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Management Team


Pete Nelson
Chairman & CEO Pete has been actively involved in building the support ecosystem for new agricultural enterprises for over 10 years working with a variety of public and private sector partners. He has helped launch multiple startup companies, as well as develop sector specific initiatives to fund, incubate, and accelerate agricultural companies with high growth potential. Email Pete at

Margaret Oldham

Business Development Margaret forged a career in agriculture with two major ag chem companies, and an experience sharing marketing company. Throughout her career Margaret has successfully consulted with clients including Elanco Animal Health, FMC, Syngenta, BASF, Bayer Animal Health and Deere & Co.  She has worked with clients to implement marketing strategies in animal health, crop protection and specialty crop segments. She is known as an innovative, customer-focused problem solver with the ability to take an idea from origination to standard operating procedure.  Margaret currently serves on the Agricenter International Board of Directors.  Email Margaret at

Françoise Mireles

Consultant, Science & Technology Françoise has a strong background in microbiology, food safety, biotech and crop protection. She has been involved in ag-biotech companies dealing with biologics especially Bacillus thuringiensis. The scope of her work covered laboratory research, field trials and biopesticide market assessments. She holds a Master’s Degree in Microbiology applied to the agriculture/food industry and a Post Graduate Degree in Plant Protection.

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Legal Counsel & Manager, Intellectual Property Samuel is a chemist and registered U.S. patent attorney who has a broad range of experience in matters involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks and associated licensing issues. He grew up in rural Arkansas and has a strong interest in the development and commercialization of new agricultural technology.