Mark has more than 35 years of experience in agribusiness with particular expertise in technology integration and commercialization. He is currently President and CEO of S&W Seed Company, a publicly traded alfalfa, sorghum, sunflower and stevia company. He was Chairman of the Board or CEO of Agrivida from 2008 to 2013, a company that is developing and commercializing high-performance products that incorporate novel, regulated proteins precisely engineered for specific applications in a variety of markets, including animal nutrition, bio-based fuels and chemicals, and industrial enzymes. Formerly, he was founder and CEO, from 1999 to 2006 of Emergent Genetics, Inc. an international seed biotech company and from 2009 to the present he is a founder and partner at Colorado Financial Holdings, a private venture investment and family office that specializes in the agricultural, energy and biotechnology sectors. He also has previous founding and management experience in these areas, including from 1987 to 1992 Agracetus (CEO), a plant biotechnology company; from 1979 to 1987 Agrigenetics (Founder and COO), a seed and biotechnology company; and from 2009 to 2014 BioFuel Energy Corp. (Chairman), a corn ethanol company. Mark’s experience includes operations management, technology assessment, business acquisition and divestiture, and international business. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Finance.