Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Arnold comes to Willowood USA with over 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry, holding a variety of leadership positions with American Cyanamid, BASF, and Dupont. Most recently he was the President and CEO of The Solae Company, Nutrition Physiology Company, and Upfront Management.
Strategic Business Manager
A graduate of the University of Buffalo, Mr. Middione began his career at the FMC Corporation where he served as a Senior Research Biologist before joining American Cyanamid. Mr. Middione held roles in Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, and Sales management before accepting a position at United Agri-Products in 1999. He served as General Manager at UAP West before joining the upstart company Agrian, Inc. to serve as their Chief Operation Officer in 2006. Mr. Middione brought his 30 year ag experience to join Mr. Heinze to form Willowood USA in early 2010.
Kim Howard, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to beginning her professional career, Ms. Howard served in the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., Germany, and Saudi Arabia. She then went on to attend Oregon State University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Business Administration-Accounting and a minor in Pre-Law. She spent the first part of her career as an Auditor with Deloitte & Touche, where she earned her CPA license and then moved into private industry working primarily in the manufacturing and retail industries for both publicly-traded and privately-held companies. For fun, Ms. Howard loves to spend her free time fishing, camping and motorcycle riding.
Business Development Manager
Mr. King graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with degrees in Agriculture and Marketing. Mr. King then went to work for Rhone-Poulenc/Bayer Crop Science and remained there 16 years as a Sales Territory Manager and Southern Region Business Manager. Prior to joining the Willowood USA team, Mr. King spent time with Cheminova as a Territory Business Manager.
National Sales Manager
Mr. Daniel has a vast array of field experience in the crop protection industry. Originally from Texas, Mr. Daniel completed his B.S. Degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University before entering the ag chem industry with United Agri-Products (UAP). Mr. Daniel’s career continued in multiple retail roles throughout the UAP organization culminating with his role as Operating Company Manager in the Delta Region based in Memphis, TN. Most recently, Mr. Daniel served in the role of Director of Sales and Marketing for the Agricultural Division of NETAFIM. Mr. Daniel also served in various roles at United Phosphorus Inc.
NorthEast Region Account Manager
Mr. Harper is a graduate of Salisbury State University where he earned his BS Degree in Education before returning to his nearly 2000 acre family farm. It was on the farm that Mr. Harper served as operations manager for nearly 20 years overseeing a diverse set of crops which included corn, soybeans, vegetables and specialty crops. After a 3 year opportunity with Buckman Laboratories in Memphis, TN, Mr. Harper joined AMVAC where he served as a Technical Sales Representative in the Mid-Atlantic and New England States for 20 years.
NorthWest Region Account Manager
Mr. Kemph joined Willowood USA in 2010 after a 40+ year career with Syngenta Crop Protection. A Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate in Ag Business management, Mr. Kemph brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and customer contacts with him to Willowood USA. A US Army veteran, Mr. Kemph resides in Bend, OR with his wife of 47 years.
Western Region Account Manager
Mr. Asparuhov is a graduate of Fresno State University with a Computer Science degree. He brings over 15 years of sales experience with Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Bristol Myers Squibb and spend the last 4 years with Marrone Bio Innovations as a Territory Sales Manager. Mr. Asparuhov brings a wealth of sales experience and relationships in both California and Arizona. He resides in Fresno, California with his wife and two children.
Turf and Ornamental
With 20+ years of experience in sales and marketing of crop protection and specialty products, Mr. Zech has vast experience with generic chemicals. Prior to Willowood USA, he served as the President of United Turf Alliance, LLC a consortium of independent turf distribution companies marketing chemicals under their own brand names. Previous experiences include 13 years at Sipcam Agro USA where responsibilities included managing sales and marketing efforts for Agricultural, Turf, Ornamental, Pest Control, Biocide and Wood Preservation businesses. Mr. Zech is a family man with 3 children and an avid outdoorsman.
Shiv D. Sharma, Ph. D.
Product Development and Technical Service Manager
Dr. Sharma comes to Willowood USA with 25 plus years of research and development experience and most recently served in a similar role at the FMC Corporation where he was responsible for product development and successfully launched several herbicide products. A graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, U.K., Dr. Sharma served his State Agricultural University in India as Associate Professor Weed Control and at the University of Florida as Research Associate before joining FMC in 2008.
Dr. Sharma’s excellent skills in communication across cross-functional team, experience in product development, herbicide discovery and his vast knowledge of the regulatory process will help accelerate Willowood rapid product expansion.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Thayer comes to Willowood USA after over 30 years in the Crop Protection Industry. Prior to joining Willowood USA, Mr. Thayer was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Procurement for Helena Industries where is spent over 16 years. Mr. Thayer also worked for FMC Corporation where he held key Management positions, including Sales Management, Product Development, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Mr. Thayer graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and has a Master’s Degree in Business from John Hopkins University. Mr. Thayer will bring his skills and experiences to the Willowood Team as the company looks to expand its product portfolio and business performance.
After graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance, Mr. Frakes started his career at Johnson & Johnson in their Financial Leadership Development Program. He then spent 4 years working in various Finance and Operations support roles in the Oil & Gas service industry for both publicly-traded and privately-held companies. Travis enjoys watching all sports and spending time with his wife and 3 kids doing outdoor activities including camping, hunting, and fishing.
Ms. McDonnell relocated to Denver from Upstate New York in 2013. She holds her Masters Degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College and spent one semester in London studying International Business. She has worked within start-up to well-established companies and has proven to be an innovative and driven accountant. In addition to providing accounting leadership, she continually strives to learn new ways of doing things using technology and the redesign of processes. Sam has two playful pups and enjoys skiing, cooking classes, and traveling in her free time!
Ms. Stewart served as Willowood USA’s Administrative Assistant for the past three years. In her role as production planner, Ms. Stewart is responsible for the entire production process of key Willowood USA products from importation to finished goods. Ms. Stewart previously attended classes in Business, Advertising and Human Services before entering the workforce. She spent a number of years as an Administrative Assistant with the Douglas County Planning Department as well as a Legal Assistant with Lee & Kaser P.C.
Registration Specialist/Customer Service Support
Many of you will recall working with Ms. Overacker during Willowood’s early years. Ms. Overacker was one of our first employees to the Roseburg Office and makes her return after a brief period in the specialty food industry. Ms. Overacker received her education from University of Phoenix and Eastern Oregon University, with an emphasis on Business Management and Accounting. Prior to returning to Willowood, Ms. Overacker has been a controller and office administrator for a number of organizations including health care and production. Ms. Overacker’s attention to detail and strong customer service skills make her a valuable addition to the Willowood team.
With 25+ years of experience in executive support, Ms. Bolding brings a multi-disciplinary approach to operational excellence. She holds a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, and is a Certified Emergenetics Associate. Prior to Willowood USA, Ms. Bolding held executive support roles in the Medical Device, Beer, Food & Beverage, and Commercial Real Estates industries. Amy is a Colorado native, growing up in Golden. She has 2 children, 2 pups, and is a wannabe ballroom dancer.
Ms. Smart holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Oklahoma State University and has worked in accounting and finance departments in various business industries for over the last 6 years. She aspires to help Willowood USA become paperless and efficient in the accounting department. Christa relocated to Colorado from Houston, Texas but did spend time working in Telluride, Colorado before moving to Houston. Christa has always wanted to return to Colorado since living here but felt she needed to expand her career accomplishments before returning. She enjoys snowboarding, hiking, brunch and being outdoors with her Rottweiler puppy, Frank.
Ms. Applequist graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in business logistics. Nancy brings to Willowood USA her background in management consulting with more than a decade of supply chain management experience and knowledge in materials management, inventory management, and customer service. Previously, at a leading crop protection company, Nancy managed inventory operations and was responsible for master production scheduling, distribution planning, master data maintenance and warehouse compliance of agricultural chemical products. Nancy is active in AgGateway, a non-profit consortium of businesses that serve the agricultural industry to promote e-business, and chaired the committee that organized the 2009 annual conference. Nancy lives with her family in Philadelphia.
Customer Service and Registration Specialist
Ms. Kinsley holds a Business Administration degree, and has been in the Agricultural Industries for 10 years. Cheryl brings value to Willowood USA with her ability to be versatile in many roles with her vast experience in Logistics and Customer Relations. In her free time, she enjoys her family and golf.
Customer Service Specialist
Prior to working for Willowood USA, Ms. Leigh worked in the Oil & Gas industry for over 5 years, focusing on customer account management as well as operations in various basins throughout the country. Ms. Leigh is dedicated to operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. After completing initial Army and MOS training, Ms. Leigh moved to Colorado from Wisconsin and in her free time enjoys exploring the various trails, campsites, and adventures that are offered.