Head of Corporate Development at AppHarvest
Prior to joining AppHarvest, Headley was an Executive Vice President of Bentall Kennedy, a North American real estate advisor with over $33 billion of assets under management in the US and Canada. While at Bentall Kennedy, Headley led marketing and product development for the MEPT fund platform, a US core real estate fund strategy with over $7.5 billion in net assets and 300+ institutional investors. In addition to being one of the largest private equity core funds in the US, MEPT set itself apart by maintaining a strong commitment to sustainable investment practices. It was consistently ranked as one of the most sustainable real estate funds by GRESB, both in the US and globally. Headley was also responsible for the development, structuring and marketing of MEPT Edgemoor, a private REIT launched in 2010, and he drove the international expansion of the Bentall Kennedy/MEPT investor base, raising over $1 billion of investor capital from Europe, Canada and Australia. Headley joined Bentall Kennedy through its 2015 acquisition of Landon Butler & Company (LBC), an investor relations and marketing firm that co-founded the MEPT core fund strategy in 1982. At the time, Headley was President and CEO of LBC. Bentall Kennedy was subsequently acquired by Sun Life of Canada, after which Headley served on the Bentall Kennedy US Senior Management Committee as well as the MEPT Policy Board. Headley received an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from Duke University. In 2020, he joined the AppHarvest team as Head of Corporate Development. With this move, Headley follows up on his previously instrumental work in developing AppHarvest’s first controlled environment agriculture facility in Morehead, KY.