Speakers

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GROWING INNOVATIONS assembles a roster of innovative growers, technology innovators and industry leaders to lead sessions offering compelling  and timely information on the key strategic issues facing specialty crop growers.

Keynotes

Cannon Michael
President/CEO, Bowles Farming Co.

Cannon Michael is President/CEO of Bowles Farming Co., a producer of cotton, tomatoes, and almonds headquartered in Los Banos, CA. (more…)

 
Ed Treacy
Vice President, Supply Chain Efficiencies, Produce Marketing Association (PMA)

Ed Treacy is Vice President, Supply Chain Efficiencies, Produce Marketing Association (PMA). (more…)

 
Heidi Centola
Senior Account Executive, New Markets for IBM Watson & Cloud Platform

Heidi Centola is Senior Account Executive, New Markets for IBM Watson & Cloud Platform, based in the Phoenix, AZ, area. (more…)

 
Leonard Batti
Vice President, Taylor Farms

Leonard Batti is Vice President of Taylor Farms in Salinas, CA, a major producer and processor of fresh vegetables. (more…)

 

Speakers

Art Van Wingerden
Co-CEO and Co-Owner, Metrolina Greenhouses

Art Van Wingerden is Co-CEO and Co-Owner of Metrolina Greenhouses, a large and progressive greenhouse operation with facilities in Huntersville, NC, and York, SC. (more…)

 
Brian Antle
President, PlantTape

Brian Antle is President of PlantTape, a global automated transplanting system owned by Tanimura & Antle, a major producer of vegetables headquartered in Salinas, CA. (more…)

 
Chris Drew
Chris Drew
Vice President of Operations, Ocean Mist Farms

Chris Drew is Vice President of Operations for Ocean Mist Farms, a major grower of fresh vegetables with headquarters in Castroville, CA. (more…)

 
Danny Royer
Vice President of Technology, Bowles Farming Co.

Danny Royer is Vice President of Technology for Bowles Farming Co., a producer of cotton, tomatoes, and almonds headquartered in Los Banos, CA. (more…)

 
Dave Malenfant
Director, Outreach & Partnerships, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business

Dave Malenfant is Director, Outreach & Partnerships, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, at the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business in Fort Worth, TX. (more…)

 
Dennis Donohue
Consulting Director, Western Growers' Center for Innovation and Technology

Dennis Donohue is the Consulting Director for Western Growers’ Center for Innovation and Technology based in Salinas, CA. (more…)

 
Gaëtan Séverac
Co-founder and COO, Naio Technologies

Gaëtan Séverac is co-founder and COO of Naio Technologies, a Toulouse, France, developer and marketer of robots for agriculture and viticulture. (more…)

 
James C. Sulecki
Chief Content Officer and Head of Global Precision Initiative, Meister Media Worldwide

Jim Sulecki is Chief Content Officer and Head of Global Precision Initiative, Meister Media Worldwide, organizers of Growing Innovations along with NXT Media Group. (more…)

 
Joe Petrocco
Vice President, Petrocco Farms

Joe Petrocco is Vice President of Petrocco Farms, a producer of more than 2,000 acres of mixed vegetables in the Brighton, CO, area. (more…)

 
Dr. Michael Cahn
Farm Advisor, Irrigation and Water Resources , University of California Cooperative Extension Monterey County

Michael Cahn is an Irrigation and Water Resource Advisor for University of California Cooperative Extension in Salinas, CA, (more…)

 
Richard Jones
Executive Editor, U.S. Horticulture Group, Meister Media Worldwide

Richard Jones has 20 years of experience covering new technology and grower solutions in the commercial U.S. fruit, vegetable, greenhouse ornamental, and garden retail markets for Meister Media Worldwide. (more…)

 
Robert Blair
Blair Farms and Pine Creek Precision

Robert Blair is a private consultant and fourth-generation farmer from north-central Idaho managing 1,300 dryland acres including peas, chickpeas, wheat, barley, lentils, and alfalfa. (more…)

 
Shay Myers
General Manager, Owhyee Produce

Shay Myers is General Manager, Owhyee Produce, Nyssa, OR. (more…)

 
Steve Fennimore
University of California, Davis, Extension Specialist

Dr. Steve Fennimore is an Extension Specialist with the University of California, Davis, located at Salinas, CA. (more…)

 
Vince Restucci
Vince Restucci
Director of Procurement & Business Technology, R.D. Offutt Company

M. Vincent Restucci is Director of Procurement & Business Technology for R.D. Offutt Company, a major grower of potatoes headquartered in Fargo, ND. (more…)

 

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