Michael A. Mazzocco, Ph.D.
Prior to joining Verdant Partners, Dr. Mazzocco was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels and conducting research on a variety of management and industry topics. He served 10 years as the Director of the Food and Agribusiness Management Program, two years as Assistant Dean for Corporate Relations in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and two years as the first Director of the Office of Corporate Relations, a service unit of central campus administration tasked with supporting and enabling industry-campus interactions.
Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Dr. Mazzocco was on the faculty of Texas A&M University. Before earning his Ph.D., Dr. Mazzocco was a commercial banker for more than seven years, specializing in financing businesses. He is a frequent speaker at various executive education venues.
Through his affiliations, projects and private board activities, he has direct experience with conventional, sustainable and organic food industry supply chains, including production inputs, grains and oil seeds, bovine genetics, lab services, milling, food ingredients, financing and transportation.
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