Shonda Warner: Managing Partner

Shonda Warner founded Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners in 2006. Shonda has thirty years of experience in managing a multitude of financial assets besides just agriculture. From 2002 until 2006, when she returned to the US to build out Chess Ag, Shonda was the managing partner of the London-based asset management firm, Chess Capital Partners. […]

Jack Lynch: Partner, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

Jack Lynch is a Partner and has served as Chess Ag’s Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel since April 2020. In this role, Jack is responsible for overseeing Chess Ag’s operations, investor relations and all legal matters relating to Chess Ag and its affiliates. Jack also serves on Chess Ag’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining […]

Laura Lechner: Chief Financial Officer

Laura Lechner is the Chief Financial Officer for Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners and joined the company in December 2019. She is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including the annual audits, commodity derivative accounting as well as day-to-day treasury management. In addition to her affiliation with Chess Ag, Laura is responsible for […]

Bill Golden: Advisory Partner, Farm Management

Bill Golden is on the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master’s in Agricultural Business and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. Prior to joining Kansas State University, he was actively engaged […]

Mike Wagner: Advisory Partner, Farm Management

Mike Wagner joined Chess Ag as an advisory partner in summer of 2017. As well as advising Chess Ag,  Mike is the founder and farmer of Two Brooks Farm. Two Brooks began its life in 1988 and is situated in the heart of Tallahatchie County Mississippi. For the past twenty years the farm has been […]

Bill Goodbar: Advisory Partner, Private Equity

Bill Goodbar joined Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners in 2015. He has thirty years of experience in agribusiness and finance. Prior to joining Chess Ag, Bill served as a Managing Director of INTL FCStone Securities, where he headed up the firm’s agribusiness investment banking practice.  From 1997 to 2011, he served as a Managing Director […]

James Luchars: Advisory Partner, Real Estate

James Luchars has served as an Advisory Partner at Chess Ag since 2020. James is the Chief Investment Officer at Stonebridge Companies where he oversees all new acquisition and development growth initiatives of the company. Prior to joining Stonebridge, James was a Principal with AEW Capital Management in the firm’s opportunity fund group. In this […]

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