The Sower Team

Our team is comprised of professionals with an extensive track record of farmland investing, portfolio development and risk management. The diverse skill sets and experiences of the SFM team, combined with our deep, long-term relationships with farmers, tenants, real estate brokers, farm managers, landowners, capital providers and other leaders in the agriculture industry gives us a true competitive advantage.

Leadership

CHRIS CHARD
GENERAL PARTNER / MANAGING DIRECTOR

Chris brings over 25 years of experience in the investment industry. His background involves working in investor relations and fund raising with Family Offices, High Net Worth Individuals, Pension Plans, Endowments and Foundations. As a General Partner at Sower Chris believes the foundation of the firm’s success is built by putting the client’s interests first.

Chris graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Marketing and an MBA with a concentration in Finance.

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JARED HOLLINGER
GENERAL PARTNER / CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

As Principal and Co-Founder of Eleven Talents, LLC, Jared has over 18 years of experience at guiding real estate investments of all types. Jared has successfully navigated the real estate economy with holdings in single-family, multi-family, agricultural, commercial, retail and tax liens. This experience and growth has been facilitated by the belief in strong systems and processes coupled with good industry insight and work ethic.

Throughout his entrepreneurial career, he has always found value in real estate related assets and fully realized that value though propert planning for the best possible outcome. Over his career, Jared has been involved with the purchase and disposition of over 3,000 properties of various asset classes. Jared attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 2002 with a degree in Construction Management.

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ERIC MUELLER
GENERAL PARTNER / FUND MANAGER

With a 20 year career in farmland brokerage and management, Eric has procured, sold and managed thousands of acres of farmland, worth several hundred million dollars in value. As an established leader in the agricultural land and management sector, his clients and partners have included individuals, families, private and public funds, institutional investors and bank and trust company clients throughout the United States. Eric is an active member of many local, state and national real estate associations as well as civic and church boards, fundraising and capital campaign committees.

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INVESTMENT & PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

DALE BURBACH
DIRECTOR OF ACQUISITIONS & PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

Dale is serving as Director of Acquisitions & Portfolio Manager of Sower Farm Management, LLC. After graduating with a degree in Agricultural Sciences with an MBA from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he molded his career to support a passion for agriculture and real estate. After service in the agricultural community as a global business manager for a Fortune 500 company, Dale decided to tap into his entrepreneurial spirit by launching a fourteen-year career as a licensed real estate agent servicing clients in residential, commercial and agricultural markets. Prior to Sower Farm Management, LLC, Dale worked for seven years as Acquisitions Director for a privately held company that acquired and managed agricultural real estate assets valued at nearly a billion dollars. Dale has always professed a profound commitment to the land and to all those who serve it.

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KEVIN LICKTEIG
REGIONAL PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Kevin has astutely navigated the acquisition and management of over $200 million of farmland assets for his HNW, institutional, and trust clients over the past 12 years. These endeavors have spanned from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast, with a focus on the Midwest. Kevin was also employed by commodity associations, conducting check-off research for corn and grain sorghum. These experiences have led Kevin to build a vast network of successful agricultural producers, suppliers, end users, and financial specialists. Kevin continues to own his family’s legacy farmland along with shares of various farmer group ethanol plants.

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AMY BOURNE
TRANSACTION AND MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Amy is Sower Farm Management, LLC’s Transaction and Management Specialist. She has a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has furthered her studies with paralegal coursework. Prior to Sower Farm Management, LLC, Amy worked in a similar role for a privately held company that acquired and managed agricultural real estate assets valued at nearly a billion dollars. She also has experience supporting attorneys in residential, commercial and utility-related real estate matters. Amy is also a RYT-200 certified yoga teacher.

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“The major fortunes in America have been made in land.”
– John D. Rockefeller