W. Kirk Purvis
National Director, MetLife Timberland Finance Group
As leader of the Timberland Finance Group, Kirk Purvis' responsibilities include origination and management of MetLife's timberland investments both domestically and internationally. He has been directly involved in agricultural lending since 1986. This time was devoted to the investment departments of insurance companies, Equitable, Travelers, and MetLife. Since 1997, Kirk's efforts have been exclusive to the timber industry.
His primary career challenge is to meet the intermediate and long-term financing needs of large operators, investors, and institutions throughout the timber industry. Kirk has been instrumental in originating over $2 billion of timberland investments since joining MetLife in July 2005. Kirk earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State in 1983 and his M.S., also from Mississippi State, in Economics in 1985.