GAI Ag Tech Week 2016

GAI Team

  • Jared Rose
    Jared Rose
    Managing Director
  • Kate Westfall
    Kate Westfall
    Managing Director
  • Sarah Linn Pepper
    Sarah Linn Pepper
    Production Manager
  • Kerri Russell
    Kerri Russell
    Operations Manager
  • Lynda Kiernan
    Lynda Kiernan
    Editor, GAI News
  • Michelle Pelletier Marshall
    Michelle Pelletier Marshall
    Senior Manager, Public Relations, Copy Editor, GAI News
Jared Rose
Managing Director

Mr. Rose is Managing Director of Global AgInvesting. He is responsible for the development, production and execution of the preeminent agriculture investment conference series for the global institutional investment and private wealth management communities.

Mr. Rose leads a world class management team that consistently delivers to the agriculture investment arena unrivaled events, media, intelligence and community.

Prior to joining HighQuest Partners, Mr. Rose spent a decade as Executive Vice President of Opal Financial Group, an investment management industry conference production company. Mr. Rose successfully leveraged his deep knowledge, experience and myriad industry relationships gained in this role to effectively establish the most critical agriculture investment conference series worldwide.

Mr. Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Philosophy from Brandeis University.

Contact: jrose@globalaginvesting.com

Kate Westfall
Managing Director

Ms. Westfall is Managing Director for Global AgInvesting, and the Director of GAI AgTech Week. She is part of the team responsible for the successful execution of Global AgInvesting events worldwide, including engaging speakers, driving revenue, generating innovative content and helping to create new products for the conference series.

Ms. Westfall oversees the marketing efforts for GAI, as well as certain operational aspects necessary for the Global AgInvesting brand to realize its performance objectives.

Prior to joining HighQuest Partners, Ms. Westfall worked as Conference Director in charge of agriculture, water and infrastructure investment events for IIR USA (an Informa company). Before that, Ms. Westfall was Managing Director, Marketing and Events with Newseed Advisors, where she oversaw the planning efforts for the Agriculture 2.0 conference series.

Ms. Westfall holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lees-McRae College in North Carolina and a Master’s degree in Food Culture & Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy.

Contact: kwestfall@globalaginvesting.com

Sarah Linn Pepper
Production Manager

Ms. Pepper is the Production Manager for Global AgInvesting and GAI AgTech Week, responsible for organizing the details and logistics necessary to execute the content for the conference series. Onsite at each event, she oversees the technical production, running the sessions and directing the audio/visual team. She is also responsible for managing the event mobile app at Global AgInvesting and GAI AgTech Week events.

Prior to joining HighQuest Partners, Ms. Pepper worked in stage management and company management for live theatre.

Ms. Pepper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University in North Carolina.

Contact: slpepper@globalaginvesting.com

Kerri Russell
Operations Manager

Ms. Russell is the Operations Manager for Global AgInvesting and GAI AgTech Week, responsible for executing the logistics of conference planning including facility selection, contracting, accommodations, food and beverage selections and audio/visual service arrangements.  Onsite at each event she liaises with the hotel to ensure proper execution of contracted services and works to make each attendee’s experience is a positive one.

Prior to joining HighQuest Partners, Ms. Russell enjoyed a career in the hospitality industry working for high-end hotels in all departments and finally as financial controller.  Ms. Russell was also the operations manager for a custom boat-building firm where she was responsible for all aspects of finance, operations, marketing, events and customer service.

Contact: krussell@globalaginvesting.com

Lynda Kiernan
Editor, GAI News

Lynda Kiernan is Editor of Global AgInvesting Media. She has been with GAI Media since July 2013 and is responsible for the origination, writing, editing, and production of GAI News and the GAI Gazette, and is a contributor to a range of GAI Media products and reports,

Ms. Kiernan has more than 25 years of hands-on experience and immersion in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors. After attending SUNY Stonybrook, Ms. Kiernan helped run a 700-acre dairy farm in Upstate New York, before moving to Massachusetts, where she has owned and managed a cranberry bog operation since 1997 to the present.

Michelle Pelletier Marshall
Senior Manager, Public Relations, Copy Editor, GAI News

Michelle Pelletier Marshall is Senior Public Relations/Media Manager for HighQuest Group, a position she has held since 2011. In this position, she establishes relationships with key media outlets and representatives of the press in the different conference markets, both domestically and internationally, in an effort to secure positive publicity for the firm’s various brands. In addition, she manages media inquiries, interview requests and published articles, and evaluates opportunities and develops media partnerships for all the company’s events.

Ms. Pelletier Marshall writes and disseminates press releases to key contacts for events, consulting and corporate initiatives. As a member of the marketing department, she also works closely with the marketing team on promotional and social media campaigns, company branding issues, corporate communications, and website development and maintenance.

Prior to joining HighQuest Group, Ms. Pelletier Marshall was corporate communications manager for nearly a decade with OSRAM SYLVANIA in Danvers, Mass., a global enterprise with more than 13,000 employees worldwide and a division of Siemens. She was responsible for internal and external communications for the company’s Automotive and Corporate businesses, and was instrumental in the development of the company’s corporate identity and branding, as well as Internet and Intranet sites, including e-commerce applications.

In addition, Ms. Pelletier Marshall has worked as a correspondent for The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass., since 2001.

Ms. Pelletier Marshall holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., and is a certified Zenger Miller instructor.

Contact: mmarshall@highquestpartners.com

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