Accelerating Sustainable Solutions
Acela Biotek's mission is to accelerate innovative solutions for the world's toughest problems through the use of microbial technology. Facing rising populations, climate change, record chemical pollution, and limited access to water, we believe microbes can fundamentally change the way we approach many of these global problems through more effective and sustainable methods. The Acela Biotek team is driven by our passion for sustainable solutions, and a commitment to create a better world for the future.
The Global Impact Case:
In the US, chemical fertilizer and pesticide pollution has been linked to 166 dead zones. According to the US Geological Survey, over 90% of fresh waterways contain one or more pesticides, many linked to causing cancer. The Gulf's dead zones alone costs $82 million a year.
The USDA projects the global population to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, requiring a 70% increase in food production. Current agricultural practices are projected to only increase the record level in global chemical pollution.
At Acela Biotek, we are working to reverse environmental damage. With groundbreaking economic benefits for growers, we hope to accelerate the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and help feed the world, address global poverty, and protect our precious natural resources for our future generations.
Leadership in Microbial Technology
Acela Biotek's leadership team includes award winning scientists and entrepreneurs, with over 30 years of experience in microbial technology, who are committed to solving problems for farmers and the larger agricultural industry. Acela Biotek's team is constantly evaluating new microbial strains unique to many respective environments, and using the most cutting-edge techniques to select beneficial blends of microbes to help solve agricultural problems both local and around the world.
Dr. Vinh Nguyen - President & CEO
Dr. Vinh Nguyen is a seasoned international business and finance executive with a career spanning the public sector, private sector and academia. In the public sector, he advised flag officers and high-ranking US DoD executives in the areas of naval warfare, logistics and IT architecture. In the private sector, Dr. Nguyen held key executive roles in leading companies such as Schlumberger and BMC Software. In academia, Dr. Nguyen taught Engineering at Lamar University and conducted research for NASA in robotics, composite materials, computational mechanics and artificial intelligence. His diverse interests include mathematics, economics and clean technologies.
Chuck VoTa - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. VoTa is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and started his career as a banker with Bank of America. He spent over 25 years with various financial institutions in Southern California, including 12 years as President of First American Capital Funding, Inc., a Specialized Small Business Corporation, licensed by the US Small Business Administration to provide financing and venture capital for small businesses nationwide.
Le Thanh - Corporate Development
Mr. Thanh is the Chairman and Legal Representative of the Vietnamese Institute for Organic Agricultural Economics and Chairman of Acela Biotek Vietnam, the first Acela Biotek laboratory and manufacturing facilities outside the US. He specializes in formulating groundbreaking business and financial strategies for exceptional corporate growth. Mr. Thanh was instrumental in setting up Tanifood factory, a $100M fruit and vegetable processing plant in Vietnam with the most modern equipment and processes in SE Asia. Mr. Thanh holds a law degree from Ho Chi Minh City College of Law.
Jonathan Zilli - Business Development
Mr. Zilli is an accomplished C-level executive combining entrepreneurial zeal, fiscal discipline, and bottom-line mentality in building and leading high-performing organizations. He served as Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures responsible for strategic licensing and merchandising business development for all non-US territories. After Paramount Pictures, he founded a film development and production company in Europe and provided business development advisory services to both startups and established companies on a global basis. His clients included Tatweer, a division of Dubai Holdings, and MIG 2000, a Russian developer of a $4B Magic World Russia destination resort and theme park in Moscow, Russia. Mr. Zilli is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Gary Patterson - Fiscal Sustainability
Mr. Patterson has over 30 years’ experience helping control financial destiny and capitalize on hidden high return opportunities, while limiting exposure to risk. Leader at 2 international INC 500 companies (consumer products and renewable energy), former CEO, CFO, CTO, COO, CCO and Stanford MBA / Big 4 CPA. The FiscalDoctor has learned one thing from analyzing and helping hundreds of companies: "What You Don't Know That You Don't Know About Your Business Can Cost You Your Business" which can mean the difference between life and death, in your product, business, department, life or job.
Nihat Dincmen - Financing & Market Strategy
Mr. Dincmen is a world class international business professional and an inspirational leader with a strong record of achievement and extensive senior level experience encompassing Investment and Strategy. An expert in the generation of innovative ideas and translating them into workable and sustainable solutions, he is recognized as an outstanding communicator; with a unique global network and the capability to influence, moderate and operate at the highest level of industry and key stakeholders.
Nguyen Van Hoang - Specialty Crops Business Development
As a chairman of Vina Nha Trang Engineering JSC, the largest manufacturer of coffee processing equipment in Vietnam, Mr. Hoang has over 30 years of experience in coffee and agricultural products processing. He has close relationships with major coffee growing and processing enterprises in Vietnam. Mr. Hoang's goal is to build sustainable supply chains for coffee and other specialty products using new cultivation and processing technologies to improve product quality and value creation for both farmers and consumers.
Marc Schiller - Partnerships
Mr. Schiller has over 30 years of experience in marketing, operations, strategy consulting, cross-functional team development and executive search in international markets. He has global experience in logistics, supply chain, field service operations and general business management. He is a former VP and head of International Marketing at UPS, and head of marketing and strategy with UPS in Europe. Since leaving UPS, Mr. Schiller has consulted to a wide range of clients in several industries, including agriculture, transport and logistics, biotechnology / bio-pharma, and physical therapy bio-mechanical devices.
Wesley Sagewalker - Sales
Wesley Sagewalker attended Harvard University for his undergraduate studies and University of Mannheim for a M.Sc in Economics. Since 2014 he has worked on strategic planning and execution, project management, and data analytics for a variety of political campaigns, business start ups, and government contracts. Wesley grew up working on a small farm and is passionate about advancing sustainable agricultural practices and development around the world.
Andrew Truman Kim - Project Management
Andrew Truman Kim worked in the United States House of Representatives as a District Project Director, managing economic development programs supporting small-businesses, workforce training and rural development. Andrew first began his work with Congressman John Garamendi back in 2008, during his time as California's Lieutenant Governor, fundraising for a gubernatorial campaign. Andrew later joined AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) spearheading anti-poverty and community development programs.
Nguyen Tan Huy - Equipment and Facility Design
An enthusiastic mechanical engineer, Nguyen Tan Huy is active in the design and fabrication of processing equipment for agricultural products. His specialties include plant design and process optimization. Huy also holds a graduate degree in Business Administration from Singapore.
Saif Karimi - Global Marketing
Saif Karimi is an experienced businessman with an extensive international network. He operated Sunrise Hardware and was a successful supplier of computer equipment to NASA. Mr. Karimi is well connected with the South Asian communities in the US, Canada and elsewhere. His global business network spans the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Charles Segbedzi - Sales
Mr. Segbedzi has owned and successfully operated several businesses in the past twenty years including a custom marinade company that makes all natural, no additive or preservative marinades, made to order. He believes that a great component of a healthy lifestyle is healthy food, and has worked for decades advancing organic food production practices and lifestyles. Mr. Segbedzi holds a BS. in Electrical and Electronics engineering.
Global Account Managers
Chuyet grows organic basil in Mexico for export to Canada and the United States. Chuyet has been a distributor of microbial products in Vietnam for several years. He is currently using LALITHA 21 on his basil farms.
Hong has been involved in the distribution of microbial products in Vietnam for over 10 years. She has a wide business and professional network in Vietnam and surrounding countries. Hong serves as Acela Biotek’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia.
Le Duc Son
As CEO of GATS, Son provides technologies and solutions to farmers to support sustainable agriculture. He sells Acela Biotek’s products as part of his solution stack. Son is a graduate of Agriculture University in Hanoi with a degree in Agricultural Chemicals.
Nguyen Thi Thu Hien
As CEO of Greenfield, Hien is instrumental in pushing for market adoption of Acela Biotek’s products in Vietnam. She also serves as Deputy Director of the Vietnamese Institute for Organic Agriculture Economics. Hien graduated from Agriculture University in Hanoi with a degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Isabel is experienced in marketing, bus-dev, and PR, with various financial and real estate companies in Southern California. Prior to coming to the U.S, Isabel was a successful entrepreneur in Canada. She was Director of Marketing for Millennium Commercial Group.
Hanh has many years of sales experience in cosmetics and healthcare products. She has a strong business network in western US and Mexico.
Advancing the Green Revolution
We are revitalizing not only the soil and the environment, but also the agriculture industry. By reducing the use of harmful chemicals, we can leave a positive environmental footprint on our planet, while simultaneously improving the quality of life for farmers and consumers. By giving the farmers the ability to increase their yields, while cutting the use of dangerous chemicals, we can help advance sustainable farming practices; and we have only scratched the surface of the unexplored applications and potential of our microbial technology. We are committed to share the many benefits of microbial technology to growers and distributors across the globe, providing solutions that are customized to help increase yields and profits. These benefits are then passed onto consumers, who will experience better crops, grown sustainably with less impact on our environment. Yet with trillions of microbes still undiscovered, important scientific discoveries are still ahead, and the world is our laboratory. Come and join our movement to advance the green revolution.
Acela Biotek is a solutions-based company that works to address today's most challenging agronomic and environmental problems. Acela Biotek aims to continue advance its science and leadership in microbial technology to help create a better world for the future.
Acela Biotek's Laboratory is located next to University of California, Davis,
currently ranked #1 in plant sciences in the world.
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