January Employee of the Month: Eric Garrison

A native Californian, Eric moved to Memphis in the mid 1990s with his grandparents. A very involved member of the Memphis community, Eric graduated from Houston High School, where he then went on to attend and become a graduate of Southwest Tennessee and the University of Memphis. He also has a younger sister who attends Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

Eric’s degree in engineering technology prepared him well for his position as a senior developer here at The Seam, and he is an integral part of our company.

He currently serves on the media team for The Life Church, where he performs the many audio/visual tasks necessary for each service, and trains others in his skills.

His recent travels include a visit to Hong Kong, with the Damascus Road Leadership Team, to assist Lifehouse International Church with their English summer camp for local children.

Eric was presented with an Amazon gift card, and he has chosen Memphis Dream Center, whose vision is to see rescued individuals building a city of hope, as The Seam’s donation.

We are honored to award him with the title of January Employee of the Month!

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The Seam adds five agribusiness leaders to Board of Directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2018 – The Seam, a leading provider of agribusiness software and trading solutions, today announced that it has recently added five new board members, who will continue to help guide and position the company as a leader in agritech. Joining The Seam’s Board of Directors are Kevin Brinkley, Jay Hardwick, Tommy Hayden, Hank Reichle and Krista Rickman.

theseam-logo“We are fortunate to have global-leading agribusinesses and industry thought leaders serving on our board,” said Mark Pryor, Chairman and CEO at The Seam. “True innovation requires the right combination of technology and business know-how. The accumulative industry knowledge and experience of our board and leadership team provide a globally-reputable foundation for developing agriculture technology solutions of the future.”

Brinkley joins the board representing Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), where he serves as the President and CEO. PCCA is one of the largest originators of U.S. cotton to textile mills worldwide.

Hardwick represents EWR Inc., a company that provides electronic warehouse receipt solutions for a variety of industries like cotton and peanuts. Hardwick is the past Chairman of Cotton Incorporated, National Cotton Council and American Cotton Producers.

Hayden was selected to the board as a representative of Louis Dreyfus Company, where he serves as the Chief Operating Officer – Cotton Platform.

Reichle serves as the Executive Vice President of Staple Cotton Cooperative Association (Staplcotn), one of the largest cotton marketing cooperatives in the United States.

Rickman represents Cargill Cotton, where she is the Global Operations Manager. Cargill Cotton serves growers, buyers, ginners and textile mills through their buying and selling networks, along with warehouses and cotton gins.

Other board members include Joe Nicosia of Louis Dreyfus Company, William Barksdale of Cargill Cotton, Lonnie Winters of PCCA, and Phil Burnett.

About The Seam
The Seam was founded by leading global agribusiness companies and specializes in commodity trading and management systems. In December 2000, it began operating the world’s first completely online, anonymous exchange for cotton trading. Since that time, the company has leveraged its software and application development expertise in agriculture to expand into other commodity segments, including peanuts, grains and dairy. The Seam is a proven leader in the agritech space, having cleared or processed more than $8 billion through its platforms, and recently launched an innovative BI tool for peanut producers and handlers. For more information, visit www.theseam.com.


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Markets Insider 

Market Watch

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The Seam launches peanut platform with real-time, actionable insights for farmers

MEMPHIS, Tenn., October 3, 2017 – The Seam, a leading provider of agribusiness software and trading solutions, today announced the launch of new business intelligence tools to provide peanut farmers and handlers with actionable data for changing or improving practices both on and off the farm.

Instant grading and inspection information is now available to peanut farmers through automated text messaging and includes foreign materials, grade, moisture levels and other attributes. A new online Producer Portal provides access to graphical metrics and more detailed intelligence, including inspection certificates, contract documents, farm purchase reports, electronic warehouse receipts and so forth. This technology, which is the first of its kind in the peanut industry, comes at the optimal time with this year’s historic-sized crop.

“Just as businesses rely on instant, meaningful data for making sound decisions, so do farmers,” said Mark Pryor, Chairman and CEO at The Seam. “This technology provides the insights needed to quickly adjust practices ‘on-the-spot’ for increasing efficiency and value, thereby saving time and money. We’re excited to get this software into the hands of more producers and handlers, as it pushes us another step toward our mission of investing in the industry, providing modernization to agriculture and being a truly collaborative partner to our customers.”

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Department of Agriculture Announces New Agribusiness Development Grant

This week, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture announced the Agriculture Enterprise Fund (AEF), a new agribusiness development grant that will provide assistance to new and expanding Tennessee agriculture and food businesses.

The AEF is an incentive program, with goals of eliminating distressed counties in Tennessee by 2025. It will focus on increasing on-farm income, farmers access to markets and agricultural innovation. The program supports Governor Bill Haslam’s priority of economic development and job creation, and is administered by the Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Community Development, a Rural Task Force partner.

It is encouraged that interested applicants apply for a grant soon, as the Department of Agriculture is accepting applications on a rolling basis. You can visit this webpage for further details on how to apply.

To check out more from the original post, visit TN Department of Agriculture.

The Seam Announces Three New Hires, Celebrates Graduate of National Peanut Buying Points Association Leadership Program

The Seam, a leading provider of agribusiness software and trading solutions, today announced the appointment of Tammy Sullivan, Executive Assistant; Mike Vandenbergh, Director of Emerging Technologies; and Rex Vandiver, Customer Development. Sullivan and Vandenbergh report to Mark Pryor, Chairman, and CEO. Vandiver reports to Steve Mitchell, Director PMO and Operations.

“We are thrilled to add such experienced, dedicated individuals to our growing team,” said Pryor. “The Seam’s goal is to transform the agribusiness industry from a technology and accessibility standpoint, and Tammy, Mike, and Rex are just the people we were looking for to get us there.”

In her role as Executive Assistant, Sullivan will be handling administrative duties, including managing calendars; coordinating travel, meeting and event arrangements; preparing various reports; and assisting with customer and vendor relations. Prior to joining The Seam, she worked for Continental Airlines and United Airlines for more than 30 years as an international flight attendant, service manager, and training specialist. Sullivan received a Bachelor of Arts in education from Louisiana Tech University.

“The Seam’s goal is to transform the agribusiness industry from a technology and accessibility standpoint, and we are thrilled to add such experienced, dedicated individuals to our growing team.” – Mark Pryor, Chairman and CEO.

As Director of Emerging Technologies, Vandenbergh will be working with The Seam’s customers, partners and team members to build a modern technology consortium that will consist of an end-to-end supply chain solution based on blockchain technology. This initiative will follow commodity products from provenance to their ultimate consumption, which will lead to greater visibility, traceability and efficiency by highlighting the origins and histories of the products and goods people consume. Before his move to The Seam, Vandenbergh served as the Vice President of Information Technology at MicroPact Global. He has more than 20 years of IT experience, in roles such as Managing Director of Technology Operations at Raymond James Financial and Vice President of Technology Operations at Regions Financial. Vandenbergh received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

In his role as Customer Development, Vandiver will be working directly with The Seam’s current and future customers, as well as the customer support team, to collaboratively create solutions to help better manage business through technology. Prior to working for The Seam, Vandiver was the Sales Manager for Ross Manufacturing Company, an agribusiness firm that manufactures bucket elevators and other conveying equipment for various commodities. He was also involved in managing day-to-day operations and purchasing. Vandiver received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Additionally, The Seam recently announced that Vandiver is a graduate of the National Peanut Buying Points Association Annual Leadership Program, a first for The Seam. The Program’s objective is to provide intensive training opportunities for young members of the industry, while developing and improving leadership skills and understanding of the history of buying points and the American peanut industry. The 2017 Program selected 19 students to participate, including Vandiver. As an industry partner of the NPBPA, The Seam is focused on developing new software that aids in how shellers and buying points operate daily, as well as providing relevant data to make the industry more sustainable for the producer.

“I wanted to attend the leadership training not only to show The Seam’s commitment to advancing the technology used in the peanut industry but also because I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of how this industry works and the struggles it faces,” said Vandiver. “With my experience and new role at The Seam, I am able to better understand how this industry operates and anticipate requests so that we can work to provide the software that the peanut industry needs to make it more efficient.”

About the National Peanut Buying Points Association
The National Peanut Buying Points Association is a representative association for America’s 400+ peanut buying points. The Association’s goal is to be an informed liaison between the farmer and the peanut sheller, to strive for fair and transparent government rules and regulations, and to seek new and innovative technology that will foster the continuation of peanut buying points as a major segment of the industry. For more information on the NPBPA, visit www.peanutbuyingpoints.org.

About The Seam 
The Seam was founded by leading global agribusiness companies and specializes in commodity trading and management systems. In December 2000, it began operating the world’s first completely online, anonymous exchange for cotton trading. Since that time, the company has leveraged its software and application development expertise in agriculture to expand into other commodity segments, including peanuts, grains and dairy. As a proven leader in the agritech and fintech space, The Seam has cleared or processed more than $8 billion through its platforms. For more information, visit www.theseam.com.


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Memphis Business Journal

Marketplace

ICA Singapore Speaker Spotlight

The Seam‘s Chairman and CEO, Mark Pryor, will present at ICA Singapore this October. Mark was recently featured in the association’s Speaker Spotlight, which highlighted his previous work and achievements.

Below are a few of Mark’s words. Check out the full article here.

The ICA’s annual trade event truly represents borderless diversity gathered around a common thread. Software technology is becoming a vital part of the overall strategy for efficiency, traceability and trading opportunities. It’s an honour to be given the opportunity to present new innovations that weave into the future of a business collaborative, global cotton supply chain.

The Seam Office Grand Opening in the Memphis Business Journal

Greater Memphis Chamber president Phil Trenary and various cotton, peanut and other commodity industry leaders were present as The Seam celebrated its expanded agritech operations this past April. The expansion came after an announcement in January that it was working to form a blockchain-based ecosystem for global trading and field-to-fabric supply chain innovations.

Attendees included: 1. Representatives from The Seam, the Greater Memphis Chamber and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s office; 2. Kelly Nelson, Susan Simpson, Teaha Carter and Nikki Barber; 3. Ellen Mitchell, Steve Mitchell and Keith Temple; 4. Jeff Johnson, Tom McCune, Charles Garner, Amy Baine and John Stevens.

This feature appeared in the July 7 edition of the Memphis Business Journal. Grab yourself a copy, and flip to the After Hours section!

 

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