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2017
Hancock Agricultural Investment Group Names Hugues Rinfret Director Of Resource Planning & Analysis

2017

Hancock Agricultural Investment Group Names Hugues Rinfret Director Of Resource Planning & Analysis

BOSTON, (September 11, 2017)—Hugues Rinfret, CFA, FRM, has been named Director of Resource Planning and Analysis for the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG), HAIG President Oliver Williams said today.

Mr. Rinfret, whose appointment is effective immediately, is based in Boston, and reports to Mr. Williams. He is responsible for investment valuations, financial planning and farmland analyses for HAIG clients, assets and acquisitions. He will manage farmland investment financial models to support operations, acquisitions and investment-management for the company’s business in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

“As we continue to further expand our business, we are very pleased to have Hugues join us,” Mr. Williams said. “He brings a very strong economic and analytical background, built over more than 20 years in the agricultural investment management business.”

Before joining HAIG, Mr. Rinfret served more than a decade as director of research for agricultural investment at MetLife. While there, he built a market-leading analysis and risk-management platform, and optimized investment returns for agricultural, timberland and agribusiness portfolios. He has also served as president of Rinfret Market Insights LLC, director of industry analysis at SunTrust Bank and as an economist for consulting firm IHS Markit.

Mr. Rinfret graduated from McGill University with a B.S. in Agronomy and a Masters in economics. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager.

 

About the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group

The Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, founded in 1990, is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., a unit of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. Based in Boston, it manages approximately 300,000 acres of row and permanent cropland in the United States, Canada and Australia on behalf of institutional investors. Additional information about HAIG may be found at www.haig.com.

 About Manulife Asset Management Private Markets Manulife Asset Management Private Markets has investment expertise in several private asset classes, including commercial real estate, timberland and farmland, biomass renewable energy and oil and gas. Manulife Asset Management Private Markets also partners with Manulife’s specialized private asset investment teams to invest in private placement debt, commercial mortgages, private equity and mezzanine debt. Hancock Natural Resources Group, Manulife Real Estate, John Hancock Real Estate, NAL Resources, Regional Power, Manulife Capital, and Hancock Capital Management are units of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. As at June 30, 2017, Manulife’s assets under management in private asset classes were C$114 billion (US$88 billion), including assets managed by and for Manulife’s general fund and external clients. Additional information may be found at ManulifeAM.com/PrivateMarkets.

About Manulife Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers’ needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. As of June 30, 2017, we had over $1 trillion (US$780 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $26.7 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.

Hancock Natural Resource Group Names Tom Sarno Managing Director Of Timberland and Farmland Operations

2017

Hancock Natural Resource Group Names Tom Sarno Managing Director Of Timberland and Farmland Operations

BOSTON (September 5, 2017)—Tom Sarno has been named Managing Director of Timberland and Farmland Operations for the Hancock Natural Resource Group, HNRG Chief Executive Officer Bill Peressini said today.

In the newly created position, Mr. Sarno will be responsible for overseeing the global property management operations of the Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG).

Based in Charlotte, NC, he will report to both HTRG President Brent Keefer and HAIG President Oliver Williams, and become a member of the HNRG Executive Committee.

Before taking on this role, Mr. Sarno was HTRG’s Director of Global Operations, responsible for the timber group’s property management operations of 5.8 million acres of timberland in the United States, Canada, Chile, Australia and New Zealand. HAIG has approximately 300,000 acres of farmland under management in the Australia, Canada and the United States.

“Tom’s experience, skill and background uniquely position him for this vital role in our organization,” Mr. Peressini said. “Both the timber and agricultural groups will benefit from Tom’s experience in leading, developing and managing best-in-class property management organizations as well as having the benefit of his insight on the HNRG Executive Committee.”

“Having one unified property-management leader for both areas will provide for better efficiencies, resource allocation and sharing of best practices,” Peressini added, “especially in areas that are not domain-specific, such as health, safety, environment, stewardship, sustainability, client return and enhancement strategies, management development and succession planning, risk-management, and resource planning and analysis.”

Mr. Sarno, who joined HNRG in 2004, has served in a number of roles in the organization including Senior Portfolio Manager; General Manager, Southern Division, and Mid-Atlantic Region Manager for Hancock Forest Management. Before joining HNRG, he had worked for International Paper and at Champion International Corporation.

He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S.in Forest Resources and Conservation.

 

About the Hancock Timber Resource Group

The Hancock Timber Resource Group, founded in 1985, is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., a unit of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. Based in Boston, it manages approximately 5.8 million acres of timberland in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Canada, New Zealand and Australia on behalf of investors worldwide. Additional information about Hancock Timber may be found at www.hancocktimber.com.

 

About Manulife Asset Management Private Markets Manulife Asset Management Private Markets has investment expertise in several private asset classes, including commercial real estate, timberland and farmland, biomass renewable energy and oil and gas. Manulife Asset Management Private Markets also partners with Manulife’s specialized private asset investment teams to invest in private placement debt, commercial mortgages, private equity and mezzanine debt. Hancock Natural Resources Group, Manulife Real Estate, John Hancock Real Estate, NAL Resources, Regional Power, Manulife Capital, and Hancock Capital Management are units of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. As at June 30, 2017, Manulife’s assets under management in private asset classes were C$114 billion (US$88 billion), including assets managed by and for Manulife’s general fund and external clients. Additional information may be found at ManulifeAM.com/PrivateMarkets.

 

About Manulife Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers’ needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. As of June 30, 2017, we had over $1 trillion (US$780 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $26.7 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.

2014
Brett Macneil Named Director of Acquisitions for HAIG

2014

Brett Macneil Named Director of Acquisitions for HAIG

BOSTON, (Aug 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/)—Brett MacNeil has been named Vice President and Director of Acquisitions for the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG), the company said today.

Mr. MacNeil, whose appointment is effective immediately, will be based in Boise, Idaho and will report to HAIG President Oliver Williams. He will be responsible for leading HAIG’s farmland acquisition program, including sourcing, due diligence and strategic partnership opportunities in the U.S. and internationally.

In this role, he will work closely with Mike Rivard, Chief Acquisition Officer for the Hancock Natural Resource Group, HAIG’s parent company as well as with HAIG acquisitions managers in regional offices and with members of Hancock Farmland Services, HAIG’s property manager.

“As we continue to grow our business, we are very pleased to have Brett join us,” Mr. Williams said. “He brings a wealth of agricultural experience with more than 20 years in the agribusiness industry focused on farmland management and acquisitions.”

Before joining HAIG, Mr. MacNeil ran Scythe & Spade Company providing a full array of farm management and real estate services, ranging from basic property management to comprehensive operations and business management. Before that, he had worked at Southwest Agribusiness Services, Inc. and Farm Credit Services Southwest. He graduated from the University of Arizona with B.S. in General Agriculture and later earned an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

About the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group

The Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, founded in 1990, is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., a unit of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. Based in Boston, it manages approximately 300,000 acres of row and permanent cropland in the United States, Canada and Australia on behalf of institutional investors. Additional information about HAIG may be found at www.haig.com.

About Manulife Asset Management Private Markets

Manulife Asset Management Private Markets has investment expertise in several private asset classes, including commercial real estate, timberland and farmland, renewable energy, oil and gas, private equity and mezzanine debt. Manulife Asset Management Private Markets also partners with Manulife’s specialized private asset investment teams to invest in private placement debt and commercial mortgages. Hancock Natural Resources Group, Manulife Real Estate, John Hancock Real Estate, NAL Resources, Regional Power, Manulife Capital, and Hancock Capital Management are units of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. As at June 30, 2014, Manulife’s assets under management in private asset classes were C$75 billion (US$70 billion), including assets managed by and for Manulife’s general fund and external clients. Additional information may be found at ManulifeAM.com/PrivateMarkets (http://manulifeam.com/PrivateMarkets). Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife, providing comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors and investment funds in key markets around the world. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of public and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As at June 30, 2014, assets under management for Manulife Asset Management were approximately C$300 billion (US$281 billion). Additional information about Manulife Asset Management may be found at ManulifeAM.com.

About Manulife Financial

Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forwardthinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were approximately C$637.3 billion (US$596.9 billion) as at June 30, 2014. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

HAIG Acquires Its Long Time Property Manager

2014

HAIG Acquires Its Long Time Property Manager

Acquisition of Farmland Management Services Further Strengthens HAIG’s Industry Leading Position In Farmland Investment Management

BOSTON, MA (Thursday March 20, 2014)—The Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) today announced the completion the acquisition of its long time property manager, Turlock, California-based Farmland Management Services (FMS).
The acquisition was completed through HAIG’s parent company, the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“HAIG and FMS have been close, and very successful, partners for more than 25 years,” said HAIG President Oliver Williams. “This transaction formalizes our alliance and creates new opportunities by bringing the best in class farmland property manager together with the best in class farmland investment manager.”

Carl Evers, the owner of FMS, will continue as the company’s president and join HAIG’s senior management team. He will report to Mr. Williams.

“Over the past two and a half decades, HAIG and FMS have built an industry leading farmland investment management franchise,” Mr. Evers said. “As a single integrated company, we are able to better utilize our existing personnel across the organization, deepen our local connections, as well as create a more robust acquisition presence and an even more efficient asset management operation.

We are a best in class farmland investment business, with a clear line of sight from the farm gate to the investor.”

Mr. Williams said FMS has a strong brand in the farmland management marketplace and will retain its name. It will be a subsidiary of HNRG.

He added that HAIG views integrated property management as another competitive advantage.

“We firmly believe that a fully integrated operation completely aligns the interest between the investor and the manager,” Mr. Williams said. “With this transaction, we further strengthen our ability to serve clients well and increase our capacity to achieve our growth objectives for the future,”

FMS will be split into two companies on August 1, 2014, both overseen by Mr. Evers. The company’s agricultural property management staff in Turlock, California and Savoy, Illinois, will become employees of a new HNRG subsidiary, Hancock Farmland Services, Inc. (HFS) and will continue to provide the full range of property management services for both leased and directly operated properties. Employees who handle day to day farm operations on HAIG’s directly operated properties will stay in the FMS company.

About the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group

The Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, founded in 1990, is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., a unit of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. Based in Boston, it manages approximately 300,000 acres of row and permanent cropland in the United States, Canada and Australia on behalf of institutional investors. Additional information about HAIG may be found at www.haig.com.

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