Agricultural Debt's Leadership Team


Since 1995, AURA’s Agricultural Debt group has been dedicated to the credit needs of the agricultural community. We offer a reliable source of capital and understand that the key to success is understanding a business’ unique needs.


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Steve Noonan  joined Aegon in 1989. Steve is the Senior Vice President in charge of the AgriFinance Group. In his role as Senior Vice President, Steve is responsible for overseeing the management of the AgriFinance Loan Portfolio, Renewable Energy Equity Portfolio, Timberland Equity Portfolio, and Oil/Gas Equity Portfolio. Prior to assuming his current role, Steve was a Senior Director in the Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination Group overseeing the Central U.S. Region. Prior to joining Aegon, Steve worked at Principal Financial Group as a Commercial Mortgage Loan Officer. Steve received his BA in Finance from Loras College.


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Mike Mercure joined Aegon in 1995. Mike is a Senior Director in the AgriFinance Group. In his role as Senior Director, Mike is responsible for origination, underwriting and portfolio management for Aegon’s and unaffiliated clients’ agricultural loan portfolios. Mike also is involved in Aegon’s oil/gas and renewable energy equity investments. Prior to assuming his current role, Mike served as an Underwriter within the Central US Region of Aegon’s Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination Group. Prior to joining Aegon full-time, Mike completed two internships within Aegon’s Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination Group. Mike received his BA in Finance with a Real Estate Emphasis from the University of Northern Iowa.


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Paul Mier joined Aegon in 1995. Paul is a Senior Director in the AgriFinance Group. In his role as Senior Director, Paul is responsible for originating and underwriting agricultural real estate loans; servicing and monitoring of existing accounts; identifying and developing new market opportunities; and providing oversight for AURA’s Timberland Equity Portfolio. Prior to joining Aegon, Paul served in various management capacities in the Agricultural Investment Department at John Hancock Financial Services and with The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York in its Agricultural Investment Department. Paul received his BS in Environmental Science and his MS in Agricultural Economics from Rutgers University. 


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Dan Nafziger joined Aegon in 1998. Dan is a Senior Director in the AgriFinance Group. In his role as Senior Director, Dan is responsible for the solicitation, negotiation, structuring, and write-up of proposed agricultural and agribusiness secured long term real estate loans. Secondary duties consist of tracking transactions until funding as well as ongoing monitoring thereafter. Prior to joining Aegon, Dan held several positions of increasing responsibility within MetLife’s Ag Investment Department. Dan is active in numerous Ag Clubs and was previously chosen as one of 30 future Agricultural Leaders in the State of Illinois. Dan received his dual BA degrees in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics from Illinois State University. 


Aegon USA Realty Advisors, LLC (AURA) is a U.S.-based real estate asset manager and a member company of Aegon Asset Management, the global investment management division of the Aegon Group. AURA is not a registered investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission.