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Bob has more than twenty years of direct investment experience in the agriculture and forestry asset class in the United States and Central America where he has been responsible for more than US $3Billion in land-based transactions.
Prior to Fiera Comox, Bob was a Partner and founder at Grantham, Mayo and van Otterloo’s Renewable Resources from 1997 to 2013. During this period, he built a 2.4 million-acre portfolio that included softwood and hardwood timberland, a wetland mitigation bank, row crop farmland, and processing infrastructure. The majority of these acres (1.6 million) were sold between 2006 and 2012. After 16 years at GMO, Bob joined Wood Creek Capital/Barings in early 2013 where he led agriculture investments, and over the next four and a half years, assembled a US$600million, 300,000 acre, agricultural and timber portfolio. This portfolio included three new operating platforms in citrus, maple syrup production, and ranchland to row-crop land conversion. The portfolio has also funded the expansion of existing operating platforms in row-crop farmland, water, teak, sorghum, and northern Appalachian hardwoods.
Bob has owned and managed his own 200-acre farm in Amherst, Massachusetts for 27 years. He is a graduate of Amherst College (B.A. English 1981) and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (MPP 1985), and is a Bullard Fellow at Harvard Forest for the Academic year 2020-21.