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LEADERSHIP

John Hedlund
President & CEO
 

John is the President & CEO of TriPointAg, Inc. and Board Chairman. As a C-Level Executive with both multi-national and early stage companies, he has over 25 years of leadership experience in domestic and international business in SE Asia, Europe & The Americas. John has led cross-functional teams in various industries, including: bioinformatics, industrial engineering, healthcare, manufacturing, finance and agriculture organizations.
 

John holds a B.A. Degree from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (USC), an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and a Certified Advanced Project Management "SCPM" from Stanford School of Professional Development.

John was an NCAA National Champion and First Team All-American Volleyball Player at USC and played professionally in Italy and Germany. He now coaches youth sports in volleyball, softball and soccer. He also holds a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate.

Science Team

Dr. Elaine Ingham

Senior Vice President, Science and Innovation
 

Dr. Elaine Ingham is the Senior Director of Science and Innovation at TriPointAG, and a member of the Executive Team. She is responsible for the company’s technology roadmap as well as field implementations. Behind her leadership is a wealth of knowledge gained from years of research into the organisms which make up the soil food web.
 

She has developed three new methods of rapidly assessing soil and foliage-related organisms and assessing how soil and foliar biology changes with different management practices. She has focused on grower-related issues, the expense of intensive chemical use, and the damage chemicals inflict on beneficial organisms in the soil and on foliage.

From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Ingham was the Chief Scientist for the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania, and applied her knowledge to improve dairy, pasture, orchard, row crops, vegetable and hydroponics production focused on small scale growers. In

the year 2000, Elaine opened a lab at Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, allowing grower’s overnight access to the assays they need to improve plant production without the use of high levels of inorganic

chemicals.
 

Dr. Ingham founded Soil Foodweb Inc. in 1996, a company that grew out of her research program at Oregon State University, which is dedicated to educating the general public about the benefits of the soil food web, as well as continuing to allow Dr, Ingham to work as a consultant with growers around the world. From the late-1980’s to the early 2000’s, Elaine was a Faculty Member in Forest Science and Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. 

 

Dr. Ingham started her academic career at St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry, cum laude, in 1974.  She earned an M.S. in Microbiology at Texas A & M University in 1977, and her Doctorate in Microbiology, (with an emphasis in soil,) from Colorado State University in 1981 during which time she helped develop the theoretical basis behind the benefits of the soil food web. Elaine accepted a Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University that lead to a series of discoveries about how natural soil communities and their interactions benefit plant growth.

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Rod Hiemstra

Senior Vice President, Applied Science and Operations

Rod is Sr. Director of Applied Science and Operations, and a member of the TriPointAG Executive Team.

 

Rod is responsible for the company’s soil science technology roadmap as well as field implementation. This includes overseeing production, implementation protocols, and directing field “biological” operations. Rod works in close coordination with the Senior Director of Science and Research in establishing TriPointAg’s soil science operations worldwide.

 

Rod’s expertise includes eight years hands-on experience in soil regeneration technology which includes application to cropland settings, as well as serving as a soil health consultant to growers. In addition, Rod has over 25 years’ experience in the field of environmental health, specializing in hazard waste management, public water systems, industrial hygiene, air pollution and consumer food protection. During 15 years of his career, Rod held concurrent positions as an Environmental Engineer and Program Manager at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

 

Having owned and operated several successful businesses in the USA and Conducted business in Southeast Asia, Rod brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience.

 

Rod holds an MS in Human Resource Management with an emphasis in organization development from Golden Gate University, a BS in Marine Biology from California State University, Long Beach and has completed additional graduate courses in Environmental Health at California State University, Northridge.

Noel Matthews

Senior Vice President, Business Operations APAC and EMEA

 

Noel is responsible for leading and managing TriPointAG’s APAC and EMEA business operations, as well as securing its Knowledge Management systems and processes.

 

Noel brings his entrepreneurial background and a wealth of management experience establishing international commercial and industrial operations. He has successfully managed major multi-million dollar projects in several countries, including: Thailand, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Taiwan, Middle East, the U.K. and Ireland.

 

Noel has served in leadership positions such as Managing Director, CEO and Project Director and enjoys the challenge and opportunities of driving companies’ P/L, managing cross-cultural internal and external teams and their integration. This includes technical overview of design and implementation of manufacturing projects, environmental health and safety, business development, and establishing strong client relations.

Andrés Aymerich
Senior Project Manager

Andrés is responsible for TriPointAg on field projects organization, coordination and leadership to achieve the project objectives in accordance with the agreed parameters in the most efficient and effective way. This includes planning and designation of project resources, budgets, project progress, and supporting documentation that backups the project implementation. Andrés works in close coordination with the Applied Science and Operations Director, as well as with the Executive Team. 

Andrés expertise includes five years hands-on experience working with tropical crops in various approaches such as monocropping,  poly cropping, agroforestry systems, and silvopastoral systems in both conventional management and regenerative/organic management. Additionally, Andrés has over 6 years experience in business management in areas that include sales, finance, and marketing in companies like Clorox, Whirlpool and Citibank.

Andrés is a true believer that social and environmental development are key elements for success; therefore, he always keep in mind the principles of social and commercial justice, without forgetting the objectives of a successful and profitable business.

 

Andrés holds a BBA with emphasis in finance from Universidad Latina, and B.sc. in agronomy from EARTH University in Costa Rica. 

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