Skye Root, CFA
Skye is the Founder of Root Agricultural Advisory where he manages and grows farmland portfolios throughout the Western USA. He also works as an agricultural consultant and sells biological fertilizers (BMZ Biological) for on farm application. Prior to starting his company, he worked as a Senior Vice President for Westchester Group Investment Management, a global farmland asset manager. Prior to Westchester, he was a water rights consultant for WestWater Research, a leading advisory firm in the water rights industry.

Skye is a native of Eastern Oregon and currently resides in Boise, Idaho. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Brigham Young University and has Master’s Degrees in Public Policy and Business Administration from Oregon State University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Accredited Farm Manager (AFM), Accredited Agricultural Consultant (AAC), Accredited Land Consultant (ALC), and Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP). He is also a licensed real estate broker in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado & Utah.

Skye has served or serves on many boards and committees, including the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), CFA Society of Idaho, Young Investors Society, Boy Scouts of America, BYU Management Society, Farmer to Farmer, and Realtors Land Institute.

In his spare time, he enjoys teaching and farming. In addition to teaching for the ASFMRA, he consistently teaches economics and personal finance at the university level. Skye grew up on a large organic alfalfa and cow-calf operation and along with his wife, Becca, and their four children, still runs cattle with his parents and helps when he can on the family operation. Skye’s hobbies include church service, snowmobiling, airplanes, and triathlons.

Vice President of Permanent Crops & Acquisitions
Brent works as a Vice President of Permanent Crops & Acquisitions for Root Agricultural Advisory assisting in the management of farmland assets and acquiring real estate transactions. His management work includes financial reporting, budgeting and agronomic research. In regards to real estate transactions, Brent sources deals for various clients, assists in water and environmental due diligence, and produces financial valuations and investment analysis for new acquisitions. Brent is actively licensed as a real estate agent in Idaho.

Prior to Root Agricultural Advisory, Brent was an analyst at PIMCO working with institutional clients where he created portfolio performance and risk reports. Prior to PIMCO, Brent spent two summers working at Guggenheim Partners on the Structured Products trade floor. Brent graduated from Yale University with a degree in Economics and played baseball for the Bulldogs.

In his free time, Brent enjoys fly-fishing, duck hunting and big game hunting across the American West. Brent serves on the board of Direction through Solitude, an organization targeting youth mental health through the outdoors. Brent is an active member of his local church.

Maryellen Zeise
Maryellen works as an Associate for Root Agricultural Advisory where she leverages corporate finance and project management experience. She is passionate about integrating sustainability and environmental stewardship with business. After completing her Bachelor’s in Accounting & Finance at the University of Wisconsin, she worked as a Commercial Banking Credit Analyst in Milwaukee, WI working on a wide portfolio of deals within manufacturing & real estate. In 2017 she attended Portland State University to receive a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability.

Most recently, Maryellen has been the sole financial analyst for a national conservation non-profit where she managed a $5+ million budget with over 65 grants, service contracts and federal awards. She also created the organization’s carbon footprint program.

In her free time Maryellen enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, dogs, chickens and garden. She likes to travel and go to concerts.

Becca is the Founder of Root Agricultural Advisory where she assists with the day-to-day operations of the various business units. Prior to starting the company with her husband Skye, she worked as a Product Owner for Clearwater Analytics.

Prior to Clearwater, she was a public accountant in audit and tax. Becca is a native of McKinney Texas and currently resides in Boise, Idaho. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Inactive Status. In her spare time, she enjoys family, the outdoors, volunteering in the community, and managing the Lasting Roots Foundation.

Vice President of Row Crops
Jim is the Vice President of Row Crops for Root Agricultural Advisory assisting in the management of agricultural assets and sourcing farmland real estate across the western US. Prior to joining Root Agricultural Advisory, he was a Vice President for Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Jim helped develop a large portfolio of agricultural investments and provided comprehensive management of the portfolio.

Throughout Jim’s career, he has focused on environmental and agricultural management, engaging in native ecosystem management, disturbed ecosystem rehabilitation, environmental spray field operations and production agricultural management. Globally, he has a proven record of farming or consulting in Jamacia, Nepal, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, China and Pakistan. Jim is an Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) and a Certified Crop Advisor-Sustainability Specialists (CCA-SSp).

Jim grew up on a Sheep, Cow/Calf and Hay Ranch in northwest Colorado where he developed a love for agriculture, ecology, and the outdoors. These experiences and interests led him to the University of Wyoming, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and onto Colorado State University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Agriculture.

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