OUR TEAM

COLE SHEPHARD

Director

Cole currently serves as the Director of Legacy Group specializing the trade of agricultural products and distressed asset investing. Prior to forming Legacy Group in early 2015, Cole spent the previous eight years working for a global professional services firm (PricewaterhouseCoopers) specializing in accounting, advisory and consulting solutions. During Cole’s tenure with the firm, he was stationed in the United States, Bermuda, Hong Kong SAR and Beijing, China.

While working in the United States and Bermuda, Cole primarily focused on accounting and advisory services to clients in industries spanning oil extraction and distribution, healthcare, banking, private equity, hedge funds, offshore trusts, and biotechnology. For nearly four years Cole was located in Asia providing advisory and consulting services to clients participating in global mergers and acquisition activities. Here Cole concentrated on the financial services, real estate and mining sectors and spent a majority of his time advising on cross-border deals in the areas of business strategy review, business valuation, buyer and seller due diligence, tax structuring and business carve-out analysis. Cole’s deal experience has included transactions around the globe with deal sizes into the billions of USD.

Cole graduated Valedictorian from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, to which he earned his master’s in accounting from the same university the following year. Cole became a licensed United States Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) in 2008.

ZACHARY MARTIN

Head of CANNABIS SECTOR

After selling his successful Vancouver-based logistics and distribution company, Norwest Transport in 2013, Zach travelled through Asia and South America looking for new opportunities. He ultimately decided to relocate to Colombia in 2016 to focus on exports and product manufacturing. After finding rapid success with product development in the South American marketspace, Zach founded Mazlo Marketing Ltd, a full service online marketing and product distribution company that already has product reach in over 25 countries.

While in Colombia, Zach has provided consulting and strategic advice on numerous high budget cannabis projects in Colombia, and after a successful exit from his UK based cannabis startup, he now sits as president of the cannabis sector for Legacy Group, a multi-vertical agricultural and commodity company based in Medellin, Colombia. Legacy Group focuses on cultivation and distribution from wholesale to consumer products with a strong focus on global impact strategies. 

Zach is also a board member of multiple privately-funded agricultural technology and medical cannabis projects, specifically within the Special Forces community and Blockchain technology space.

ERIC BERMAN

Head of Real Estate Investments

Eric Berman acts as Head of Real Estate Investments to Legacy Group, and is also the Chief Investment Officer of Lifeafar. He oversees investment strategy, including acquisitions and development primarily in the real estate space, and plays a key role in leading Lifeafar’s hospitality initiatives.

Eric has spent his career working with a diverse base of investors, owners, lenders and developers of hotel and mixed-use real estate assets. Along the way, he has advised on more than $2 billion of hotel and real estate transactions throughout the U.S. and Latin America. The experiences Eric brings will be instrumental in the continued success and global expansion of both Lifeafar and Legacy Group.

Eric joined Lifeafar in 2018 following four-plus years with Berkeley Research Group, where he helped pioneer the firm’s hospitality advisory group and expand its corporate finance efforts in Latin America. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where he provided accounting and advisory services for clients in the financial services, banking, real estate and retail industries, focusing on companies with an aggregate of more than $180 billion in assets and over $10 billion in annual revenues. During his professional career, he has held positions in destinations including New York and Miami, as well as Colombia, Panama, and Mexico.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Eric was educated at Penn State University – Smeal College of Business, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in accounting. He has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2013 and holds a certificate in hotel real estate investment and asset management from Cornell University.

ADAM JASON

GENERAL COUNSEL

Adam Jason is the General Counsel of Lifeafar and Legacy Group. He oversees the legal division and advises the company on its international legal compliance and investment product offerings.

Adam joined the Legacy Group and Lifeafar in 2017 after eight years practicing law in the United States. He specializes in corporate finance, corporate governance, securities regulation and international business transactions, having advised companies and investment banks on offerings of debt and equity securities exceeding an aggregate of $10 billion. After graduating from law school, Adam worked for two international law firms, Jones Day and then Vinson & Elkins LLP. He has advised the world’s leading investment banks, including, among others, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Citibank and Goldman Sachs. Adam has also served as outside counsel for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, such as The Sherwin-Williams Company, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Procter & Gamble and Macy’s.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Adam has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College, and a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude, served as an editor for the New York Law School Law Review and, for two years, interned with The Honorable Paul A. Crotty, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.

TAYLOR LOVE

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Taylor Love joined the Legacy Group in the late fall of 2018 after having owned and operated a coffee roasting company in Colorado. The allure of working on the green side of the supply chain brought Taylor to Legacy, where he serves as Director of Business Development. Taylor’s early background includes advisory positions at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch as well as Director-level investor relations positions at two privately held real estate investment firms. Taylor satisfies his passion for roasting coffee by competing in and judging regional and national-level Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) roasting competitions.  Taylor lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, 10 year-old twins and their dog, Feliz.

ADRIAN BEALES

DIRECTOR OF INVESTOR RELATIONS

Adrian Beales is the Director of Investor Relations & Sales of Lifeafar and Legacy Group. He leads Sales, Capital-Raising and Events Divisions, and aids customers in identifying appropriate investment opportunities for their portfolios in Latin America. Since 2017, he has nurtured deep-rooted relationships with investors, and has a reputation for putting clients first in all transactions.

Prior to assuming the role of Director of Sales, Adrian served as Investment Funding Manager at Lifeafar, providing prospective clients with experience, expertise and local access to invest in major real estate and agricultural projects in Colombia and Puerto Rico. Adrian has personally invested in real estate since his early twenties, buying multiple investment properties in his home state of Victoria, Australia. Now living in Colombia, Adrian has made investments in Latin America, and is continuing his search for investment opportunities that deliver exceptional returns to his clients as well as allow him to earn passive income and live a life of his choosing.

His previous professional experience includes working as a Relationship Director – Enterprise (Large Law) with LexisNexis in Sydney, Australia where he worked with the top global law firms with an Asian-Pacific focus. He got his start in sales working with various organizations in Melbourne, Australia, including, Telstra, The Kangan Institute and Asahi Beverages.

Born and raised in Kinglake, Australia, Adrian has studied and earned multiple degrees from institutes of higher education in Australia, Canada, France and the U.S., including a Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees in business, commerce and leadership. He completed his most recent Master of Science in leadership at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

ROBBY KUSTER

Senior Investment associate

Robby takes on multiple responsibilities on the Legacy Group team. His primary role is as an investment analyst, which includes market research, data analysis, and creating financial models for new projects and evaluating their feasibility alongside the management team. He also manages the creation of investor quarterly reports and new opportunities presentations for current and potential investors/partners. In addition to his work with the Legacy Group, Robby assists the Coffee Team with building pricing models, marketing strategy, sales, and logistics.

Before joining Legacy Group, Robby had been living in Medellin for about a year, working for an alternative asset management firm that focused on socially and environmentally responsible products. He graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a degree in Economics, and is fluent in English and Spanish.