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Unparalleled expertise in agriculture and renewable fuels feedstock development and production

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Don Panter, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Don Panter has over 25 years of experience as an agribusiness executive including both startup and turn-around business situations. He has expertise in global business operations, mergers and acquisitions, product/project development, strategic planning, and technology evaluation. Prior to joining VISION Bioenergy Oilseeds, Don was Executive Vice President at S&W Seed Company where he had full operational and financial responsibility for the company’s North and South America business unit. 

Over the course of his career, Don has held CEO positions at American DairyCo, Inc., Mendel BioEnergy Seeds, and Sustainable Oils.  Additionally, Don has held C-Suite R&D positions at Stoneville Pedigreed Seed (later purchased by Monsanto), Emergent Genetics, Targeted Growth, Inc., and Harris Moran Seed Company.  Don holds a PhD, MS in Plant Breeding and Genetics along with a BS in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Jeff Klingenberg, Vice President for R&D

Dr. Jeff Klingenberg grew up on the family farm east of Yuma, Arizona. He has over 30 years of experience in plant breeding, technology, and product development including leading research teams at commercial seed companies for global markets. Before joining VISION Bioenergy Oilseeds, Jeff led the stevia breeding program and validated new crop opportunities at S&W Seed Company. He has experience managing breeding programs for several crop species including cereal grains, perennial grasses, and cotton. 

Jeff has held senior and executive manager positions at startup organizations in the renewable energy crops industry and has led the development of cellulosic and oilseed crops including miscanthus, energy cane, carinata, and camelina. Jeff holds a BS from the University of Arizona, MS from New Mexico State, and a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kirk Rolfs, Director of Grain Operations

Kirk Rolfs has more than 30 years of experience working in agriculture supply chain management, focusing on seed crop production, processing and packaging, logistics, and quality management. Prior to joining VISION Bioenergy Oilseeds, Kirk was VP of Supply Chain–Americas at S&W Seed Company, managing seed production and processing for the global business across several crop species and multiple internal and external sites in the northern hemisphere.  

Kirk’s career includes over 25 years at Pioneer Hi-Bred International where he held numerous positions in supply chain management with responsibilities in strategic planning and the management of alfalfa seed production.  Kirk holds a BS in Agronomy from Colorado State University and is certified in Lean Manufacturing, Process Improvement, and Six Sigma Green Belt.

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Scott Ice, Director of Finance

Scott Ice has 25 years in Finance and Accounting across multiple industries with a focus on the agriculture as well as experience in financial services and manufacturing. Scott has performed in a variety of roles encompassing corporate financial planning and analysis, operational finance, strategic planning, and various accounting competencies under public, private, and private equity ownership. 

Prior to joining VISION Bioenergy Oilseeds, Scott held positions at Nutrien, Pinnacle Agriculture, and Novus Ag. Scott holds an MBA from Virginia Tech, Finance and Accounting degrees from Cedarville University, and Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Brad Chambers, Seed Operations Manager

Brad Chambers has been in the seed industry for over 25 years.  Before joining VISION Bioenergy Oilseeds, Brad led the S&W Seed Company production efforts in Nampa, ID, where he oversaw seed production and plant operations.

Brad began his career as a research assistant with Dekalb Genetics before moving into supply chain roles at Pioneer Hi-Bred International.  His technical expertise spans the production of multiple crops including grain sorghum, alfalfa, corn, wheat, canola, and camelina. Brad has a BS from Texas Tech University, is a Certified Crop Advisor, and is certified in Lean Manufacturing and Process Improvement.  He stays involved in regional agricultural associations and is a current board member of the Idaho Crop Improvement Association.

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Stuart Smith, Seed Production Manager

Stuart Smith has over 15 years of experience working in the agricultural industry. He began his career with the USDA-ARS during college, followed by roles at Pioneer Hi-Bred and S&W Seed Company before joining VISION Bioenergy Oilseeds. Throughout his career, Stuart has worked in multiple positions and developed expertise in many different seed crops including camelina, alfalfa seed, corn, sorghum, wheat, peas, and lentils.

Stuart grew up on a family-owned and operated row crop farm in the Treasure Valley of Idaho and holds a BS in Agricultural Science and Technology from the University of Idaho.


Corporate Headquarters

2101 Ken Pratt Blvd, Suite 101
Longmont, CO 80501



Nampa Operations

9178 Lakeshore Drive
Nampa, ID 83686



Nampa Research & Development Station

4819 E Lewis Lane
Nampa, ID 83686

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