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About Us

WISErg uses unique data-driven technology to convert food scraps into nutrient-rich fertilizers that promote soil regeneration and sustainability.

We are Biotech Innovators

WISErg was founded in 2009 when our team invented a novel, sustainable solution to recover the nutrient value from food scraps. Our proprietary technology converts discarded food into concentrated nutrient feedstocks for agriculture and other industries.

WISErg fertilizers increase crop yields and advance soil health in a sustainable and cost-effective way. Our products are used on hundreds of farms in the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America delivering additional yield and health benefits over traditional fertilizers.

Our Team

BRIAN VALENTINE
CEO & Board Member

Brian Valentine is responsible for successfully launching some of the most prevalent technologies available today. He spent 19 years at Microsoft, leading the launches of Exchange 4.0, 5.0, and 5.5 before moving onto the Windows team to launch Windows 2000, XP, XP2 and Vista. In 2006, Jeff Bezos invited Brian to join Amazon to help the company evolve it’s software systems into a world class ecommerce system. After building and leading that eCommerce team for 8 years and succeeding in the mission he and Jeff had planned, Brian decided to dedicate his energy towards WISErg full-time, and help the company scale nationwide.

TERRI FUJINAGA
CFO

Terri Fujinaga specializes in the finance and operational needs of rapidly-changing and early to mid-stage businesses. She’s an accomplished advisor in financial operations, business formation and infrastructure, strategic planning, modeling, and business combinations and exits. Terri has counseled executives and founders as a trusted change agent who develops results-oriented solutions. She is a translator of vision and strategy into financial, tactical and actionable plans.

SHERIN REHMAT
COO

Sherin built her career in early-stage startups, specializing in leading product, engineering, and operational growth. Sherin joined WISErg in 2015. She currently manages the day-to-day operations at WISErg overseeing the company’s world-class manufacturing operations, launch innovative products, enter new markets, and delight its customers.

Sherin graduated from University of Washington with degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

JAKE UNDERWOOD
VP of Sales and Marketing

Jake joined the WISErg team in September 2017, and leads the Sales, Marketing and Business Development segments for the company.  With over 20 years of experience in the Ag Industry in his time working for the J.R. Simplot Company, Nutrien/Loveland Products and Verdesian, Jake brings new insight and value to the organization and our customers.

He graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S in General Agriculture-Business, and has had the opportunity to live in many areas across North America while working in Senior Management roles during his career.

JOSE LUGO
Co-Founder and Board Member

Jose Lugo is a software engineer at heart with deep expertise in quality assurance, process innovation and operations. He spent 18 years at Microsoft where was a primary contributor for Microsoft Exchange. He also played a key role in Microsoft’s major worldwide recruiting efforts, company acquisitions, building domestic and international software development organizations and training. In 2005, he relocated to Mexico and co-founded AguaYVida, S.A, a company focused on reforestation, clean water and waste to energy solutions. In 2008, Jose returned to the Pacific Northwest determined to apply some ot these technologies in urban areas. He co-founded WISErg to develop innovative and highly efficient systems for managing compostable waste in an urban environment.

Jose was raised in Venezuela and came to the United States for his college education. He has a BS in Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife have three children. Jose loves to fly fish, and enjoys discovering new restaurants and food.

Board of Directors

BRIAN McGUIGAN
Laird Norton Company

Brian McGuigan joined Laird Norton Company in 2012 and manages the company’s direct investment initiatives. With more than a decade of operational, entrepreneurial and private equity experience, Brian is responsible for corporate development activities including origination, evaluation and execution of lower middle market acquisitions.

Previously, Brian led the Stonnington Group in venture investments, direct investments and investments in private equity funds. He also worked as a technology consultant in the UK and Europe leading high-profile information systems projects for major companies and institutions. Brian received a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. He is a CAIA Charter Holder.

PETE HIGGINS
2nd Avenue Partners

Pete Higgins is a founding partner of Second Avenue Partners, one of Seattle’s most experienced teams providing management, strategy and capital to early-stage companies. Prior to founding Second Avenue Partners, Mr. Higgins spent 16 years at Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Higgins was a member of the Office of the President, reporting to CEO Bill Gates. He was group vice president of the Interactive Media Group at Microsoft from 1996 to 1998. As head of the Interactive Media Group, he was responsible for Microsoft’s online, consumer software, and hardware businesses.

Mr. Higgins is the chairman of SEEQ Corporation and a director of WISErg Corp. He is the former chairman of Market Leader (OTC: LEDR), Insitu Corporation, Modumetal, and director of ADIC Corp (OTC: ADIC). Mr. Higgins serves on the board of trustees for The Brookings Institute and the advisory boards for the Woods Institute for the Environment, and Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, and the Stanford Athletics Board. He is a former Trustee of Stanford University. Mr. Higgins holds an MBA and undergraduate degrees in economics and history from Stanford University.

DALE MORSEFIELD
Miniat

Dale Morsefield is the President & COO of Miniat Holdings, LLC and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the family owned manufacturing business.  The role at Miniat has been one of transformation; bringing best practice process discipline, technology and organization design in support of the company’s goal to double its size.

Prior to Miniat, Dale joined Vallis Consulting, LLC with a focus on Strategic & Organizational Planning, Operations Support and Senior Executive Coaching for small and mid-market family owned and operated businesses. He also previously held leadership roles at Nestle.

Dale holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Chemistry from Bowling Green State University, received a Master of Business Administration degree with Honors in Marketing from Kent State University and completed a Graduate Program in Global Business at The International Institute for Management Development (IMD)/Switzerland.

JIM HEDGES
Winfield United

Jim grew up in the community of Moweaqua, Illinois where the family was involved in a row crop farming operation. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and returned to Moweaqua to take over the family farm.

In 1987, Jim co-founded Moweaqua Seed Company (MSC), a company focused on Hybrid corn and soybean production and sales. In 2007, MSC joined the ASI family of Monsanto brands, and Jim continued to run the business.

In 2012, Jim joined Monsanto’s U.S. Commercial Row Crops business as Vice President of Row Crops for the Eastern and Coastal Regions of the US, where he had commercial responsibility for branded seed comprising of Asgrow and DEKALB; Channel; Stone Seed; Specialty Seed; Stewart Seed; Hubner Seed and Delta Pine.

In December of 2013, Jim left Monsanto to join 360 Yield Center, a company founded by Gregg Sauder, former owner of Precision Planting. In January of 2017, Jim Left 360 Yield Center to join the WISErg company as an Advisor to the Board. He later joined Winfield United.

Jim continues to live in Moweaqua with his wife Loretta and sons Jack and Mitch, and continues to operate the family’s 3000 acre corn and soybean farm.