Duane D. Ewing, President
Duane Ewing has over 30 years of experience in helping to establish and develop two successful, fast-growth, start-up companies. He was responsible for directing technical operations within both companies while contributing to corporate growth strategies. Mr. Ewing graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where he studied entomology, plant pathology and weed science.
Mr. Ewing served as Vice President for Pan Ag Laboratories, a privately held contract research company conducting field and laboratory studies for the agrichemical industry. The company specialized in efficacy trials as well as GLP residue, plant metabolism, confined rotational, soil dissipation, groundwater, soil and foliar dislodgeable residue, drift, worker re-entry, and non-target plant studies. He personally increased sales by $2.3 million over a two year period and developed strategic collaborations to capitalize on business opportunities.
Mr. Ewing is co-founder and former Vice President of Product Development of AgraQuest, Inc. and managed the field development, formulation and plant pathology groups. He raised half of the seed funding for the company and negotiated an agreement with a major pesticide and consumer retailer for the company’s first corporate partnership. Mr. Ewing negotiated the acquisition of and obtained registration for the company’s first product. He discovered and developed Serenade Biofungicide, the company’s first proprietary product, now being sold in the US and overseas, for which he received EPA’s 2003 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
Raylene L. LeRoy
Ms. LeRoy has worked in Product Development for several agrichemical companies as a Research and Development Representative and Manager of the Western Regional Research Station for a multinational company. Her experience includes testing early stage products, registration support, label expansion, and working with sales groups on demonstration trials and problem solving. Ms. LeRoy owned and operated a consulting company that provided project management and Quality Assurance services. She prepared and reviewed data packages for submission to US EPA and audited GLP field trials. Ms. LeRoy earned a B.S. degree in plant science from the University of California at Davis and an M.S. degree in plant pathology and plant physiology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.