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Locus AG Leadership

CHAD PAWLAK
CHAD PAWLAKCEO

Strategic Direction and Operational Leadership

Now: Drives vision, strategy, operations and commercial development.

Before: Global entrepreneurial executive with a successful track record of building companies and unique range of experience across agribusiness, including crop protection, genetics, dairy and specialty foods

KARTHIK KARATHUR
KARTHIK KARATHURSenior VP, Board Member

Growth Strategies and Emerging Markets

Now: Provides direction and implementation of future growth initiatives.

Before: Instrumental in launching Locus Bio-Energy, an affiliate to Locus AG, into a high-growth business. Management consultant by background with McKinsey & Company.

ALEX FOTSCH
ALEX FOTSCHVP of Product Management

Product Launches and Data Validation

Now: Develops all field testing programs and commercialization business plans.

Before: Elected delegate of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials, and formerly held a manager position at SG Biofuels, Inc.

PAUL ZORNER
PAUL ZORNER Chief Agronomist

Agricultural Innovation and Microbial Education

Now: Heads internal and external education and agronomic strategy.

Before: Executive, innovator and educator with 40+ years of international experience in science, R&D, operations and administration, holding leadership positions at multiple organizations including Mycogen Corporation, Dow Chemical, BASF and Diversa Corporation.

DARRIN PASCHAL
DARRIN PASCHALVP of Specialty Crops

Business Development for Specialty Markets

Now: Builds market growth plans and strategic partnerships within specialty and horticulture markets.

Before: Held leadership roles in Nursery, Landscape and Plant Nutritional Companies over the last 25 years with specific focus on merchandising, marketing and operations.

WALTER HECHENBLEIKNER
WALTER HECHENBLEIKNERDirector of Sales, East Region

Business Development for the East Region

Now: Responsible for managing all sales operations to achieve company goals through strategic sales plans.

Before: Held sales and operations leadership positions within the Green industry and military for the last 30 years, including with Site One Landscape Supply, TruGreen LandCare, The Brickman Group and US Army Special Operations.

Locus AG Regional Sales Experts

CHRIS PEVESTORF
CHRIS PEVESTORFRegional Sales Manager – Row Crops
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Region: ND, SD, IA, W. MN

Chris is an agricultural input expert who previously worked for companies including Valagro USA and Spraytec Fertilizers. He has extensive experience with large territory management, including building extensive territory plans. Chris has a diverse background ranging from biofuels to biostimulants and seed production. He has his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Northwest Missouri State University and currently lives in Coon Rapids, IA where he grew up.

NELSON D. GRAHAM
NELSON D. GRAHAMArea Sales Manager – Row Crops
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Region: WI, MI, N.IL, E.MN, N.IN

Nelson is a Certified Crop Advisor with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Soil & Crops Science International. He has an extensive background in Midwest agronomic sales and service of farm seeds, chemicals, fertilizer, technology and microbial inputs, as well as in dairy. From farm crop production planning to nutrient management, Nelson has worked closely with top producers to maintain and grow successful operations through best management strategies, while always considering environment sustainability and good land stewardship.

LEONARD L LUEBKER 2ND
LEONARD L LUEBKER 2NDArea Sales Manager – Row Crops
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Region: CO, NE, KS, OK

Leonard has extensive “in field” experience, from walking farmers’ fields to evaluating corn and soybean genetics for a product lineup. Whether it is plant nutrients, microbials, or fertilizers, Leonard is always seeking out the right product(s) to benefit the grower he is working with. He not only has a lot of knowledge to share, but also enjoys learning from each of his contacts too. Leonard has degrees in Agronomy, Agricultural Economics and General Agricultural from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was chosen in 2010 for Agora, Lima Grain’s annual global gathering recognizing sales achievements.

KENT GLOVER
KENT GLOVERArea Sales Manager – Row Crops
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Region: MO, KY, OH, S.IL, S. IN, TN, AR

Coming from Becks Superior Hybrids, Kent can recognize customer needs and actively develop creative solutions. With his Bachelor of Science, Agriculture Economics from University of Illinois, Kent is passionate about agriculture, understands the importance of good morals, and recognizes and acknowledges the hard work of farmers. He grew up in a small town in Southeastern Illinois and currently lives in Pinckneyville, Illinois.

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