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HighQuest Partners welcomes new director to oversee Global AgInvestingSM Research & Insight (12.16.2011)

DANVERS, MASS., December 16, 2011 – HighQuest Partners, a globally-recognized strategic advisory and management consulting firm, has announced the addition of William J. Kiernan as director of Global AgInvestingSM  Research & Insight, effective immediately.

Kiernan will report to Tripp Lantz, the company’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, and will have responsibility for conducting and managing research in the agricultural sector in response to continued market demand for sector research, insight, investment knowledge and information-based offerings. Kiernan also will oversee production of information products including newsletters, position papers and market data, and will develop ways to better connect the agricultural sector’s capital needs with capital sources.
“Bill has demonstrable experience in the global agribusiness sectors and this, coupled with his proven track record of generating impactful, value-added research and information insights have allowed him to hit the ground running with HighQuest Partners,” said Lantz. “Our clients can expect to learn a great deal more about our firm's institutional knowledge and networks through the efforts our newest director.”

Prior to joining HighQuest, Kiernan served as Senior Research and Investment Analyst at the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group where he directed macroeconomic and industry research for the global agricultural sector, as well as assisting in new product development, investment analysis, asset valuation and asset and portfolio management.
Kiernan has also co-founded, owned and served as senior advisor to Greentech Research, LLC., the investment manager for the Greentech 21st Century Fund, a long/short global equities hedge fund investing in the equities of companies in the agriculture, alternative energy and clean technology sectors. 
Prior to this, Kiernan spent 12 years in various senior-level positions in the Farm Credit System, the largest provider of capital to the U.S. agricultural sector, and worked in his own consultancy business completing engagements for investment advisory firms and large agricultural and real estate firms.
A graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kiernan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Finance.
HighQuest Partners, headquartered in Danvers, Mass., is a globally recognized strategy consulting, events, and media company serving agriculture, agribusiness, grains, oilseed, food, and biofuels markets. Founded in 2000, HighQuest has worked with hundreds of public and private sector organizations in over 100 countries as it helps to satisfy the world’s growing need for agriculturally-based resources by providing information, cultivating relationships, and supporting its clients. For more information, visit www.highquestpartners.com

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