The Biopesticide Industry Alliance Board of Directors
Executive Director, BPIA
Keith Jones is Executive Director of the BPIA. Previously, Mr. Jones was executive director of a land trust focused on watershed protection and environmental education. In the past, he has served as general counsel to several organizations including a national trade association and one of the largest public water utility companies in the country. Mr. Jones has published several articles in various academic journals and speaks regularly across the country on a variety of topics. He holds a BA in Communications from Rider University, a JD from the Temple University School of Law, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Board Chair, BPIA
Global Brand Management and Communications Manager, Valent BioSciences Corporation
Rick Melnick is the Global Brand Management and Communications Manager for Valent BioSciences Corporation, with responsibilities in the areas of Agricultural Microbials, Plant Growth Regulators, Public Health, and Forestry. Rick has worked in agriculture for 20 years including a distinguished career as the editorial director at Meister Media Worldwide and Director of the company’s Crop Protection Handbook business. After joining BPIA in 2005, Rick became chair of its Public Relations committee in 2006 and was elected to the BPIA Board of Directors in 2009. He has contributed to a variety of biopesticide-related print and online resources including authorship of VBC’s Guide to Understanding and Evaluating Biorational Products (2006) and the Biorational Application Guide (2012). He is a member of the SYSCO IPM Advisory Council and is a former agricultural ambassador for the Mid America CropLife Association. Rick’s executive education includes courses at Stanford and the Kellogg School of Management.
Vice Chair, BPIA
Senior Regulatory Scientist, Gowan Corporation
Nina Wilson is a Senior Regulatory Scientist with Gowan Company, where her primary focus is global registrations of biopesticides. In her tenure at Gowan, Nina has managed marketing and sales of the company’s turf and ornamental business as well as serving as product manager for key products in the Gowan portfolio. Prior to Gowan, Nina worked for more than 15 years in FMC’s chemical business in sales and marketing and also served as Regional Director of FMC’s international defense systems business based in Brussels, Belgium.
Bill Foster, CEO of BioWorks, is a founding member of BPIA. With more than 20 years of commercialization experience, he focuses on the adoption and acceptance of biopesticides in the high value specialty agriculture markets, including Turf and Ornamentals, in North America. He is based in Victor, NY.
Tom Rutherford works with Oil-Dri Corporation’s Crop and Horticultural Products Group. Oil-Dri supplies clay based carriers for crop protection materials including many bio pesticide products. Mr. Rutherford has worked with Oil-Dri since 1991. Prior to joining Oil-Dri, he worked for ChemLawn Services Corporation in both technical and business positions.
An agronomist by training, Tom developed, monitored and supplied training for the programs applied to lawns and landscapes. Later, he migrated to the business side of Chemlawn serving as Regional Manager for several years. Mr. Rutherford holds a BA in Botany and Bacteriology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MS in Turfgrass Science from The University of Rhode Island. In addition to his activities with BPIA, he is actively involved with Mid America Croplife Association. He currently serves as Chair of BPIA’s membership committee.
Senior Manager of Government Affairs, BASF
Jeff Blackwood is a Senior Manager of Government Affairs for BASF in the Washington, DC office with advocacy responsibilities on legislation and policy related to BASF’s Crop Protection and Bioscience Research businesses. Jeff has been working on public policy in Washington DC for over 16 years, with a specific focus on agriculture policy.
Prior to joining BASF, Jeff was the director of government relations at The Fertilizer Institute in Washington, DC where he monitored and advocated legislative and regulatory matters regarding agriculture policy, chemical security, and water quality.
Previously, Jeff worked for four years as Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), advising the Senator on legislation related to agriculture policy. In this position he managed bills and amendments including several considered as part of the 2008 Farm Bill and the annual agriculture appropriations process.
Prior to his work with Sen. Dorgan, Jeff was the Senior Grassroots Advocacy Advisor with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and spent four years as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Brad Carson (D-OK).
Executive Vice President – NAFTA Region, Certis USA
Tim Damico, Executive Vice President – NAFTA Region, joined Certis USA 15 years ago as Manager of US Specialty Agricultural Products. His responsibility continuously expanded over the years and has included oversight of the Home & Garden, Mexico, Horticultural and at one time the Mosquito and Forestry business units. Damico is responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing initiatives in the NAFTA Region and building relationships with customers, distributors and strategic suppliers.
Damico previously has worked in sales, technical, international and managerial roles for Southern States Cooperative, Ciba-Geigy (currently Syngenta) and Great Salt Lake Minerals working with growers, agri-retailers and distributors throughout the United States and other countries for the last 33 years. Damico received a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticultural Science from Pennsylvania State University. Damico and his wife, Andrea resides near Baltimore, MD and have one adult daughter who also lives in the Baltimore Metro Area.
CEO, International Bio Consultants, LLC
William Dunham is the owner and CEO of International Bio Consultants, LLC, an international agricultural biopesticide consulting firm founded in 2007. Int’l. Bio provides support to biopesticide companies in their international expansion and growth (commercial launch, sales & marketing, regulatory and product development).
Bill has been in the international crop protection and seed business for 30 years, has managed companies in three countries outside of the United States and managed large global and regional projects for some of the largest crop protection companies in the market. He has been working in the global biopesticide sector since 2003 having introduced biopesticide products and companies into more than 40 countries worldwide.
Ned French, Ph.D.
Product Development Manager, AMVAC
Ned French, Ph.D., is a Product Development Manager at AMVAC. His interest in production agriculture began on his family’s farm in Oklahoma. After achieving M.S. (Mississippi State University) and Ph.D. (North Carolina State University) degrees in agricultural disciplines, Ned joined the Biopesticide Division at Mycogen Corporation. At American Cyanamid, Ned moved into Technical Service and Specialist positions in Ag Products and Forestry.
After fulfilling field development and managerial roles at Eden Bioscience and later PHC, which acquired Eden, Ned joined AMVAC in 2012. Dr. French has accumulated extensive experience in development, commercialization, and sales support of biopesticides and has served with the Arkansas Crop Protection Association, American Phytopathological Society, American Society of Agronomy, Entomological Society of America, Society of Nematologists, and Weed Science Society of America.
CEO, Bee Vectoring Technology
Ashish Malik was previously the VP of Global Marketing for Biologics at Bayer CropScience. At Bayer he was responsible for managing the portfolio of biological assets for the company and advancing the strategy to develop integrated crop solutions that include biological products together with traditional chemical products, seeds, traits, seed treatments and services. Mr. Malik joined Bayer CropScience through the company’s acquisition of AgraQuest in 2012. At AgraQuest Mr. Malik was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing where he was responsible for the company’s strategic and tactical marketing activities in addition to the regulatory affairs and field product development functions. Mr. Malik came to AgraQuest in April 2008 from Syngenta, where he served as the Head of Commercial Operations for the Home Care Division. During that time he was responsible for the overall leadership of the newly developed division, where he defined growth strategies, developed go-to-market approaches and identified opportunities for brand value building. Prior to his five-years with Syngenta, he worked for Imerys, where he was a Business Unit Director, and for BFGoodrich, where he served as a Market Manager. Mr. Malik holds an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College.
Corporate Director of Business Media, Meister Media Worldwide
Joe Monahan is the Corporate Director, Business Media at Meister Media Worldwide where he has worked since 1990. Most recently Joe was the Group Publisher of Meister Media’s Horticulture Group with business responsibilities across the fruit, citrus and vegetable grower markets in the U.S. and Mexico. Current responsibilities are across all of the agriculture markets that Meister Media serves which include the U.S. fruit, citrus, vegetable, greenhouse, garden center, cotton, crop protection and fertilizer distribution markets and the international markets through Productores de Hortalizas and Farm Chemicals International. Joe is a past President of the Florida and Ohio chapters on the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) and a past Board Member of the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA).
Chief Sustainability Officer, Marrone Bio Innovations
Keith Pitts is a senior-level public policy director with a track record of success in key roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with the U.S. Congress, and in the nonprofit arena. He has significant substantive expertise in all aspects of agriculture, food, and biotechnology policy, with a vast and diverse network of professional contacts in these fields. Keith is adept at bringing together stakeholders with diverging interests and negotiating compromises among them. He has strong skills in policy development and implementation, stakeholder outreach, and crisis management.
Senior Scientist, 1,4GROUP
Addie Waxman is a Senior Scientist at 1,4GROUP, a potato storage chemical company located in Meridian, Idaho. Ms. Waxman was an environmental science instructor at the University of Phoenix and prior to that position, she was a food scientist at J. R. Simplot Company. Currently, she serves on the planning committee of the BPIA and is also a member of the Board of Directors at Ahavath Beth Israel, is chairperson of the security committee, and once served as Vice President. Ms. Waxman earned a B.S. in biology, minor in chemistry, and an emphasis in microbiology and a M.S. in food science at Virginia Tech. Her thesis and published work was entitled The Inhibition of Pseudomonas through the use of Genetically Modified Lactic Acid Bacteria. Ms. Waxman is now a student at the University of Idaho pursuing her PhD in Plant Sciences.