August 25, 2016
General David Petraeus visits AeroFarms
In July, we were honored with a visit from General David Petraeus. These days, Gen. Petraeus is a partner in the private equity firm Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) and chairman of KKR Global Ventures. The firm seeks out tech innovations in the areas of security, defense and law enforcement, among other fields and Gen. Petraeus was excited by the possibilities of our technology. When not reviewing new potential investments, Gen. Petraeus is a professor at the City University of New York, Harvard and the University of Southern California.
Gen. Petraeus is also on the board of advisors at American Corporate Partners, a national nonprofit organization that connects post-9/11 veterans to business professionals for career guidance. We are proud to have a handful of veterans on our team and they were excited to meet him.
Our veterans have served in multiple branches of the Military from the Army to the Marine Corps to the Reserve Forces. These men have also held a variety of positions during their service. They have served proudly across the globe and we thank them for their service and their current dedication to the AeroFarms team; read more about a few of them here.
Mike Waltz (above left), enlisted in the Marines right out of high school. He served in an engineer battalion building bridges, camps and installing water purification systems in the United States, Puerto Rico, Korea, and Okinawa, Japan. Mike is a plumber on our construction team helping us to build our new 70,000 sq. ft. farm opening next month.
Jason Baker (above right) served in the Army and the Army National Guard on and off for nearly 30 years. He first joined up in 1980, serving in Hawaii doing communications work. Training during this time took him all over Asia through South Korea, Guam, the Philippines, and Japan among others. From 2001-2005 Jason served in the National Guard based in Pennsylvania, which sent him to New Orleans in the wake of hurricane Katrina. He performed search and rescue activities as well as filtering and transporting river water into the city. He went back into active duty in 2005 when he did similar water purification work for soldiers in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today, Jason works on our Research and Development team, helping to perfect our light and nutrient recipes and develop growing procedures for new crops.
Gen. Petraeus addresses our team before joining in on team lunch.