Rooted by heritage in Iroquois County, Illinois, Mr. Miller returned to his native landscape after a 30 year career in banking and real estate financial management. He has devoted his new career to mentoring and seeding ventures in sustainable agriculture. He is the acting CEO of one of such venture, Iroquois Valley Farms LLC, that focuses on the mid-size family farmer. Mr. Miller founded Working Farms Capital in 2008.
An MBA graduate of Columbia University’s School of Business and 1975 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Mr. Miller views education as the primary key to changing the nature and health of our current food and energy production systems. Mr. Miller resides in Winnetka, IL. along with his wife and three children.
Dr. Stephen Rivard
Dr. Rivard earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Loyola University of Chicago. He began a practice in the newest medical specialty at the time, emergency medicine. After twenty six years – and having raised two children — he changed careers and founded Illinois Vein Specialists in Illinois. He also began diversifying his investments to focus on health and organic farmland. His interest in organic farming goes beyond profit. It also includes the mission of creating a more socially conscious and sustainable future for his children. Dr. Rivard is the co-founder of Iroquois Valley Farms LLC and actively chairing it’s Board of Managers.
Kevin Egolf had an extensive finance career, prior to switching to sustainable agriculture investing and venture management. Mr. Egolf’s background provides significant expertise in business evaluation, acquisition structuring, capital raising and general consulting. Outside of Working Farms Capital, Mr. Egolf is also the Managing Director of Business Operations at Iroquois Valley Farms and helped the company nearly triple in size during his first two years with the business.
Mr. Egolf is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Computer Science. At Wesleyan University, he was Academic All-American, All-New England, 4-time varsity letter recipient and senior captain in the sport of wrestling. He continues to promote and teach the sport of wrestling as the head wrestling coach at Hunter College High School in New York City.
“The soil’s health is our health. Yet we have eroded it and poisoned it and failed to replace lost nutrients to such a degree that a recent UN survey found that in just 50 years we have lost a third of the world’s farmable soil .”
HRH The Prince of Wales.