Margaret Maizel is the Founder and President of Visual Farms. An expert in geo-spatial systems, she champions farms, and conservation efforts that created or improved programs at local, state and federal levels. She is an inventor of the Visual Farms’ US Patent #799754.
She was President, ONEIMAGE, LLC consulting to agriculture manufacturers, and national conservation organizations for 15 years following a position as VP, Integrated Systems, VantagePoint Network, Deere & Co in Fort Collins, Colorado. Previously, she was a Co-founder, of a Congressionally-funded program through USDA to integrate federal geospatial systems to support rural decision makers.
She was an Owner/operator, of a registered Angus cow-calf operation in the Shenandoah Valley near Berryville, VA, for 15 years while Chairman and member, of the Clarke County, VA Planning Commission. For five years, she Chaired the Virginia Land Records, Surveying and Mapping Commission as the Governor’s appointee to assist local governments in modernizing their land records systems.
Previously, she authored, 21 peer-reviewed papers in molecular genetics as a Research Associate, Harvard Medical School in Boston, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
Ron Olson is an Agronomist and pioneer in precision farming. As an entrepreneur, he started and exited one of the earliest companies to assist farmers with GPS-based 2.5 acre grid soil sampling, VRT seeding and fertilizer applications, and yield mapping.
He later built a successful agri-business consulting firm. He is a facilitator of the Midwest Agricultural Innovation Network and consults with the leading US farmers in APPEX and Centrec peer networks.
Cecil Samuel is a seasoned technology entrepreneur and business leader with demonstrated experience delivering innovative, AI-driven digital transformation solutions. In his three-decade career in the technology Industry, he has held leadership positions in incubating global technology and innovation centers, Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and has achieved success in operationalizing and scaling them up to enable rapid business growth and value. His primary industry focus has been in the US Healthcare, Agriculture and Government sectors.
Focus areas as CTO for VISUAL FARMS:
Betty is the founding investor for VISUAL FARMS. Having grown up on a multi-generational crop and livestock farming operation near Creighton, NE, she understands the importance of America’s family farms. She continues to support the organization with encouragement, enthusiasm, advice, strategy and occasional additional funding.
She is also a founding Trustee of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal School, a K-8 school in its 15th year with 157 students in Denver. The school serves a student population that is diverse, both racially and socio-economically. Approximately 75% of the students receive scholarship funds according to their family's needs.The school is fully accredited and it's graduating 8th graders have gone on to Denver's finest private and public high schools.
Charles M. (Kim) Drackett, Jr. is Chairman, President and General Manager of Fairholme Farms in Lewisville, Indiana.
As an entrepreneur and President and General Manager of Fairholme Farms, Mr. Drackett brings significant business and management level experience from inside the Agricultural Industry and from the financial services industry. In addition, through his business experience, Mr. Drackett has gained significant technological knowledge, adding additional value to the Board.