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Chris Schooley Co-Founder, Troubadour Maltings

Chris Schooley had an extensive career in coffee starting in 1997 at Margie’s Java Joint in Greeley, CO. In 1999, he was hired by Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea in Chicago, IL where he managed their first retail location, eventually working his way into production and roasting. He then moved on to Metropolis Coffee in Chicago…

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Kristen Schmidt CSU Student and Former FFA Vice President

Kristen Schmidt is a native of Greeley, Colorado. She is a senior studying Agricultural Business and Animal Science at Colorado State University. She loves to witness growth in the lives of those around her and intends to leverage that passion to help advance the agriculture industry. Schmidt hopes to equip people of all ages with the tools they need…

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Jennifer Drake Managing Partner, Prototerra Partners

Jennifer is founder and Managing Partner of Prototerra Partners, a Denver-based growth capital investment firm focused on the energy-water-food space. Prior to becoming a private investor, Jennifer spent 25 years in the energy industry.  She has held leadership roles within a number of electric utilities, and has worked for the energy practices of an economic…

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Bill Bauerle Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University

Dr. Bill Bauerle received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in horticulture from Colorado State University, The University of Washington, and Cornell University respectively. Moreover, he was raised in a family of commercial greenhouse floriculture/vegetable growers. Dr. Bauerle is a professor of horticulture at Colorado State University where he conducts research on the physiology of Humulus…

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Brian Clevinger Managing Director, Prolog Ventures and The Yield Lab

Brian L. Clevinger, Ph.D. is a managing director of Prolog Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focusing on life science start-ups and The Yield Lab, an agriculture technology accelerator.  He has had over 30 years of experience with all phases of commercial development of life science technology.  His experience includes working with university faculty…

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Kevin Ochsner Founder and President of Agcellerate LLC

Kevin Ochsner is founder and President of Agcellerate, LLC, an agribusiness consulting firm focused on providing training, strategic planning and keynote speaking services to companies, organizations and associations within the agribusiness and food sector. Prior to founding Agcellerate, he spent 22 years with Indianapolis-based consulting companies Adayana and Agri Business Group. Over the past 26…

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