We hired SureHarvest because, “They get it.”

– Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission

 

At SureHarvest, we know sustainability from the ground up.

Our expertise lies in the business, scientific and practical knowledge of production agriculture, combined with experience in designing and implementing management information systems for the agrifood supply chain.

Dr. Jeff Dlott

President and CEO

Jeff is the President and CEO.  Jeff is an inventor, entrepreneur, strategist, and program designer.  Under his leadership, SureHarvest has architected and released farm management and sustainability technology tools to further enable customer value creation in the Food and Ag sectors.  Jeff serves as a strategic advisor to clients in the design, implementation, and communications of sustainability performance management (SPM) initiatives including the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program, California Almond Sustainability Program, and other initiative in fruits, nuts, vegetables, and mushrooms.  He focuses on delivering client value through enhancing brand equity; boosting growth; improving operational efficiencies, and reducing reputational, brand, and operational risks.  Jeff is the lead inventor on five US patents.  He is an appointed member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel.  Dr. Dlott received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in the Department Entomological Sciences.

 

Brad Suggs

CFO

Brad is the CFO and Treasurer. He led the effort to commercialize the 5Ps of Sustainability™ and has played key roles in client engagements including the California Cut Flower Commission and Sustainable Conservation providing Financial Model consulting for their sustainability performance management (SPM) initiatives. He led the data analysis effort for the 2014 California Almond Sustainability Program Report and co-authored two self-assessment models in almonds including financial management. Brad has over 25 years of marketing and client services experience and more recently was the GM for Sitel Panama, SA managing over 3,500 people and 30MM in revenues. He has expertise in financial, business, project and organizational change management. Brad received his BA from Wayne State University and certifications in ISO 2001 and instructional design from the University of Michigan.

Christopher Van Coops

VP Farming MIS Engineering

Chris is the VP of Farming MIS Engineering.  His role includes managing the design, development, support, integration, staffing and technology partnerships for the company's Farming MIS software suite as well as managing the company’s internal IT needs and initiatives, and providing support and technical expertise for other products and projects. He has been managing, designing, implementing, deploying and supporting IT, software, web and database systems for over 20 years. Prior to joining SureHarvest, he served as a software engineering manager at Kronos where he oversaw the full software development life-cycle and engineering staff for time-and-attendance software products. Mr. Van Coops joined SureHarvest in 2002 to lead the design and development of the Farming MIS software suite. Chris earned his B.S. in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Franklin Dlott

Product Manager

Franklin is the Product Manager.  He designs, implements and supports clients across a wide range of SureHarvest product offerings, crops, companies, and people. He has worked with many businesses to streamline and reform their collection and use of data to help them make better decisions. Franklin has designed and deployed Sustainability Management Information Systems in specialty crops (nuts, wine, tree-fruit, flowers, leafy greens, and mushrooms) and in corn.  Diverse software innovations under his direction include: strip-trial support, nitrogen budgeting for almonds, and assessor parcel mapping to name a few. Franklin received his M.Sc. in Botany from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Biology and Linguistics, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. Cliff Ohmart

Senior Scientist

Cliff is a Senior Scientist.   He works with clients to design, develop, and implement sustainability performance management initiatives including the California Cherry Sustainability Program, California Almond Sustainability Program, BloomCheck™ certification for cut flower production, and initiatives in many other crops.  All focused on adding value for grower participants. He was Principle Research Scientist for CSIRO Division of Forest Research for 14 years researching forest pest management problems, an IPM consultant for 7 years in orchard crops, and Sustainable Winegrowing Director at Lodi Winegrape Commission for 14 years developing a world renowned sustainable winegrowing program.  Cliff received a B.Sc. degree in forest biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California Berkeley.  

 

Dr. Joe Browde

Senior Consultant

Joe is a Senior Consultant. He has devoted 25+ years building innovative projects and providing value-based solutions in agriculture. Joe leads SureHarvest effort in developing and implementing programmatic and technological elements for the California Almond Sustainability Program. He co-leads work for the California Sustainability Winegrowing Program, and assists with other sustainability performance management (SPM) initiatives for associations and businesses. Joe is an author of the self-assessment content and sustainability performance reporting for the almond and winegrowing initiatives, and the key architect for associated educational programs driving performance improvement. Joe began his career with Zeneca Ag Products, where he served as North American Entomology Specialist and Team Leader. His experience spans a breadth of commodity and specialty crops. Joe received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Iowa State University.

Jane Vandine

Finance and Office Manager

Jane is the Office Manager.  She manages the day-to-day accounting functions, month-end grant accounting, cash flow and financial reporting. Jane developed a monthly billing process early in her tenure that optimized cash flow and has fostered excellent working relationships with our client’s counterparts.   She coordinates human resources tasks, from benefits to payroll administration. She is also the Administrator for Protected Harvest, a non-profit organization which is a part of SureHarvest’s set of solutions providing growers with a third-party certification program for a performance-based sustainability eco-label.  She created a well-organized approach to governing the application process for the sustainability certification program, working with the growers to foster success. She also handles Protected Harvest’s fiscal management.  Jane received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.