Jason earned an MBA at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada specializing in international business & marketing. His undergraduate work was completed at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he earned an economics degree. Jason has negotiated and facilitated numerous investment and partnership agreements with large multi-national corporations. Jason has been involved with many technology companies working on operations, business development and marketing strategies. He is also a former professional football player, seasoned investor and has built several successful businesses.
Dr. Josh Beam
Dr. Josh Beam: I grew up on 50 cow Holstein dairy operation in Delight, NC. I got my BS and MS degrees at NC State University in soil and crop science, respectively. I received my Ph.D from Virginia Tech in Weed Science. After getting my degrees, I worked with NC Cooperative Extension for three years as an Area field crops agent in Lincoln and Catawba counties, in NC. In 2007 I went to work for Sunnyridge farm and worked there for seven years helping producers to grow blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries and also managing a 75 acre blackberry farm and a distribution center. In August 2014 I took a position as the Precision Ag specialist for Western, NC with Southern States.
Adam obtained his bachelor’s in Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois with High Honors and Departmental Distinction and received a masters in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Since then he has worked as a support scientist with the USDA in many locations throughout the country. His research experience covers a broad spectrum of fields including health, bioenergy, biotechnology, ecology, agriculture, and genetics. He also teaches college courses in biology and chemistry and has a strong aptitude for public dissemination of scientific concepts. He enjoys shepherding disruptive technology out of the laboratory and into the marketplace
Marie L. Franko
Marie, RN, BSN, has over 15 years experience within the healthcare industry. She has a unique combination of medical industry work experiences to understand clinical information workflows & interdepartmental nursing procedures with advanced business operations experiences, training, and education that provided leadership & consultation on large scale projects for medical companies offering software application solutions. Most recently, she conducted high impact consultation with executive level staff to develop an account list which included software systems management for over 50 hospitals; providing over 50,000 beds. Franko has professional leadership & communication experienced gained from serving honorably in the US ARMY.
Nhut (Andy) Diep, PhD., MBA
Andy Diep is a synthetic organic chemist with 13+ years within biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Hands-on experience in CMC drug development from pre-clinical through full-scale manufacturing. His areas of expertise span from medicinal chemistry to process development, manufacturing, project management, and regulatory. His previous experience includes working as a medicinal / process chemist at Forest Laboratories. He has been involved in the development of several key drugs such as Bystolic®, Viibryd®, Teflaro®, GK1-399, Dutogliptin, and is co-inventor of 15 issued patents. Dr. Diep received a B.S in chemistry from LSU, a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from Montana State University, and an MBA in business management from Kaplan University.
Mr. Park is a Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP), with additional (CHP) certifications at the highest level in Portfolio Analytics & Risk Management. He also attended the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business (Leadership & Management) and has served in executive leadership positions for over 20 years. Mr. Parks has closed several acquisitions and multimillion dollar lines of credit from hedge funds; as well as negotiated and / or closed many mergers, strategic partnerships, license and/or sponsored research agreements and joint ventures. As an experienced practitioner of business strategy, he has read, studied and applied numerous books and countless articles relating to business strategy (According to the Wall Street Journal, the most sought after executive skill set is strategic thinking).