Rachel Kopay

Rachel brings to Context clients a broad background of over 15 years working in sales, marketing and management in the international food and agribusiness industries.  Prior to joining Context, Rachel was the International Sales and Marketing manager at Charm Sciences, responsible for managing distributor sales of Food Safety diagnostics systems in ~30 countries across Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Mid-East and Africa. Prior to joining Charm Sciences she managed the China Region business growth strategy for Monsanto Company in Beijing, China. Rachel has expertise in: 

  • Technical sales
  • Distributor management
  • Project and change management
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • New business development
  • Adapting sales, marketing and product strategy for new and emerging markets

Mike Kostrzewa

Mike has successfully led the marketing function for leading ag/food value-chain companies during his 35 year career. His expertise covers a broad range of industry segments – from leadership in consumer foods and lawn & garden to crop inputs and business services; from old-line companies in mature categories to biotechnology startups. Specific areas of expertise and accomplishment include:

  • Strategy development and implementation for the global enterprise, a geographic region, or a business unit
  • Strategy renewal using long-term scenario planning and evaluation of alternative futures 
  • Deep experience with seed, seed-borne traits, crop protection, biopesticides, lawn & garden, functional foods, consumer packaged goods and services 
  • Commercializing innovation (new technologies, products, services or business models) from concept through successful introduction 
  • Marketing planning – both strategic and tactical – including market assessment, situation analysis, competitive intelligence, marketing and sales initiatives, and support for field sales

Dale Logan

Dale Logan has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical and seed industry. Dale has developed multiple strategic planning models, along with creating and developing SeedMatrix, a web-based seed data management system. Dale’s expertise spans the following areas:

  • Ag chem and seed distribution
  • Business analysis and planning
  • Financial planning model development
  • Internal processes and analysis

Lainey McInnis

Within the Context Network team, Lainey supports agricultural leaders by providing strategic & market analysis, leading and/or assisting in client engagements, and producing consulting reports, frameworks, and other project deliverables.

She helps agricultural leaders analyze and implement action plans to improve their business objectives and cultivate profitability. Her background includes workshop facilitation, strategic planning, and market analysis. Lainey provides project management, business and market analysis, business development and other support that enables clients to meet their goals.

 

Lisa Mella

With nearly a decade as part of the Context Network team, Lisa leads the strategic Operational and Marketing direction and initiatives throughout the organization.

Lisa has a diverse background in account management, strategy & development, and international marketing. She brings together experiences from a broad range of industries to assist clients with:

  • Lisa brings together experiences from a broad range of industries to assist clients with:
  • Market research, analysis and strategy development
  • Pricing strategies & portfolio mix
  • Marketing programs
  • Contract negotiation
  • Project management
  • Relationship management

Monty Miller

Dr. Miller has thirty years of experience in building and transforming organizations and cultures. He has worked from farm to pharmaceuticals, and from seed to crop protection in 16 countries.

  • Designs change initiatives to align and enhance cultures to support achievement of new strategic initiatives.
  • Develops organizational development strategies to align with future strategic initiatives
  • Supports M&As in culture integrations
  • Builds durable strategic alliances and joint ventures
  • Enhances organizational leadership capacity
  • Develops contributions competency attainment
  • Facilitated strategic planning
  • Provides executive coaching to key leaders to support strategy execution to culture enhancement

Jason Nickerson

Jason’s diverse background spans the public, private, and social sector. His focus is on leveraging multi-stakeholder collaboration to unlock value at the base of the pyramid. 

As a Peace Corps volunteer in Central Asia he led multinational teams in the development and implementation of interventions focused on food security, agronomic vocational education, and greenhouse crop production. As a management consultant he helped federal agencies simplify their performance evaluation through the development of balanced scorecards. 

His career is typified by the use of analytical problem solving to deliver key insights and actionable idea

Ken Rinkenberger

Ken has been engaged in over 300 projects as a consultant for The Context Network over the past 12 years, after nearly 40 years of senior business management experience for four multi-national companies serving the global seed and crop protection markets.  Ken’s experience ranges from product and business P&L responsibility to market assessment and business model development to facilitation of competitive war games and strategic exercises to M&A support. 

Some of his key industry roles at Monsanto included VP of Global Corn Strategy, President of Corn States/Holden’s (licensing division), and COO of American Seeds, Inc.  Prior to Monsanto, Ken was VP Marketing for DEKALB and was the Corn Herbicide Business Lead for Sandoz Agro, among many other product/marketing/commercial leadership roles.

Kathleen Erickson

Kathleen works on a wide range of client assignments as well as oversees The Context Network’s marketing communications efforts. With 25 years experience in agricultural business marketing and communications, she has expertise in the following areas:

  • Market research – specifically in strategic interpretation of relevant communication issues;
  • Pragmatic understanding and articulation of agricultural production systems;  
  • Public relations and media management;
  • Strategic marketing communications;
  • Scientific information interpretation for specific audiences; and 
  • Message formulation, positioning and placement.

Steve Smith

Steve has over eight years of leadership and business experience in agricultural life science businesses. His business background includes negotiation and negotiation strategy, regulatory strategy, IP strategy and new opportunity analysis mainly in the large corporate setting.  Steve has led numerous high profile and sensitive projects, most of which were in a cross-functional team setting. Steve’s focus and previous experience includes:

  • Trait and product licensing
  • Negotiation strategies
  • Business and strategy planning
  • Regulatory strategy for seeds, traits and ag chemistry products
  • New opportunity analysis
  • Director, Licensing Counsel Pioneer Hi-Bred, Int’l
  • Licensing and Litigation Attorney, McKee Voorhees & Sease
  • Patent Litigation Attorney, Weil Gotshal & Manges