Director - Business Development

Evan Newton, CFA

Mr. Newton is Director of Business Development overseeing all aspects of the firm’s institutional sales and marketing function...

Mr. Newton is Director of Business Development overseeing all aspects of the firm’s institutional sales and marketing function. Evan was previously Director of Business Development at Frontier Partners and prior to that was responsible for consultant and client relations at Evanston Capital. He started his career in investment management in San Francisco at Hall Capital and Passport Capital. Evan earned a B.S. in Finance from Bradley University. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Chicago. While he currently lives in the Chicago area, Evan is the son of a fourth-generation farmer and grew up on a grain farm in central Illinois
Investment Analyst

Alejandro Tapia

Mr. Tapia is an Investment Analyst for US Agriculture, responsible for working with Portfolio Management and Asset Management...

Mr. Tapia is an Investment Analyst for US Agriculture, responsible for working with Portfolio Management and Asset Management to identify and evaluate investment opportunities, assess and report portfolio performance, and submit recommendations to the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining US Agriculture, Alejandro was a New Business Development Consultant and Account Manager for DuPont Pioneer (now Corteva, NYSE: CTVA), bringing to market new technologies to enhance farmers' productivity throughout the Latin America-North region. Before working in agribusiness, Alejandro joined DuPont (NYSE: DD) as an Analyst in the Corporate Marketing & Sales function, the company’s internal consulting team for topline growth initiatives. During graduate school, Alejandro was an MBA Intern for Fabbri Ag Investments, LLC, a California-based agricultural private equity and farm management/acquisition group. Mr. Tapia holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester – Simon Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana – Mexico City. Alejandro is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and completed Level I of the CFA Program.
Controller

Marin Updike

Ms. Updike is the Controller for US Agriculture, responsible for fund accounting and management of the corporate accounting functions of US Agriculture. Prior to joining US Agriculture...

Ms. Updike is the Controller for US Agriculture, responsible for fund accounting and management of the corporate accounting functions of US Agriculture. Prior to joining US Agriculture, Marin served in Director of IT and Controller roles for Kite Realty Group. Marin was responsible for overseeing system implementations, support and enhancements, real estate accounting, financial statement consolidations, accounts payable and lease administration. Prior to that Marin spent seven years with Thomson, the parent company of RCA consumer electronics. During this time, she implemented and managed Hyperion for consolidation of company financials and supervised accounting groups in three significant business units. Marin graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems.
Managing Director

David Martin

David Martin is Managing Director, overseeing all strategic and operational aspects of the firm and is a member of USAG’s Board of Managers...

David Martin is Managing Director, overseeing all strategic and operational aspects of the firm and is a member of USAG’s Board of Managers. Prior to joining USAG, Mr. Martin was Vice President at Halderman Real Asset Management, where he was responsible for directing the day to day activities of the institutional farmland investment program, and was responsible for overseeing select separate accounts. Prior to joining Halderman Real Asset Management, Mr. Martin was Special Accounts Manager for Halderman Farm Management Service, where he coordinated management activities for multiple farmland funds. For ten years prior to that, Mr. Martin worked in various capacities for a worldwide pork producer where he served in multiple operational roles. As Director of Production, he was responsible for all production facilities located in four states. His production responsibilities included procurement, feed manufacturing, environmental compliance, logistics, human relations, and genetics. Mr. Martin is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Economics. Mr. Martin is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the Pension Real Estate Association. Mr. Martin grew up on a pork and grain farm in central Indiana and maintains involvement in family-related agriculture investments.
CCO, General Counsel

Meredith Devlin

Meredith Devlin is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of USAG and is responsible for developing and leading corporate...

Meredith Devlin is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of USAG and is responsible for developing and leading corporate legal strategy for the firm. Meredith has been practicing law for over 10 years and has spent her entire legal career in the real estate industry. Prior to joining USAG, Meredith was General Counsel for a national commercial real estate investment and development company, where she was responsible for overseeing the legal operations of the company, and she practiced commercial real estate law at a mid-sized regional law firm. Meredith is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana and is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She currently lives with her family on a small farm in Central Indiana.
Regional Director

Matt Harmon

Matt Harmon is Regional Director for USAG Farm Management Services, focused on farm management, acquisitions, asset management, and ...

Matt Harmon is Regional Director for USAG Farm Management Services, focused on farm management, acquisitions, asset management, and industry research. Prior to joining USAG, Mr. Harmon was an agricultural land broker, closing over $350MM in land transactions. Mr. Harmon started his career as an agricultural lender with a regional bank based in Utah, growing a portfolio of credit facilities to over $30MM in outstanding commitments. Mr. Harmon was born and raised in rural Central Utah. Growing up in an agriculturally based community helped him understand and love the culture. Mr. Harmon continues to live in rural Utah with his wife and 2 sons. Mr. Harmon is an accredited member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, holding the designation of Accredited Agricultural Consultant.
Executive Assistant

Tina Farr

Formerly of Teays River Investments, LLC, Ms. Farr has over 15 years of private equity agricultural investment experience. She is an accomplished Executive Assistant with over 30 years of expertise in...

Formerly of Teays River Investments, LLC, Ms. Farr has over 15 years of private equity agricultural investment experience. She is an accomplished Executive Assistant with over 30 years of expertise in corporate communications, human resource management, and high-level administrative projects for leadership teams. She strives to serve as an inventive problem solver and independent worker who continually seeks new ways to streamline and create operational efficiencies. She provides support to all staff members primarily in accounting, farm insurance and property tax management. Outside of the office, Ms. Farr enjoys family, fly fishing, and football.
Director - Portfolio Management

Clint Leman, CFA

Mr. Leman is Director of Portfolio Management, responsible for managing select client portfolios, overseeing investment analysis, and performing...

Mr. Leman is Director of Portfolio Management, responsible for managing select client portfolios, overseeing investment analysis, and performing all other aspects of portfolio management and is a member of USAG’s Board of Managers. Clint was previously an Investment Analyst, assisting with investment analysis, portfolio management, acquisitions, asset management, and industry research. Prior to joining USAG, Clint was an Equity Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Martin Capital Management, a value-oriented, investment advisor. Clint earned a B.S. in Business and Economics, with a concentration in Finance, from Indiana University South Bend. Clint is a CFA® charterholder, and a member of the CFA Society of Indianapolis. Clint grew up on a pork and grain farm in northwest Indiana. Clint is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (“NCREIF”).
Regional Director – Midwest

Kyle Maple

Mr. Maple is a Regional Director for USAG Farm Management Services, focused on farm management, acquisitions, asset management, and industry...

Kyle Maple is a Regional Director for USAG Farm Management Services, focused on farm management, acquisitions, asset management, and industry research. Prior to joining USAG, Mr. Maple was an Investment Analyst at Halderman Real Asset Management. Mr. Maple began his career as a Special Accounts Representative for Halderman Farm Management Services, providing support for asset management services to multiple HFMS clients. Mr. Maple earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and is an Accredited Farm Manager through the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Mr. Maple grew up on his family’s grain farm in Central Indiana.
Senior Accountant

Zach Geswein

Zach Geswein is a Senior Accountant for US Agriculture, responsible for financial statement and budget preparation, financial reporting and analysis, accounts payable, and financial audit preparation. Prior to joining US Agriculture...

Zach Geswein is a Senior Accountant for US Agriculture, responsible for financial statement and budget preparation, financial reporting and analysis, accounts payable, and financial audit preparation. Prior to joining US Agriculture, Zach was a Cost Analyst for ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor responsible for departmental month-end close activities, financial reporting, and budgeting. Prior to that Zach served as an Internal Auditor for ArcelorMittal USA conducting financial, operational, and SOX audits. Zach graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Accounting and Management, with a concentration in Finance. Zach grew up on his family’s grain farm in Central Indiana.

Board of Managers

Tom Peck

Tom Peck is a member of USAG’s Board of Managers and serves as Vice-President of Real Estate and Investments for Hageman Group.

Tom Peck is a member of USAG’s Board of Managers and serves as Vice-President of Real Estate and Investments for Hageman Group. Mr. Peck is a senior executive experienced in acquisitions, development, capital raising, accounting, and investor relations for both publicly traded and privately held real estate companies. As Vice President – Investments for Hageman Group, Mr. Peck heads the company’s real estate acquisition and development efforts. He also helps evaluate and pursue select non-real estate investments for Hageman Group. Prior to joining Hageman Group, Mr. Peck held positions as Executive Vice President of Real Estate with Meyer Najem, Chief Financial Officer of Lauth Group, Inc., and Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Capital Markets with Duke Realty Corporation. Mr. Peck holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Mr. Peck is a Certified Public Accountant (license inactive) and an adjunct real estate finance instructor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. In addition to his professional pursuits, Mr. Peck is actively involved with various philanthropic and community organizations including the board of directors for Families First, Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development, and the Indiana University Center for Real Estate Studies.

Howard Halderman

Howard Halderman is a founding member of USAG and is Executive Chair of USAG’s Board of Managers.

Howard Halderman is a founding member of USAG and is Executive Chair of USAG’s Board of Managers. Mr. Halderman serves as President and CEO of Halderman Farm Management Service and Halderman Real Estate Services, Inc. family businesses that have been in operation since 1930 and 1990 respectively. Mr. Halderman has previously served on the Board of Directors of Teays River Investments, a private equity agriculture investment firm. Mr. Halderman received his B.S, with high distinction, in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1988. Mr. Halderman earned the Accredited Farm Manager designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 1996. Mr. Halderman holds real estate broker licenses in the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia and Kentucky. Mr. Halderman currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME), is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Honeywell Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Parkview Wabash Hospital, and serves on the Parkview Health Board, along with many other community organizations in Wabash, Indiana. Mr. Halderman is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association.

Steve Hageman

Steve Hageman is a founding member of USAG and serves on the USAG Board of Managers.

Steve Hageman is a founding member of USAG and serves on the USAG Board of Managers. Mr. Hageman is also Chairman of the Board of Hageman Group, LLC, focusing on Agriculture and Commercial Real Estate, and Private Equity Investments. A founding partner in Hageman Farm Inc. and several other successful Ag business companies including Remington Seeds, which became the nation’s largest non-retail corn, and soybean seed production, conditioning and distribution company, producing 20% of the US seed corn and 15% of the US soybean seed. Mr. Hageman currently serves in leadership positions with the Boone and Crockett Club, Conner Prairie, Farm Foundation, and has previously served in a variety of leadership positions for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), US Grains Council, Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, and as Chairman of the Indiana FFA Foundation. Growing up on a grain and livestock farm in Northwest Indiana he has never forgot his roots and believes strongly in giving back through his talents, time and treasure. The Hageman Foundation was founded to support organizations focused on leadership, rural development, promotion of agriculture, and Christian values. Mr. Hageman is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association.

Shane Hageman

Shane Hageman is a member of USAG’s Board of Managers and serves as President of Hageman Group, LLC.

Shane Hageman is a member of USAG’s Board of Managers and serves as President of Hageman Group, LLC. Mr. Hageman has been involved in the agriculture and real estate industry his entire life. He was very active in his family’s farming operation from an early age and purchased his first farm at age fifteen. Prior to attending Purdue, Mr. Hageman was elected President of the Indiana FFA Association and spent one year in that role. As President of Hageman Group, Mr. Hageman leads the agricultural, real estate, and investment divisions of the business. Prior to joining Hageman Group, Mr. Hageman practiced law at Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP in Indianapolis focusing on real estate, estate and wealth transfer planning, and agribusiness. Mr. Hageman is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana. Mr. Hageman’s academic degrees include a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics, a Bachelor of Arts in political science, and a Master of Science in Food and Agribusiness Management from Purdue University, as well as a Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration Indiana University. In addition to his professional pursuits, Mr. Hageman is actively involved in the Young Presidents Organization and is involved with the Hageman Foundation’s philanthropic activities.
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