben VanDahm

Agriculture Portfolio Manager

Ben is responsible for the management of institutional client portfolios across the broader agricultural portfolio management group. Prior to joining HNRG in 2021, Ben worked as an associate at Liberty Mutual Investments (LMI). At LMI, Ben actively managed direct investment holdings across the firm’s timberland and agricultural portfolio. Prior to LMI, Ben worked for GMO Renewable Resources, LLC where he was responsible for asset management, portfolio analytics, and research across the firm’s timberland and agricultural strategies. Ben holds a B.A. (Economics and Biology) from DePauw University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

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Kyle Wehner

Director, Timberland Acquisitions

Kyle Wehner

Director, Timberland Acquisitions

Kyle 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, Kyle worked at GreenWood Resources, where he sourced and implemented timberland acquisitions throughout North and South America, supporting commercial negotiations and due diligence on assets under consideration. Before GWR, Kyle worked for Rayonier, a timber real estate investment trust company, where he was an acquisitions supervisor for five years and held several operational roles since 2006. Kyle holds a BS degree in Forestry from Michigan State University, a MS in Forestry from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Florida.

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Andrea Willard

Managing Director, Corporate Finance

Andrea Willard

Managing 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

Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Agricultural Investments, CIO

Oliver S. Williams IV, CFA

Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Agricultural Investments, CIO

Oliver is responsible for the overall direction and growth of HAIG’s institutional agriculture investment program focusing on delivering client mandates, development and execution of investment strategies, leading the investment process including acquisitions, dispositions, and underwriting. Oliver is a member of the senior management team of HNRG and serves on its Executive Team. Previously, Oliver had P&L responsibility for the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group and was responsible for oversight and business unit growth, Client Account Management, Acquisition and Disposition activity, Integrated Farm Operations and Asset Management. He Chairs HAIG’s Investment Committee and Investment Strategy Committee, and serves as a director on Hancock Natural Resource Group Australia, Hancock Farmland Services, Hancock Farmland Services Australia, Farmland Management Services, Farmland Management Services Australia, and Hancock Forestal Y Agricola South America SpA boards and serves on a number of company boards for HAIG’s Australian Investment vehicles. Previously, Oliver headed HAIG’s asset management function overseeing third party property managers, transaction management and was part of the HAIG senior management team. He also serves on the Natural Resource Investment Committee. 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, a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Boston. Oliver holds a BS in Agricultural Economics, with a concentration in finance, from Cornell University and a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity. Oliver grew up on a family-owned poultry and grain farm in western New York.

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