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

Josh St. Peters

Josh has more than 15 years of diverse experience in the agricultural industry with roles in marketing, brand development, issues management and corporate communications. His background includes positions with DuPont Pioneer, Farm Bureau, Osborn Barr and GROWMARK. He has consulted on marketing plans and strategic communications campaigns for such brands as Merck Animal Health, The Maschhoffs, Monsanto, AGCO, United Soybean Board and USDA.

William Thomas

William was born and raised in small town Iowa in a farming community. This background has helped him in his employment with Context working in an ongoing internship as a Business Analyst. When not working, he is studying his passion, Entrepreneurship, at the University of Brigham Young in their Marriot School of Business. He plans to graduate in 2019 and begin work fulltime for Context.

Rachel Toledano, CPA

Rachel Toledano-Smith, CPA is a financial accountant with over 27 years of experience.

She has honed her skills in:

  • Preparing Financial Statements and management reports
  • Analyzing and Reconciling General ledger Accounts
  • Creating a strong financial system that allows for company growth
  • Implementation of new Financial Softwares
  • Maintaining operating budgets
  • Managing Cash
  • Maintain financial books for an associated non-profit organization

Jennifer Turek

Jenn has over 20 years experience in corporate design as an art director carving paths to transform quantitative information into qualitative creative visuals.

Her focus has primarily been in corporate environments specializing in creating custom PowerPoint presentation templates with crafted visuals to enhance the data provided into a robust story.

She has detailed knowledge in subjects such as concept development, brand identity, logos, brochures, trade show displays, custom packaging, meeting collateral items, front end website design, and video editing. She is an ambitious designer that loves to be thrown a challenge.

Tyler Uden

Tyler has a diverse background in commercial and specialty agriculture that provides solid perspective when consulting and partnering with clients throughout the global value chain. Before joining Context Tyler worked in the grain industry, through commodity trading and elevator management roles. Tyler is known for bringing a pragmatic approach to problem solving and a personal touch to clients needs. Tyler has been with the firm since 2015 and supports projects in:

  • Strategic planning and resource prioritization
  • Market intelligence and insights
  • Go-to-market and distribution approaches
  • Acquisition and divestiture opportunities
  • Ag technology value capture assessments
  • Organizational design and structure
  • Commodity supply and demand systems

Craig Williams

Craig brings 25 years of hands on experience in the Midwest corn and soybean seed industry to The Context Network.  He has worked in various capacities with most major US seed players and is highly knowledgeable in many aspects of the business operations, environment and people involved in the industry.  His expertise spans the following areas:

  • M&A due diligence
  • Budgeting
  • Supply management
  • Sales and sales forecasting
  • Market research
  • Production planning
  • Warehouse management, inventory control and quality control
  • Contract drafting, negotiation, maintenance and relationship management
  • IT Systems – design, implementation and management

Calvin Young

Calvin provides business, market and financial analysis support to client projects across the ag value chain as an Analyst at Context. Project areas to date include inputs, animal ag, agtechand investments. His background is based in strategic management and finance concentrations with focus areas including financial forecasting, data analysis, competitive strategy and risk management. His work at Context has included:

—Project management
—Financial modeling
—Data compilation and analysis
—Market research
—Competitive profiling and market analysis

Jennifer Garrett

Jennifer L. Garrett, Ph.D., has over 25 years of leadership and business experience in agriculture, food and nutrition. Dr. Garrett possesses a critical understanding of scientific, regulatory and policy issues across the food value chain. Her business background as a farmer, academic, trainer, scientist, business leader, and nutrition advocate brings a unique and practical perspective to help clients strategically navigate business opportunities from farm to table in the world of food. Jennifer uses her unique background to help clients with:

  • Connecting farming, food and sustainability interests to help clients think differently and create new reasons to believe
  • Influencing and interpreting farm, food and nutrition regulations and policy for unique selling propositions, Identifying nutrition and consumer research needs
  • Developing strategic food and nutrition marketing and communications grounded in sound science
  • Needs identification and development of food and nutrition influencer outreach strategies and plans
  • Developing and facilitating workshops based on client needs (strategic planning, technical training, team development, etc.) to produce breakthrough results.