Advisory Board


Jerry Palmer currently serves as the Managing Director of J. Palmer & Associates. Jerry has over 30 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. Jerry currently lives in Houston Texas with his wife Melissa.


Bob Wood has more than 35 years of global chemical and process industry leadership experience and 25 years of public company board experience. He served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Chemtura (merged with Lanxess) from January 2004 until December 2008. Prior to Chemtura, he had a successful 27-year career at The Dow Chemical Company where he served as 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 also served as Chairman of the Board of the American Plastics Council, Chairman of the Board of the American Chemistry Council, Chairman of the National Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, US Olympic Board of Directors, and Jarden Corporation Board of Directors. 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 and was a scholarship and starting football player at Michigan. Bob is currently working with some of the world’s largest Oil and Gas companies as a part of the McChrystal Group (founded by Stan McChrystal – retired four-star general and former commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan).


Steve Siegfried is a CEO with over 30 years of proven high-performance business leadership in managing successful technology and consulting organizations delivering people, process, and technology solutions to global manufacturing and distribution enterprises. Among Steve’s portfolio of consulting companies which he started and/or supported the startup and leadership include The Siegfried Group, CorseMax, and Palarco. The Siegfried Group has over 1,000 financial/accounting consultants working in the manufacturing industry; CorseMax is a smaller consulting firm providing consulting services primarily in the Philadelphia area, and Steve’s initial company Palarco employed over 300 consultants and was acquired by Safeguard Scientifics.
Steve achieves results as a strategic planner with demonstrated ability to build consulting organizations that provide a higher value of services and deliver differentiated business results.  Steve responds quickly and appropriately to technological and competitive demands for change.  He is focused on quality service to ensure customer satisfaction and customer retention.  He is highly effective in start-up, turnaround and growth situations and has a reputation for igniting entrepreneurial spirit, evaluating market opportunities and execution.