For over thirty-five years, Mr. Russell has been integrally involved in commercializing agricultural technologies, with a particular focus on improving crop production. He began his career with ICI Americas (now Syngenta) as a sales manager, where his responsibilities included marketing new technologies such as such as pyrethroid insecticides, selective grass control herbicides, and strobulerin fungicides. He then moved to United Agri Products as a manager for a full array of crop protection, nutrition, and specialty agricultural products. In 2000, he joined EDEN Bioscience, an agriculture biotech company, to manage its Western US business unit. He has also served as Director of US Sales for Suterra LLC as Director of US Sales, marketing its environmentally sustainable pest control products. For the past fifteen years, Mr. Russell has developed and operated an agriculture consulting business, advising innovative companies about bringing their agriculture technologies to market and creating an extensive portfolio of technology-based agriculture clients. Mr. Russell earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona with a concentration in Agronomy, which included agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences.