Here's what our
customers say:

"We hired SureHarvest because, 'They get it.'"

- Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission

 

Meet the Team

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 enhanced 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. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in the Department Entomological Sciences.

Nathan Smith

Senior Vice President Client Solutions

Nathan is the Senior Vice President of Client Solutions. He leads the company's business development process and guides new clients through the design and implementation planning phases of a project life cycle. Nathan identifies opportunities for greater collaboration with industry groups, trade associations, and partner organizations. His industry engagement has focused on sustainable sourcing, with an emphasis on raw material sourcing initiatives designed to promote continuous improvement with production practices and traceability in the food and agriculture value chain. Starbucks’ C.A.F.E. Practices and Ferrero Farming Values are key programs he launched and managed. He has also partnered with non-profit standard owners, Fair Trade USA and Equitable Food Initiative, in the development of and implementation of their agricultural production third-party certification programs. Other notable work includes supporting the The Nature Conservancy’s 4R Certification program from a pilot to implementation stage. Nathan received a MA degree in Latin American Studies, with concentrations in Geography and Environmental Studies, from the University of Arizona and holds a BA degree from the University of Washington.

Christopher Van Coops

Vice President, Farming MIS Engineering

Chris is the Vice President 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.

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 globally recognized 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.

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, including nuts, wine, tree-fruit, flowers, leafy greens, and mushrooms and corn. Diverse software innovations completed 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.

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 clients. 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. 

Lidia Salinas

Sustainability Analyst

Lidia is a Sustainability Analyst. She drives research and data analysis related to SureHarvest sustainability solutions, leveraging industry tools and best practices. Lidia also provides technical support to inform sales and marketing efforts, and implements Sustainability Management Information Systems in support of client programs. Lidia specializes in environmental sustainability, with an emphasis on renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change mitigation. Lidia received her M.Sc. degree in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from University College London and a BA degree from Bard College.