Margaret Maizel is the Founder and President of Visual Farms. An expert in geo-spatial systems, she champions farms, and conservation efforts that created or improved programs at local, state and federal levels. She is an inventor of the Visual Farms’ US Patent #799754.
She was President, ONEIMAGE, LLC consulting to agriculture manufacturers, and national conservation organizations for 15 years following a position as VP, Integrated Systems, VantagePoint Network, Deere & Co in Fort Collins, Colorado. Previously, she was a Co-founder, of a Congressionally-funded program through USDA to integrate federal geospatial systems to support rural decision makers.
She was an Owner/operator, of a registered Angus cow-calf operation in the Shenandoah Valley near Berryville, VA, for 15 years while Chairman and member, of the Clarke County, VA Planning Commission. For five years, she Chaired the Virginia Land Records, Surveying and Mapping Commission as the Governor’s appointee to assist local governments in modernizing their land records systems.
Previously, she authored, 21 peer-reviewed papers in molecular genetics as a Research Associate, Harvard Medical School in Boston, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
Ron Olson is an Agronomist and pioneer in precision farming. As an entrepreneur, he started and exited one of the earliest companies to assist farmers with GPS-based 2.5 acre grid soil sampling, VRT seeding and fertilizer applications, and yield mapping.
He later built a successful agri-business consulting firm. He is a facilitator of the Midwest Agricultural Innovation Network and consults with the leading US farmers in APPEX and Centrec peer networks.
While at Deere & Co., Jim invented the first Yield Monitor, 1992 and the Gator.
Rich Kopcho's core competencies are business development, product management, marketing and sales. His lifelong work is building startups, having formed or joined over 15.
Rich offers over twenty years experience working with enterprise-class big data solutions including disaster recovery methods deployed during 9/11, Healthcare analytics, capturing the data from the human genome project, and ecommerce big data storage and analytics.
Over the past three years he worked on a startup focused on easily integrating data delivered by API’s for data scientists and data analysts.
His experience includes competitive intelligence, international marketing, product management and business development for Hewlett Packard and others. As well as 10 years as the managing partner of an international manufacturing consultancy to fortune 100 clients.
He actively mentors entrepreneurial students at the University of Colorado—Boulder and Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He is a community board member of CU’s Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. He is interviewed in the book: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs.
Brian Fromme is a technology entrepreneur, with an extensive career in software development. Brian has launched businesses, managed large-scale product development and consulting programs, and delivered sales and marketing objectives.
There are three key aspects that Brian utilizes as a CTO for Visual Farms:
In the past decade, Brian has focused on cloud technology products, as a Cloud Alliance Manager at Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu Linux. Brian has a strong background in open-source business models, building community, and using Cloud technologies to improve product delivery.
Charles M. (Kim) Drackett, Jr. is Chairman, President and General Manager of Fairholme Farms in Lewisville, Indiana.
As an entrepreneur and President and General Manager of Fairholme Farms, Mr. Drackett brings significant business and management level experience from inside the Agricultural Industry and from the financial services industry. In addition, through his business experience, Mr. Drackett has gained significant technological knowledge, adding additional value to the Board.
Keith DeVoe is the GM and CEO of Roggen Farmer’s Elevator Association, privately held by producer farmers. He is responsible for $80MM/year in gross sales as a merchandiser of corn, wheat, barley, millet, canola, soybean meal, and DDG. And as a supplier of refined fuels, propane, fertilizers and ag chemicals.
Keith’s experience with agricultural cooperatives is an invaluable asset to Visual Farms.
Gary Acromite is currently President, Iron Intel, LLC. – a Supply Chain and Technology company focused on delivering consumable replacement parts to heavy equipment wherever they are located in the world. Acromite also provides executive technology leadership on a selected contract basis, is a member of the First Technology Solutions Advisory Board, and does a variety of speaking engagements.
Previously, Acromite held senior executive positions with Gavilon Global Ad Holdings, LLC, a leading commodity trading and supply chain management firm; United Malt Holdings, LP, ASAlliances Biofuels, LLC; USC Consulting Group, LLC; ConAgra Beef Company; Wolverine World Wide, Inc.; and Honeywell, Inc.
For Visual Farms, Acromite brings a wealth of Ag Tech market knowledge, technology architecture and application development strategies, operational implementation and management practices, and strategic visioning to the team.
Accounting for agronomic production requires a system of systems. Three interacting components - Climate, Landscape and Farm Management - are critical to the outcomes of sustainable food-producing systems. Our systems quantify the interacting variables and conditions that affect these outcomes.