Executive Director, Corporate Development (Agri-Foods)
Mr. Southerland provides strategic industry advice to Jamas as it executes the firm’s strategies; developing industry relationships and maximizing return on investment for Gemstone Foods. He is instrumental in identifying potential agri-foods and related business opportunities for future expansion to include acquisitions. Mr. Southerland serves as Executive Vice President of growth and sustainability at Florida Beef, Inc., which operates beef processing facilities focused on mature grassfed cattle. Prior to Florida Beef, Mr. Southerland was in the Corporate Banking Industry working for among others, Truist/Sun Trust, Wells Fargo and John Hancock. Southerland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and has studied international trade and finance at the London School of Economics. He has also completed executive education programs in agribusiness and related fields at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management.