• John Farris Founder & President

    Mr. Farris received a full-tuition fellowship to study economics and finance at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he was awarded a Master’s Degree. Before attending Princeton, Mr. Farris studied economics and philosophy at Centre College from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has served as an economist at the Center for Economics Research at the Research Triangle Institute, as well as a senior economics consultant with both the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Farris served as Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

     

    In 2016, Mr. Farris was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI), Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ: GRBK), and Kentucky Technology Inc., and is  Senior Investment Advisor to the Centre College Endowment.

  • Billy Ussery Director of Farm Operations

    Mr. Ussery started his career in 1985 with Continental Eagle Corporation where he rose to be in charge of operations in the Southeastern United States. Since, he has held management positions within a privately owned farming conglomerate in the Mississippi River Valley, managing tens of thousands of farmland acres and several businesses. Mr. Ussery has held key roles in many professional associations, including: as President of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, as Delegate to the National Cotton Council from 2006 to 2013, on the Board of Directors of the National Cotton Ginners Association, and as a Charter Member of the Arkansas Rice Merchants Association. Mr. Ussery received a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Mississippi State University.

  • Chris Morris Managing Director

    Mr. Morris is a co-founder of LandFund Partners and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Economics from Centre College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude. At Centre, Mr. Morris was a three time All-American and medalist at the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship. Prior to LandFund, Mr. Morris was a Senior Associate at Commonwealth Economics, a regional finance and development consulting firm. Mr. Morris is active in the Nashville non-profit community and serves as Venture Philanthropy Chairman for the Phoenix Club of Nashville.