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MOVING THE INDUSTRY FORWARD

WHO WE ARE

Launched in 2019 by Inari, Seed Architects is focused on connecting with independent seed brands and uncovering needs that have gone unmet by existing industry suppliers. At its core, our purpose — and passion — is to improve farmer profitability by working solely with independent seed brands.

We’re building a new seed industry — with our customers, for their customers. What can we build with you?

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The seed industry is ready for change. Let’s design it together.

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MEET OUR TEAM

Our team combines diverse seed industry knowledge with a revolutionary science platform through our parent company, Inari. From research to practical application, our team has a wealth of experience to meet every need today, while continuing to innovate for tomorrow.

SEED ARCHITECTS TEAM •

Scott Keetle

SCOTT KEETLE •

GENERAL MANAGER

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Scott Keetle joins Seed Architects with over 15 years of experience in managing people, training, and marketing products and services. His experience in the seed industry began with sales for independent seed companies and grew to include various marketing roles for Monsanto’s Corn States. Scott most recently acted as the Director of Professional Development for AgReliant Genetics. Scott holds a degree in agricultural business management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Katie Sauer

KATIE SAUER •

COMMERCIAL MARKETING LEAD

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Katie Sauer comes to Seed Architects from her role as Corn States Seed Account Manager for Bayer Crop Science after she grew quickly through several marketing roles with Monsanto. Katie’s early career was spent in the roles of sales and project coordinator for Affina. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from Truman State University, she completed her MBA at St. Louis University.

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SCOTT BROLSMA •

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT LEAD — EAST

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Scott has 25 years of seed industry experience with the first eight years spent at Monsanto in account management and sales leadership and, most recently, 16 years with AgReliant Genetics in corporate marketing and business development. He has a B.S in agronomy from North Dakota State University.

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BRAD EISENBATH •

TECHNICAL AGRONOMY LEAD — EAST

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Brad comes to Inari from his position as Seed Growth Account Manager at Corn States, following his nearly 10 years of experience in seed sales for independent brands. He has held many leadership and team development roles. Brad has a degree in agricultural business management from the University Missouri-Columbia.

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TONY BABE •

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT LEAD — WEST

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Tony Babe is a trusted and respected sales leader who fosters a strong team environment through effective communication. Tony previously served as a Regional Account Manager for Bayer Crop Science and in various business and marketing roles for the former Monsanto following 14 years of pharmaceutical sales. Tony has successfully led multiple teams in both the health care and agricultural industries with a degree in communications from Bellevue University.

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MARK DICKEY •

TECHNICAL AGRONOMY LEAD — WEST

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Mark Dickey brings over 20 years of experience in the ag industry, including roles in manufacturing, agronomy, sales, business management and leadership. Since his start with Novartis Seeds (Syngenta Seeds - NK Brand) Mark has held management roles with NC+ Hybrids and Channel Seed. Mark graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in diversified agriculture.

Samantha Bock

SAMANTHA BOCK •

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

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Samantha Bock has over ten years of experience in strategic marketing, effective communication, and the practical use of technology to overcome challenges in the agricultural seed industry. Prior to joining Inari she served as the Corporate Communications Manager and, most recently, Digital Ag Lead for AgReliant Genetics.
Samantha's has a B.S. in agricultural communication from Purdue University and an MBA from Ball State University. 

INARI LEADERSHIP •

PONSI TRIVISVAVET •

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Ponsi brings global knowledge of the agriculture and seeds business and extensive management and operational skills to her leadership of the company. Prior to joining, she was COO at Indigo Agriculture, where she led the R&D operations and built the international businesses. Beforehand, Ponsi held a number of leadership and commercial roles at Syngenta, most recently as President of Syngenta Seeds North America and Regional Director of North America where she led $3.5bn business. Before Syngenta, Ponsi held positions with McKinsey & Company as well as with Merrill Lynch Phatra in Asia. She holds a MBA with distinction from Cornell University.

CATHERINE FEUILLET •

CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

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Catherine brings deep experience in research innovation and extensive knowledge of genomics and wheat. Prior to Inari, she worked at Bayer CropScience where she was Head of Trait Research and at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) where she was the Research Director leading the development of wheat genomics projects. Catherine is a co-founder of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium. She received her PhD from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. For her postdoctoral studies she served as an assistant professor at the University of Zurich, where she researched disease resistance genes and sought a better understanding of evolution of wheat and barley.

CLAUDIA NARI •

CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER

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Claudia Nari brings 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry, with a proven record of leading diverse, international teams and deep experience in plant breeding. She comes most recently from Bayer Crop Science where she was Head of Regulatory Science Strategy and Operations. Prior to that, she held various roles at Monsanto. Claudia began her career in soybean development at Nidera Sementes (now part of Syngenta), after earning a Plant Breeding degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. 

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