Marcus JonesMarcus Jones serves as the Technology Leader for ADAMA USA. Formerly, he served as VP of Product Development for NewLeaf Symbiotics and served in Product Development at both Monsanto and Syngenta Seeds. He has a PhD in Crop and Soil Systems from Michigan Sate University and an MS in Plant Pathology from Penn State University.
Jerry SteinerJerry Steiner served as an Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Monsanto. He serves as a Director and Vice Chairman of the Food and Agriculture Section at Biotechnology Industry Organization. He is also a Founder and Board Member of the Global Harvest Initiative. Jerry holds an M.B.A. from Washington University and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from University of Wisconsin.
Eric JacksonEric Jackson has over 30 years of commercial agriculture experience. He has served as Market Development Manager for the Pillsbury Company, CEO & President of International Proteins Corporation, and Senior Vice President and Director of the Scoular Company. He co-founded CP Holdings LLC and served as CEO-in-Residence for Renewable Energy with the Office for Technology Commercialization at the University of Minnesota. Eric was a co-founder of Conservis, the first cloud-based enterprise management system for global farming operations. Eric’s newest venture is Pipeline Foods. Pipeline is partnered with institutional capital to develop sustainable supply chains in agriculture with a focus on the clean label category, particularly Organic and NGMO grains and oilseeds.
Todd BasteanTodd Bastean has been with Bunge North America for 22 years and currently serves as the CEO of Bunge North America since 2013. Prior to his role as CEO, he was the CFO (2010) and vice president and chief administrative officer of Bunge’s milling and biofuels business units and vice president and chief administrative officer of its grain and milling business units. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Western Illinois University.
Dr. Ganesh KishoreDr. Kishore has a distinguished track record of accomplishments in biotechnology research and development and business. He left DuPont in 2007 where he was Chief Biotechnology Officer to join Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund (MLSCF) as its CEO and later cofounded Spruce Capital Partners in 2013. Dr. Kishore is an entrepreneur and has co-founded three successful entities since 2002. Two of the three entities are now parts of publicly traded entities (Tata/Rallis in India and Evolva in Switzerland) while the third business entity (Mogene LC in USA) serves both as an incubator of new ideas as well as a provider of genomic services across agriculture, health care and environment. He serves on the board of three publicly listed entities, three privately held companies and the Advisory Board of Washington University. He is also an advisor to multinational companies and Scientific American.
Steve TrampeSteve Trampe founded or co-founded seven different companies in five different industries. He is currently Chairman of Sequoia Sciences, a plant based drug discovery company and is a very active director of Elemental Enzymes, a stabilized enzyme company involved in the agricultural industry. Steve is also Chairman of the Building Arts Foundation, Vice Chairman of Opera America and a principal in Owen Development. He has judged numerous business plan competitions, mentored many start-up companies and heard and reviewed hundreds of investment proposals.
Jim HoffmeisterJim Hoffmeister is currently the Owner and Chairman of Wydown Hotel in St. Helena, California. Jim has executive level experience leading Fortune 100, privately held and self-owned businesses. Jim was Group VP and member of Strategy Committee of Anheuser-Busch Companies from 1967-2006. He has also served as CEO of Wherenberg Theaters & Real Estate Company as well as CEO of W.K. Busch Brewing Company. Jim is also an internal Board member of all Anheuser-Busch subsidiaries, Board Member of Delta Dental, Advisory Board Member for multiple University of Missouri Committees, Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Salvation Army, Advisory Board member of Sisters of St. Mary Hospital, Chairman of Busch Soccer Club, tutors university and high school students and is a volunteer coach.
Rick GreubelRick Greubel has served as Kaiima’s Chief Executive Officer since 2015. Rick most recently worked as President of the Human Nutrition & Health for DSM (2010 to 2015) , the world’s leading supplier of nutritional ingredients to the Pharma, food and feed industries. Previously, Rick served as a Group VP and International President at Tyson Foods (2006 to 2010) and before that held a number of positions at Monsanto (1984-2006). While President of Monsanto Brazil (2001-2006), Rick was responsible for the seeds, traits and herbicide business. Rick has a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School AMP program.
Sharon BerberichSharon Berberich has over 30 years experience in agtech R&D and business development. Most recently, she served as the Head of US Operations at Kaiima Bio Agritech from 2014-2016. Sharon held positions as New Business Development & Venture Investment Leader at Dow AgroSciences from 2008-2014, the Director of International Programs at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center from 2007-2008. She has prior startup experience, serving as the Vice President of Business Development and Licensing at Chlorogen, a biopharmaceutical start-up out of St. Louis. Before that, she worked at Monsanto from 1984-2002 with multiple roles in Ag Biotech R&D, regulatory and business.
Chris KnightChris Knight’s goal is to advise and assist creative start-up ventures with a desire to apply their technologies in the livestock industry either through animal nutrition or animal health. His 30+ years of experience in a global company with leadership roles in research, product development and business development have provided him with a variety of experiences and a broad network of collaborators
Bill DaviesWilliam Davies has worked in the animal health industry since 1972. During his career he has operated in a management capacity for companies such as JenSal Laboratories, Solvay Animal Health, Syntro Corporation, Benchmark Biolabs and Pacific Vet Group. Bill’s involvement with entrepreneurial ventures over the past 30 years have included founding and building successful technology based companies addressing global opportunities for poultry, swine, cattle, and companion animals
Patrick MoorePatrick J. Moore is the President and CEO of PJM Advisors, LLC, a private equity investment and advisory firm which maintains an affiliate relationship with a large New York-based private equity firm. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation. He also serves as a director of Archer Midland Company and Exelis, Inc. while also serving on the North American Review Board of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.
Dr. Andy RenzDr. Andy Renz Andy has over 13 years of industry experience in agricultural technology validation and business development. In 2017, he joined the biological insecticides company Vestaron Corporation as VP Business Development. Before that he worked as independent consultant for various AgTech start-up companies and VC firms. From 2014-2016 he served as VP Business Development at Benson Hill Biosystems. Prior to that Andy spent 15 years with BASF Plant Science, responsible for technology scouting and acquisition in Europe and America. He has served on a number of advisory boards, including the Advisory Committee for the Ag Innovation Showcase (USA), Growcentia, Inc. (CO), GAI Week (USA), and Agri Innovation Forum (CAN). Andy has a Ph.D. in Plant Science and Biochemistry from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
James McCarterJames McCarter is a leading St. Louis-based bioentrepreneur. He was the Founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of Divergence, Inc., a world leader in the application of genomics and informatics to agriculture and infectious disease. He completed his medical and doctoral training at Washington University, receiving the Victor Hamburger Prize in developmental biology. Dr. McCarter was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) with Monsanto Growth Ventures and is currently a Senior EIR with BioGenerator.
Betsy CohenBetsy Cohen served as the VP of Sustainability and Marketing at Nestle Purina. She brings expertise from the food and pet food industries, as well as extensive consumer package goods and retail experience. She is currently the Executive Director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project at the World Trade Center-St. Louis of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Betsy is on Welcoming America National Leadership Advisory Group, the Advisory Board of the St. Louis University Cook School of Business and the Advisory Committee of the Washington University International Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability. She has been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal and the YWCA. Betsy received her BA from Wellesley College BA and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sam SchatzSam Schatz serves as Managing Director of Corporate Development for AeroFarms, a clean-technology company that builds and operates responsible, state-of- the art indoor vertical farms in urban environments around the world, helping set new standards for culinary freshness and flavor. Previous experience includes Berlin based Wermuth Asset Management where he advised on investments into privately-held clean technology companies and London-based Active Earth Investments where he led investment into listed mining and mid-cap industrial companies with a focus on socially responsible business practices and solutions. Sam is a recipient of the prestigious Alfa Fellowship and received his Masters in Management from the London School of Economics where he was the President and Founder of the Graduate Management Society and his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University where he served on the Student Advisory Board to the Columbia University Earth Institute.
Ryan HoldmeyerRyan Holdmeyer works for River Bluff Farm Inc. in Washington, MO, where he has been raising corn and soybeans for 20 years. His fields are located in the Missouri River bottoms and on the bluffs that over look the Missouri River. His farm has been has been using precision farming technologies since 2004 and continue to add the technologies on annual basis. Some of the technologies we use are Variable Rate Fertilizing and Seeding as well as Auto Steer on tractors and Combines and Automatic Swath Control on sprayers and planters. Ryan holds an Associates Degree in Business Management and Marketing from East Central College.
Alan McGregorAlan McGregor farms in Nashua, Iowa – it is a fourth generation family farm with his son joining the operation. The family operates a 3,000 acre corn and soybean farm. They also have a 1,200 head beef feedlot and 150 head beef cow-calf herd.
Davin AlthoffDavin Althoff is a 4th generation farmer, born and raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in southern Moniteau County, Missouri. Today, the family operation consists of a cow/calf, stocker/backgrounder, and small grain operation. Davin is also the Division Director for Agriculture Business Development for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Formerly, Davin served as the CFO/Business Director for the Missouri Beef Industry Council. Davin earned a BS in Agribusiness and Business Administration from Lincoln University and an MBA from William Woods University. Davin has served on various local boards, including his local county cattlemen’s, which included a term as President. He currently serves as a member of the corporate board of directors for MFA Inc., a farmer owned cooperative serving more than 45,000 members.
Sally HollisSally Hollis is an owner of Lanehaven Farms, Inc. based in Northeast Iowa. Lanehaven Farms is a progressive, family owned and operated seed corn, commercial corn, soybean and hog operation. Prior to joining Lanehaven Farms in January 2013, Sally worked for John Deere in various operations, supply management, strategic planning and quality roles for fifteen years. Sally has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and a MBA from the University of Northern Iowa.
Ken KitajimaKen Kitajima is Executive Vice President for Novus International Inc. , animal nutrition manufacturing and sales company originally business unit of Monsanto. He is responsible for the company’s corporate strategy, including capital investment planning and merger and acquisition strategies. He is native of Japan and holds a Bachelor of Food Science and Technology from the University of Kyoto. He is fluent in Japanese, English and Italian and currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.
Alan WeberMr. Alan Weber is a founding partner of MARC-IV, a company that fosters the development of biobased innovations that benefit agricultural and enhance our environment. Active with biodiesel commercialization activities since 1991, Alan assisted with the establishment of the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) Washington, DC office in 2006-07 and continues to provide economic & technical support to their efforts. In addition to his activity with MARC-IV, he operates a row crop farm in central Missouri. Alan completed his undergraduate and graduate training in agricultural economics at the University of Missouri.