Executive Leadership Team

500 million farmers worldwide lack access to advanced agricultural data systems and technologies. aWhere addresses this challenge by generating weather agile recommendations and alerts for small-scale farmers through aWhere’s Platform. The Platform also provides a robust data management infrastructure to manage complex agricultural information and enable evidence-based decisions across the value chain.

Processing over a billion new data points every day, the Platform provides a framework to manage and deliver localized information to support the 500 million small-scale farmers facing complex agricultural challenges.

What is agricultural intelligence?

Founded in 1999 by Dr. John Corbett, Stewart Collis and Beau Bush, aWhere's roots lie in the deployment of agricultural data systems in support of sustainable development. We believe the most effective policy and development strategies require knowledge from all relevant sources.

“aWhere uses the term agricultural intelligence to convey the critical intersection of location and time in agricultural initiatives. aWhere combines location based and information technologies, allowing users to visualize their data across location and time, enabling local to global evidence-based decision making. This is agricultural intelligence.”

- aWhere CEO, Dr. John Corbett

John D. Corbett, PhD.

John D. Corbett, PhD.

Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer

After graduating with honors at Dartmouth, then earning a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Corbett spent the next 20 years becoming an expert in geo-spatial tool applications. Working closely with national and international organizations in the US, Kenya, Africa, Switzerland, and Mexico, John built and managed systems to utilize geo-analytics to increase positive outcomes. Leveraging his expertise with GIS, John identified a major need in the marketplace that became the framework for aWhere’s products. Prior to aWhere, John worked with Syngenta as Head of Global GIS where he managed the business operations of the GIS division for that global corporation.

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Stewart N. Collis

Stewart N. Collis

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Collis graduated from the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia earning a Bachelor of Geomatic Engineering (with Honors) and a Master of Engineering Science with a specific focus on Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. Stewart worked at the International Center for Research in Agro-Forestry (ICRAF) in Kenya then Texas A&M University System as a software developer focusing on climate and agriculture modeling and easy to use GIS systems. As a co-founder of aWhere, Inc., Stewart’s principal role is establishing aWhere's technology direction and leading key research initiatives.

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Beau R. Bush

Beau R. Bush

Co-Founder, Vice President of Information Technology

Beau graduated from Texas A&M University obtaining Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees focused on environmental studies through the utilization of emerging technologies. Seeing the need to have a strong foundation to support the software development efforts of aWhere’s talented teams, Beau has pioneered and implemented their IT strategy for over 15 years with a keen eye toward business continuity practices. In his role, Beau strives to provide leadership by mentoring and training individuals to align their personal strengths and professional goals with those of aWhere’s initiatives.

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Board of Directors

Robert Fenwick-Smith

Chairman of the Board, Founder & Manager of Aravaipa Ventures, a Colorado-centric GreenTech Fund

In addition to aWhere, Inc., Fenwick-Smith is also Chairman of AXIT AG, Frankenthal, Germany, a leading European SaaS Supply Chain Management Software company, and two U.S. companies: SonicScrubbers LLC and Seth Ellis Chocolatier LLC. He was a Managing Director of Tattle srl, Brescia, Italy, a leader in Imaging Technology in the Industrial Security Sectors. As the President and Chief Executive of Romaco, he was instrumental in leading the growth of the business from its inception to 170 million Euro in sales. Mr. Fenwick-Smith received his BA in Economics from Ecole Des Houtes Etudes Commerciales in Lausanne, Switzerland, and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

John D. Corbett, PhD.

Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer

See bio above.

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin is the former CEO of SendGrid, Inc., an email infrastructure applications company. Prior to his tenure with SendGrid, Jim was the Vice President of Enterprise Performance Management and the General Manager of the Crystal Ball Global Business Unit of Oracle Corporation. The Crystal Ball Global Business Unit was formed in 2007 as a part of the acquisition of Hyperion Solutions. At Hyperion, Jim served as VP and General Manager.

Jim had held the roles of Decisioneering's CEO, CFO, GC and VP of Sales prior to Decisioneering’s acquisition by Hyperion. Decisioneering was the maker of the Crystal Ball brand of software. Mr. Franklin was also the founder of webfamilies.com and the CFO of Vericept Corporation.

Jim serves on several boards such as aWhere, Inc., Cloud Elements, Embarke-Email CoPilot, Parkifi, Fluorofinder, SlamData, and TapInfluence. Jim is also a mentor for Techstars, a Director of the Founder Institute and on the board of the ACLU – Colorado.

Jim has passed the CPA exam, is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Colorado and holds a JD/MBA and BBA-Accounting all from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Jim currently resides in Boulder, CO.

When not working with entrepreneurs, Jim likes to do triathlon training, telemark ski and run the trails above Boulder.

H. John Oechsle

President and CEO, Swiftpage E

H. John Oechsle joined Swiftpage in July 2012 and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. John came to Swiftpage with a 30 year track record of building highly profitable and sustainable revenue growth for emerging companies and established global leaders. Prior to joining Swiftpage, John served as the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Product for DigitalGlobe. During his tenure, he was instrumental in shaping the future of the company and driving revenue growth through the launch of a number of very successful product lines. Prior to DigitalGlobe, John was the Senior Vice President of Technology and Content as well as Chief Information Officer for IHS Inc. Previously, John was the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Management Worldwide, for Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company, where he was responsible for all technology and e-business. Earlier in his career, John served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc., and as Director of Global Information Management for Kellogg Company. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the Tuck Executive Program from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. John is an advocate for technology and education in Colorado and has been an active contributor to the Colorado Technology Association (CTA). John supports OpenWorld Learning, an organization which uses the power of technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning among children. John also supports Kidstek, an organization dedicated to making technology accessible to youth. John has been recognized several times for his involvement in the industry. In 2006 and in 2009, John was awarded the Technology Executive of the Year, and the Titan of Technology awards by the CTA. John was also awarded the Bob Newman Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community by the CTA in 2011.

Stewart N. Collis

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

See bio above.