B. Zaitz & Sons, LLC is a vertically integrated, leading-edge, diversified agricultural development, operations and investment firm. Founded in 1892, B. Zaitz & Sons, LLC has successfully deployed and managed over $1.3 billion of capital in agriculture. Our investments range from green-field startups and technology companies to some of the largest agricultural operations in the world.
Ben Zaitz serves as President of B. Zaitz & Sons (BZS).
Predominantly focused on farmland investment and dairy operations through the 1980’s and 1990’s, Ben took BZS in a new direction by founding Farms.com, later renamed Farmstech.com, the world’s first online agricultural marketplace. In the early 2000’s, Ben co-founded Teays River Investments, a $2 billion agricultural operating company, where he green-fielded the largest organic dairy in the country and made investments across the agricultural space, including: table grapes, seed corn, row crops, strawberries, and rice operations. Today, Ben oversees BZS’s investments across the potato, beef cattle, and other agricultural industries.
Ben graduated Cornell University, majoring in Agricultural Economics.
Peter Keshtkar joined BZS in 2016 and is a Partner with the firm. Peter principally serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Greenhaven Cattle Company, a BZS portfolio operation, in addition to focusing on new investment opportunities and business development across all BZS divisions.
Prior to joining BZS, Peter was on the investment team at Northwell Ventures, which manages early stage investments and spin-outs, strategic partnerships and corporate development for Northwell Health, an $11B integrated health system in the Greater New York City region.
Peter graduated Dartmouth College Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, majoring in Economics.
David Zaitz joined BZS in 2013 and currently serves as CEO.
David began his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its investment banking division in the Corporate Finance and Capital Restructuring Group. In 2013, David left finance to join his father, Ben Zaitz, in managing BZS. David holds positions in multiple BZS operating and portfolio companies including CEO of Pieper Farms, LLC, an international seed potato business, and Board Member of E-Green Americas, a tissue culture laboratory based in Minneapolis, MN. In 2016, David was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30: Food & Drink for his role at Pieper Farms.
David graduated Cornell University Magna Cum Laude, majoring in Applied Economics and Management and minoring in Operations Research Engineering.