Grant B. Walsh
Director and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Walsh is a CEO, senior executive and corporate director. He has been Chairman and/or Director of over 20 companies. Currently, he serves as Chairman of Canada Lands Company Limited (2010 to present). He also serves as a Director of Medifocus Inc. (2007 to present), Square Canada Inc. (2013 to present), and Stroud Resources Inc. (2014 to present). Mr. Walsh is the Managing Director of Walsh Delta Group Inc. (2005 to present), a firm specializing in governance, strategy, leadership, and performance improvement. His expertise is strategy, turnaround and transformational change. Grant Walsh has been a CEO and/or senior executive of companies in healthcare and the service sector, public and private organizations and U.S. and Canadian entities. As Executive Vice President of The ServiceMaster Company, Chicago, IL, he was accountable for $550 million in revenue, 30,000 employees, and 10,000 properties in 44 states and Canada. Mr. Walsh holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University and a designation as a Chartered Director from McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Institute of Corporate Directors - Canada.
Richard D. Kamolvathin
Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Science Officer
Since joining GroGenesis Inc. in 2015, Mr. Kamolvathin has restructured company operations, reorganized and expanded the company’s distribution network globally, formulated and commercialized the company’s current flagship proprietary product. He has transitioned GroGenesis from a pre-revenue company to a revenue-producing enterprise with a rapidly growing marketing and independent distributor network and experienced management team. To protect and enhance shareholder value, Kamolvathin has aggressively restructured the company’s capital structure. Mr. Kamolvathin previously served in various positions at Verity Corp parent company of Verity Farms, ultimately rising to CEO and Chairman of the Board of Verity Corp. a publicly-traded Organic and Non-GMO sustainable agriculture company. Verity Corp reported its best revenue quarter in its corporate history under his management. From June 2006 through January 2011, Mr. Kamolvathin was a Non-GMO and Organic sustainable agriculture field advisor for the Rice Bank Foundation that provided organic solutions to rural farmers emerging from poverty. Mr. Kamolvathin is a resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a Charter President of Kiwanis, a Regents Private Advisory Board Chair of Vistage International and a board advisor to various public and private companies. Educated at Western University New York, he earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from New York Business School. Mr. Kamolvathin also holds a number of physics-based U.S. patents.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Samp has been engaged in the development and growth of businesses in South Dakota for more than 20 years. He is a recognized change agent in the areas of business development, government relations, business operations and corporate finance. His knowledge of the relationship between operational tasks and their influence on balancing growth and innovation are noted by his peers as requisite skill sets for the success from early growth companies to more mature enterprises. Prior to joining GroGenesis, he was the Director of Business Operations for TNT Hospitality Group where he held P&L and business operational duties for the $15M enterprise. Samp has consulted at C-Level operations positions for fifteen (15) Super Bowls for the NFL, was the project director for Ford Motor Company’s 100th Anniversary, and has worked with a number of other Fortune 500 companies. As a born and raised South Dakotan, Samp was appointed by SD Governor Dennis Daugaard, as a founding and current member of The USS South Dakota (SSN790) Commissioning Committee. He and his wife Julie have three children. Mr. Samp is an experienced leader in business and special event operations. Samp is an alumnus of Augustana College, a graduate of the University of South Dakota and completed his course work for his Master’s in Business (ABD) at the University of Sioux Falls.
William Gerald Platt
Dr. Platt is Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University, where he was Professor of Finance for nearly three decades and served as Dean of the College of Business. In 2004 he joined the faculty of the University of Redlands as the Senecal Endowed Chair and Dean of the School of Business. From July 2010 to his retirement from Redlands in February 2012, Dr. Platt was on extended leave in Japan, where he served as Professor of Global Business at Akita International University from April 2011 through March 2014. Since then he has returned to the U.S. but continues to teach part-time in an on-line format for universities in Japan and Canada. From October 2012 to January 2015 he served as Vice Chair of the International Advisory Board to The International Academic Forum (IAFOR). In addition to an extensive career in academia, Dr. Platt previously served as Director of Analytical Services at Health Application Systems, Inc. (HAS), as Manager of Financial Analysis at Natomas Company, at the time a Fortune 500 corporation, and as CEO at Maximum Integrity Air, Inc. He holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, an MBA from Wayne State University, both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Public Administration from The Ohio State University, and a post-doctorate M.S. in statistical computing from Stanford University. Dr. Platt is currently a resident of Beaumont, California.
Max “Brian” Yale
Mr. Yale is an international IT consultant with over 30 years of experience designing and implementing enterprise technology systems for businesses in the US, Canada, and Europe. Mr. Yale served for 10 years as Director of Consulting Services for Hitachi Solutions America. Currently, Hitachi has retained Brian as the Solution Architect for an enterprise system transformation project for a large US and Canada equipment supplier. Before Hitachi, Mr. Yale served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of American Residential Services and American Mechanical Services, subsidiaries of The ServiceMaster Company, Chicago, IL. He supported over 7,000 employees with IT services and solutions, and managed a staff of IT professionals across North America. In Canada, he has provided IT consulting and advisory services to manufacturers, health care providers, computer services providers, and consumer services businesses. Mr. Yale is a Senior Consultant of the Walsh Delta Group Inc. and its predecessor corporation and participated in numerous service sector consulting assignments across Canada. In the US, Mr. Yale’s clients include legal, non-profit, retail, consumer services, mechanical contractors, wholesale distribution, and government. Government clients include police, fire (911 Call Center), building inspection, and the San Diego City Council. He was privileged to serve as a business advisor and principal consultant for the Turben Company, an innovative IT service provide for foster youth in California. During his career as a business software developer, he personally developed a complete field service and CRM system that is still in use and has processed over $2.5 billion in service work orders to-date. Mr. Yale is Six Sigma certified and has sponsored numerous projects for process improvement. Mr. Yale has been Professor of Computer Science at Laverne University – San Diego Campus. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from San Diego State University, where he graduated with highest honors. He is a past member of the El Cajon Rotary Club, a past member of the Board of Directors of Volunteers of America, and a past board member of the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Club of El Cajon.
David E. Colburn
Mr. Colburn has over thirty years of operating and executive level experience in public and private enterprises serving as President/CEO of six companies and Chief Operating Officer of two companies. Mr. Colburn has had P&L and revenue responsibility for companies with annual revenues of $8 million to $7 billion and has an extensive operating background in automotive, industrial, technology and manufacturing. Mr. Colburn served as President of the Global Manufacturing Industry Practice of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) of Plano, TX; Del-Met Corporation of Nashville, TN; MTD Automotive of Cleveland, OH; AP Parts International Inc.'s North American Aftermarket Division of Goldsboro, NC; and Repcoparts Corporation of Cerritos, CA. From 2011 to 2015, he was President and CEO of Hickory Springs Manufacturing of Hickory, NC, a large diversified manufacturer with 55 US locations, 3,000 employees and a global footprint where he now still serves on the Board of Directors. Mr. Colburn has served as Chairman of the Automotive Service Industry Association and Automotive Sales Council, in addition to the Board of ACG Raleigh (Association for Corporate Growth). He currently is a member of National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He has served on the boards of MTD Corp, Hickory Springs Manufacturing, Evatran, LLC and Bob Barker, Inc. (Chairman of Audit Committee in the past and still serving on the Board). Mr. Colburn earned a BA degree at Roberts Wesleyan College and has earned continuing education credentials from the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Business), University of Illinois and Bowling Green University.