years in Northeast Arkansas. He has a wonderful wife Tami and three wonderful boys—Taylor (17), Charlie (12), and Kevin Landry (5).
Dr. George Frisvold, Professor, University of Arizona
Dr. Frisvold is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include domestic and international environmental policy, as well as the causes and consequences of technological change in agriculture. He has been a visiting scholar at India’s National Institute of Rural Development, a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University, and Chief of the Resource and Environmental Policy Branch of USDA’s Economic Research Service. In 1995-1996, Dr. Frisvold served as a senior economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers with responsibility for agricultural, natural resource, and international trade issues.
Dr. Thomas Green, President, IPM Institute of North America
Dr. Green is President and Co-founder of the IPM Institute of North America, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to leverage marketplace power to improve health, environment, and economics in agriculture and communities. The Institute created IPM STAR certification for schools, now impacting more than 2 million children and adopted by the U.S. Army, and offers Green Shield Certification to structural pest management professionals. The Institute is a partner with Sysco on its Sustainable Agriculture/IPM initiative and, with American Farmland Trust in the BMP CHALLENGE project, guarantees farmers income when they adopt conservation practices. Dr. Green and the Institute earned recognitions from the International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium in 2009 and 2012, and the Institute was recognized as a national award winner in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program Champion. Dr. Green is a Certified Crop Advisor, a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service-certified Technical Service Provider, and a member of the U.S. EPA Pesticide Policy Dialogue Committee and serves as Vice President of the Entomological Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. John E. Hamer, Venture Partner, Burrill & Company
Dr. Hamer’s career spans more than three decades of research, senior management, and investment experience in the life sciences. Most recently he spent six years with Burrill & Company, a leading life sciences merchant bank with activities in venture capital, merchant banking, and media. Dr. Hamer was Managing Director and General Partner in several Burrill funds and helped to raise and invest more than $500 million across three funds, including funds based in Latin America and Asia. Prior to joining Burrill & Company, Dr. Hamer was the CSO and later CEO of Paradigm Genetics Inc., a leading genomics and agbiotechnology company that completed its IPO on NASDAQ in 2000 and was later acquired by Monsanto. Dr. Hamer received his Ph. D. in Microbiology from the University of California at Davis and was a visiting scientist in DuPont’s Central Research & Development Group. He later joined Purdue University, where he rose to the rank of full Professor, and was the recipient of several national awards including the David and Lucile Packard Award and the National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship. At Purdue, Dr.