Advisory Board

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Phil Martens

 

Mr. Martens currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Graphic Packaging Holding Company. He also serves on the board of directors of Plexus Corporation and Make-A-Wish Georgia .

 

Previously, Mr. Martens was President and Chief Executive Officer of Novelis Inc., a rolled aluminum manufacturing company, where he served in this capacity from 2009 to 2015. Prior to Novelis, Mr. Martens served as Senior Vice President and President of Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) at ArvinMeritor Inc., a distributor for engine and transmission parts, and President and CEO of Arvin Innovation Inc, a leading global provider of dynamic motion and control automotive systems. Mr. Martens also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Plastech Engineered Products. From 1987 to 2005, he held various engineering and leadership positions at Ford Motor Company, most recently serving as group Vice President of product creation.

 

In addition, Mr. Martens is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta and had chaired the Center’s global fundraising committee. He is also a Trustee of Manufacturers Alliance/ MAPI, Inc. He has extensive experience in international operations and business in Europe, South America and Asia. Mr Martens M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute/University. In 2003 Mr Martens was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Lawrence Technological Institute for his extensive contributions to the global automotive industry.

Glee Meakem, Founder/CEO of Forever.com

Glen T. Meakem

 

Glen Meakem is the Founder & CEO of Forever Inc. (www.forever.com), 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, CSO of greenfence

Jerry Palmer

 

Jerry Palmer is Chief Strategy Officer of greenfence, the Food Industry’s first remote auditing and certification platform, and only comprehensive authentication gateway into the Food Industry value chain.  Jerry is responsible for developing practical and executable business strategy, and working with members of the operating team to drive the execution of the strategy.  Jerry is responsible for developing the right alliances and partnerships that will enable greenfence to grow in an “asset lite” and profitable manner.

 

Jerry has over 25 years of experience in the Agriculture, Chemicals, Natural Resources, and Energy industries. An influential expert in corporate 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.

 

Prior to joining greenfence, he was managing director and Chemicals Industry 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, he lived in mainland China and developed a deep understanding of the Chinese business culture as well as expertise in Chinese and emerging market agriculture.

 

Jerry began his career at accenture in 1991 and was promoted to equity Partner in 2000.  He held many positions at accenture over his two-plus decade career, but remained focused on solving accenture’s clients largest and most complex challenges.

 

Jerry lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Melissa.