MEET THE TEAM

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Jay McEntire

CEO, CoFounder

Experienced Fintech CEO, former bank holding company CFO and investment banker.  Managing Director of Glennoe Farms, LLC.  Successful exit as CEO of ProTrader Group to Instinet for $150M.
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Jay McEntire

CEO, CoFounder

Experienced Fintech CEO, former bank holding company CFO and investment banker.  Managing Director of Glennoe Farms, LLC.  Successful exit as CEO of ProTrader Group to Instinet for $150M.
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Ben Brown PhD

Chief Machine Learning Architect, CoFounder

Machine Learning Expert & Head of Molecular Ecosystems Dynamics at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, Chair of Environmental Bioinformatics at U of Birmingham, and Senior Scientific Advisor for Preminon, LLC.
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Jay McEntire

CEO, CoFounder

Experienced Fintech CEO, former bank holding company CFO and investment banker.  Managing Director of Glennoe Farms, LLC.  Successful exit as CEO of ProTrader Group to Instinet for $150M.
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Mark Isbell

Founding Board

Member, Rice Farmer

Rice Farmer with Isbell Farms and Instructor of Professional Tech Writing at University of Arkansas Little Rock.  Board Member of Sustainability Committee USA Rice Federation.  Board Member of Field to Market.
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Jay McEntire

CEO, CoFounder

Experienced Fintech CEO, former bank holding company CFO and investment banker.  Managing Director of Glennoe Farms, LLC.  Successful exit as CEO of ProTrader Group to Instinet for $150M.
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Matt Rholik

Managing Director of Farm Data, Strategic Partnerships

Experienced farmer and rancher, 15 years precision agriculture expert specializing in equipment (John Deere for 10 years and remote sensing with Mavrx and Taranis Inc)
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MEET THE TEAM

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Jay McEntire

CEO, CoFounder

Experienced Fintech CEO, former bank holding company CFO and investment banker.  Managing Director of Glennoe Farms, LLC.  Successful exit as CEO of ProTrader Group to Instinet for $150M.
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Advisor,

Principle Grant Investor

Since 2006 lead biogas efforts for European tech leaders in the US. He holds a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering fromthe TU Hamburg and a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He was a visiting researcher at the U of CA, Berkeley.

Michael Shuppenhauer PhD

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John McEntire

Director of

Communications

Professional communicator with experience in luxury goods, documentary film, commercial real estate investment fund, and editorial management for cultural and political magazines.
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Ben Brown PhD

Chief Machine Learning Architect, CoFounder

Machine Learning Expert & Head of Molecular Ecosystems Dynamics at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, Chair of Environmental Bioinformatics at U of Birmingham, and Senior Scientific Advisor for Preminon, LLC.
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Tom Dye

Chief Technology

Officer

C-level executive and founder of multiple tech startups. Experienced entrepreneur responsible for millions in equity-raised capital, IPO exits, and acquisitions by publicly traded companies. Inventor of 55 patents. 
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Mark Isbell

Founding Board

Member, Rice Farmer

Rice Farmer with Isbell Farms and Instructor of Professional Tech Writing at University of Arkansas Little Rock.  Board Member of Sustainability Committee USA Rice Federation.  Board Member of Field to Market.
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Jess Schenkman

Data Engineer

Graduating from Colorado College with a degree in Mathematics.  Researched knot theory which has applications in cyber security and quantum computing.  
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Bonnie Bronson

UI / UX Designer

Over 10 years of experience building user-centric products for companies like Ancestry, Jane, Deere Valley, and SimpleNexus.
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Matt Rohlik

Managing Director of Farm Data, Strategic Partnerships

Experienced farmer and rancher, 15 years precision agriculture expert specializing in equipment (John Deere for 10 years and remote sensing with Mavrx and Taranis Inc)
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Lacey Pyle

Chief Soil Scientist

Ph.D. in Soil Science, Rice University. Her research on soil biogeochemistry, focusing on pyrolyze materials, leads multiple peer reviewed publications.  Collaborations with Rice University, UT-Austin, University of Zurich & Shell Technology Center.
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Chris Fedor

Senior Geospatial

Engineer

Geospacial engineer and analyst with over 10 years of experience in advanced remote sensing, as well as ecological and economic modeling.
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Leland Bernstein

Senior Geospatial
Engineer

Full stack engineer with 5 years of experience creating web-apps and data visualizations for healthcare, fashion, and finance.

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Nathan Slaton

Advisor

Assistant Director now Agriculture Experiment Station for the University of Arkansas, leading two labs specializing in agricultural analyses, testing services, and fertilizer recommendations.  
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Merle Anders

Advisor

Consultant for Unilever, sustainability, and Ducks Unlimited, water resources, Former Rice Systems Agronomist for the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center, and international soil scientist.

OUR STORY

At Arva Intelligence, we are farmers first. Our challenges are the same as yours, especially when dealing with data. We had collected data for years, but had little success turning that data into something actionable — USB drives, file folders, and binders were piling up, and our devices were full of farm apps. We decided to do something about it and took the challenge head on. 

After three years of an on-going research collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, and the University of Arkansas, we founded Arva Intelligence in 2018. Now, we're bringing farmers, suppliers, and manufacturers the same technology we use to streamline decision making for agronomics, economics, and sustainability.

As a deep technology B-Corporation, Arva Intelligence is deeply committed to protect the economic profitability of farmers and the environmental health of farmland. We continue to create, innovate, and deploy cutting-edge machine learning and artificial intelligence technology to enhance our ability to scale profitable and sustainable agriculture. 

Rooted in Research

Arva Intelligence’s roots in greenhouse gas emission modeling and carbon sequestration studies began in 2016 with the AR1K research collaborative. Glennoe Farms, the University of Arkansas, along with Lawrence Berkeley and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, took the latest in environmental science and remote sensing technology from the lab to the field, compiling dense data and real-world application on over 1000 acres in Arkansas. The results of AR1K led to the artificial intelligence models that became Arva Intelligence. Today, Arva is still deeply involved in research and development, collaborative projects, and environmental research.

Contributions to Climate Science

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GHG to Carbon Sink in Precision Ag

From GHG Emissions to Carbon Sink with Precision Ag: Arva is leading an ARPA-E SMARTFARM research in data science from agricultural GHG footprints to validate and enable regenerative land management practices that capture ecosystem service values for farmers.

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Carbon & N2O Quantification

As part of a Phase II ARPA-E team, Arva is collaborating with Dagan and Veris Technologies to build a scientifically sound, scalable N2O quantification platform that will solve the challenge of quantifying hot spots and hot moments of N2O fluxes by integrating advanced sensing technologies with the DNDC biogeochemical model for understanding the drivers of N2O fluxes.

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XAI Models for Terrestrial Carbon Cycles

In concert with Lawrence Berkeley Labs and the University of Arkansas, we are developing deep learning XAI models to extend our predictive understanding to the terrestrial carbon cycle for three commodity crops, aiding farmers to profitably mine the atmosphere for carbon, improving soil health and to reduce the need for non-renewable inputs.