FOUNDER / CEO
In 2016 Chris Rawley, while visiting a farm investment in Central America, conceived the idea of building a crowdfunding platform to streamline agriculture investment. He soon founded Harvest Returns to bring that vision to reality. Rawley has held corporate management roles in Jones Lang LaSalle, Electronic Data Systems, L-3 Communications, and served as a defense consultant at Special Operations Command headquarters with Blackbird Technologies. He has invested in real estate and income-producing agriculture for nearly two decades. As a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve, Rawley is the Commanding Officer of a unit focused on building maritime security partnerships in the piracy-plagued Gulf of Guinea. During his military career, Rawley has previously served as Commander of Special Operations Command Forward, East Africa, where he led a multidisciplinary team of Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and support personnel focused on defeating Islamic extremists. He has also deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and Western Pacific.
COO / Business development
Austin Maness, as COO, manages all facets of the company’s logistics, deal flow, and human resources. Some of Austin's greatest memories were spent summers as a kid working with his grandparents on their small farm. During a ten year career as an US Army Officer, he served at several levels of command from tactical to strategic operations. While deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, Maness conducted countless combat operations as well as cultivated relationships with local governing officials in support of mission objectives. Maness managed a $65 million, non-lethal support program in southern Turkey for the US Department of State in support of the moderate Syrian armed opposition, working with senior government officials and suppliers to provide materiel support to rebel forces. He also developed and cultivated an advance network of local activists to provide time-sensitive information to US agencies.
DIrector of sales & marketing
Brian Dockery brings over 12 years of experience in consultative sales, business development, and strategic marketing. Prior to joining Harvest Returns, Dockery led and advised sales and marketing efforts for some of the top multi-national firms in the world; most recently with Cargill, the largest privately-owned corporation in America. At Sekisui, he led a sales team in conjunction with Brenntag - the world’s largest chemical distributor, that recorded three consecutive years of record revenue and growth in a $300M+ business. With The Dow Chemical Company, he held various roles from managing key relationships to leading U.S marketing segmentation strategy for the Southern Crops and Turf & Ornamental business units. Dockery attributes his success in business to his consistent ability to develop genuine relationships, listening with the intent to create win-win solutions, and embracing risks. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Education with a minor in Agribusiness from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. His greatest accomplishment though, would be to leave a legacy that his young daughter, Zoe, would be proud of!
DIGITAL MEDIA & MARKETING SPECIALIST
Based out of Tampa, Florida, Allison Spence keeps the digital media and marketing creative and engaging for Harvest Returns. A Missouri native, Spence grew up in a rural town where she found a immense gap in communication and understanding about agricultural topics between agriculturalists and the general consumer. She soon realized how important being an “agvocate” would be throughout her life and future career in agricultural communications. In the past, Spence was a copywriter at a web design company where she developed content for clients and enhanced inbound marketing efforts with blog posts, social media marketing, email marketing and search engine optimization. She also interned for the University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as the social media intern. Spence recently earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Science and Agricultural Journalism and a minor in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.