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.

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.

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. 

Chris Demmers

Farm Manager – Fresno

Chris is a recent addition to the Gold Leaf team. He currently oversees our farm in Westlands, GLF7 Brannon Avenue.

 

Chris has extensive knowledge of this ranch and the farm team because of his 9 years of experience working for the prior owner. Chris began his career in agriculture as a gondola tractor driver, worked up the ranks to safety coordinator, and was promoted to the position of ranch manager in late 2017.


Chris holds his qualified applicator license and previously served Madera County as a utility worker with his water treatment operator grade 2 license. He is currently working to obtain his PCA license.

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

Jared Hajik

Regional Director – Northern California

Jared is a Regional Director 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 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 large 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.

Marty Moore

Regional Director – Arizona

Marty leads Gold Leaf’s efforts in Arizona, overseeing a nearly 4,000 acre pistachio development in Mohave County, AZ and assisting with medjool date farms near Yuma, AZ.

 

Marty prides himself on being well-versed in most aspects of ag production and a steward of the soil. Before Gold Leaf, he oversaw large farming operations with some of the industry’s finest companies. Marty spent 17 years at Tanimura & Antle where he oversaw produce operations in California and Arizona and held several other roles such as GM of Nursery Ops. Besides his work at T&A, he also spent time farming with Taylor Farms, Baroda Farms, and Greenheart Farms. These experiences all served as a perfect stepping stone into the role he proudly accepted at Gold Leaf as Regional Director of their Arizona farms. 

 

Marty was raised on a family farm in the desert southwest, making farming in arid climates second nature to him. While working on the family farm he attended Arizona Western College where he studied Crop Science. Marty views family as as important as his duties at work, having raised 3 children who are wonderful young adults making their own positive marks in the world.

Sawyer Clark

Director of Development & Special Projects

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.

Josh Guggenheim

Director of Acquisitions

Josh is the Director of Acquisitions at Gold Leaf Farming, where he leads the firm’s farm sourcing and expansion efforts.

 

Before GLF, Josh worked at Lightview Capital, a private investment firm focused on business services and technology. Prior to Lightview, Josh worked at Alvarez and Marsal as a turnaround consultant and started his career at Deutsche Bank.

 

Josh graduated with honors from Emory University with a degree in Economics. 

Monica Garcia

Business Manager

Monica is Gold Leaf’s Business Manager, where she leads our administration. She wears many hats from accounting & finance to HR, and keeps the day-to-day office operations running. 

 

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.

Tina Mistry

Staff Accountant

Tina is a Staff Accountant at Gold Leaf Farming, where she helps manage our bill pay, reporting, and more. Prior to joining Gold Leaf, Tina held various accounting positions at companies including 5.11 Tactical Series, Foster Poultry Farms and Holiday Inn Express.

 

Tina received B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Stanislaus. She also attended South Gujarat University, India, where she obtained a B.S. in Accounting. In her spare time, she serves as cultural & religious chairperson for the local Indian community (Central Valley Gujarati Samaj).

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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