Plymouth, MN *****
SENIOR TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS EXECUTIVE
The international expert in high tech technology agriculture with a global business and operational perspective consulting in the Americas and Europe on the development/creation of sustainable Agrosystems/businesses from crop production to food marketing and distribution.
Strong conceptual and strategic thinker with innovation based on a systems approach. Flexible leadership capable of thriving despite rapidly changing markets and organizational ambiguity.
Contributed advanced top-line product features and marketing ideas to expand and shift industry boundaries to create interaction with customers through the products.
Broad industry visibility and network connections in agriculture, agricultural engineering, government, equipment manufacturing, and education/research communities.
Comprehensive educational background with experience in academic research and as Associate Professor. Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S., and B.S. degrees encompassing the mechanization of agriculture, advanced crop management technology, technology automation, and marketing.
Agricultural Technology and Crop Production Systems
Equipment Design, Testing, and Validation
Engineering and Product Development Leadership
Technology Transfer, Manufacturing Start-Up, and Production
Fleet Management, Maintenance, and Repair
Contract Farming solutions
Regulatory and Industry Compliance
Knowledge-intensive services creation and development
January 2011 to Current
NEW AG SYSTEMS - CONSULTANCY Minneapolis MN
Consulted in Strategic Marketing, Business Development, Product Development, R&D of Ag Systems, and Precision Agriculture Worldwide.
Worked with many companies in combining R&D, IS, IT and Customer Success Services to create more efficient businesses for customers via the creation of smart farming infrastructure.
Teach companies how to create interaction with a customer through the products instead of simple transactions, how to create more efficient businesses.
Contract farming development in Moldova (IFAD funded project), Co-Chair and Content Provider for IDEAg Interconnectivity Event.
August 2000 to December 2010
JOHN DEERE & COMPANY - PRODUCT ENGINEERING CENTER Waterloo, Iowa
Staff Consultant Engineer
Led development of advanced farming and tractor energy management systems, managing up to 12 technical staff and partnering with more than 80 worldwide contributors.
Consulted in agricultural systems development and marketing, product verification and validation, production start-up, and ongoing problem resolution.
Enhanced John Deere company image, business intelligence gathering, and contacts with Russia as the consultant in business, technology, and patent negotiations, receiving multiple commendations from the CEO.
Consulted in meetings with agricultural ministers, quality inspectors, and agricultural equipment unions.
Conceived and championed process and value improvement initiatives, competitive benchmarking, and market strategy evaluation.
Monitored performance of current and new tractor products to ensure continuous quality improvement.
Developed new validation process using live data analysis for enhanced problem detection and designed new product evaluation matrix.
Maintained performance quality reports.
Served as the key contributor to business growth through research memos detailing systems/systems engineering approaches and development of marketing strategy demonstrating customer value propositions.
Produced 80% of the business report that shaped John Deere's business development and market strategy for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), with CIS equipment sales worth more than $500 million.
Provided strategic Russian business consultation in demographics, geography, customer requirements, equipment design, regulations, suppliers, and branch structure.
Championed and facilitated the establishment of supplier and manufacturing base in Belarus.
Enabled new revenue of $8+ million by recommending agricultural and construction branch expansion into Far East Russia.
Instituted the creation of $15+ million Frontier Implements product line by recommending certification of equipment produced by other manufacturers.
Conceived and drove single GreenStar(TM) electronic monitor solution for multiple application/product integration, allowing lower cost production of the John Deere Ag Management Solutions (AMS).
February 1998 to July 2000
CNH GLOBAL N.V. / CNH Burr Ridge, Illinois
Managed project teams in the development of new technologies and equipment concepts.
Led design and development of a self-propelled sprayer while driving new technological advances in seed planting, variable rate application, yield monitoring, and various automated systems and sensors.
Consulted in business development and supply chain partnership in Russia and CIS.
Recognized for innovative development (eight patents) in the Case Corporation Inventor Recognition Program.
Established connections in Belarus, as a partner in the global supply chain.
Contributed to negotiations with Russian business partners, receiving recognition from the CEO.
Created new features for prototype self-propelled sprayer development, including adjustable suspension for crop clearance, wheel tread width, weight distribution, and driving conditions, with additional steep-slope capabilities and electronic steering.
2004 KELLER SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT - DEVRY UNIVERSITY Chicago, Illinois
1998 UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA St. Paul, Minnesota
Master of Science Soil Science
Thesis - Site-Specific Crop Management - A System Approach
1987 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE OF UKRAINE Ukraine, Kiev
Ph.D. Automation of Technological Processes
80+ publications and 33 patents – US (11), Canada, European Union, USSR, Belarus, Russia, and Australia