Speakers

Dr. Craig Beyrouty

Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences
Director, Agricultural Experiment Station
Colorado State University

Beyrouty_Craig-webDean Craig Beyrouty is a tireless advocate for innovative agricultural research, education, and community outreach. Throughout his 26-year career, Dean Beyrouty has recognized the importance of ensuring food quality, food safety, and food availability. He has demonstrated his commitment to advancing food systems through his research as a soil scientist and his leadership as dean. Read More

Lindsey Bolger
Lindsey Bolger

Vice President, Coffee Sourcing & Excellence
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.

Lindsey BolgerLindsey Bolger joined Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.  in September of 2001 and has been working in coffee since 1987.  As Vice President of Coffee Sourcing and Excellence, her duties within the coffee function involve leading coffee procurement strategies, including sourcing, contracting, and planning.  In addition, she leads new product development for our core coffee products as well as quality assurance.  Read More

Martin Carcasson
Dr. Martín Carcasson

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Founder & Director, Center for Public Deliberation
Colorado State University

 

Carcasson_Martin_Photo-webMartín Carcasson, Ph.D., is associate professor of communication studies at Colorado State University, and the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD). His interests are focused on rhetoric and contemporary public affairs, and the interdisciplinary theory and practice of deliberative democracy and collaborative governance. The CPD serves as an impartial resource for the community dedicated to enhancing local democracy Read More

Jacob Castillo

Economic Development Manager
Enterprise Zone Administrator
Larimer County

Jacob CastilloJacob has been a resident of Fort Collins since 1997, when he moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University. While at CSU, Jacob received three undergraduate degrees in Agricultural Business, Foreign Language and Literature, and Economics. Following undergraduate studies Jacob began his professional career in economic development, where he served as the Vice President of the Northern Colorado Read More

Natalie Condon
Natalie Condon

Co-Owner
Isabelle Farms

Natalie-in-front-of-farm-store-webDozens of summers spent on her cousins’ dairy farm in Switzerland ignited Natalie’s passion for farming at a young age, but growing up in Manhattan’s shadow made it seem unlikely that she’d ever farm professionally. And so, for the 20 years following her college graduation, she worked in magazine and book publishing, first in New York City, then in Colorado. Read More

Kristen Cooper
Kristen Cooper

Director of Sales and Marketing
GULF, Inc.

Kristen CooperFor over a decade Kristen has consistently exceeded goals and expectations; driving sales and profitability. Whether in sales, marketing, analytics, or account management, with Fortune 500 or start-up companies; Mrs. Cooper possesses the proven ability to:  Create and implement successful business strategies, Awaken established businesses, Lead cross-functional teams, Develop new products and concepts, and Interpret data to design a solid business case, and cultivate lasting business relationships.

John Corbett
Dr. John Corbett

President & CEO
aWhere

Corbett_John_Photo-webJohn Corbett, Ph.D., agricultural climatologist and aWhere, Inc. co-founder and CEO.  After graduating with honors from Dartmouth College, then earning a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, John focused his career on growing a repertoire of applied temporal-spatial applications in agricultural meteorology as part of a scalable, enterprise, location intelligence platform.  With 25+ years working in agriculture and international development, Read More

Tim Croissant

Eaton Market President
Bank of Colorado

Tim CruissantTim Croissant is a native of Northern Colorado growing up on an irrigated family farm in the Eaton area.  He attended Colorado State University where he earned his B.S. Degree in Agricultural Business. He has a banking career of 29 years. Currently Tim oversees the operations of the Bank of Colorado Read More

Frank Curtis

Executive Vice President & COO
Limagrain Cereal Seeds

Frank CurtisFrank Curtis is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Limagrain Cereal Seeds. Located in Colorado, Limagrain Cereal Seeds is the US wheat breeding division of The Limagrain Group, a farmer-owned international cooperative group specializing in field seeds, vegetable seeds, and cereal products. Originally trained in classical botany, Frank has been employed by Limagrain and its subsidiaries for more than 35 years, starting in the barley breeding department. Read More

Chris Gaddis

Vice-President, Human Resources
JBS USA

Chris GaddisChris Gaddis has led Human Resources at JBS USA since May 2011. Chris started his career with JBS in 2007 as a staff attorney, serving as General Counsel for three years. Prior to JBS, Gaddis was a private attorney in northern Colorado.

Gaddis is active in a number of boards, serves as a guest lecturer at various universities and has testified on immigration policy before the U.S. House of Representatives. He earned his Bachelors and Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Timothy K. Gates

Professor, Civil Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University

Timothy GatesTimothy K. Gates is a water resources systems analyst and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University.  His research has focused on water resources systems related to agriculture and has included field monitoring, modeling, and analysis of shallow groundwater flow and salt transport; management of water quality (especially salinity, selenium, and nutrients) for irrigated agriculture; drainage of salinity‑affected regions; Read More

Alexis Glick
Alexis Glick

CEO of GENYOUth Foundation
Former Fox News Executive and Anchor

Alexis-Glick-Headshot_6.18.14GENYOUth Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing child health and wellness through improved nutrition and physical activity. GENYOUth’s flagship program, Fuel Up to Play 60, a partnership between the National Football League and the National Dairy Council, empowers youth in more than 73,000 schools to improve their own health by consuming nutrient-rich foods and achieving at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Read More

Dr. Gregory D. Graff

Associate Professor
College of Agricultural Sciences/Agriculture and Resource Economics
Colorado State University

graff2-web Dr. Graff teaches courses on innovation economics, sustainable technology entrepreneurship, global food systems, and agricultural policy. His research explores the public policies and institutional settings that shape incentives and constraints on innovation–both in industry and in the public sector–and how these affect the rate and direction of technology change in the economy. Read More

Kelly Greeg
Kelly Green

Owner & Chairman of the Board
Birko

Green_Kelly_Photo-webAs the third-generation owner of Birko and a Colorado native, Kelly carries on the vision for food safety started by her grandparents, Ward and Florence Smith. She is passionate about food safety, based on Birko’s innovation in providing environmentally safe chemical formulations, state-of-the-art equipment, servicing capabilities and technology.

Kelly oversees Birko’s manufacturing operations, and is also active in new business development at the corporate level and travels frequently to meet with customers and prospects. Read More

Cindy Haren
Cindy Haren

President & CEO
Western Dairy Association

Haren_Cindy_Bio-webCindy brings 35 years leadership experiences working with Colorado agriculture, communities and more recently dairy farm families; public policy; business engineering; former Colorado Water Quality Control Commissioner; and convening stakeholders and partnerships to her role as President and CEO for Western Dairy Association.

As a national member of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Sustainability Council, taking a proactive approach to providing consumers with the nutritious dairy Read More

Haley Harms

Founder and CEO
Pro Till

haley-hamsHaley Harms is Founder and CEO of Pro Till, a company that specializes in helping farmers maximize their GPS systems in farm equipment. Pro Till specializes in the service of any/all GPS systems, and teaching that system and database to the customer. With over 12 years of GPS, mapping software, database management and farming experience, there is nothing Pro Till hasn’t done with a GPS, including drones and aerial photography. Read More

Joel Harris

Director
Mars Ventures

Joel HarrisMars Ventures (MV), the strategic venture capital arm of Mars, Incorporated, a global food company with net sales of more than $33 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience.  MV is focused on strategic investing at the nexus of food, health and agriculture.

Prior to Mars, Joel served in a number of roles in the public sector, including Senior Policy Advisor to Colorado Governor Bill Owens and Policy Director for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, where he worked on a variety of economic, energy and natural resource policy issues.  A native of Colorado, he graduated from the University of Denver and earned a Masters of Business Administration at Oxford’s Said Business School.

Todd Headley

President
CSU Ventures

Todd HeadleyCSU Ventures  is dedicated to commercializing technology and innovations developed at Colorado State University. He previously held roles in technology commercialization and business development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Iowa State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to  entering the university technology commercialization field, Todd spent 10 years working in the biopharmaceutical industry for Schering-Plough and Wyeth, primarily engaged in manufacturing and product development activities. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both Microbiology and Environmental Science from South Dakota State University and an MBA from Iowa State University.

Marley Hodgson
Marley Hodgson III

Chief Strategic Officer, Co-Founder & Chef
MAD Greens

Hodgson_Marley_Photo-webMarley and business partner, Dan Long, founded MAD Greens – Inspired Eats in 2004.  Intent on addressing the lack of fresh, fast and healthy fare available to the average American consumer, the pair opened their first location near the Park Meadows Mall in the southern metro area of Denver.  Today MAD Greens operates12 locations throughout the Front Range with plans to add 12 more restaurants and expand the concept to Arizona and Texas this year. Read More

Brian Hux

Student
Colorado State University

Brian HuxBrian Hux is an undergraduate senior studying soil and crop sciences with a double minor in organic agriculture and political science. His international experiences and interests take a unique approach to the issues of the American food system. He recently helped teach a freshman horticulture class at CSU called Environmental Issues in Agriculture. His passions of study include mixing his agricultural focus with sustainability, conservation, and public policy. Read More

Dr. Andrew Jones

Senior Research Scientist
Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

Colorado State University

Jones_Andrew_Photo-webAfter receiving six academic merit scholarships/fellowships, the B.S. in physics at Eastern Illinois University, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science at Colorado State University, Dr. Jones specialized in satellite data assimilation and multi-satellite algorithms, combining weather data with numerical weather prediction. He served more than 4-years as deputy director of the DoD Center for Geosciences / Atmospheric Research and Read More

Barbara Kallay

Senior Vice President Human Resources
Leprino Foods Company

Barbara-Kallay-webBarbara currently holds the position of Senior Vice President Human Resources for Leprino Foods Company, located in Denver, Colorado. The company has revenues of $3 billion and employs approximately 4,000 people globally. She joined Leprino in December, 2013 and came to the company with more than 20 years of human resources experience. Read More

Dr. Eugene Kelly

Head of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences & Professor of Pedology
Colorado State University

Kelly_BW-webDr. Eugene Kelly is a professor of pedology and head in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and is associate director for research in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University (CSU). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from CSU and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.  Dr. Kelly conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on various aspects of soils as related to global change issues. Read More

Mary Kraft
Mary Kraft

CFO
Badger Creek Farm & Quail Ridge Dairy

Kraft_Mary_Photo-webMary and her husband, Chris, own and operate two dairies near Fort Morgan and milk 5,200 cows. Mary grew up on her family’s dairy, now a century dairy farm, near Brighton. She began feeding calves when she was just 7, and advanced to the milking crew, working the midnight to 6 am shift from age 11 until college.

Mary is a current board director on the dairy checkoff association, Western Dairy Association, representing Colorado, Montana and Wyoming dairy farm families who regionally are known throughout the United States for their on-farm innovation and welfare, producing over 3.4 billion pounds of milk annually and ranked in the top 3 states in milk production per cow. Read More

Julie Lerner

Founder & CEO
PanXchange, Inc.

Lerner_Julie_Photo-webJulie Lerner is the Founder and CEO of PanXchange, Inc., a web-based negotiation and trading platform for physical commodities. She has been awarded two US patents, with three others pending on her innovative system and implementation.

Ms. Lerner began her career with Cargill International and later became the senior trader for Cargill’s Latin American sugar markets, Read More

Dr. Michael V. Martin

Chancellor Emeritus
Colorado State University

Martin_Mike_Photo-webMichael (Mike) Martin has over 40 years of experience in and commitment to public higher education both as a faculty member and an administrator.  He currently serves as Chancellor of the Colorado State University System.  He has also served as Chancellor of Louisiana State University, President of New Mexico State University, Senior Vice President at the University of Florida and Dean at the University of Minnesota.  For 15 years he was a faculty member at Oregon State University. Read More

John-Paul Maxfield
John-Paul Maxfield

CEO
Waste Farmers

Maxfield_JohnPaul_Photo-webJohn-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. Read More

Mary McBride
Mary McBride

President
CoBank

McBride_Mary_Photo-webMary McBride serves as CoBank’s president and is responsible for all of the bank’s lending units as well as Credit, Banking Services, Government Affairs, Public Private Partnerships and Corporate Communications. Ms. McBride is a member of the bank’s Management Executive Committee and serves as chairwoman of Farm Credit Leasing. Read More

Elizabeth Mozer

CEO & COO
Loco Foods

Elizabeth MozerIn a university town that also supports several tech and software businesses, finding a person born in Fort Collins is like finding a centaur or befriending a unicorn.  Like a centaur or unicorn, Elizabeth and her high school sweetheart husband are two such rare mythical creatures. Seeing that one of the stumbling blocks for businesses and institutions wishing to source food locally was ACCESS to those foods and producers, she married her deep commitment to Read More

Cammie Muller
Cammie Muller

CFO
Aurora Organic Dairy

Cammie MullerAt Aurora Organic Dairy, Cammie oversees accounting, tax, treasury, financial planning and information technology. Cammie joined Aurora Organic Dairy in 2006 as Controller and became Chief Financial Officer in 2008

Cammie has extensive corporate finance experience and, most recently, was Director of Finance, Treasurer and Controller for Wild Oats Markets. Read More

Federico Pena
The Honorable Federico Peña

Senior Advisor for Colorado Impact Fund
Former Secretary of Transportation
Former Secretary of Energy
Former Mayor of Denver

Pena_Fredrico_Photo-webFederico was formerly the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Prior to serving in the Clinton Administration cabinet, Federico was the mayor of Denver from 1983 to 1991. He currently serves on the boards of Wells Fargo & Company, Sonic Corp. and Toyota’s North American Diversity Advisory Board. Read More

Peter Petre
Peter Petre

Former Executive Editor
Fortune Magazine

Petre_Peter-webPeter Petre co-wrote Arnold Schwarzenegger’s memoir “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story,” a New York Times bestseller published in October 2012. Mr. Petre also co-authored Alan Greenspan’s memoir, “The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller in 2007. Mr. Petre has co-written two other bestsellers: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf’s “It Doesn’t Take A Hero” and Thomas J. Watson, Jr.’s “Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Read More

Lisa Prassack

Innovation Expert and Data Strategy Consultant

Lisa PrassackLike you, innovation expert and strategy consultant Lisa Prassack has seen the precision agriculture evolve rapidly both in capability and promise to help farms meet the global demand for food, fiber and energy production. But have we hit a wall? Plateau? Or ramp to the future? Or, is there a different story?

With over 20 years in emerging markets and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches agriculture and business experience, her view is radically different. Read More

Kathay Rennels

Associate Vice President for Engagement
Colorado State University

Rennels_Kathay_Photo-webKathay Rennels works to advance collaborative networks across the state and create economic development opportunities. She has significant experience fostering public and private partnerships in regional and rural workforce development, with particular attention to Larimer and Weld Counties. Rennels previously served three terms as a Larimer County Commissioner and is now leading the Food and Agriculture Key Industry Network for the State of Colorado. Read More

Chris Rezendes

Founder & President
INEX Advisors

Chris_Rezendes_Photo-webChris Rezendes is responsible for leading client and partner engagements and new research initiatives at INEX Advisors, LLC. In his current advisory engagements  Rezendes focuses on helping clients define, select, and prosecute their most promising growth and investment opportunities in internet of things, M2M, and related kill enabling technologies markets. Rezendes has nearly 22 years of experience analyzing, advising, or operating in mission critical, real-time, embedded, mobile, and wireless technology businesses.

Emily Rudder

Student
Colorado State University

Emily RudderEmily Rudder is an aspiring agricultural education teacher from Limon, Colorado. She grew up on her family’s cow/calf operation and wheat farm: in the same house her dad grew up in. From her agricultural and family experiences, Emily values integrity, tradition, and the spirit of the American Farmer. Emily’s passion for agriculture and student leadership blossomed during her high school years due to her involvement in FFA. Read More

Dr. Alan S. Rudolph

Vice President of Research
Colorado State University

Alan RudolphDr. Alan S. Rudolph serves as the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University. Dr. Rudolph is a former member of the Senior Executive Service, having served as the Director for Chemical and Biological Technologies Directorate, Research and Development Enterprise, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Fort Belvoir, VA. DTRA safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat and mitigate its effects. Read More

Carlos Saviani
Carlos Saviani

Vice President
World Wildlife Fund

Saviani_Carlos_Photo-webCarlos Saviani is a third-generation Brazilian-Italian, so food has always been a key component in his life. Born in Sao Paulo, however, he never had the chance to see from where food was actually coming from. Not until his uncle took him, at the age of 10, to the “Bela Vista” farm at the country side. It was love at first sight. He was amazed to see a cow producing milk to feed all the farm families by just eating grass and grains’ by-products, delivering many calves during her lifetime Read More

Dr. Laurie Scanlin

Principal Inventor & CEO
Keen Ingredients

Scanlin_Laurie_photo-webDr. Laurie Scanlin is co-editor and author of a new book, a collaboration between over 30 international food and ag scientists to evaluate sustainable and alternative protein sources for a growing population.  She is founder and president of Keen Ingredients, a spin-out from CSU technology based on novel ingredients from quinoa. Dr. Scanlin’s career spans 20 years in product development taking concepts from bench research through full-scale commercialization with US and international food companies such as Con Agra, Kraft, Nestlé, Read More

Gail Schwartz

Former State Senator

Gail SchwartzOriginally from Chicago, former State Senator Gail Schwartz fell in love with Colorado at the age of 13 on the top of Longs Peak. After attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, she moved to Aspen where she raised a family and dedicated time to community service.  Prior to her political career, Gail served as the Acting Director and Director of Development for the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority, and a corporate officer and market analyst for Sno-Engineering Inc. A Read More