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Jack McCarthy
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Jack McCarthy

Co-Founder & Partner

Jack is a Co-Founder and Partner of Gold Leaf Farming, where he leads the firm’s investment efforts. Since 2017, GLF has purchased over 7,500 acres of farmland in the western US valued at >$150 million. 

 

Before founding GLF, Jack was at TPG where he invested in large food, agriculture, and other industrial businesses across North America, completing over $3 billion of transactions. Prior to TPG, Jack was an economic policy advisor for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

 

Jack received an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a BS in Economics from Indiana University. He serves on the Almond Board of California’s Global Market Development committee and completed the Almond Board’s Leadership Program.

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Brandon Rebiero

Co-Founder & Partner

Brandon is a Co-Founder and Partner of Gold Leaf Farming, where he leads the firm’s farming efforts. Brandon is a tree nut grower, manager, and consultant and has overseen approximately 20,000 acres of crops throughout California in his career. 

 

Before founding GLF, Brandon worked closely with private investment firm Trinitas Partners which built a portfolio of over 10,000 acres of almonds throughout the state. Brandon played a significant role with Trinitas including managing and advising on due diligence, plant science, orchard development, orchard management, investor relations, and strategic planning. In his spare time, Brandon is a partner in Rebiero Brothers, LLC, a small almond grower in Stanislaus County, CA. As a small grower, he is still intimately involved in every aspect of the business from driving tractors to farm strategy.

 

Brandon attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he obtained a B.S. in Pomology and a Minor in Plant Protection Science. He completed the Blue Diamond Leadership program as well as the Almond Board of California Leadership Program. Brandon formerly served on the Production Research committee for the Almond Board of California.

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Ramon Campa

Farm Manager - Yuma

Ramon oversees Gold Leaf’s medjool date farms near Yuma, AZ. 

 

Ramon has a background in ag technology, and is leading the charge as Gold Leaf uses technology to farm dates more sustainably and efficiently. As part of a new generation of farmers, Ramon understands the importance of transitioning to more tech-enabled practices (e.g., using drones, in-field sensors, etc.). His work background specializes in farm management, breeding, and experimental designs.

 

Born in Yuma, AZ and raised in the border towns of San Luis, AZ and San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, Ramon had the opportunity to attend the Arizona Western College and the University of Arizona - Yuma Campus where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Technology Management. 

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Ryan Hackett

Regional Director – Central California

Ryan is a Regional Director at Gold Leaf Farming, where he manages farm operations for Central and Southern California. 

 

Before joining Gold Leaf, Ryan worked as a tree nut grower and crop consultant in the Central Valley of California. For most of his career, Ryan worked with Gold Leaf founder Brandon Rebiero at Wilbur-Ellis advising Trinitas Partners and other California growers as an agronomist. 

 

Ryan attended CSU Fresno State, where he obtained a B.S. in Plant Science – Plant Health. While attending Fresno State, Ryan first met Brandon working as his intern. Ryan grew up around ag where his family farms in the Oakdale area

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Jared Hajik

Farm Manager – Northern California

Jared is a Farm Manager at Gold Leaf Farming, where he manages farm operations for Northern California. 

Prior to Gold Leaf, Jared worked for Wilbur-Ellis Company as a Pest Control Advisor (PCA), taking a care of almonds, walnuts, tomatoes, rice and alfalfa.  At Wilbur-Ellis, Jared worked closely with Gold Leaf founder Brandon Rebiero advising Trinitas Partners and other larger growers. 

Jared attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and was a cadet in the Army R.O.T.C. program.  Upon graduation he served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer in the Army and deployed to Khost Province, Afghanistan. 

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Arnold Dockstader

Farm Manager – Kingman

Arnold R Dockstader oversees the Pistachio operation located in Kingman Arizona. 

 

Arizona grown, Arnold grew up in the cotton fields of central Arizona. He began work as a parts technician for Case IH and dove into Agresearch working for the Agricultural Research Service branch of the USDA. There he spent the majority of his time doing research on Honey Bees and Cotton. He was given the opportunity to be an intern for Deseret Farms of California where he worked as an irrigator and pesticide sprayer for a 2000 acre Walnut and Plumb orchard. 

 

After graduating with a BS in Agronomy, crop and soil science from Brigham Young University - Idaho, he secured a full-time position as Farm Unit Manager for South Valley Farms in Wasco CA where he oversaw 3000 acres of Almonds. 

 

Arnold served in the United States Air Force as a Tactical Aircraft Maintainer for the A-10 Thunderbolt II (a.k.a. the Warthog). He is currently serving as a Non-commissioned officer of the Arizona Air National Guard working primarily as a Maintenance Operations Controller for KC-135 Stratotankers. 

He had the opportunity to serve in Operation Shadows Edge and Task Force Guardian along the Arizona Border and Operations Freedoms Sentinel in Al Udeid, Qatar. 

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Oscar Diaz

Farm Manager 

Oscar grew up around agriculture which contributed to his passion for farming. In his most recent years, he has really grown in the farming industry and brings forth a background in a variety of farming best practices. Oscar emphasises the importance of working hand in hand with the farm team because it contributes to success in reaching and expanding their goal of producing profitable and sustainable crops. He is keen on creating great relationships with new partners and improving operations to be more efficient and successful.  

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Garrison Quinn

Assistant Farm Manager 

Assistant Farm Manager in the region near Modesto for GLF4 and GLF10. 

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Sawyer Clark

Acquisitions 

Sawyer is a farm kid from Oregon's Willamette Valley, where his family continues to grow hazelnuts. He spends his time at Gold Leaf Farming split between acquiring new properties and leading operational initiatives with the farm team - especially those regarding the company's sustainability practices.

 

Before joining GLF, Sawyer served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army, bootstrapped and joined a couple startups, and completed a short stint in a family investment office. Sawyer received an MBA and MS in Environment & Resources from Stanford University, and a BA in Political Science from Pepperdine University.

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Josh Guggenheim

VP of Acquisitions

As Vice President of Acquisitions, Josh focuses on sourcing, assessing and capitalizing farmland investment opportunities.  Josh also plays an important role in water strategy at Gold Leaf.  Prior to Gold Leaf, Josh was a Senior Associate at Lightview Capital, a NY-based private equity firm focused on business services.  Prior to Lightview, Josh worked as a turnaround specialist at Alvarez and Marsal.  Josh started his career at Deutsche Bank.  

Josh has a B.A. in Economics from Emory University and is working on his M.B.A. at Berkeley-Haas. 

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Hyeong Shin

Acquisitions

Hyeong is a Manager of Acquisitions at Gold Leaf Farming, where he works on the firm's farm sourcing and expansion efforts.


Before GLF, Hyeong worked at Rothschild in Los Angeles focusing on technology, business services and consumer M&A and strategic advisory.


Hyeong graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Mathematics.

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Santiago Larrain

Acquisitions

Santiago is working on the firm's farm sourcing and expansion efforts.


Santiago completed his MBA at Stanford GSB, and prior to Business School, he worked at the Ministry of Transportation of Chile and at Entel-- a Latam leading Telecom company -- leading strategic infrastructure investment projects.


Santiago graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with a degree in Industrial and Transport Engineering.

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Monica Garcia

Professional Development and Training

Monica is Gold Leaf’s Professional Development and Training lead.  She overseas new employee onboarding along with other operational trainings that take place at Gold Leaf. 

 

Before joining Gold Leaf, Monica worked in a variety of finance roles in the Bay Area at companies such as Applied Materials, Santa Clara University and Digital First Media. She lived in the Bay Area for many years and recently relocated back to Modesto, her hometown. As a child she grew up around farming - her grandfather owned a small almond orchard.

 

Monica attended Santa Clara University where she obtained a B.S.C in Finance and a minor in Spanish.

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Dan Hirst 

Vice President of Finance

Prior to joining Gold Leaf, Dan spent over ten years at Teays River Investments, a food agriculture holding company, where he led the creation and development of the finance function in a start-up, high growth environment.  Prior to Teays, Dan was an audit senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in both the United Kingdom and USA, serving public and private companies primarily in the private equity, real estate and financial services industries.

Dan is a Certified Public Accountant and Fellow Chartered Accountant.

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Elyza Murillo

Accounting Manager

Elyza is the Accounting Manager at Gold Leaf Farming, where she is responsible for accounting and reporting at all of our farms. Elyza’s past experience working at a CPA firm ensures our books are in order and we have reports we can use to make decisions across the company and on the farms. 

 

Elyza graduated from CSU Stanislaus with her B.S. in Business Administration, concentrating in Accounting. In her free time you can catch her reading a book or spending time outdoors with her three dogs and husband.

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Peter Sherman

Director of Finance

Before coming to Gold Leaf, Peter was an early Finance employee at Farmer's Business Network, where he built the company's Finance Operation team.  Prior to FBN he worked in Corporate Finance at E&J Gallo Winery and as a Field Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army.

Peter received an MBA from USC's Marshall School of Business and graduated with a BA in Politics from Oberlin College. 

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Amberlynn Garrett

Accounting

Amber is an accountant at Gold Leaf Farming, where she is responsible for bookkeeping, accounts payable, vendor management and day-to-day cash management for 8 farms in the Gold Leaf portfolio. 

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Katie Skujins

Accounting

Katie is an accountant at Gold Leaf Farming, where she is responsible for bookkeeping, accounts payable, vendor management and day-to-day cash management.

 

Katie has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from California State University, Stanislaus. Katie has worked closely with the almond industry since 2012, owning an agriculture transportation company that transported bees during almond bloom and later joining the finance department at the Almond Board of California. 

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Oralia Padilla

Human Resources

Oralia graduated from San Joaquin College in computer Administered business. She has worked in payroll and human resources for 27 years.  She grew up in the central valley and actually worked in some of the fields around some of the orchards that we currently own.

In her spare time she enjoys watching her grandsons compete in BMX racing.

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Alayna Panages

Executive Administrative Assistant and Investor Administration

Alayna is the Executive Assistant and Investor Relations Admin for Gold Leaf Farming. She is dedicated to elevating the experience of the investors and providing exceptional support to the leadership team. 

She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Business Administration.  She has spent the last 10 + years supporting executives in the Sacramento area.  

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Stephen Dotta

Farm Manager

Stephen began his agriculture career as the Garlic Seed Supervisor for The Garlic Company, covering Oregon and Washington.  After that, Stephen managed 5,000 acres of almonds and pistachios in Madera, Ca for John Hancock. Prior to joining Gold Leaf, Stephen was heavily involved in his family's almond and custom farming business.

 

Stephen has his BA from Concordia University- Irvine in Psychology and a MA from the University of Southern California in Sociology

 

He completed Almond Board of California Leadership Program in 2021 and remains involved in his family's almond growing operation.

 

Stephen's main focus is being a husband and father. He has 3 small children and they all spend as much time at the beach as they can!

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Mackenzie Ellis

Head of People

Mackenzie will begin her first day with Gold Leaf Farming on Feb 4th, 2023. 

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Armando Galvan

Farm Manager

Armando has been farming for over 35 years in the Central Valley.  He has developed such a passion for farming and shares his wealth of knowledge to all those he encounters.  Armando is a team player and has been a pillar in cultivating many partnerships within the farming industry that it has expanded many farming innovations.  Currently, Armando is the Farm Manager for GLF7, GLF 11, GLF20 and GLF23. 

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Jimmy Gill 

Special Projects for the Acquisitions Team 

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Brandon Hackett

Acquisitions Associate 

As an Acquisitions Associate, Brandon primarily focuses on acquiring new farms for Gold Leaf Farming.  

Prior to joining Gold Leaf, Brandon was a lender in the Farm Credit System with a portfolio that spanned a wide variety of agricultural commodities. 

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Josh Hackett

Operations Coordinator

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Gerardo Hernandez

Farm Manager

Gerardo oversees over Arvin portfolio and is based in Bakersfield, CA. 

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Eddie Jimenez

Accounts Payable Specialist

Eddie has a degree and 10 plus years experience in accounting.  Prior to working with Gold Leaf, he worked for Sutter Health and The Save Mart Companies.  When not working, Eddie enjoys traveling with my wife and kids and playing sports.

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Anil Kumar

FP&A and Reporting

Prior to joining GLF, Anil worked within sales finance at Bolthouse Farms, where he managed the sales
forecasting/budgeting process, and led pricing and trade strategies to drive net sales and margin
improvement.


Anil has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and finance, from California
State University, Bakersfield.

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Cassie Logg

Accounts Payable Specialist

Cassie is one of our Accounts Payable Specialists at Gold Leaf Farming, where she is responsible for Vendor Management, prepare invoices for processing.  

In her spare time, you will find her at a softball field or enjoying being on a boat fishing.   

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Brock Lopes

Farm Manager

Brock oversees farms in the San Joaquin region of CA.  He is responsible for GLF1, GLF5, GLF6, GLF12, GLF22. 

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Tanner Snider

Growth Strategy Lead

Tanner leads the firm’s growth strategy efforts, looking into new crops, geographies and other opportunities to invest in. 

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Moriah VanderMeulen

Accountant

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Jackie Zielke

VP of Operations

Jackie is the Vice President of Operations, where she develops and leads the firm's farm operational strategy and is responsible for the entire farming team. 

Before GLF, Jackie worked for Home Chef as the VP of Fulfillment, where she led the overall operational efforts in the production of e-commerce and retail meal kits across the country in addition to leading the company's logistics, skills training, and safety strategy.  Prior to Home Chef, Jackie worked at Sysco Foods as a Food Safety Program Manager and Reinhart Foodservice where she held a number of different roles including being the Plant Manager of their custom cut meat processing plant. 

Jackie earned her Master's degree from Michigan State University in Food Safety.

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Kaitlin Nicholson

Procurement

Kaitlin earned her bachelor's degree in Agriculture Business from California State University, Bakersfield and recently graduated with her Master of Agribusiness from Kansas State University.  Kaitlin's background in procurement, forecasting, process management, data analysis, and sustainability efforts will help support Gold Leaf Farming.  Prior to Gold Leaf Kaitlin helped to support Trinitas Farming as Procurement Specialist with previous experience in the trucking industry as well.  She also holds a qualified applicator certificate.

Brandon Rebiero
Ramon Campa
Ryan Hackett
Jared Hajik
OscarDiaz
Garrison Quinn
Sawyer Clark
Josh G
Hyeong Shin
Santiago Larrain
Monica Garcia
Arnold Dockstader
Dan Hirst
Elyza Murillo
Peter Sherman
Amber
Katie
Oralia
Stephen
Mackenzie
Armando
Jimmy
Brandon H.
Josh H.
Gerardo
Eddie
Anil
Cassie
Brock
Tanner
Moriah
Alayna
Jackie
Kaitlin
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