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Charles Amalfi

Chief Financial Officer, Hancock Natural Resource Group Australia

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.

 

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Mary Ellen Aronow, CF

Associate Director, Forest Economics

Mary Ellen Aronow, CF

Associate Director, Forest Economics

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

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Nick Blacklock

Director, Global Resource Planning

Nick Blacklock

Director, Global Resource Planning

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

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Matt Bonham

President, Hancock Forest Management North America

Matt Bonham

President, Hancock Forest Management North America

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

 

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Tony Cascio

Director, Client Account Management

Tony Cascio

Director, Client Account Management

Tony is responsible for ensuring that client interests are met, including guiding investment activities to ensure compliance with stated objectives agreed to with clients; monitoring investment performance; and reporting and communicating results to clients. In addition, he is directly involved with business development activities, structuring investment agreements, and designing timberland investment goals and constraints. Before joining HTRG in 2016, Tony was the Senior Vice President, Investments with Resource Management Service, LLC where he was directly involved in portfolio management, client relations, business development and investment research. Tony holds a Ph.D. 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 US Army Reserve.

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John Davis

Director, Acquisitions and Dispositions

John Davis

Director, Acquisitions and Dispositions

John directs timberland acquisitions and dispositions for Hancock Timber Resource Group. John joined the company in 1992 as Regional Manager, overseeing operations on the US West Coast for 10 years before moving to the transactions team. Prior to joining HTRG, John was vice president at a Pacific Northwest timberland brokerage firm. His forestry experience includes conducting forest practices law enforcement for the State of Oregon as well as serving as timberlands manager and investment officer for First Interstate Bank of Oregon’s Agribusiness Department. John graduated with a B.S. in Forest Management from Oregon State University and earned an MBA from Portland State University.

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Eric Dooley

Portfolio Manager

Eric Dooley

Portfolio Manager

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

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Brent Keefer

Managing Director and President

Brent Keefer

Managing Director and President

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

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David Kimbrough

Associate Director, Dispositions

David Kimbrough

Associate Director, Dispositions

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

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Bill McCallum

Managing Director, Australasia and President HFM NZ

Bill McCallum

Managing Director, Australasia and President HFM NZ

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

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John T. Perda, CFA

Associate Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

John T. Perda, CFA

Associate Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

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

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Tom Sarno

Director, Global Operations

Tom Sarno

Director, Global Operations

Tom is responsible for Hancock Timber Resource Group’s operations around the world including current investments in North America, South America, New Zealand and Australia. Previously, Tom was Senior Portfolio Manager with HTRG, where he was responsible for account management and portfolio development for individually managed accounts and pooled investment vehicles. Tom has also served in the capacities of General Manager, Southern Division and Mid-Atlantic Region Manager for Hancock Forest Management. In those roles, he led a team of professionals who provided asset management, stewardship and fiduciary oversight for HTRG managed assets in the US South and Northeast. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Tom was a Procurement Manager for International Paper’s Pensacola paper mill and McDavid sawmill enterprise. Among other roles, he has also served as Forest Operations Manager as well as Forest Analyst for Champion International Corporation. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida.

 

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Tim Cayen

Managing Director, Business Development
Tim Cayen

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 and Associate Director, Business Development

Stephen A. Kenney

Vice President and Associate Director, Business Development

Stephen is responsible for marketing and 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

Sydney J. McConathy

Director, Business Development

Sydney is responsible for leading product development initiatives on behalf of Hancock Natural Resource Group. She is also responsible for institutional capital raising across HNRG’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, a Boston-based private placement firm with clients in the private equity buyout and energy sectors. Prior to Beacon Hill, Sydney was Manager of Project Finance with Alpine Energy Group, a private-equity funded power development firm. Early in her career, Sydney was a strategy consultant with The Parthenon Group where she performed a number of 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. She is registered with John Hancock Distributors LLC and holds Series 7 and 63 licenses. She has also passed and held the Series 79 in a previous role.

 

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Nick Ping

Director, Business Development

Nick Ping

Director, Business Development

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

 

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Cleidson Rangel

Business Development Specialist, Brazil Fund Manager

Cleidson Rangel

Business Development Specialist, Brazil Fund Manager

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

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