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Our Family Business

  Stoney Branch Ag Ventures is owned and operated by Jack & Shelly Martin  and Justin & Anna Ward.


Jack Martin, our Chief Executive Officer, has farmed his family’s land in West-Central Illinois for the last 11 years. Jack's farm has been in his family since 1832 and he is the 5th generation to farm it. Before moving to Illinois to manage the farm, he was a partner in a successful printing business in Cleveland, Ohio. Jack has a degree from Ohio State University and has vast experience with traditional farming practices and marketing & selling crops. 


Shelly Martin, Jack's wife and our Chief Financial Officer, has served as the CEO/Administrator to Wesley Village in Macomb, IL for the last 20 years. Shelly has dedicated her time to expanding healthcare offerings to the local retirement community.  Shelly has  also served on the Board of Directors for MidAmerica National Bank for the last 10 years.  Before working at Wesley Village, Shelly managed the accounting for her family's local ag input business. 


Justin Ward, son of Shelly Martin, is our Chief Operating Officer. Justin earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from Western Illinois University before moving to Colorado to purse a career in the emerging cannabis industry. Justin is experienced in facility design and management and has worked with some of the largest cannabis companies in the world. In 2018, Justin and his wife Anna moved home to Illinois to launch Stoney Branch Ag Ventures with their family. 


Anna Ward, Justin's wife, serves as our Director of Marketing and helps with the day-to-day operations on the farm. Anna earned a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Business in Marketing degree from Western Illinois University. While residing in Colorado, Anna worked for a local hospitality group directing a weekly meal delivery service, and later co-managed one of Colorado Springs top rated catering companies.  

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