Tom is a passionate entrepreneur and precision conservation thought leader with over 30 years of experience in conservation planning.
Through his work at Agren, he is able to marry his love of the environment with his passion for pioneering innovative solutions to complex environmental problems. Tom leads concept development and scope of work development for Agren, and continuously challenges scientists, programmers and subject matter experts working on Agren projects to achieve a higher level of innovation.
As CEO, Tom is responsible for driving business development and strategic partnerships. He is highly regarded for his creativity, innovation and commitment to developing tools to further conservation implementation. Prior to founding Agren in 1996, he spent 14 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa, first as a Soil Conservationist and later as a District Conservationist. Tom has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy in 1982 and a Masters in Business Administration in 1995, both from Iowa State University.
Jamie’s wide range of executive roles has given her expertise across all aspects of business, from strategic planning and operations to budgeting and authoring proposals.
Jamie oversees all internal functions at Agren and also leads software development efforts, coordinating teams of scientists, software developers and practitioners to bring Agren’s vision for a tool to completion.
Her priorities include ensuring the highest quality of work for Agren clients and building the company’s capability for future growth. Since joining Agren in 2000, Jamie has a strong record of results, resourcefulness, and improved efficiency. Jamie also brings to the team a deep and practical understanding of farmer needs, as she and her husband operate the Ridgely family’s century farm. Jamie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University.
Bob applies his rich technical background to making Agren’s technology powerful, yet easy-to-use. He is committed to providing excellent customer support and brings a positive, friendly attitude to all of Agren’s clients.
Bob uses his strong research and analytics skills to investigate technical specifications of structural conservation practices and ensures the utmost accuracy of the planning software.
He is deeply familiar with every aspect of the conservation planning tools and uses this expertise to enhance the user experience. Bob received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Washington State University and also conducts efficacy studies related to plant nutrients, plant health and tillage.
Amy is responsible for developing and executing Agren’s marketing and communications strategy to support continued business growth and brand awareness.
Through her education and experience, she has developed a proficiency in direct marketing, social media, email marketing, and website maintenance.
Through corporate branding, Amy works to extend Agren’s product leadership by developing business segments to increase the company’s reach. She also leads Agren’s absentee landowner outreach initiatives across the United States. Amy completed a B.A. degree in Business Marketing and Management from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She and her husband reside on the Dreith family farm near Rolfe, IA, with their two children.
Melissa’s role is to maximize the value and success of Agren customers. With extensive customer service and problem-solving experience, she is charged with the execution of the entire customer experience including user setup, education, support, and ongoing customer adoption and retention.
In addition to customer service, Melissa works to streamline business processes and provides a wide range of office management support to the Agren team. She oversees Agren’s day-to-day operations in the areas of finance, accounting, human resources, and event planning. Melissa attended Grand View University where she received her B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting. Melissa now resides with her family on a farm outside of Lanesboro.
Jim joined Agren in 2014, allowing him to combine his passions for environmental modeling with large-scale computation and scalable web services.
As Agren’s Chief Software Engineer, Jim not only leads development and scaling efforts for SoilCalculator, but also has responsibility for the architectural design and scaling of Agren’s entire software as a service suite.
During his 30 years as a software engineer, Jim spent twelve years as Lead Developer for the RUSLE2 sheet and rill erosion modeling team at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After RUSLE2, he spent three years at Colorado State University working on the award-winning Object Modeling System (OMS) and Land Management Operations Database (LMOD) projects for NRCS, which are bringing ARS and NRCS environmental models and datasets to a wider audience as web services.
Jim recently spent a year at Amazon Web Services, developing scalable web services and engineering applications for the cloud. He recently moved to the Seattle area and is enjoying exploring the region with his family.
John’s wealth of experience and education allows him to lead and direct geospatial technology projects to successful completion. At Agren, he leads the development team and works collaboratively with project leadership and contract developers to advance both development strategy and software architecture.
Over the past ten years, John has worked with geographic information system (GIS) technology as a software developer, architect, and project manager. He has worked for Esri, an e911 software company, and across many business verticals as a consultant. John is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Esri Enterprise Administration Associate, and Esri Web Application Developer Associate.
John earned a BA in Forest Management from Oregon State University and a Masters of Forestry from the University of Montana. Living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, John enjoys the outdoors.
Nikki uses her strong background in Information Technology (IT) project management to coordinate the internal development team and contract developers to execute projects and sustain all applications. She oversees and coordinates all aspects of Agren’s software projects from initial planning through completion. Joining the Agren staff in 2016, Nikki brings over 16 years of experience in project management, computer and network systems support, customer support, quality assurance and security.
Nikki is very passionate about entrepreneurship & sustainability, and wants to be a part of the solution to some of the challenges that our society and our planet face today. Nikki got her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurial/Small Business Management, and she is graduating with her MBA in IT Management in 2016. She begins her Doctoral in Business Administration program in the fall of 2016. Nikki resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and three children.
Matthew joined the Agren staff full time in 2016, after working on a part-time basis for the company since 2013 while he was also employed by USDA ARS as a RUSLE2 developer. Through his soil loss modeling expertise gained at Arkansas State University and the USDA ARS, Matthew enables an effective transfer of technologies from modeling to real world, commercial applications.
At Agren, Matthew is a key player focusing on the cloud deployment of SoilCalculator making it scalable for wide-spread commercial application in agriculture. His work centers on developing code in C++ and Python in conjunction with Agren modeling services.
Raised in Northeast Arkansas, Matthew received his B.S. in Computer Science from Arkansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Bernard’s curiosity, zeal for knowledge and education has helped him to think outside the box to devise innovative ideas to solve problems of varying nature in GIS and software development. He works with the software development team at Agren to create front-end applications that incorporate Agren’s conservation tools and models to provide agronomic services to their clients.
Since 2009, Bernard has worked as a GIS developer for many organizations. He started as a GIS Application Technician for Henry County, Indiana; GIS Application Developer for the City of Auburn, Alabama. He also worked as software developer and a project manager for Superior Information Technologies and General Motors in Detroit, Michigan.
Bernard was born and raised in Ghana. He received his bachelor’s degrees in Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Sweden. In 2009, Bernard graduated with a second Masters in Geography/GIS from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.