About Moon River Capital
Aligning land management and financial goals
The team at Moon River Capital works to pair private investors with owners of critical and valuable land. These pairings allow investors to choose amongst development and conservation outcomes, giving landowners the opportunity to see their goals achieved, and everyone to capitalize on the land use with the most utility rather than the most readily available option.
Moon River Capital, LLC is a Georgia based company with staff in Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.
Letter from the Manager
I grew up on the marshes and rivers of coastal Georgia. I spent my childhood in an outdoor arena that was beautiful beyond compare. Dolphins, otters, cranes and other birds, fish, shrimp and crabs were abundant. Marshes, hummocks, islands and rivers were our world.
As an adult I learned of the importance of the ecosystems that I grew up in. As I watched more and more of this rare and valuable land being consumed and developed in unsustainable ways, I determined that we should try and do something about it.
Moon River Capital grew out of the idea that there are ways for landowners to monetize their land without seeing it over developed and the natural habitats destroyed. We look for ways to provide sometimes much needed capital to landowners and at the same time, preserve the beauty of nature. Our business purpose is to monetize low density development, renewable energy projects and manage high quality conservation easement programs.
Our staff includes CPA’s and attorneys. We partner with surveyors, appraisers, engineering firms, biologists, foresters, and others who are the best in their respective fields.
We appreciate your interest in our company. If we can ever be of service, please do not hesitate to contact us.
– Tony Kiene
Photo Caption: Tony shows House of Representatives Member Buddy Carter property under conservation easement.
Tony brings 35 years of tax knowledge and experience to the firm. Having first served in public accounting, and later serving as the CFO of a large private company, Tony uses his vast experience and technical knowledge to tailor solutions to meet clients’ objectives.
Kathleen ‘Kat’ Nelson, Esq., L.L.M.
Director of Operations
As the Director of Operations, Kat works closely with all of our staff to oversee company functionality and communication as well as to actively manage start-to-finish land development or protection projects.
Brian Appel, CSP
Director of Development
Brian Appel is a South Carolina resident and was born and raised in Augusta, GA. He graduated as a Hope Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia in 2006. Brian began his role as Director of Development with Moon River Capital on April 1, 2020.
Keith Hellmann, CPA
Director of Finance
Keith Hellmann joined Moon River Capital, LLC as the Director of Finance bringing with him 30+ years of finance, accounting, and business experience. Keith received his Masters of Accounting from the University of Georgia and is a licensed CPA, real estate agent, and Realtor, licensed to do business in Georgia and South Carolina.
Lesley McDaniel, CPA
Lesley McDaniel grew up in Valdosta, GA and graduated from Georgia Southern University where she obtained both her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Accounting degrees. Lesley began her role as Financial Controller with Moon River Capital on May 4, 2020.
Jamie Williamson has joined the Moon River team as the Executive Administrator. Jamie has over ten years’ experience working as the administrator of a nonprofit conservation group, and has also worked as a title examiner in Texas and Alabama.