John-Paul Maxfield is responsible for the overall strategy, management and growth of the Company. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today WF has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. The knowledge and experience behind Waste Farmers has been many years in the making as John-Paul comes from a family of agricultural leaders who have been pioneers in farming and ranching since the 19th century.
Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the “The Inspired Economy” now known as “The Inspired Economist” in 2005, a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism. In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate at MBH, a private equity group specializing in small to mid-cap service companies. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an analyst with Alvarez and Marsal, where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In 2007 John-Paul was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and in 2011 was selected as one of the Denver Business Journals’ “40 Under 40”. In 2011, John-Paul was appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration to serve on Denver Seeds, a strategy to support small businesses, create jobs and shift food production away from large out-of-state industrial operations toward local growers. Most recently, Waste Farmers was featured in March/April 2014 edition of ColoradoBIZ magazine for “Made in Colorado – Brands built in your backyard.”
In the spirit of the Waste Farmers mantra “Grow Food, Eat Well, and Live Full”, when John-Paul is not growing food and eating well, he lives full by playing the guitar and singing in the upcoming Colorado band Coal Town Reunion.