AeroFarms is on a mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible farms throughout the world to enable local production at scale and nourish our communities with safe, nutritious, and delicious food.
AeroFarms has been charting a course toward a new standard for totally-controlled agriculture since 2004. They disrupt traditional supply chains by building farms on major distribution routes and near population centers and defy traditional growing seasons by enabling local farming at commercial scale all-year round. AeroFarms has set a new standard for traceability by managing produce from seed to package. And it’s all done while using 95% less water than field farmed-food and with yields 390 times higher per square foot annually.
AeroFarms passion is to grow great tasting food and sharing their harvest with the world. They recently began growing at their ninth farm — the world’s largest indoor vertical farm and their new global headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. There has been tremendous demand for their locally grown, delicious, produce, and farms are now in development in multiple US states and on four continents. There has never been a greater need for safe, dependable, nutritious food. AeroFarms is scaling quickly to transform agriculture around the world.
AeroFarms has put together a world-class team all aligned with a shared passion and purpose to transform agriculture and feed humanity. The team has deep expertise across plant science, biology, engineering, data science, food safety, and nutrition, setting a new standard for controlled growing from seed to package. You will want to become a vegetarian (and investor) after this event.
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Co Founder & Chief Marketing Officer
Marc co-founded AeroFarms with the deep desire to make fresh, nutritious, great tasting produce more accessible to communities globally. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Food, AeroFarms is a mission-driven company and certified B-Corporation, leading the way for indoor vertical farming company and transforming agriculture. Recognized by Eating Well magazine as one of their 2018 American Food Heroes, Marc has dedicated the majority of his professional career to the food and produce industries to improving our food systems.
Prior to AeroFarms, he headed up marketing for The Food Emporium, a leading supermarket chain in the Northeast and for Citarella Gourmet Markets that has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Specialty Food Retailers in the United States. Also, Marc has overseen numerous food events including partnerships with the James Beard Foundation, Museum of Food & Drink (MOFAD), Slow Food, City Harvest, and Le Fooding, what Time magazine calls the “coolest food event in the world.”
An award-winning marketer, Marc sits on Produce Marketing Association’s Board of Directors and the FDA Romaine Advisory Task Force where he is the sole representative for the entire indoor vertical farming industry. Marc also is the Vice Chairman for the CEA Food Safety Coalition and is on the Merchandising & Marketing Council for United Fresh. In addition, Marc is Co-Chair for the Board of Chefs Collaborative, a 25 year old non-profit focused on improving our sustainable food. He has a B.A. from Columbia College and a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Partner, Vici Partners
Lance Stuart is a partner at Vici Partners. He has over 30 years of consulting and operating experience, principally in the U.S., Japan and China. Clients span industries from cosmetics and consumer electronics to software, chemicals, insurance, airlines and telecoms. He has been an investor, co-founder, CEO, COO and board member of several companies in the U.S. and Asia. He began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York then transferred to Tokyo.
Lance earned a B.S. in economics and marketing, cum laude, from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School (’78), where he was awarded two academic scholarships. He was raised in Tokyo and is an active volunteer in several non-profit organizations including the Harvard Business School Club of NY, the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County and as a Council Member on the U.S.-Japan Council.
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