The AGRI-DATA Solution™ is pleased to welcome: Ben Allen as Chief Revenue Officer based in Austin, TX to our growing network!
Ben grew up in Davenport, Iowa, where John Deere (headquartered across the river), farming, and the family business of commodity trading were big influences in his life. After graduating from Iowa State University, he returned to the family business where he worked as a trader, advisor, and sales leader for RWA Financial Services, Inc., focused on hedging services for large family farms. In 2002 he founded New American Farm, putting together over 60,000 acres of grain production in the U.S. and forming strategic alliances with a few large agricultural companies, becoming much more involved in logistics and input supplies. After earning his MBA in 2007, Ben spent the next seven years in pure technology companies, leading software development teams, working for Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) on some of their biggest customer accounts, and leading business development efforts for a mobile application SaaS company. Working with teams from great companies like Microsoft, Sony, Cisco, and HP on a global basis provided for a very unique tech perspective across platforms and alliances. Agri-Data, which blends the best of technology and agriculture in one strong platform offering, was immediately exciting to Ben. “This technology, and this team, are uniquely positioned to bring immediate value to agriculture. And I’m thrilled to be a part of it.” While leading sales and marketing efforts, Ben will be on the forefront of the conversation about how Big Data is changing agriculture. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org