Key Personnel
 
     
 
Senior Portfolio Analyst
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Melanie is responsible for portfolio management, investment analysis, and client reporting for HAIG's institutional farmland investment program. Prior to joining HAIG, Ms. Arnold performed financial analysis and research for a management advisory group and a global healthcare investment firm. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Resource Economics and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics. Melanie is a member of the Boston Security Analyst Society. marnold@hnrg.com
Senior Investment Analyst
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Mr. Bodio is responsible for portfolio management, investment analysis, and acquisitions. Prior to joining Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, Mr. Bodio worked in Financial Strategy for Forest Systems Management Company. Mr. Bodio 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. rbodio@hnrg.com
Senior Agricultural Economist
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Mr. Dahl heads the economic research function at Hancock Agriculture Investment Group. He researches agricultural commodity markets to identify investment opportunities and develops risk-mitigating strategies for institutional investors in the farmland market. Cody earned a B.S. in Agribusiness, Farm, and Financial Management, with a concentration in Agricultural Finance, from the University of Illinois. He went on to receive an M.S. and Ph.D. in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. Cody grew up on a farm in central Illinois. cdahl@hnrg.com
Accounting Manager
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Mr. Drake is responsible for the taxation work papers, reporting, filings and corporate compliance for all HAIG clients. Prior to joining HAIG he worked for the public accounting firm Deloitte and Touche where he was a senior tax associate focusing on REIT and Private Equity Clients. He was responsible for the preparation of federal and state tax returns for C-Corps, S-Corps, Partnerships and public REITS. Mr. Drake holds a BS in Accounting and Finance and a Masters of Taxation from Bentley College. cdrake@hnrg.com
Principal Accounting Officer and Controller
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Mr. Eccles is responsible for the client financial operations for Hancock's institutional farmland investment portfolios. Prior to joining HAIG he worked for the Boston Bruins in which he oversaw all financial reporting and financial analysis. Before that he worked in various investment and public accounting firms, including Bain Capital LLC, Eaton Vance Corp and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Eccles holds a BA in Accounting from Suffolk University. deccles@hnrg.com
Senior Financial Accountant
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Ms. Haglund is responsible for the preparation of quarterly statements for HAIG clients and other general accounting responsibilities. Before joining HAIG, she worked at GMO LLC as a Fund Accountant for commingled funds focused on global timberland investing, prior to that her experience focused in the commercial real estate field. Ms. Haglund holds a BA in Accounting with a concentration in Economics from Flagler College, an MS in Accounting with a concentration in Finance from Suffolk University, and is a licensed CPA in the state of Massachusetts. ahuglund@hnrg.com
Investment Analyst
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Ms. Harris assists with asset management and investment analysis. Prior to joining Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, Ms. Harris was an analyst with John Hancock's Real Estate Finance Group. In this position, Ms. Harris was responsible for property valuation, property inspections, and assisting in the disposal of troubled assets. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from Northeastern University. dharris@hnrg.com
Vice President of Business Development
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Mr. Kenney is responsible for marketing and new business development for HAIG. Previously, Mr. Kenney 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. Mr. Kenney 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. skenney@hnrg.com
Senior Financial Accountant
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Mr. Means is responsible for the preparation of quarterly statements for HAIG clients and other general accounting responsibilities. Before joining HAIG, he worked at State Street Corporation as a Assistant Director of Fund Administration. Prior to that he worked at JP Morgan Chase as a Fund Administration Supervisor. Mr. Means holds a BS in Accounting with a concentration in Finance from Tuskegee University. Mr. Means was raised on a crop and livestock farm near Mobile, Alabama. pmeans@hnrg.com
Senior Investment Analyst
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Mr. Neyhard assists with asset management, commodity research, and investment analysis. Prior to joining Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, Mr. Neyhard was a statistician with the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. In this position Mr. Neyhard was responsible for developing state level estimates of various livestock commodities. He holds a B.S. in Environmental and Renewable Resource Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. in Applied Economics and Management, with a concentration in farm management and production economics, from Cornell University. He was raised on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. jneyhard@hnrg.com
Senior Investment Analyst
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Ms. Porter assists with risk management activities as well as valuation and investment analysis. Prior to joining Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, she was a senior portfolio analyst researching food and agribusiness companies for John Hancock's Bond and Corporate Finance Group, and an audit manager for John Hancock's Audit Group, with a focus on investments. Prior to joining John Hancock in 1998, Ms. Porter, a certified public accountant, worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in its investment management, real estate, and banking operations practices. Ms. Porter holds a B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Tech. She was raised on a cattle and crop farm in western New York.
bporter@hnrg.com
West Coast Acquisitions Manager
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Mr. Reed is responsible for sourcing farmland, vineyards, nuts and orchard properties throughout California and the West Coast to meet the investment objectives of HAIG clients. He has 20 plus years of experience in agricultural investments. Prior to joining HAIG, Mr. Reed held positions with prominent agribusiness lenders such as Vice President, Sr. Relationship Manager for Rabo AgriFinance and Investment Manger for MetLife Agricultural Investments. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business from California State University of Fresno. He is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and past board member/treasurer of the Ag Lenders Society of California. He grew up on his family's farm near Porterville, California and resides on his small treefruit ranch in Tulare County, California.
For information contact: (559)562-1500 brent.reed@hnrg.com
Assistant Controller
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Ms. Sam performs the preparation of quarterly statements for HAIG clients and other general accounting responsibilities. Before joining HAIG, she worked at State Street Research and Management Company as a Revenue Reporting Manager. Prior to that, she worked at Fidelity Investments as a Senior Payment Analyst. She also earned international accounting experience working at various companies in Hong Kong, China, prior to moving to the United States. Ms. Sam holds an MS in Accounting from Suffolk University and also achieved the following designations: Professional Level of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Hong Kong Society of Accountants Joint Examination (HKSA); Final Level of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT - UK); and Final Level of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examination (LCC) in Accounting and Cost Accounting. csam@hnrg.com
Southern Region Acquisitions Manager
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Mr. Taylor is responsible for sourcing farmland properties in the Mississippi Delta states and the Southeast to meet the investment objectives of HAIG clients. Addison has several years of experience working in farmland management, acquisitions and investments with previous employers in Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta area. He holds a B.S.A. in Agricultural Business with a concentration in Marketing and Management from The University of Arkansas. He is also an active member and Leadership Institute graduate of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Addison resides in Springdale, Arkansas and is a Captain in the Arkansas Army National Guard. ataylor@hnrg.com
President
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Mr. Williams is President of the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group. He directs the institutional farmland investment program and serves on the Investment Committee of the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Previously, Mr. Williams 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. Mr. Williams grew up on a poultry and grain farm in western New York. owilliams@hnrg.com
Controller
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Ms. Zommers is responsible for quarterly statement preparation for HAIG clients and other general accounting responsibilities. She brings to HAIG extensive, broad-based accounting experience and experience in financial system conversion. Prior to joining HAIG, she was general ledger manager at State Street Research and Management. She also served as vice president of operations and finance for a local publishing company. Ms. Zommers holds a BA in mathematics from Tufts University, an accounting certificate from Bentley College, and an MBA with a concentration in MIS from Bentley. jzommers@hnrg.com
Vice President and Director of Australian Agricultural Operations
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Mr. Strahley directs the Australian agricultural operations. He joined Hancock FARM Company Pty Ltd at its inception in 2000 and has over 24 years experience in farmland agriculture, both domestic (Australia) and international, with 19 years in senior management positions with ConAgra (AMH), Mitsubishi (Aust) and the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation (AMLC) . As Director of Australian Agricultural Operations, he oversees HFCs Australian properties including asset acquisitions and operations. Mr. Strahley holds a degree in Applied Science in Agriculture, studying at the Charles Stuart University at Wagga. Mr. Strahley's family farms cereal crops and livestock and he is a member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology and serves as a Director on several agricultural boards. astrahley@hnrg.com
President, Turlock, CA, Farmland Management Services (FMS)
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Mr. Evers Directs U.S. property operations, acquisitions, leases and sales for HAIG. He oversees the development and farming operations for 39,000 acres of orchards and vineyards in California's Central Valley and 26,000 of row crops in CA, WA, ID and OR. Prior to joining FMS in 1987, Mr. Evers 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. Mr. Evers is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Vice President, Champaign, IL, Farmland Management Services (FMS)
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Mr. Baughman directs property acquisitions, leases and sales in the area East of the Rocky Mountains, and oversees the development and farming operations for 1,600 acres of cranberries in Wisconsin. Prior to joining FMS in 1995, he worked for John Hancock for seven years, and for the company now known as Aventis Crop Science for eight years in the promotion of herbicides, plant growth regulators and insecticides to distributors, dealers and farmers. Mr. Baughman holds a BS in Agronomy from Ohio State University. He is a licensed real estate salesperson and a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
 
 
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