OUR TEAM

 

The Fresh Air Farms Start-up Team:

Gerry Snell – Founder, President - Grew up working on the family farm in central Washington State. Paid for college with earnings from his own harvesting business started at age 14. Spent 25 Years in multiple technical and business management positions in technology companies including Canon, Epson, Plantronics, and Boeing. Designed products that were sold world-wide, some were featured in Time and Newsweek articles and on the cover of Macworld. Led manufacturing teams and established systems, facilities, and processes that produced over $2 million of product per day. Spent eight years consulting business owners, executives, and employees to increased and sustained profitability. Experienced in international business. Founded and managed four company start-ups, one of which was awarded one of the Portland Business Journal's Fastest Growing Companies. BS Bio-medical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration.     
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Jake Polvi  Adviser - Oregon native raised on a large family farm near Salem, Oregon. Broad background across agricultural business development, project management, sales, financing, natural resource management, and agency collaboration. Led management of a 100,000 acre working cattle ranch and 235 unit condominium resort in Central Oregon. Assisted development of large scale greenhouse operation in Hawaii. Managed 6,000 acres of agricultural lands throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including ranch and nursery operations as well as renewable energy and residential developments. Owned, developed, and managed a wide range of commercial and industrial investment properties throughout the Pacific Northwest. BS Civil Engineering. LEED AP 
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Bob Pene – Executive Adviser - Former executive building brands and turn-around at Procter and Gamble, SC Johnson, Kimberly Clark , Frito Lay, and Western Publishing. Executive consulting for Texas Instruments, Mary Kay, Lazer Tile, OECO, Beaver Coaches, Rainsweet, and Sun Sportswear. Former company owner.  USAF Captain. BS in Business Administration and Marketing, MBA in Marketing.         
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Alan Sahl Process and Sustainability Adviser - 30 years Manufacturing and engineering experience.  Specializes in energy, environmental and sustainable business. Expert in developing and optimizing systems. Holds BS in Engineering Operations and MS in Business, MS in Economics, and Graduate Certificate in Applied Energy Economics.        
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Bill Paugh – Food Safety and Industry Insider Adviser - 30 years consulting and management in the food industry.  B.S. in Business Administration focusing on Supply Chain and Logistics. Professional Certificate in Food Industry Management. Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HAACP) expert.         
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Rich Newman – Sales and Marketing Adviser - 35 years Business development and sales management at Westmark, NCR, Harland Financial, Clarke American. BS in Business Administration, Human Resources, and Production Management.        
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Ayreann Colombo – Operations and Business Adviser - Held positions in the Portland Development Commission, Oregon Public Employee Retirement System, and Research & Development at Epson. BS and MS in Economics.        
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Dina Bright – Strategic and Relationship Adviser - Independent Professional Transition Coach, Performance Improvement Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, Executive Office Vice President, and Customer Service Strategist at Wells Fargo Bank. BA in Economics at Youngstown State University.            
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Brad Hixson – Business Planning and Sustainability adviser – Co-Founder and Program Manager of 4guys4africa; started multiple micro-businesses and leadership development coach for local business leaders. Experience in multi-national team leadership, cost-benefit analysis, auditing, grant writing, and business plan development and analysis. MBA and Certificate of Sustainable Enterprises from Willamette University.
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Service Partners:

Bank - Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Legal - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

CPA - Jones & Roth

Federal Lobbyist Jack Burkman Associates LLC

Payroll Services - Paychex
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