Mr. Farris received a full-tuition fellowship to study economics and finance at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he was awarded a Master’s Degree. Before attending Princeton, Mr. Farris studied economics and philosophy at Centre College from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He served as an economist at the Center for Economics Research at the Research Triangle Institute, as well as a senior economics consultant with both the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Farris served as Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Mr. Farris serves on the Board of Directors for Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ: GRBK) and Kentucky Technology Inc and is past chair of the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) Investment Committee. Mr. Farris also serves on the Board of Trustees at Centre College and Sayre School.
President & COO
Chris Morris is a founding member of LandFund Partners where he ...
Chris Morris is a founding member of LandFund Partners where he serves as President and COO. Mr. Morris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Economics from Centre College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude. Mr. Morris started his career at Commonwealth Economics, a regional economic and financial consultancy. Mr. Morris has been recognized as one of Nashville’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal and Top 30 Under 30 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is active in the Nashville non-profit community and is a past Chairman of the Phoenix Club of Nashville. Mr. Morris has attained the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Riley McCarty serves as Portfolio Manager at LandFund Partners. ...
Riley McCarty serves as Portfolio Manager at LandFund Partners. He received his Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Strategy from Vanderbilt University where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky Mr. McCarty studied Japanese and Economics at the University of Kentucky graduating magna cum laude. His work experience with Toyota, Lexmark, and AllianceBernstein focused on quantitative management, analytics, and finance, creating value through application of big data and data science.
Director of Finance
Savannah Reynolds is the Director of Finance with LandFund Partn...
Savannah Reynolds is the Director of Finance with LandFund Partners. Ms. Reynolds received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from East Tennessee State University, where she graduated summa cum laude as an Honors-in-Discipline Scholar and was named Outstanding Student of the Year in Accountancy. Ms. Reynolds also received a Master of Accountancy with a concentration in Audit and Controls from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Reynolds started her career in the Nashville PricewaterhouseCoopers assurance practice. Her professional experience includes positions with W Squared, LLC (now LBMC W Squared, LLC) and most recently as the Senior Manager – Accounting and Finance at Silicon Ranch Corporation. Ms. Reynolds was admitted as a Certified Public Accountant in Tennessee in 2015.
Director of Farm Operations
Mr. Ussery started his career in 1985 as a regional field engine...
Mr. Ussery started his career in 1985 as a regional field engineer with Continental Eagle Corporation where he rose to be in charge of operations in the Southeastern United States. Since, he has held management positions within a privately owned farming conglomerate in the Mississippi River Valley, managing tens of thousands of farmland acres and several agricultural businesses. Mr. Ussery has held key roles in many professional associations, including: as President of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, as Delegate to the National Cotton Council from 2006 to 2013, on the Board of Directors of the National Cotton Ginners Association, and as a Charter Member of the Arkansas Rice Merchants Association. Mr. Ussery received a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Regenerative Farm Advisor
Mr. McKaskle started farming in 1973 as a fifth-generation farme...
Mr. McKaskle started farming in 1973 as a fifth-generation farmer. He is a pioneer in organic weed and pest control and has worked with the USDA and various university research programs to develop groundbreaking organic cultivation techniques. Mr. McKaskle produces organic rice and has become the largest domestic producer of organic aromatic and long grain varieties of rice, securing relationships with notable companies such as Chipotle, Whole Foods Market, United Natural Foods, KeHE and Hiland Naturals. McKaskle Family Farms currently operates on over 3,000 acres cultivating a variety of crops including: popcorn, Basmati and rice varieties, soybeans, corn, cotton and oats.
Steven Ussery is a Farm Manager at LandFund Partners. Steven rec...
Steven Ussery is a Farm Manager at LandFund Partners. Steven received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from the University of Arkansas where he participated in several of the crop testing programs set up across the state of Arkansas. Steven started his career as a fertilizer representative at Greenpoint Ag, and managed large-scale commercial farm and greenhouse operations for several years in California and Missouri. Steven grew up working as a farm hand with local farmers in the Mississippi Delta where he found his love for farming, hunting and fishing.
Grant Ballard is Of Counsel for LandFund Partners. He is a partn...
Grant Ballard is Of Counsel for LandFund Partners. He is a partner with the Firm of Ark Ag Law, PLLC, which maintains a nationwide practice focused on the representation of Agricultural producers and other rural businesses. Ballard focuses his practice on the representation of farmers and ranchers in areas including Federal Farm Programs, Crop Insurance litigation, contract law, environmental law, and governmental compliance investigations. Ballard represented producers in litigation before private arbitrators, State and Federal Courts, and the USDA National Appeals Division.
Farm Management Associate
John Harnice is a Farm Management Associate with LandFund Partne...
John Harnice is a Farm Management Associate with LandFund Partners. Mr. Harnice received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Butler University. At Butler, he was a member of a group of students who assisted in managing a portion of the University’s endowment. Mr. Harnice grew up on a family farm in Frankfort, Kentucky where he developed a love for the outdoors and agriculture. He has competed in several hunting and fishing competitions and continues to be an avid outdoorsman.
Carbon Credit Consultant
Sami Osman serves as a Carbon Credit Consultant to LandFund Part...
Sami Osman serves as a Carbon Credit Consultant to LandFund Partners. Mr. Osman has served as a consultant to industries and governments on climate change policy and carbon markets. His professional experience spans Australasia, Europe, North America and developing countries, across all aspects of offset markets as well as significant experience in broader climate change consulting. Mr. Osman has advised governments on development of their offset programs and has consulted on project development across multiple continents. Mr. Osman received his bachelor’s degree from Griffith University.
Director of Investor Relations
Samantha Bates is the Director of Investor Relations at LandFund...
Samantha Bates is the Director of Investor Relations at LandFund Partners. Ms. Bates received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Her investor relations experience includes roles at Westport Capital Partners, a diversified real estate fund, Blue Harbour Group, an activist hedge fund and GCM Grosvenor, a global alternative asset manager.
Mr. Howell is a Farmland Consultant to LandFund Partners. Mr. H...
Mr. Howell is a Farmland Consultant to LandFund Partners. Mr. Howell has decades of farmland analysis and investing experience. Mr. Howell spent 38 successful years at MetLife Agricultural Investments, where he focused on the lower Mississippi River Valley region and rose to the role of Director. Mr. Howell built and maintained a territory portfolio of over $700 million in the region. Phillip received his undergraduate degree from Arkansas State University. Among several directorships and volunteerism roles for the community of Lonoke, AR, he has been a deacon and Treasurer at Lonoke Baptist Church for 26 years and is a Director for Malvern National Bank. He and his wife Susan have three children and eight grandchildren.