Our Story

American Timber and Agriculture is an institutional investment management firm. In 2017, we purchased Mitchell Forestry & Wildlife Services, based in Corinth, Mississippi. Mitchell Forestry was started in 1997 by John Mitchell, a veteran forestry professional formerly of Tennessee River Pulp and Paper Company (today Packaging Corporation of America). In 2018, we opened our second Mitchell Forestry office location in Lucedale, Mississippi (near Mobile, Alabama). Today, Mitchell Forestry , under the leadership of Jay Mitchell, employs five licensed professional foresters with over 130 years experience, who manage and consult on approximately 130,000 acres in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

Code of Ethics

We take professional ethics and integrity very seriously. We believe that our clients are our first priority and deserve to have our undivided attention in managing their assets. We know that our business will be successful when our clients are happy with our effort. We manage our firm utilizing the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct as published by the CFA Institute.

Leadership Team

Dodd Williams, CFAPartner and Chief Investment Officer

Dodd spent 21 years working for investment banks, specializing in institutional fixed income portfolio management. Beginning in 1997, Dodd joined Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc. as a portfolio strategist, working with insurance companies and money management firms. Dodd co-managed the fixed income research team for six years, worked on the sales management team for two years, and ran several product trading desks including investment-grade corporate bonds, fixed income derivates, commercial paper, REPO, and government-backed loans for four years. In 2012, Dodd joined SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Fixed Income where he was a Managing Director and managed the insurance and total return strategy group and served as a sales manager until 2018. Prior to joining Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc. in 1997, Dodd spent three and half years as a buy-side portfolio manager with Delta Life and Annuity Company in Memphis. Additionally, he worked as an analyst in option-related strategies with Loomis, Sayles & Company. The 2008 financial crisis sparked an interest for Dodd in real asset investing. He began personally investing in timberland in 2012 and currently owns property in Mississippi and Tennessee. Dodd is a past president of the CFA Society of Memphis. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Fellow, Life Management Institute designation. He is currently a Level II candidate for the Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) designation. Dodd is a graduate of Millsaps College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

Contact Dodd directly at (901) 270-1021 or dodd@atagllc.com

Jay Mitchell, RF, ACFPartner of ATAg and President of Mitchell Forestry

Jay is President of Mitchell Forestry and Wildlife Services, LLC in Corinth, Mississippi. He has worked in the forestry and wildlife profession since 1998. Jay graduated from Mississippi State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Husbandry. He worked in the animal science industry for Prestage Farms, based in North Carolina, for five years. In 1998, realizing the rapid growth of Mitchell Forestry Consulting, Jay came to work with his father. In order to more effectively assist landowners in successfully accomplishing their forestry and wildlife goals, Jay began in 2004 to work in earnest toward a second degree in forestry and wildlife management. He graduated in 2006 from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management. Jay actively manages a number of client properties for the enhancement and long-term sustainability of the forest and wildlife resources. He is a Registered Forester, a Wildlife Biologist, real estate sales agent in Mississippi, a Member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, a certified Tree Farm Inspector, a NRCS Technical Service Provider (TSP) in MS, TN, and AL, and a Certified Quality Vegetation Management Advisor. Other memberships include The Wildlife Society, the Quality Deer Management Association, the Mississippi Forestry Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Contact Jay directly at (662) 665-4762 or jay@mitchellforestry.com

Grant HarrisonDirector of Business Development

Grant Harrison is the Director of Business Development at American Timber and Agriculture. He is based in Memphis, Tennessee and is a licensed real estate agent in both Tennessee and Mississippi. He has been in the Financial Services industry for ten years. Most recently, Grant spent three years in institutional fixed income sales with Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. Grant primarily worked with community banks across the Southeast region of the U.S. helping them develop strategic investment plans. Grant maintained Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. Previously, he spent seven years in retail banking and private banking with Lafayette, Louisiana-based IBERIABANK and Atlanta, Georgia-based Cadence Bank, N.A. Grant sold annuities and insurance products, managed individual portfolios for high net worth clients and developed strong relationships with business customers. Grant has been avid outdoorsman for 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Memphis.

Contact Grant directly at (901) 486-8981 or grant@atagllc.com