Industry & Services >> Analyst Interviews >> September 21, 2012

Farm Mechanization Increases in Emerging Markets to Meet Growing Consumption Needs

De Maria, Lawrence T.
Lawrence T. De Maria, CFA, Co-Group Head, Global Industrial Infrastructure, joined William Blair & Company, L.L.C., in 2011 and focuses on agriculture, construction, mining and capital goods. Mr. De Maria was a Managing Director of global industrial infrastructure equity research at Sterne Agee & Leach, Inc., for the past four years, serving as Co-Manager of the group. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President and Sales Trading Pod Manager, Institutional Equity Sales and Trading, at Prudential Equity Group from 2000 to 2007 and an Associate Vice President, Institutional Equity Sales and Trading, at A.G. Edwards from 1998 to 2000. Mr. De Maria has a B.S. in business management with a finance concentration from Providence College. Profile
TWST: Broadly speaking, what are the most important issues impacting the agricultural machine sector?

Mr. De Maria: The broader global theme in the sector is a mechanization of farms in