Mark Wong
Chief Executive Officer, S&W Seed Company

Mr. Wong was elected to the Board in December 2014. In June 2017, he was appointed to serve as our President and Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 35 years of experience in agribusiness, with particular expertise in technology integration and commercialization. Mr. Wong was a founder and, since 2009, has been a partner of Colorado Financial Holdings (“CFH”), a private venture investment and investment bank that specializes in the agricultural, energy and biotechnology sectors. From January 2012 to March 2018, Mr. Wong served as Chairman of American Dairyco, Ponte Vedra, Florida, the owner and operator of dairies in Florida and Georgia, which is a venture jointly owned by CFH. Between 2008 and December 2015, he served either as Chairman of the Board or chief executive officer of Agrivida, a private 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. From January 2016 to February 2016, Mr. Wong served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., a publicly-traded agricultural biotechnology trait company for which he also served on the board from May 2006 until February 2016. Mr. Wong was the Chief Executive Officer of Renewable Agricultural Energy Corporation, a private ethanol production company, from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that time, was the founder and, from 1999 to 2005, chief executive officer of Emergent Genetics, an international seed biotech company that was sold to Monsanto Company in 2005. Mr. Wong founded and managed a series of other agricultural and biotechnology companies, including Big Stone Partners, Agracetus Corporation, a plant biotechnology company that was sold to Monsanto and Agrigenetics Corporation, a seed and biotechnology company that was sold to Dow Chemical. Mr. Wong also worked as an engineer for FMC Corporation and Chemical Construction Corporation. Mr. Wong served as a director of BioFuel Energy Corp., a publicly traded corn ethanol company, from January 2008 until October 2014, and Chair from March 2010 to October 2014, when it was renamed Green Brick Partners following an acquisition and recapitalization transaction. Mr. Wong received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Horton
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Horton comes to S&W Seed Company from Miller Milling Company, a full-service flour milling company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with five facilities across the country and over $500 million in annual revenue, where she served as CFO since 2018. In this position, she oversaw the company’s finance transformation and was also responsible for I/T and HR. Prior to Miller Milling, Ms. Horton spent 20 years at Cargill where she held numerous finance roles of increasing responsibility, including as EMEA Regional Treasurer, EMEA Head – Risk Investors Group, Cargill Trade and Structured Finance and, most recently, Financial Planning & Analysis Director. She currently serves on the Board of Rahr Corporation, a 174-year old global malt and brewing supply company. Ms. Horton received a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and is a licensed CPA (inactive) and a CFA® Charterholder.

Cameron Henley
Managing Director, S&W Seed Company International

Mr. Henley is the Managing Director of S&W Seed Company International based in Australia. He has previously held the position of Commercial General Manager of the International business after initially joining the organization in 2019 as Regional Manager for the MENA market.

Mr Henley has been involved in the seed industry in both Australia and internationally for over 20 years. Initially with Pyne Gould Guinness, when in 2001 he was responsible for the expansion of the turf and lawn seed division into a national wholesale business and then later in 2005 with the merged PGG Wrightson, established the turf and revegetation unit which is now Australia’s largest supplier servicing this sector. In 2011 Mr. Henley moved to New Zealand to manage both the Australian and New Zealand turf and revegetation divisions. Upon returning to Australia, he was appointed National Sales and Marketing manager for the Australian PGG Wrightson Seeds forage business, leading a national sales and marketing team that focused on proprietary seeds as well as managing numerous national accounts. It was during this time, he was responsible for the commercialization and release into the Australian market of leading unique germplasm that contained traits and technology that captured high value for both farmers and the organization. After a brief time working in the seed enhancement and treatment industry, gaining important knowledge on seed applied additives, Mr. Henley joined S&W Seed Company International as the manager of the Middle Eastern and North African division, responsible for the sales and marketing of predominantly Alfalfa and Sorghum into the highly prized and challenging to manage region. Following a strategic acquisition by S&W of a family-owned Australian based pasture and forage seed business with a national footprint, he was then given responsibility for all commercially related activities for the S&W Seed Company both domestically and internationally. Mr. Henley brings a wealth of domestic and international experience combined with a focused drive and passion for building sustainable and profitable businesses.

Donald M. Panter, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Americas

Mr. Panter has served as our Executive Vice President, Americas since October 2018. Mr. Panter has more than 20 years of experience as an agribusiness executive, with time spent in both start-up and turn-around business situations and expertise in such areas as product/project development, global business, strategic planning and technology evaluation. From March 2018 until his appoint as our Executive Vice President, Americas in October 2018, Mr. Panter worked as an independent consultant to us. From November 2012 to March 2018, Mr. Panter served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American DairyCo, a privately held, U.S.-based commercial dairy company consisting of approximately 10,000 dairy cows and agricultural operations across 5,000 acres in across the South and Southeastern U.S., where he managed all business operations and reported to the company’s board of directors. Mr. Panter has also previously served in leadership positions at several seed and biotechnology companies, including Stoneville Pedigreed Seed, Emergent Genetics, Harris Moran Seed Company and Mendel BioEnergy Seeds. Mr. Panter earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Plant Breeding and Genetics, and B.S. in Plant and Soil Science, all from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dennis Jury
Senior Vice President, International Production and Supply Chain

Mr. Jury is a veteran of the agricultural industry, having worked for ICI Crop Care, Schering Ag, and South Australian Seedgrowers Cooperative (later ‘Seedco,’ then subsequently known as ‘SeedMark’) in various roles including territory sales, territory manager and product and market development manager, before joining Seed Genetics International in August 2003 as General Manager. He was appointed Managing Director of Seed Genetics International in July 2009. Mr. Jury studied Agricultural Science at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute in Urbrae, South Australia with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, and received his MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Steve Calhoun
Vice President for Research & Development

Dr. Calhoun has over 30 years of experience in plant breeding and variety development, and in management of R&D. He grew up in West Texas but has practiced his craft in Mexico, Brazil, India, Australia, Europe and elsewhere. Following a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Mias y Trigo (CIMMYT) in Mexico, he worked on faculty as a cotton breeder for Louisiana State University (5 years) and Mississippi State University (5 years). In 1997, he moved back to Texas to open a cotton breeding program for Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company. Through various acquisition of the cotton program, he has worked for Monsanto, Emergent Genetics, Bayer and BASF. He participated in commercial launch of GM cotton traits including BXN, Round Up Ready, Round Up Ready Flex, Bollgard, Glytol, Liberty Link, and TwinLink, and released FM 2010GT, for a time the mostly widely grown cotton variety in the US. Over the last 10 years, he has migrated from managing a breeding program to managing breeders. Prior to joining S&W, he was Global Head of Resource Management for BASF seed division. His mission was to make life as easy, efficient and productive as possible for plant breeders and other scientists across the company.

He carries this mission with him to S&W. He is very excited to be applying the principles he has learned to a new set of crops and to be working with an energizing group of smart, motivated scientists in a company small enough to be nimble but large enough to make a difference to the farmers we serve.

Kirk Rolfs
Vice President, Production and Supply Chain for the Americas

Mr. Rolfs began his career with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. at the alfalfa research station in Connell, WA. In 1988, he accepted an Agronomist position with Pioneer Hi-Bred in Fresno, CA managing non-dormant alfalfa seed production in the San Joaquin Valley region of California. In 1992, he was promoted to Senior Agronomist and over the following 10 years took on additional roles for the product line of Quality Supply Logistics, worldwide distribution planning, as well as Supply and Demand Planning. In 2013, Mr. Rolfs was promoted to Production Location Manager of the Nampa, ID production location. While working for Pioneer Hi-Bred, Mr. Rolfs was a part of the team that harmonized ISO9000 documentation for the entire company. This team went on to win the Owen J. Newlin Business Excellence Award. In addition, he is a certified Six Sigma green belt, and certified LEAN practitioner. He has served on several industry organizations including the CA Alfalfa Seed Production Research Board in California for over 19 years, and the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) for over 8 years. Mr. Rolfs received his B.S. degree in Agronomy from Colorado State University.

Brent Johnson
Vice President Sales & Marketing for Americas

Mr. Johnson is currently the VP of Sales & Marketing for the Americas. Mr. Johnson served as National Sales Director for North America when joining the organization in 2019. The sales team that Mr. Johnson lead during his 3 years as sales director increased core crop revenue, including alfalfa and grain sorghum by 41% and 48% respectively. Mr. Johnson has been in the seed industry for nearly 30 years. His early career was in ag retail working as a Crop Specialist and serving their customer base agronomic advice including fertilizer, chemical and seed recommendations. Mr. Johnson then served as a Territory Manager at Cargill in Wisconsin where he worked on the pilot and launch of brown mid rib corn silage which was the highest priced seed corn sold at that time. In 1997 Mr. Johnson joined WL Research as the Midwest Regional manager and was responsible for recruiting new distribution, providing sales training, and technical support to WL Alfalfa customers including many National Ag retail companies. In 2006 Forage Genetics (Land O Lakes) purchased WL Research and the WL Alfalfa brand. Mr. Johnson continued his work with Forage Genetics and was an integral part of Forage Genetics launch of both the Roundup Ready alfalfa and HarvXtra alfalfa traits. Mr. Johnson was involved in both piloting and launching that industries most expensive, most valuable trait once again. Before leaving Forage Genetics in 2018 Mr. Johnson lead the US Commercial Alfalfa team including 3 internal Forage Genetics brands and its private label and licensing business in the US. Mr. Johnsons depth of experience in all levels of sales and marketing in the seed industry has been a critical part of the growth success in each position he has held. Mr. Johnson is currently a member of the Western Seed Association, Midwest Forage Association and the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance. Mr. Johnson has served as Treasure on the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance board and has both lead and participated in Washington DC activities to promote the benefits of the crops he has represented over the years.

Andrea McFarlane
Global Director Human Resources

Ms. McFarlane joined S&W Seed Company in November 2019 as Global Director of Human Resources. Andrea comes with over 20 years of progressive experience in human resources management. She started her HR career in Ontario, Canada before moving to Colorado in 1998. She has diverse industry experience, including manufacturing/ operations, warehouse/distribution, mergers and acquisitions, privately held and private equity environments.