James W. Hourdequin
CEO and Managing Director
Jim joined Lyme in 2005 and leads the Company’s investment and business strategies. Over the past 15 years, he has managed the acquisition of over 1.5 million acres of timberland throughout the US and Canada. Jim has expertise in structuring transactions that combine conservation outcomes with attractive recurring income from sustainable timber harvesting. With a background that combines forest ecology and small business, he has led Lyme’s focus on adding value to timberlands through log marketing, harvest operations, and management restructurings. Prior to Lyme, Jim co-founded Long View Forest Inc., a logging and forestry services business based in Vermont, where he remains involved as an owner and member of the management team. He serves on the Board of the National Alliance of Forest Owners and the Finance Committee for the Montshire Museum of Science. He was a founding board member of the Center for Woodlands Education, publisher of Northern Woodlands. Jim earned an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. cum laude in Biology from Dartmouth College.
David P. Hoffer
President and Managing Director
David joined Lyme in 2011 and oversees Lyme’s high-priority conservation land and mitigation bank strategies. He also serves as general counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to the firm. Prior to joining Lyme, David spent ten years as a partner at one of the oldest middle-market investment banks in Boston, where he directed all aspects of deal execution, originated new business, and oversaw the finance, legal, and human resources functions for the firm. Before that, he was an executive at two Boston-based technology companies, a practicing lawyer, and an entrepreneur. From 1988 until 2013, David served on the board of the Ninevah Foundation, a land trust that has conserved thousands of acres of Vermont forestland using a variety of innovative financing tools. In 1995, David was part of a small team that secured financing for one of the first conservation easements under the federal Forest Legacy program in Vermont. David earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1996, and an A.B. magna cum laude in 1991 from Harvard College.
Peter R. Stein
Peter joined Lyme in 1990 and has significant experience in conservation-oriented forestland and rural land purchases and dispositions. Peter develops conservation sale strategies on properties being evaluated or managed by Lyme and also leads Lyme’s conservation advisory business. Prior to his career with LTC Partners and Lyme, Peter was Senior Vice President of the Trust for Public Land where he directed conservation real estate acquisitions in the Northeast and Midwest. Peter lectures frequently at graduate schools and professional conferences on conservation investment structures and strategies. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the investment advisory board of Spring Point Partners, and the Advisory Board of Quantified Ventures. Peter is the co-founder of the Conservation Finance Network and the International Land Conservation Network. In addition, he is a former Board Chair of the Land Trust Alliance, served as a founding Commissioner of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Rose Smart Growth Real Estate Fund No. 1. Peter earned a B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1975 and was a Loeb Fellow and received a Certificate in Advanced Environmental Studies from Harvard University in 1981.
Tom joined Lyme in 1983. He has deep experience managing the acquisition, operation, and disposition of forestland and conservation easements. Tom manages property due diligence efforts and acquisition negotiations. He also leads the negotiation of working forest conservation easements and other conservation sales. Over the past fifteen years, Tom has negotiated conservation transactions on over 750,000 acres of land. He has managed timber and rural land holdings throughout the Northeast, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Appalachia. Tom worked as a consulting forester prior to joining LTC Partners and Lyme. He earned a B.S. cum laude from the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse in 1977.
Sean joined Lyme in 2004. He leads the development of forest management goals and objectives and forest management plans, secures and oversees third party forest certification (both FSC and SFI), and ensures that forest management complies with applicable forest management plans, conservations easements, and investment objectives on Lyme’s holdings. In addition, Sean engages in forest policy discussions in the various states where Lyme has operations. Prior to joining Lyme, Sean worked as a consulting forester, directing forest inventory projects and managing timber harvesting operations, as well as purchasing standing timber and selling logs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Empire State Forest Products Association, is on the board of the Northern Forest Center and is a member of the Society of American Foresters and Forest Stewards Guild. Sean earned a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Vermont in 1997.
Deirdre B. Goodrich
Director of Finance
Deirdre joined Lyme in 2016 and is responsible for financial statement reporting and tax compliance. She also oversees payroll functions for Lyme’s operating portfolio companies. Prior to joining Lyme, Deirdre was a principal and a member of the management team at a regional public accounting firm, servicing the audit and tax needs of pass-through entities and high net worth individuals. Deirdre began her career at Deloitte in Boston, and she is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire and Vermont. Deirdre serves on the Board of Directors of Mascoma Bank in Lebanon, NH, where she chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Executive and Human Resource Committees. Deirdre earned a master’s degree in accounting from Northeastern University and a B.A. cum laude in mathematics from Wellesley College.
Director of Investments
Marc joined Lyme in 2018 and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new timberland and forest carbon investment opportunities and supporting strategic initiatives for Lyme’s existing investments. For twenty years, Marc has worked as a forester with private equity firms and small- and large-scale forest managers. From 2012-2017, Marc served as Director of Acquisitions for GreenWood Resources, Inc. He led GreenWood’s timberland acquisition activities, including sourcing and developing investment opportunities, leading financial analysis, and structuring and negotiating transactions. He previously worked on forestland acquisitions and management with International Forestry Investment Advisors and New Forests. Earlier in his career, Marc worked on forest management and certification issues with The Forest Trust, Rainforest Alliance and a community-based forest management project. Marc has worked and lived in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and Australia. Marc currently serves as Treasurer of the Willamette Partnership, an NGO focused on environmental market development. He received an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management, a Master of Forestry from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. from Emory University.
Director of External Relations
Merritt joined Lyme in 2018. She is responsible for current and prospective investor relationships, serves as the portfolio manager for Lyme’s New York timberlands, and assists in developing conservation strategies and managing partnerships with conservation organizations. Prior to joining Lyme, Merritt was the executive director of the Center for Business, Government & Society at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Before Tuck, she was Director of Strategy and Operations for The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, where her work included projects in tuberculosis in the mining sector in South Africa and palliative care in Rwanda. From 2008 to 2011, Merritt worked as an investment analyst for a global long/short equity investment firm, Maverick Capital. Before Maverick, she worked as an investment analyst at Morgan Creek Capital Management. Merritt earned her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business, where she was a Tuck Scholar, in 2013 and a B.A. with Honors from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she majored in history, in 2006. She serves on the Board of Directors at Mascoma Bank.
Associate General Counsel
Jess joined Lyme in 2019 and serves as associate general counsel to the firm. Prior to joining Lyme, Jess most recently worked for a leading Vermont law firm in its real estate and environment practice groups. Before that, he served as an Attorney-Advisor in the USDA’s Office of General Counsel, Natural Resources and Environment Division, in Washington, D.C., where he advised NRCS and the Forest Service on various issues, including conservation easement transactions, and with Historic New England, the nation’s oldest and largest regional heritage organization, as Team Leader for Preservation Services. Jess frequently writes on conservation easement-related topics with representative articles appearing in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly (at the University of California-Berkeley), N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, and the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Vermont Law School and is on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Land Trust. Jess earned a J.D. from Drake University Law School (with highest honors and service as Editor-in-Chief of the Drake Law Review) and a B.S. from Iowa State University.
Director of Harvest Operations and Forest Engineering
Joe joined Lyme in 2019. At Lyme, Joe is responsible for overseeing harvesting and forest engineering activities across Lyme’s land base and developing opportunities to enhance forest operations quality, safety, and productivity. Prior to Lyme, Joe worked for Weyerhaeuser Company as Forest Engineer in the Pacific Northwest where he managed land base infrastructure, planned and developed harvest units, and managed road construction and rock development. Prior to Weyerhaeuser, Joe was owner and Director of Banner Forest Resources, P.C., a contract timber falling and forestry services company where he managed a company of hand fallers, planned and developed harvest units, and managed private timberlands across the southern Appalachian landscape. Joe completed a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South in 1998 and a Master of Forestry from Virginia Tech in 2006. He is a NC Registered Forester, and member of the Society of American Foresters and Council on Forest Engineering.
Director of Investments
Sarah returned to Lyme as Portfolio Manager in 2019 and is responsible for managing existing investments and evaluating new timberland investment opportunities. Immediately prior, Sarah served as Manager of Business Development for Green Diamond Resource Company, where she evaluated and managed timberland acquisition activities, new partnership opportunities, conservation sales, and other new business opportunities. Before Green Diamond, Sarah worked briefly at Canopy, a place-based investment platform in the Pacific Northwest, and Threshold Group, a family office with a focus on building impact investment portfolios. Sarah started her career at Lyme, where she managed investor relations from 2009-2013. Sarah earned her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2015 where she was a Tuck Scholar and a B.A. in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College in 2009.
Brendan joined Lyme in 2018. He works with Lyme’s forest managers to support and improve forest operations and takes on special projects relating to forest inventory, technology, mobile GIS, and harvest operations projects. In addition, Brendan participates in acquisition and disposition due diligence with a focus on forest inventory work conducted by third party consultants. Prior to joining Lyme, Brendan worked as a consulting forester, conducting forest inventory projects and managing timber harvesting operations, as well as designing and managing GIS and database systems for timberland owners. He is a licensed Vermont Forester and a member of the Society of American Foresters. Brendan earned a B.S. in Forestry and a B.S in Forest Ecosystem Science from the University of Maine in 2003.
Robert St. James
Bob joined Lyme in 2001. He is responsible for portfolio-company and fund level accounting and reporting. He has special expertise in mitigation bank accounting and is responsible for supervising accounting staff at portfolio companies and third party management firms. Prior to joining Lyme, Bob was Controller and MIS Director for Sullivan Industries in Claremont, NH. He held the same positions for Vermont Diamond Instruments in Bridgewater, VT, and Loctite Luminescent Systems in Lebanon, NH, before that. Bob studied Applied Mathematics at MIT.
Senior Investment Analyst
David joined Lyme in 2014 and is responsible for analysis of new and existing investments. Before joining Lyme, David worked for ten years as a forester in private industry, for the Maine Bureau of Public Lands, and as the Yale University Forest Manager. He is a licensed forester in Vermont, and a member of the Society of American Foresters and The Forest Guild. David earned a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 1996 and a Master of Forestry from Yale University in 2004.
Senior Portfolio Accountant
Christine joined Lyme in 2014. She is responsible for portfolio-company and fund level accounting and reporting. Prior to joining Lyme, Christine served as Controller at GMO Renewable Resources, LLC, a Boston-based TIMO. She also worked for Prague & Company as a senior tax associate and Grant Thornton LLP Boston as a senior auditor. Christine graduated from Babson College with a B.A. in Accounting.
Cindy joined Lyme in 2014. She provides administrative support to the Managing Directors and oversees human resources administration for Lyme’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Lyme, Cindy served as executive assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors for The Student Conservation Association, a national nonprofit located in Charlestown, NH.
Fan joined Lyme in 2008. She is responsible for accounts payable, bank reconciliations, and other accounting functions. Prior to joining Lyme, Fan served as an administrative assistant at Flow Analysis, a software company in Tennessee. Fan worked as a certified accountant in China for seven years. She earned her Bachelor of Economics/Accounting from Guandong Institute of Commerce in 1993. In 2007, Fan received an Accounting Certificate from Franklin Pierce University.
Senior Staff Accountant
Katherine joined Lyme in 2018. She is responsible for supporting the portfolio-company and fund level accounting processes. She also supports various tax reporting processes and performs other accounting functions. Prior to joining Lyme, Katherine was a Financial Analyst at Holman Automotive Group in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Preceding this position, she was a Senior Accountant at Holman Parts Distribution, a division of Holman Automotive. During her time in New Jersey, she obtained her Masters of Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, with a focus in Business Intelligence and Analytics. She earned her Bachelors of Accounting/Management from Castleton University in Vermont.
Kim joined Lyme in 2019. She is responsible for supporting portfolio-company and fund level accounting processes. She also supports various tax reporting processes and performs other accounting functions. Prior to joining Lyme, Kim worked at Pike Industries, Inc. for approximately 11 years as an office manager, job cost accountant, and the Contracts Administrator for the State of Vermont. She handled hundreds of contracts and assisted various business units. Kim attended the New Hampshire Community Technical College and received her Accounting Certificate in 1999.