Our People 

Our amazing people have extensive industry experience, diverse cultural background and unparalleled professional expertise. Below are the selected profiles of our people.

 

Carol Ye — Managing Director

Ms. Carol Ye is the managing member of Farm Breeze International. Before Farm Breeze, Carol worked in various functions of agribusiness including trading, marketing, strategy, risk management and private equity investment in the US, Canada, New Zealand and China. Carol started her career as a trader in a Canadian dairy commodity trading company, where she developed dairy trading business in China and Southeast Asia markets. Then she attended the MBA program, during which she first worked at Cargill, world’s largest agribusiness company, to help improve its power trading strategies and then at Tatua, a century-old dairy cooperative in New Zealand, to develop a dairy price forecast and risk management project. After her MBA, she worked in the New York-based headquarter of Bunge, a leading global agribusiness company, to conduct fundamental analyses on grains and oilseeds markets, develop futures and option market analyses, and assist the company’s proprietary trading desk. Subsequently, Carol worked at the private equity arm of Black River Asset Management to invest in agricultural and food companies in China. Carol received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, her Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics from McGill University and her Bachelor of Arts from China Agricultural University. She is currently president of the West US chapter of China Agricultural University Alumni Association.

Emmy Cattani — Board Member

Ms. Emmy Cattani is a fourth generation member of her family's agricultural business in California. Her family business operations include farming, food processing, cattle ranching, oil production, real estate and banking. Prior to returning to her family business in 2009, Emmy spent five years as a private equity professional, first with The Shansby Group and then with VMG Partners, where she advised portfolio company CEOs on brand development, operations and business strategy. Earlier in her career, Emmy worked in management consulting at Bain & Company and in strategy and business development for high tech start up HiFusion, Inc. Emmy is also a Director on the boards of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy and was appointed to BLM's Resource Advisory Council for the Central California District. She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her bachelors of arts from Harvard University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

John Bidart — Board Member

Mr. John Bidart is an owner and operator of a third-generation family dairy and farming operation.  The Bidart Dairies are some of the most modern and technologically-sophisticated dairy farms which are located in both northern and southern California. The operations include 27,000 head of dairy cattle and a diversified farming operation of over 7,000 acres.  John serves on the board of California Dairies Inc. (CDI), the largest member-owned dairy cooperative in California and the second largest in the U.S.  He currently serves CDI as the Second Vice Chairman, Chair of the Finance Committee, and as a board member of Dairy America.  John also serves on the boards of Mission Bank and California Bioenergy, LLC.  He has an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University.  John currently resides in Bakersfield, CA, with his wife Rosemary and their children Ben and Mikaela.