Jason Brand retired as President of Merrill Lynch in Asia in 2008. After moving to Hawaii, he became active in the state’s agriculture and entrepreneur industries. Now – out of retirement – Jason is the president of the Brand Industrial Group Inc (BIG). Jason and BIG maintain active equity positions in sustainable farming ventures, aquaculture, alcohol, digital media, digital payments, programing and film productions. Kunia Country Farms, LLC - a main supplier of aquaponic lettuce to the islands’ supermarkets and restaurants – and KoHana Distillers – makers of KoHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum – are two of his more known local investments. Mr. Brand co-founded both companies and actively participates in their management. Jason received his CFA in 1997 and graduated from Cornell University.