Chess Ag Senior Team
Ms. Warner founded Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners in 2006. Ms Warner has twenty-five years of experience in managing various forms of financial assets. From 2002 through 2006 when she came to the US to build out Chess Ag, Shonda was the managing partner of London asset management firm, Chess Capital Partners.
Whitney is an Analyst at Chess Ag. Before joining Chess, Whitney managed the agriculture practice at global venture fund, Village Capital, where she discovered, trained and supported U.S.-based ventures from across the value chain in food and agriculture. In this capacity, she ran the country’s first and longest-running agriculture accelerator and…
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, Mr. Goodbar was a managing director at INTL FCStone Securities, where he headed up the agribusiness investment banking practice. From 1997 to 2011, he was a managing director with AgriCapital Corporation, an investment…
Alicia Borst Derrah
CFO and Partner
Ms. Derrah is the Chief Financial Officer for Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners and also a Partner in the firm. In addition to her affiliation with Chess Ag, Ms. Derrah assists the Funds with the financial operations of the General Partner. Prior to joining Chess Ag, Ms. Derrah was employed by Man Group plc, a U.K. public company…
Advisory Partner and Farm Management
Bill Golden is on the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master’s in Agricultural Business and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University.
Tom Meier, J.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Meier joined Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners in 2019. Tom has over 30 years experience in leadership and operations. He served 21 years in the Army as an operations and compliance officer around the world, including combat operations in Iraq and Panama. After military service, Tom worked in the private sector…
Chad Hillis joined Chess Ag’s farm management team in 2018. With a life-long passion for farming, he is a natural fit for the Chess Ag team. Chad grew up on his family farm in Mississippi before starting his professional career in 1997. He has spent the past 20 plus years farming a variety of crops including cotton, corn, rice, soybeans and milo. Having recently relocated to Oregon…