The Heartland Team

jesse henry

Jesse Henry

CEO & Founder

Previous lead @ Intersection Capital and Tony Robbins. Jesse is focused on pipeline, technology commercialization, and partnerships.

tim almond

Timothy Almond

Chairman & Founder

Expertise in enterprise business development, corporate strategy, positioning and company wide software implementations.

eric austermann

Eric Austermann

Chief Sustainability Officer

Previous Head of Sustainability at Jabil Manufacturing, overseeing the integration of ESG related operations.

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John Lenga

Chief Financial Officer

Former CFO of Crenlo, a manufacturer of heavy equipment. Former CEO of Autoneum, leading a $650M operation & $350M joint venture board.

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Jeff Lumetta

Chief Technology Officer

Previous Chief Technology Officer of Jabil Manufacturing, leading over 5,000 engineers around the world.

Tim Chiles

Business Development

30+ years experience in manufacturing & farming. Tim will be working to expand product sales and farming team members.

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Rusty Peterson

Director of Supply Chain

Rusty has 15+ years of experience working directly with farmers to develop and expand agricultural opportunities across America.

cory vanderzwaag

Cory VanderZwaag

Director of Agriculture

Cory has 15+ years of experience in agricultural equipment development and facility operations. He will work to scale our global presence.

josh david

Joshua David

Head of Marketing

Digital guru with history scaling social media presence into the millions of followers. Josh is a community advocate and digital ninja.

robby dameron

Robby Dameron

Head of Sales

Extensive experience managing diverse sales teams and selling clients enterprise products and services with multi-million dollar quotas.


Markus Von Graf

Special Projects

Software and hardware specialist with a background in chemistry, providing a unique skill set to steer special projects.

Jason D'Alba

Head of Data

Jason has 10+ years of experience with data analytics. He will work across all departments to gather and visualize external and internal data.

Heartland Senior Advisors

Heartland has a team of scientists, engineers, and technologists working along side our executive team and advisors to fulfill our commitment to sustainable innovation. We are bringing together the greatest minds from across industries to create bio-based solutions that will impact market sectors across the world.

mark kramer

Mark Kramer


Former CEO of Laird Plastics and Current President Emeritus of North American Plastics, the global leader in plastic distribution.

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Deborah Labelle

Community Relations

Managing Partner at a Law Firm in Ann Arbor, specializing in civil law and community relations in the Detroit area.

karl wags

Karl Wagner

Global Security

CEO of Eastern Sky Technologies, a global risk consultancy. Former Senior Director at Tesla and the Central Intelligence Agency.

andrew bishop

Andrew Bishop

Systems Engineering

Principal Engineer for Ag Processing Solutions. He has designed countless large scale agricultural processing facilities.

dan swiger

Dan Swiger

Natural Rubber

20+ years experience combining genetic breeding and chemical process engineering for the global production of natural rubber.


Gerald Francese


Senior Partner at Locke Lord, a NY Law Firm, specializing in corporate law, securities law, and fund formation.

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Willy Vlasic


A Michigan native with dozens of businesses and community relationships to further propagate Heartland as a household name.

Bob Dameron

Bob Dameron

Building Materials

Founder of RockBridge, managed over $100M in commercial build outs for processing & manufacturing over the last decade.

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Sean Colopy

Business Development

Sean cultivates relationships across the mobility industry to augment sales, product development, and strategic initiatives.

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Burt Jordan


Former Vice President, Global Vehicle and Global Indirect Purchasing & Supply Chain Sustainability at Ford.

Gus Rosenia

Chief Science Officer

Head of Pharmaceutical research at U of M, 20+ years specializing in transport properties of drugs and chemicals inside cells.

Dan Collins

Apparel & Fibers

30+ Years experience working with the largest apparel companies on earth, designing & selling different SKUs.

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