Leadership

 

Like our products, our leadership team has been
carefully crafted to perform.


 

Charles Michell, CEO

Charles brings over thirty years of commercial Ag experience and is a Co-Founder of Local Seed Company. Prior to his time with Local, he served in senior roles at both Delta and Pine Land and Monsanto. More recently he served as CEO and Co-Founder of Cresco Ag and President of Sanders Retail. He also brings a strong background in software development and supply chain strategy and is a past board member/current member of AgGateway.
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Bo Rhea, Marketing

Bo is the co-founder of Local Seed Company. Prior to founding Local, he was president of Listener Land Company and a member of the 2005 Nexus Leaders Class. He brings over 12+ years of experience working with family officers and understands intimately the challenges most farm family businesses face today.
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Chism Craig, VP of Product Development and R&D

Dr. Craig brings nearly 20 years of experience in commercial agriculture with a background in crop physiology, agronomy, entomology, precision agriculture and data analytics. He started his career at the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor with both research and extension responsibilities while serving as the Cotton Specialist for Tennessee.

From there, he joined Monsanto where he opened research and demonstration farms known as Learning Centers in both Leland and Scott, MS later moving to St. Louis for roles in Corn and Cotton product management. Chism left Monsanto to help start Cresco Ag, a precision ag and data analytics platform focused on developing agronomic decision tools for growers. After being sold to Apollo as part of the Sanders acquisition, Chism spent 3 years as the VP of R&D for Pinnacle Ag Holdings.

Chism holds a B.S. in Agricultural Pest Management and an M.S. in Entomology from Mississippi State University and a PhD in Crop Physiology and Agronomy from Louisiana State University. Chism is a native of Friars Point, MS where he grew up on a diversified row crop farm that raised cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat. He was also active in his family’s crop consulting and research businesses. In his spare time, Chism enjoys spending time with his family, farming and the outdoors.

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Reed Trusty, Sales & Grower Partnership Lead

Reed brings more than 15 years of Ag experience to the Local Seed team in the area of sales team management. Prior to joining Local Seed Company, Reed was Regional Business Director with Sanders Retail.
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Clint Jayroe, Ops & Manufacturing

Clint brings experience in sales, operations, software development and IT and has worked in commercial Ag & Ag Retail for the past 15 years. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor Board Member in Arkansas.
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Taylor Doebler, Production

Taylor is a proven leader with over 40 years of experience in seed production. He is a 3rd generation seedsman specializing in the production and processing of seed corn and seed soybeans. He was recognized as a Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer in 2010 and is an Executive Board Member of the Penn State Ag council as well as president of the Mid-Atlantic Farmer Association.

David Zaleski, Finance

David brings more than 30 years of experience in accounting and finance to the Local team with more than half of that experience functioning as a CFO across multiple industries; including a decade of CFO experience in AG. In addition to finance, David adds expertise in the areas of human resources and operations. David is a graduate of Hendrix College and the University of Memphis.

Bob Morris, Corporate Development/Legal

Bob spent 35 years in private practice helping entrepreneurs and corporations build and expand their business operations domestically and internationally. For the past decade Bob has focused primarily in the AG and Life Science space assisting clients in technology licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning.