~ Our Board of Directors has expanded with the addition of influential industry veteran Jack Snyder, who joins company co-founder and Chairman Amit Dhingra, WSU Professor and a national expert in tree fruit genetics and genomics.
Phytelligence CEO enthused:
“We are ecstatic that Jack has joined our Board. His expertise and insights into our industry are second-to-none and his guidance has already been invaluable in our transition to full operations.”
Jack highlighted the value to its customers that Phytelligence provides, particularly in new variety and rootstock development and propagation as well as genetic testing and analysis, adding:
“Phytelligence’s timing couldn’t be better for our industry and I am excited to use and recommend their services and professional staff.”
Jack is President and CEO of C & O Nursery Company in Wenatchee, Washington, and a third-generation nurseryman in the family business that his grandfather started 107 years ago. He continues to support and has a passion for agriculture, especially the development and introduction of quality fruit trees and the introduction and protection of new fruit varieties from around the world. Jack’s involvement in and service to the agriculture industry is extensive. He is or has served as Past President of the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association (WSNLA), Past Governor of the American Nursery and Landscape Association for the State of Washington (ANLA), member and Research Committee member of the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA), Cofounder and Vice Chairman of the International New Varieties Network (INN), member of the North American International New Varieties Network (NAINN), member of the Washington State Nursery Advisory Committee and has served for 12 years as a Board Member and 2 years as Chairman of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington (CFNCW).
The appointment follows the company’s close of an initial investment round last month. More than 70% of that investment came from commercial growers and nurseries, including several of the company’s customers. The two events are not unrelated—noted Phytelligence CEO:
“Phytelligence and its principals have spent the past 6 years in close consultation with leading industry individuals and organizations. Our ability to provide benefit to our customers is both validated and greatly strengthened by their financial commitment and the experience and wisdom Jack brings to our growing team.”