Perry Vieth devotes his entire time towards managing the properties of Ceres Farms including financial, legal, accounting, hedging and investor relations. Formerly he served for ten years as CIO of Fixed Income & Currency at PanAgora Asset Management in Boston, where he was responsible for research, investment strategy and oversight of assets exceeding $7 billion. At PanAgora, Perry led several successful long-short hedge fund strategies and in 2007 was Pensions & Investments top-performing fixed income manager with a return of 16.1%. Perry also served as a portfolio manager at Fleet Investment advisors, Fuji Securities and Chicago Research & Trading Group where he began his trading career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1986. From 1982 to 1986, Perry practiced law in Chicago specializing in securities and corporate law. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School with a J.D. and obtained a B.S. in accounting from Marquette University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the Boston Securities Analyst Society. Perry serves on the University of Notre Dame Law School’s Advisory Council and several charitable organizations’ Board of Directors.
Director of Acquisitions & Portfolio Management
Brandon Zick focuses on managing all assets of the farm portfolio, performing valuation analysis and due diligence of property acquisitions, deal sourcing and negotiating acquisition terms, tenant sourcing and ongoing relationship management and oversees all portfolio management of the Fund. Most recently, Mr. Zick served as a VP of Strategic Acquisitions within Morgan Stanley Investment Management. In this role, Mr. Zick performed due diligence, valuation analysis, deal negotiation and execution of strategic business transactions on behalf of Morgan Stanley. Previously, he worked as a senior associate of investor relations at Morgan Stanley, and began his career as a finance associate at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Zick is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in finance and a Japanese concentration and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Mr. Zick grew up on a family dairy and crop farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Director of Finance & Compliance
Steve Cardinal manages the Fund’s farm portfolio, performs due diligence on property acquisitions and develops tenant relations. He also oversees the appraisal of all Ceres property by external appraisers and Ceres’ funding activity. Steve has worked directly with farm families and Ag companies for over 30 years to provide financing for crop inputs, farm machinery, buildings and farmland acquisition. Most recently, he was Vice President of Commercial Loans for First Merchants Bank, serving the agricultural communities of Indiana. Prior to FMB, Steve worked with Horizon Bank and Farm Credit Services in a similar role providing Ag financing in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. Steve graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1978 and grew up on a farm in Southern Indiana.
Director of Research & Investment Strategy
Hunt Stookey brings broad experience in agribusiness and private equity. Prior to joining Ceres, Hunt was Director of Agriculture at AEW Capital Management, a $45 billion manager of commercial real estate investments. Previously Hunt was Managing Director at agribusiness-focused strategy consulting boutique Highquest Partners where he served investor and corporate clients globally across the agribusiness value chain. Prior to Highquest, he had a career in strategy consulting with Booz & Co and Monitor Company, and in Private Equity with CIGNA. Hunt has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS in Engineering from Trinity College.