Jim has over 20 years of experience with entrepreneurial and start-up ventures focusing on technology, real estate and industrial operations. He has built his reputation by scaling technology processes and driving down costs. Prior to founding ZEA, Jim founded AquaHarvest Technologies (now Fresh Box Farms/Crop One Holdings) and led the company through the commercialization phase. From 2003-2010, Jim was the founder and Managing Partner of Pine Street Investment Company, a real estate investment company. Jim received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University. He also served as a US Naval pilot for four years. Jim authored 11 pending patents related to varying plant, system and process areas, along with three different national grants for USDA, DOE and National Science Foundation. His volunteer work includes mentoring at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and various charitable organizations in the Boston area.
Mike has over 25 years of financial and operational experience in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, life sciences, medical device, high tech, software, consulting, consumer products, financial services, and non-profit. He has worked start-ups, small, mid-size, and large multi-national corporations. Mike has served as the CFO/Head of Finance at several companies including Alzheon, Beacon Endoscopic, Blend Therapeutics, The Boston Society, Fog Pharmaceuticals, GreenLight Biosciences, Helio Vision, Innosight, LifeMine, and Lumicell. He also worked in financial and commercial roles at GenRad, Genzyme, and Procter & Gamble. Mike received a BA in Economics at Saint Lawrence University and an MBA in finance and strategy at The University of Chicago.
Arlene has worked for over 25 years as an IP attorney, with much of her time spent in a Boston law firm. Arlene also worked as a sole practitioner for several years. She has experience in a wide range of intellectual property matters, including prosecution of foreign and domestic patents, trademarks and copyrights. Her practice concentrated in the areas of chemical, biological, mechanical and design patent matters. Arlene received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and attended Suffolk University Law School, where she received her law degree. Arlene is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Mike started his career with two startup businesses before entering his family’s construction business. He has been a Massachusetts contractor for the last 34 years and has managed large-scale residential and commercial projects. His focus is to supervise and direct construction projects from conception to completion, be responsible for all on-site and off-site construction to monitor compliance with building and safety regulations, and analyze, manage and mitigate risks. His construction and project management clients have included universities, churches and other large commercial real estate firms. More recently, he has managed the construction of clean room facilities and their corresponding HVAC engineering requirements.
Lynda Bassett is an experienced copywriter writer and editor with expertise in communications, digital marketing, content management, and public relations. She has written everything from case studies, e-books, landing pages, and blog posts for a wide variety of industries. At ZEA, her goal is to elevate the communications and increase awareness for the organization. Prior to joining ZEA, Lynda worked in Internal Communications for Schneider Electric. She graduated from Bridgewater State University.
Rob Adams is a nationally recognized expert in innovative cold storage construction and is a co-author of some of ZEA's pending patents. Rob received a BS in Chemistry from University of Houston, and for fifteen years has served on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University’s startup companies.
Stephen has a 27-year career in both print and digital publishing and advertising. In that time, he has worked for the Community Newspaper Company, Reed Business Information, and E.C. Barton & Co. His experience includes graphic design, desktop publishing, content management, and social media marketing.
Jake is a Merrimack College graduate with a degree in Finance and Psychology. As Process Manager, he optimizes the daily efficiency of the financial and operations management for ZEA, and is currently working on securing Series A financial funding. Prior to joining ZEA, Jake worked at Loomis Sayles in their fixed income operations team, and for the USGA on the sales and client services team.
Tim is a Clark University graduate with a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree, where he was also a student researcher at Clark University’s Lazo Lab. At ZEA, he works as a plant biologics scientist, analyzing the growing conditions, statistical similarities and consistency variables that allow for identical plant growth.
Travers is in his senior year at Fairfield University, where he is studying biology and working as a teacher’s aide at the University’s biology labs. At ZEA, he works as a lab operations technician, maintaining and monitoring plant quality and helping with the general operations of the facility. Travers is interested in how plants can be used as alternative methods of treating and improving the success rate of cancer.
Jack Wagenseller is studying Supply Chain Management and Sustainable Business Practices at Northeastern University and is expected to graduate in 2022. He has worked as an intern with ZEA since 2016, where he has spearheaded the second-floor expansion project rack layout and set up the grow room for maximum efficiency. He also works on facility production and operations with the ZEA team.