Advisory Board

Glee Meakem, Founder/CEO of

Glen T. Meakem


Glen Meakem is the Founder & CEO of Forever Inc. (, the world’s first and only permanent media storage and sharing company.


Between 2005 and 2012, Glen founded and led a successful early-stage venture capital firm called Meakem Becker Venture Capital (MBVC).  Under Glen’s leadership, MBVC invested in a number of technology companies, including Kiva Systems (sold to Amazon), HotPads (sold to Zillow), Shipwire (sold to Ingram Micro), and CloudMeter (sold to Splunk).

Glen’s entry into the venture capital industry was preceded by his widely chronicled role as Founder, Chairman and CEO of FreeMarkets Inc., which was the leading provider of internet-deployed software and services for automating the supply chain sourcing processes of Global 1000 companies.  Glen founded FreeMarkets in 1995, took it public in a record setting IPO in 1999, then sold it to Ariba in 2004.  At its peak, FreeMarkets had a publicly traded market cap of $13 billion.


Early in his career Glen was a manager in General Electric’s Corporate Business Development Group; a consultant with McKinsey & Company; and held a range of consumer marketing and product management positions for Kraft-General Foods.  Glen was also a combat engineer officer in the United States Army Reserve, serving as a platoon leader in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the First Gulf War.  Glen graduated A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and later earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Glen and his wife, Diane, have five children.


Jerry Palmer


Jerry Palmer currently serves as the Managing Director of J. Palmer & Associates.


Jerry has over 27 years of experience in the Agriculture, Chemicals, Natural Resources, and Energy industries. An influential expert in corporate transformation, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, and business process outsourcing, Jerry has spent a majority of his career helping small and large organizations transform and grow.


Jerry was previously managing director and APAC chemicals lead of accenture where he was charged with raising awareness of accenture’s chemical and agriculture practice in Asia. Jerry was responsible for driving growth and delivering value propositions to local and multinational clients, new and existing. While in Asia, Jerry lived in mainland China and developed a deep understanding of the Chinese business culture as well as expertise in Chinese and emerging market agriculture. This experience is the driver behind his interest in food safety and security. Jerry began his career at accenture in 1991 and was promoted to equity Partner in 2000. Jerry had many roles and held many titles at accenture over his two-plus decade career, but always was focused on solving accenture clients’ largest and most complex problems.


Jerry has a keen sense of character, and is recognized for his ability to mentor and manage in a manner that maximizes performance of a leadership team. He currently serves on the advisory board of Venetia Partners, an international boutique firm of supply chain, operations and solutions experts.


Jerry currently lives in Houston Texas with his wife Melissa.

Robert L Wood, Chemicals Industry Leader

Bob Wood


Robert L. (Bob) Wood has more than 35 years of global chemical industry leadership experience and 25 years of public company board experience. He served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Crompton Corporation which merged with Great Lakes Chemical to form Chemtura, from January 2004 until December 2008. Prior to Chemtura, he had a successful 27-year career at The Dow Chemical Company where he progressed from Sales Trainee to Business Group President responsible for a portfolio of businesses with revenue of $5.5 billion which included Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Systems, Epoxies and Dow Automotive. He was a member of Dow’s Corporate Operating Board which was charged with setting corporate, corporate policies and business priorities. After beginning as a sales trainee in plastics, he held leadership roles in nearly every business in Dow including General Manager in Dow Consumer Products, Vice President Polyolefins and Elastomers Dow North America, Global Business Vice President Engineering Plastics, Business Vice President Polyurethanes.


Bob has extensive experience leading organizations affiliated with his businesses as well as non-profit organizations.


He served as Chairman of the board of the American Plastics Council, Chairman of the board of the American Chemistry Council and as a member of the Business Roundtable. In addition, he served two terms as Chairman of the National Board of Directors of Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of America; served as Treasurer, USA Gymnastics Board of Directors and Chairman of the board for USA Gymnastics Foundation; and served on the board of Jarden Corporation from 2000 to 2016


He currently serves as Lead Director, Praxair Corporation and is a member of the Boards of Directors of MRC Global and Univar.


Bob holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan.