As a Principal Advisor at Larta Institute, Tony brings more than 23 years of experience leading agribusiness organizations and working in the biofuels, biobased materials and manufacturing, alternative energy, agriculture, and animal health industries. His business expertise covers venture capital, corporate leadership, executive planning, business development, operations, and commercialization.
Tony is the Founder and President of AgTech Advisors, LLC, a consulting company that works with investors, entrepreneurs, and institutions interested in developing, commercializing, and investing in agricultural and animal health technologies. Before founding AgTech Advisors, he was a Managing Director for the Kansas Bioscience Authority, where he led the organization's investment efforts in agtech, animal health, and bioenergy. He led KBA's investments in companies such as Aratana Therapeutics, Green Dot, SmartVet, and Advanced Animal Diagnostics.
Previously, Tony spent 9 years with POET, where he started 2 major green-field ethanol plants and led equity drives, refinancing, and expansion efforts for these facilities. He has also held positions in business development and operations management with global grain and trading companies such as ED&F Man and ADM. Tony also serves on the board of directors of Green Dot Holdings, Advanced Animal Diagnostics, and the ATIP Foundation.
Tony holds an Economics Degree from Millikin University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, and completed the Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive Education Program at Harvard University.