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Indoor Ag Conversations Presents: Hiring For Indoor Vertical Farming: Human Resources In 2021


Feb 17, 2021 12:56 PM

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Brac Webb
Co-Founder and CTO @Fifth Season
Brac Webb is co-founder and CTO of Fifth Season. His company is dedicated to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, notably using high-tech robotics and AI to get consumers fresh, healthy, local produce using CEA vertical farming in urban areas. Since Fifth Season’s inception, Brac has helped grow the company to around 50 people, about 40 of which work with him in the development and operations group he leads. His team, which spans the domains of food and horticulture science, software and hardware engineering, and production operations, built and operates a 60,000 sq. ft. vertical farm in Pittsburgh’s Braddock neighborhood in western Pennsylvania. Fifth Season is taking the successes of this farm to grow the company and build new facilities. Brac has been instrumental in architecting his company’s structure and is one of the leaders for their upcoming growth sprint, where Fifth Season plans to more than double in size within the year.
MaryAlice Feinstein
Chief People Officer @AeroFarms
MaryAlice Feinstein is a People Operations Executive with over 25 years of experience. She is the Chief People Officer at AeroFarms. Prior to joining AeroFarms, she was a Global Staffing Manager at Google for over 12 years. Her passion is helping people develop, while also growing the culture and bringing awareness to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the company. MaryAlice believes that data should be integrated into everything we do, and it should be used to support innovation and encourage creativity, allowing a company to be forward thinking and more predictive. Prior to AeroFarms and Google she held HR positions with IT Consulting and Staffing companies. MaryAlice is originally from Syracuse, NY where she went to school at LeMoyne College and received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management. She still partners with the college and helps with mentoring others on their career. She is also certified as an MBTI facilitator.
Keri Gasiorowski
Chief Human Resources Officer @Kalera Inc
In the past decade, Gasiorowski has specialized in helping technology, manufacturing, and engineering companies with entrepreneurial, innovative success by building each business’ HR function from the ground up. She has served as Head of Human Resources for Luminar Technologies, EVP of Human Resources for MSouth Equity Partners, Vice President of Human Resources for Park Square Homes, Regional Director of Human Resources for Meritage Homes, and Senior Director of HR for DigitalRisk. As an industry thought leader, Gasiorowski has been an adjunct professor at the highly-rated Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Florida where she has taught MBA courses such as Diversity and Inclusion, HR Labor Law and Risk Mitigation, and HR Strategy and Management. She also has facilitated the core HR curriculum for their Advanced Entrepreneurship track.