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Iroquois Valley Farms, LLC
Years of Operation: 5 – 10 years
% of Capital from Top 3 Investors: Less than 25%
Leadership and Team
David E. Miller – Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer More Info
Rooted by heritage in Iroquois County, Illinois, Mr. Miller returned to his native farming community in 2005 after a 30 year career in banking and real estate financial management. Purchasing a small 10 acre family farmstead, he re-connected with local relatives farming organically. In 2007 he started Iroquois Valley Farms LLC by connecting a small group of family and friends to a 142 acre farm. Prior to seeding sustainable farmland ventures, Mr. Miller held executive positions at Bank of America, Santa Fe Southern Pacific and First Chicago Corporation. His extensive experience in structuring alternative real estate investments led to the formation of Iroquois Valley Farms, the first private company in the United States to integrate farmland and organic food production, utilizing mostly mid-size family farmers. An MBA graduate of Columbia University’s School of Business and 1975 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Mr. Miller views education as the primary key to changing the nature and health of our current food production system. In this regard, Mr. Miller is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Loyola and was recently honored by the University (Damen Award) for distinguished services in the field of environmental sustainability. He resides nearby in Winnetka, Illinois along with his wife and three children.
Patrick Meara – Chief Financial Officer and Board Member More Info
Mr. Meara has managed commercial real estate investments for over twenty-five years on behalf of a national real estate development and investment firm. Over these years, he has managed multi-billion dollar portfolios of office buildings, shopping centers and other property types on behalf of institutional and individual investors. In connection with that role, he also leads his Chicago based firm’s sustainability efforts. Mr. Meara is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant. He currently resides in Wilmette, IL with his family and serves as one of the original commissioners on the Village of Wilmette’s Environmental and Energy Commission. Mr. Meara has managed mortgage and debt financing for the company since 2010, and oversees the budgeting, accounting and tax planning for the Company as well.
Kevin Egolf – Managing DIrector of Business Services More Info
Mr. Egolf’s career started in the banking and private equity industry in New York City. He was led towards the Company due to its sustainable, local, organic farm focus. Based in our New York City offices, Mr. Egolf supports his sustainable lifestyle through cooking local, seasonal, organic foods purchased through farmer’s markets and from community supported agriculture programs as well as sharing his vermicomposting worms with friends and family. Mr. Egolf’s role at the Company is to help expand the Company’s geographic footprint in New York and New England while managing new member subscriptions on a national platform. Prior to focusing on sustainable ventures, Mr. Egolf was a senior associate at Castle Harlan, a middle market private equity firm, and previous to that role he was an investment banking analyst with Bank of America working for retail, consumer, and restaurant clients. Mr. Egolf is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Computer Science.
John Steven Bianucci – Director of Impact More Info
Internally, Mr. Bianucci works with Iroquois Valley Farms Impact Advisory Board to maximize the triple-bottom line impact of The Company. Outwardly, he networks with the global impact investing community to further Iroquois Valley Farms’ mission, including foundational organizations in the field such as B Lab, Investor Circle, and GIIN. As Marketing Coordinator at STRATA, Mr. Bianucci was instrumental in their extremely successful 2009 re-branding effort and a leader and top performer in their Internal Sales Department. As an entrepreneur, he has co-founded, published, written and edited three publications. Computer User magazine was the country’s first regional computer publication and published monthly for 24 years. He has been a successful independent trader and trading advisory service owner. At Harvard College, where he earned a Degree in Psychology and Social Relations, he excelled in creative writing classes, as an editor of the Harvard Lampoon, and football letter winner. A history of interest in wise eating and passionate about health and organic farming, he began gardening, growing sprouts and shopping organically in high school.
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