About

WHO WE ARE

Homestead Capital USA Farmland Fund I received support from a diverse range of leading institutional investors, the majority of which are pension funds, endowments and foundations, and also include funds of funds, high net worth individuals and insurance companies. The Fund intends to acquire farm investments in the Mountain West, Pacific, Midwest and Delta regions, and construct a diversified portfolio of assets across those regions, crops, lease types, farm operators and certain other risk factors. Demand for the Fund reflects growing investor interest in farmland as an asset class and the opportunity it offers to produce attractive, risk-adjusted returns and act as a portfolio diversifier and hedge against inflation.

Leadership

Daniel Little
Co-Founder, Portfolio Manager
Gabe Santos
Co-Founder, Portfolio Manager

Investment Professionals

Alex Sauer
Vice President, Permanent Crops
  • Operated multi-generation family farm, 400+ acres of permanent crops
  • Former financial analyst at Merrill Lynch
  • M.B.A. University of California, Berkeley, B.B.A. Western Michigan
Tony Windham, Ph.D.
Vice President, Row Crops
  • 25+ years agricultural finance, crop budgeting, commodity marketing, and farm management experience
  • Former Director of the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
  • Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Mississippi State University
Patrick Trainor
Vice President, Head of Acquisitions
  • Deep experience in the acquisition, disposition, and management of agricultural assets
  • Former Executive Vice President and Head of Portfolio Management at Westchester, a TIAA subsidiary
  • B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kyle Jacobs
Vice President, Due Diligence
  • Over 15 years of experience in production agriculture in the Mountain West Region
  • Formerly a second-generation farmer at Silver K Farms in Idaho and former Board Member of Potatoes USA
  • B.S. Brigham Young University in Idaho
Ryan Gallant, CFA
Vice President, Portfolio Manager
  • Diverse range of analytical investment and valuation experience
  • Former Vice President in the Global Investment Research Division of Goldman Sachs
  • B.S.E. Duke University
Chad Wong
Analyst
  • Former Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays
  • B.S. New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Investment, Finance, Accounting, and Internal Controls

Peter Susko, CFA
Chief Financial Officer
  • 25+ years of investment industry experience
  • Former executive at Swift Real Estate Partners, Director at Deutsche Bank/RREEF, and family office CFO
  • J.D. UCLA, M.B.A. UC Berkeley, B.A. University of Rochester
Andrea Davidson
Finance Director, Controller
  • 10+ years of operations, financial accounting, tax compliance, and consulting services experience
  • Former Accounting Manager at Capricorn Investment Group and Senior Tax Associate at PwC
  • M.S. and B.A. UC Santa Cruz, Certified Public Accountant
Jess Vilsack
Outsourced General Counsel
  • Expertise in negotiating business agreements and resolving business disputes.
  • Currently a partner at Nyemaster Goode with prior experience as both an in-house counsel and a prosecutor.
  • J.D. University of Iowa, B.A. Hamilton College

Regional Farm Managers

Darrell Atkinson, AFM, AAC | Pacific Region
  • 25 years of agricultural experience focused on managing vineyards, nuts, fruits, and other permanent crops
  • Former President of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
  • B.S. CSU Bakersfield
Richard Brockmeyer | Pacific Region
  • 30+ years of experience related to vineyard investment, management, and consulting
  • Former President of the California Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
  • M.B.A. Stanford University, B.S. CSU Fresno
Stephen Brunson, AFM | Delta Region
  • 25+ years of professional farm management experience
  • Specializes in land development and irrigation with extensive experience in the Mississippi Delta
  • M.A. and B.S. Mississippi State University
George Baird, AFM | Delta Region
  • 20+ years of experience with expertise in land development and precision leveling
  • Former President of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
  • B.S. Mississippi State University
David Thien, AFM, ALC | Midwest Region
  • 15+ years of agricultural experience
  • Member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
  • B.S. Iowa State University

 

Ray Brownfield, AFM, ARA | Midwest Region
  • 44 years of agricultural property experience spanning both farm management and real estate brokerage
  • Former President of Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
  • B.S. Illinois State University
Thomas Boyer, AAC, AFM, ARA | Mountain West Region
  • 35+ years of farm management and consulting experience in the Mountain West
  • Former President of American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
  • M.A. and B.S. Brigham Young University
Brandon Vining | Mountain West Region
  • Deep experience working with a broad range of crops including potatoes, sugar beets, barley, wheat, corn, and alfalfa
  • Former Certified Crop Adviser at Simplot
  • B.S. Idaho State University