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Oliver S. Williams IV, CFA

President and Managing Director
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Oliver S. Williams IV, CFA

President and Managing Director

Oliver directs the institutional farmland investment program and serves on the Investment Committee of the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Previously, Oliver coordinated asset management activities and was part of the senior management team. Prior to joining HAIG in 1997, he spent 5 years with the First Pioneer Farm Credit, ACA, one of the largest farm credit associations in the country. At Farm Credit, he was responsible for evaluating and appraising farmland and farm businesses for potential loans. He also managed a farm loan portfolio, which included both row and permanent cropland. He is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, the Association for Investment Management and Research and the Boston Security Analysts Society. He has a BS in Agricultural Economics, with a concentration in finance, from Cornell University. Oliver grew up on a poultry and grain farm in western New York.

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Richard Bodio, Jr., CFA

Portfolio Manager
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Richard Bodio, Jr., CFA

Portfolio Manager

Rick is responsible for managing client portfolios, investment analysis, and acquisitions. 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 Boston Security Analysts Society.

 

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Bill Devens

Senior Agricultural Economist
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Bill Devens

Senior Agricultural Economist

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.

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Debra Goundrey

Director, Client Account Management
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Debra Goundrey

Director, Client Account Management

Debra is responsible for leading the Client Account Management team and managing client relationships for HAIG’s institutional investment farmland program. This encompasses oversight of portfolio management, investment analysis and client reporting. Debra comes to HAIG with nine 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 and service. At her previous employer, Blue Sky Alternative Investments, Debra led fundraising efforts for a water fund focused on Australia’s most diversified and prosperous agricultural region, the Murray Darling Basin. Debra holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School (Australia) and a BA in Agribusiness Communications from Curtin University (Western Australia). She was also selected for the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 1998-1999. Debra comes from a farming background with family ties to wine and wool production, and broadacre cropping.

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Carl B. Evers, Jr.

President, Hancock Farmland Services (HFS)
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Carl B. Evers, Jr.

President, Hancock Farmland Services (HFS)

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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Brett R. MacNeil

Vice President and Director of Acquisitions
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Brett R. MacNeil

Vice President and Director of Acquisitions

Brett is responsible for the farmland acquisition program, including sourcing farmland investment opportunities, managing due diligence and developing strategic alliance opportunities. He works closely with HAIG’s regional acquisition managers, farm managers and the HNRG chief acquisitions officer. Brett brings to HAIG over 30 years experience in the agribusiness industry. Prior to joining HAIG in 2014, he was the president of Scythe & Spade Company, a professional service firm focused exclusively on the agribusiness industry. He serves as a board member for Farm Financial Standards Council and is a board advisor for the Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar. Brett holds a B.S. in General Agriculture from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

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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 oversight of HAIG’s Australian farmland acquisition and business development efforts in the Australian market. Additionally, Andrew is the Managing Director for Hancock FARM Company, which is HAIG’s property management organization based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. As Managing Director of Hancock FARM, Andrew oversees property management and operations for HAIG’s portfolio of farmland assets in Queensland and New South Wales. Andrew joined HAIG in 2000 and has over 25 years of agricultural investment experience working with global agricultural firms such as ConAgra, Mitsubishi and the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation. Andrew holds a degree in Applied Science in Agriculture, studying at the Charles Stuart University at Wagga. Andrew is a member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology and serves as a Director on several agricultural boards.

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Tim Cayen

Managing Director, Business Development
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Tim Cayen

Managing Director, Business Development

Tim is responsible for marketing and business development for the Hancock Natural Resource Group. In addition, he is directly involved in account management and client relations for individually managed accounts. In this role, he works directly with clients to develop and implement investment strategies including evaluation of portfolio, acquisition and disposition opportunities.

 

Prior to his account management position, Tim was an analyst with Hancock Timber where he conducted acquisition and disposition analyses for client portfolios. Before joining the group in 1993, 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 also registered with John Hancock Distributors LLC and holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.

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Stephen A. Kenney

Vice President, Business Development
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Stephen A. Kenney

Vice President, Business Development

Stephen is responsible for marketing and new business development for HAIG. Previously, Stephen assisted with portfolio management and investment analysis for HAIG’s institutional farmland investment program. Prior to joining HAIG in 2005, Stephen was a business analyst for a securities processing institution responsible for credit risk management and prior to that he held banking and finance positions with Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley. He is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and the chairman of the NCREIF Farmland Committee. Stephen holds a BS in Finance from Iowa State University and a MS in Finance from Brandeis University and maintains an interest in the family farming operation in Iowa.

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Sydney J. McConathy

Director, Business Development
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Sydney J. McConathy

Director, Business Development

Sydney is responsible for institutional capital raising and product development activities across Hancock Natural Resource Group’s three business units, Hancock Timber Resource Group, Hancock Agriculture Investment Group and Hancock Renewable Energy Group. Prior to joining HNRG, Sydney was a Managing Director for Beacon Hill Financial Corporation where she was responsible for raising institutional capital on behalf of private equity clients, including private equity energy, public-to-private equity and mid-cap distressed assets. Prior to Beacon Hill, Sydney was a Manager of Project Finance with Alpine Energy Group, a private-equity funded power development firm. There, she managed business development activities that included securing equity and debt financing for a waste-to-energy power generation facility in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Early in her career, Sydney was a strategy consultant with The Parthenon Group where she performed product development and marketing 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.

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Nick Ping

Vice President, Business Development
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Nick Ping

Vice President, 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. Nick previously served in the capacities of Vice President Business Development and Resource Planning, Australasia, and Manager – Resource Planning and Analysis, 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
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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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