Bill brings eighteen years of agricultural leadership experience foremost in his role as president and founder of Pacific Ag. Since its start-up phase when Bill was in college, Pacific Ag has become the largest agricultural residue and animal forage harvesting company in the country. Bill pioneered a novel supply chain management and harvest company business model that includes a 2x level improvement in equipment utilization. Bill’s accomplishments are reflected in his invitation to witness the 25,000th large square baler to roll off the assembly line at the AGCO/Hesston baler facility in 2013. Bill also successfully negotiated the merger of American Onion and Rivergate Farms to form River Point Farms, the nation’s largest onion grower and processor. Bill served as River Point’s first COO and continues to serve on its board of directors. Bill earned an MS at Washington State University in agribusiness and a BS from Oregon State University in agricultural economics.
Jonathan is managing partner of Cartess Investment Partners (“Cartess”), an investment partnership focused on owner-operated businesses seeking strategic, long-term oriented capital from personally invested principals with operating experience. Jonathan’s professional experience includes private equity investments, entrepreneurial ventures and executive management expertise spanning a variety of industries including paper and packaging, food, healthcare, light manufacturing and agriculture. Responsibilities associated with Cartess include Green Bay Converting, Pacific Ag, Paragon Furniture, Perfect Parfait Holdings, and Ark Pharmacies. Previously, Jonathan was executive vice president of SPG, a leading manufacturer and supplier of packaging products to the foodservice industry, which was sold to Georgia Pacific in 2014. Prior to SPG, Mr. Dyer was a principal at CIC Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm that invests in growth-oriented companies primarily in the food, healthcare and energy industries. He began his career in the investment banking group of Bear Stearns. Jonathan has a BBA from TCU and an MBA from The Wharton School. Jonathan, his wife, Lindsey, and their four children reside in Dallas, Texas.
Timothy W. Hassler
Timothy joined Advantage Capital Partners in 2011. As a principal in the St. Louis office, Mr. Hassler identifies and screens potential new investment opportunities, conducts due diligence, and negotiates and closes transactions in addition to managing existing investments and developing exit opportunities.
Mr. Hassler is a seasoned financial professional with more than 25 years of banking and equity investing experience. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, he worked as a special assets manager for U.S. Bank. He is also a co-founder and former managing director of Patriot Capital Funding, where he raised $150 million in private investment capital and then took the company public.
Timothy earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with highest honors from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.
Steve is currently a partner in the ag-focused business consulting firm Clutch Business Advisors, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Clutch Business Advisors works with ag-related businesses to develop customized solutions to a myriad of business issues ranging from merger and acquisition activities to defining and creating new organizational structures.
Prior to his involvement with Clutch, Steve served as vice president, sales and operations, North America for AGCO Corporation. Prior to joining AGCO, Koep was employed by Ag Chem Equipment Co., Inc in Minneapolis. During his tenure with Ag Chem he held several positions, ultimately serving as senior vice president, sales and marketing.
Steve began his farm equipment career with Case IH, serving in a wide range of field sales and product support positions including regional sales management, channel and dealer management, parts and dealer recruitment and director of marketing services.
Steve grew up in rural Minnesota and spent his early years working in his father’s farm equipment dealership. After graduating from college with a teaching degree, he spent several years working as a high school teacher before starting his farm equipment career.
Steve holds an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.
Craig joined Hale Companies in 2000 and serves as the CFO and COO of Hale Farms—a diversified operation headquartered in northeastern Oregon with interests in real estate, including land, climate-controlled warehouses and commercial properties. Its affiliated companies have over 30,000 acres under annual cultivation and production, winning numerous awards for excellence in crop production.
Craig serves as the senior vice president for River Point Farms, headquartered in Hermiston, Oregon and affiliated with Hale Companies. River Point Farms is America’s largest onion producer.
After graduating from Oregon State University with degrees in ag business management and finance, Craig moved from Oregon to the Midwest and worked for the R.D. Offutt Company.
Craig has served on numerous state and local boards and has lobbied at both the state and federal levels on various agriculture-related issues over the past 10 years. He is currently co-chair of the Umatilla Basin Water Coalition, past president of the Oregon Wheat Growers League (OWGL) and has dealt with water issues his entire professional life.
Together with his wife, Tina, the Reeders are the fifth generation to operate their family’s wheat farm in the Pendleton, Oregon area. Craig, Tina and their three children live in Echo, Oregon.