Brian Philpot is the CEO and Principal Owner of AgAmerica Lending, with headquarters located in Lakeland, FL. His background includes extensive experience in real estate investing, agriculture lending, real estate law, market analysis, and negotiation.
AgAmerica developed from Brian’s long-time investment company, Land South Group. Founded in the late 1990s, Land South Group was an investment firm with a particular focus in timberland, agricultural, and conservation real estate across the southeastern U.S. Land South Group also made value investments in residential development, industrial real estate, manufactured housing, office properties, mitigation banks, broadcast towers, and distressed real estate debt.
Investments of note:
Institutional timberland investments in softwood and hardwood throughout the southeast;
High grade farmland investments in cropland, permanent crop, and pastureland throughout the southeast;
The stalking horse purchase from bankruptcy of Cypress Gardens, Florida’s first theme park. The property was repositioned and sold to Merlin/Blackstone for the redevelopment into Legoland Florida;
The assemblage of property and mitigation bank in bankruptcy that resulted in the Joshua Creek property which was sold to the State of Florida to establish the Charles H. Bronson State Forest;
The sale to Polk County of property for the establishment of the Walker Road Park, a public park and wetland recharge area;
Manufactured home portfolio of properties and mortgages;
Broadcast tower portfolio company (Tall Tower Capital) monetized through the sale to an institutional investor.
In 2014, Brian and his partner divided the respective companies and investments, with Brian maintaining ownership of the agriculture lending platform and high yield fund. During that juncture, Brian focused exclusively on agricultural lending, merging the conventional lending platform with the high-yield fund operations, and ultimately rebranding the platform to AgAmerica Lending in 2015.
Brian received his B.S. in the finance honors program, summa cum laude from Florida State University, and his J.D., cum laude from the University of Florida College of Law.
Brian is a sixth generation Floridian with personal ownership in Florida farmland and timberland. He is locally involved and has served as the Chairman of Lakeland’s Economic Development Council, on the board of the Polk County Land Use Planning Commission, and as a youth travel baseball coach. He lives in Lakeland with his wife, Brandie, and their two children.