James Day founded Suncrest in January, 2012. As an entrepreneur he has launched several companies and in addition to being an angel investor, he has been active in greenhouse operations for years. Day spent more than 30 years in technology marketing, a career that began at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York. His firm, The Day Group, was engaged in branding and market strategy for mid-size firms and Fortune 500 companies in a dozen industries. Day earned his B.A. in Chemistry and worked on his Ph.D. in Biochemistry before pioneering an interdisciplinary M.S. degree focused on organicagriculture, renewable energy and systems integration.
Dr. Snyder, Chief Scientist, joined the company as a co-founder in 2012. For 30+ years he has worked in water treatment, monitoring and resource management. He was a “Principle Scientist” for NASA’s “Microgravity Hydroponic Plant Research” program for the International Space Station and the future moon base. For years his consulting firm, Gordon Snyder & Consultants, has worked with companies and government agencies and is well known for benchmarking water purity. He holds a Ph.D. in Water Quality, an M.S., in Water Resource Management and a B.A. in Instrumental Chemistry.
Robert Day, VP, Growing & Commercial Sales, joined the company as a co-founder in 2011. As a greenhouse “grower” he has managed up to 250,000 SF of wholesale greenhouse operations. His career began with Vaughan-Jacklin Seed (Syngenta) where he helped build his department’s sales to $10M+. He later became one of their Texas sales reps. Prior to operating his own wholesale flower nursery in Denton, Texas, Day worked with Klepac Greenhouses of Dallas, increasing sales from $900K to $1.2M by implementing sales promotions with regional grocery chains. He has been called one of the “best growers in Texas” and earned his B.A. degree in Horticulture from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Edward Garth, CFO, joined the company as a co-founder in 2013. He has 35+ years in Finance at the CFO level and VP Administration level with early and late-stage start-ups as well as public companies. He was formerly with Touche Ross and later, the CFO of VentriPoint Diagnostics Ltd. & DI Software Inc. (Formerly, Design Intelligence, Inc.) He holds a B.B.A. Accounting, Eastern Michigan University; M.B.A Courses, University of Detroit.