SENIOR STAFF
 
     
 
Portfolio Manager
Jonathan Aggett
Jonathan 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. Jonathan previously served with HTRG in the capacity of Senior Portfolio Analyst. Prior to joining HTRG, he worked as a Quantitative Forestry Analyst for NCASI, an environmental research organization. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, an M.S. in Forestry Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is a CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) Charter Holder. jaggett@hnrg.com
Chief Financial Officer, Hancock Natural Resource Group Australia
Charles Amalfi
Charlie is responsible for the firms 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. camalfi@hnrg.com
Senior Portfolio Manager
Katie F. AmRhein
Katie is responsible for account management and client relations for individually managed accounts and pooled accounts at the Hancock Timber Resource Group. In this role, she evaluates portfolio performance, acquisition and disposition opportunities, and develops and implements investment strategies. Prior to joining HTRG, Katie was Business Development Manager with Rayonier's International Forest Products team where she was involved in evaluating and initiating development of new business in the major international timber-producing regions. Katie holds a B.S. in Forest Production from California State University, Arcata, and an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. kamrhein@hnrg.com
Director, Latin America
Pablo Armand-Ugon
Pablo is responsible for seeking timberland acquisition opportunities in South America. Pablo joined Hancock Timber from Weyerhaeuser Company where he was Director of Timberlands & Technology and had been responsible for managing 140,000 hectares of timberlands in Uruguay. He has approximately two decades of experience in the development and implementation of forestry operations in South America. He has worked at several forest products companies in different capacities throughout his career. Pablo graduated from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay with a BSc Agricultura. He went on to earn an M.Sc. in Plant Genetics (Hons.) at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Pablo is based in Montevideo, Uruguay. parmand-ugon@hnrg.com
Senior Forest Economist
Mary Ellen Aronow
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. maronow@hnrg.com
Director of Economic Research
Keith Balter
Keith is responsible for the market analysis supporting investment and operational planning and decision making for the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Keith’s team maintains informational databases and is responsible for a series of analytical publications that address trends in global timber markets and the role of timberlands in institutional investment. Before joining HNRG in 2012, Keith was Senior Economist with Forest Capital Partners LLC, a company investing and managing commercial timberland for institutional investors, where he was responsible for market analysis, business development and investor support. Prior to his time at Forest Capital Partners, Keith was a principal at RISI, the premier provider of information services and analysis to the global forest products sector. Keith holds a MFS in Forest Economics from Yale, as well as a MBA from the University of Chicago. kbalter@hnrg.com
Director, Global Resource Planning
Nick Blacklock
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. nblacklock@hnrg.com
Managing Director, Business Development
Tim Cayen
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. tcayen@hnrg.com
 
Chief Executive Officer, Hancock Natural Resource Group
Daniet P. Christensen
Dan has overall responsibility for the Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG), Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) and Hancock Renewable Energy Group (HREG) businesses owned by Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Dan is a board member of Hancock Natural Resource Group, and a Chairman of its Natural Resource Investment Committee. Chairman and President of John Hancock Timber Resource Corporation, Chairman and CEO of Hancock Forest Management, and Hancock Forest Management New Zealand and Chairman of Hancock Natural Resource Group Australasia. Dan is also Chairman of Hancock Victorian Plantations, Hancock Queensland Plantations, Tiaki Plantations Company, Taumata Plantations Limited, Tasman Bay Forest, Hancock Timberland VII, Hancock Timberland VIII, Hancock Timberland IX, Hancock Timberland X and Hancock Timberland XI, Comox Timber Ltd, and CEO of Red River Timberlands Company. Dan also serves on the Board of National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) www.nafoalliance.org and the Board of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) www.sfiprogram.org. dchristensen@hnrg.com
Director, Acquisitions and Dispositions
John Davis
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. jdavis@hnrg.com
Director, Corporate Resources
Barry V. Engel
Barry is responsible for managing and overseeing HNRG's corporate resources, including the organizational development of the Company. He spent the past 12 years as an executive in corporate affairs, first with an electronic commerce company focused in banking and healthcare in Canada and the U.S., and following an acquisition, with a healthcare processing company in New York. He brings to HNRG extensive experience in human resources, as well as a strong background in finance, corporate strategy and investor relations. Barry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, a law degree from the University of Montreal and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.bengel@hnrg.com
Director of Client Account Management
Scott Esty
Scott is responsible for account management and client relations for individually managed and pooled accounts. In this role, Scott evaluates portfolio performance, acquisition and disposition opportunities, and develops and implements investment strategies. Before joining HTRG, Scott was a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Services in their Forest and Paper Group. Prior to PwC, he was a senior vice president at Jaakko Pöyry Consulting, where he focused on strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, and capital project analysis within the forest products industry. Scott holds a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Maine, an MBA from the University of Rochester, and a Master of Forestry from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. sestey@hnrg.com
Director, General Counsel
Donna Frankel
Donna is responsible for the coordination of legal affairs. Prior to joining HNRG, she worked at John Hancock Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, for approximately nine years, and she has over fourteen years of experience in law. She brings to HNRG extensive experience in real estate and investments, including timber and agricultural real estate, investment management agreements, private placement as well as litigation management and structured finance. She has her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in management and accounting and worked as an accountant prior to obtaining her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1996. dfrankel@hnrg.com
Director of Client Reporting
Coleen M. Greenwood
Coleen is responsible for the financial accounting, reporting, performance measurement and tax functions related to Hancock Timber’s timberland investments. Before joining HNRG in 1990, she worked at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company as the senior accountant in charge of the agricultural and forestry real estate portfolios. She earned a B.S. in Management from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. cgreenwood@hnrg.com
President of Hancock Timber Resource Group
Brent J. Keefer
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 southeast U.S. 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. bkeefer@hnrg.com
Director, Policy & Environmental Advocacy
Brian J. Kernohan
Brian is responsible for Hancock Natural Resource Group's policy and environmental advocacy program. In this role Brian directs Hancock Natural Resource Group's global stewardship program, develops policies and environmental compliance mechanisms, and is responsible for government relations concerning business and environmental strategies. Brian is also responsible for advising the company on third-party forest certification, and supporting non-timber revenue development and conservation transactions. Previously he was Manager of Environmental Affairs for Hancock Timber Resource Group with responsibilities focused solely on Hancock's timber business. Prior to joining Hancock Timber Resource Group in 2012, Brian was the Director of Policy at Forest Capital Partners where he was responsible for a variety of programs including forest certification, forest policy, government affairs, public relations, conservation transactions, and ecology support. Brian holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Wildlife Management from South Dakota State University. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, a designation accredited by The Wildlife Society. bkernohan@hnrg.com
Manager, Dispositions - North America
David Kimbrough
David is responsible for the daily management and execution of Hancock Timber Resource Group’s land sale program throughout North America. 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 area 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. dkimbrough@hnrg.com
General Manager, Hancock Forest Management (New Zealand) Limited
William K. J. McCallum
Bill is responsible for operational management of investor timberlands in New Zealand. In this capacity, he is responsible for forest management, harvesting and distribution, sales and marketing and financial reporting. 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 holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury and an MBA from the University of Otago. bmccallum@hnrg.com
Senior Portfolio Manager
John T. Perda, CFA
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. jperda@hnrg.com
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Bill Peressini
Bill is responsible for the financial management of the firm, its subsidiaries and investment entities, and the accounting and reporting of client investments. In addition, he is responsible for arranging and managing debt financing, information systems and human resources. Before joining HNRG in February, 2011, Bill was Vice President-Chief Financial Officer for Stimson Lumber Company, a privately-held integrated forest products company in the U.S. Northwest, and was responsible for most administrative support functions and actively involved in the timberland and manufacturing operations. While at Stimson, Bill was also involved in all of the company's manufacturing and timberland acquisitions in addition to serving as the Corporate Secretary. Bill served in that position for 11 years. Prior to that, Bill was Vice President-Treasurer of PacifiCorp, a regulated and non-regulated energy and telecommunications company based in Portland, Oregon. At PacifiCorp, Bill was responsible for all treasury activities for the parent as well as all major subsidiaries. He directed short-term and long-term financing in the public and private debt markets, preferred stock and common equity, both in the U.S. and the international markets PacifiCorp operated in. In addition, Bill was responsible for energy and credit risk management and was intimately involved in the merger, acquisition and business development efforts. Bill has a B.S. in Business from the University of Illinois-Champaign and an M.B.A from DePaul University in Chicago. bperessini@hnrg.com
Managing Director, Chief Acquisitions Officer
Michael Rivard
Mike is responsible for the Hancock Natural Resource Group's global acquisition sourcing and dispositions efforts and is also responsible for the development of relationships with forest products companies and other owners of commercial timberland. Before joining the firm, Mike served as Executive Director at UBS Timber Investors where he participated in the management of the firm, was portfolio manager for an international allocation from a large separate account client and participated in business development, fund structuring, portfolio management and acquisition sourcing in Latin America. He also managed a variety of domestic timberfunds. Previously, Mike served as chief executive officer of a privately held forest products company in Maine. Mike holds a bachelor's degree in Forest Utilization from the University of Maine at Orono, and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. mrivard@hnrg.com
Director, Global Operations
Thomas Sarno
Tom is responsible for Hancock Timber Resource Group's international operations including South America, New Zealand and Australia. Previously, Tom was Senior Portfolio Manager, 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. 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. tsarno@hnrg.com
Managing Director Australasia
Wilfred Steiner
Wilfred is responsible for the overall management of the HNRGA business in Australia and New Zealand and he is also responsible for international financial aspects of the HNRG business including coordinating financial work on international acquisitions and financial review of international operations. Previously he was the Chief Financial Officer of HNRGA . Prior to joining the group in 2004, Wilfred was the Chief Financial Officer of companies involved in the retail and entertainment industries and had overall responsibility for financial, treasury and taxation aspects of the companies. Prior to these positions, he worked at Arthur Andersen where he had significant involvement with audit and corporate finance activities, including mergers/acquisitions and valuations. Wilfred holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Economics from Macquarie University. wsteiner@hnrg.com
Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
Courtland L. Washburn
Court is responsible for Hancock Natural Resource Group's equity capital raising, client account management, and investment strategy and research. Court is a leading expert on the application of financial economic models to forest assets and timberland companies. His research has been published in numerous economics, finance and forestry journals. Court began his career at HTRG in 1990. He is a director of Hancock Victorian Plantations and Tiaki Plantations, and a member of the HNRG Natural Resource Investment Committee. Court holds an M.S. in Forest Policy from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Forest Economics from Yale University. cwashburn@hnrg.com
Director of Forest Operations North America and
President of Hancock Forest Management
Michael A. Wolf
Mike is responsible for forest operations and stewardship efforts on investor timberlands across North America. His responsibilities include oversight of Hancock Forest Management, forest operations, forest planning, stewardship and wood marketing. He is also responsible for regional public affairs, and government and community relations. Prior to joining Hancock Timber Resource Group in 1998, Mike was silviculture manager at Louisiana Pacific where he oversaw forest planning and silviculture management on 900,000 acres in Texas and Louisiana. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Stephen F. Austin State University. mwolf@hnrg.com