February 1 and 4
Michael Boland, PhD, University of Minnesota
Professor, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Director, The Food Industry Center at University of Minnesota.
Dr. Boland holds the Koller Endowed Professorship in agribusiness management and information technology and researches economic issues affecting managerial decisions of agribusiness and food industry managers.
Sam Bugarsky, CEO, Wilco
Sam has been with Wilco 25+ years after owning and managing a small farm store in suburban Portland, Oregon.
Sam was first responsible for centralizing Wilco’s purchasing and distribution. Later Sam was promoted to COO and President of Wilco Stores to lead the retail farm store business which has grown from 5 small locations in Oregon to 24 large stores in Oregon, Washington, and California.
Today Sam is President and CEO of Wilco Farmers Cooperative, consisting of the forementioned Wilco Stores business, Wilco Energy supply business, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon and 26% interest in Valley Agronomics, LLC.
Sam currently sits on the board of Wheatbelt Inc. in Kansas City, MO and is an advisory board member for Valley Agronomics, LLC in Nampa, Idaho.
Sam and his wife Tamara live in West Linn, Oregon where he enjoys distance running, competing in more than 50 marathons and half marathons.
Craig Green, President & CEO, Tree Top, Inc.
Craig joined Tree Top in June 2017 bringing more than 15 years of experience working in the agricultural industry, most recently as CEO of Legacy Fruit. He began his career in public accounting and guided business clients, primarily in the agricultural industry in financial optimization. Craig was recruited to Watts Brothers Farms in Kennewick and took on the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2002. Craig held the position of Chief Financial Officer for River Point Farms for nine years and in 2013 also took on the role of Chief Operating Officer. While at River Point Farms he worked closely with the board in a senior leadership role developing and leading strategic initiatives to improve profitability and financial stability to improve results and long-term competitive advantage. Craig obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, Accounting, and Information Systems from the University of Alaska.
Brent Morrison, Founder & Principal
R. Brent Morrison founded Morrison in 2002. He has served processing, agribusiness, distribution, manufacturing, and other companies as an executive and advisor since 1981. Brent oversees Morrison strategy and implementation, practice development, infrastructure development, and both serves and oversees services to Morrison clients. He brings special expertise in business planning, strategy, management, and financial analysis.
Toni Scott, Managing Principal
Toni Scott is responsible for Morrison's overall management and operations. She also leads and directs Morrison’s grant services, working with clients in government, food, agribusiness, manufacturing, production agriculture, processing, and marketing to plan, prepare for, and secure competitive state and federal grant funding. She also oversees grant administration of client projects and contributes to business plan and feasibility study projects and conducts strategic planning and facilitation. Toni directs Morrison’s external communications and industry outreach.