Phytelligence Welcomes New Global Vice President of Sales for Citrus

Phytelligence,
a leading agricultural biotechnology company that is revolutionizing
the way food crops are grown, today announced its new Global Vice
President of Sales for Citrus, Gerard Bogdon. Bogdon will oversee sales
of citrus varieties of rootstock, spring buds and whips among
Phytelligence’s existing and new customers.

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Horticulture professional Gerard Bogdon joins Seattle-based startup Phytelligence to lead company’s citrus sales (Photo: Business Wire)

Based in Florida, Bogdon will also work with Florida Foundation Seed
Producers to provide growers who have been impacted by Huanglongbing
disease (HLB or citrus-greening disease) with the opportunity to access
true-to-type, virus and disease-free rootstock that is also tolerant to
HLB.

Bogdon brings more than 17 years of experience in specialty agriculture
to his new role. Mostly recently, he was group publisher of the U.S.
horticulture group Meister Media Worldwide (Meister Media) where he
managed sales, editorial and circulation for its publications, including
American and Western Fruit Grower, American Vegetable Grower, Florida
Grower, Greenhouse Grower and Greenhouse Grower Technology. During his
time with Meister Media, Bogdon also held roles as the southern sales
representative and associate publisher where he led the company to four
consecutive years of record growth.

“We’re excited to welcome Gerry to the team and look forward to
collaborating with him to strengthen relationships with citrus growers
in Florida and around the world,” said Ken Hunt, CEO of Phytelligence.
“The combination of Gerry’s experience in sales and agriculture, and his
extensive network of contacts in the citrus industry will help further
our mission to provide all growers with the highest quality food crops.”

Bogdon’s expertise in horticulture is intertwined with more than 25
years in sales and profit/loss management experience. Prior to his time
at Meister Media, he was the district sales manager for R.H. Donnelley
Sprint, Bell Atlantic and BellSouth where he honed his abilities to grow
revenue by increasing existing accounts and prospecting new
relationships.

“Gerry has deep knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by
growers in the citrus segment of the market,” said Hunt. “His expertise
and understanding of growers’ needs will be instrumental in providing
growers with the information and resources required to thrive in a
changing market.”

“I’m eager to join Phytelligence and continue developing relationships
with citrus growers in Florida and around the world,” said Bogdon.
“After closely covering the agricultural industry for the past 17 years
and witnessing Phytelligence’s recent disruption, I’m excited to connect
and communicate with growers in a new manner and help them achieve
success through integrating new tissue culture practices.”

About Phytelligence

Phytelligence is an agricultural biotechnology company that is
revolutionizing the way food crops are grown. Utilizing its proprietary
growing techniques to provide superior quality crops, Phytelligence
enables higher grower profit by increasing speed to harvest and reducing
input costs. Phytelligence provides additional value to food crop
growers and plant breeders through the application of advanced genetics
enabling guaranteed delivery of accurate plants, disease screening,
plant repository services, securing of intellectual property, and the
ability to co-develop new varieties of food crops. The company has a
growing pipeline of biological and compound solutions aimed at improving
returns throughout the food crop value chain. Phytelligence was founded
by Dr. Amit Dhingra in 2012 out of his Horticulture Genomics and
Biotechnology Research laboratory at Washington State University and is
headquartered in Seattle with facilities in Pullman, Wash. and Portland,
Ore. Learn more at www.phytelligence.com.

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