JAMES R. OTT
FOUNDER, CEO & GENERAL MANAGER
James R. Ott has worked in nearly every position in the food production and processing system over the course of his 30+year career in Agriculture. He grew up on a fourth generation family farm in Nebraska and received a degree in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska. Jim has lived and worked in various capacities inside and outside of the U.S. and has held many functional positions in Agribusiness ranging from field level farm sales, product research & development to international executive management for Syngenta, a multi-billion dollar Swiss Agriculture and Biotechnology corporation.
After years of improving the production and business models of agricultural and vegetable crops, Mr. Ott has chosen to draw on his plant science and business experience to develop a model for genetic trait, production optimization and business sophistication for the cannabis plant. He believes the cannabis plant holds far more compelling medical, nutritional and industrial benefits to society than any other crop currently being grown in America.
Mr. Ott has extensive experience in the seed, pest management, biotechnology, plant science, animal and human nutrition, plant and animal genetics, food processing and farm real estate development industries. He has consistently utilized his experience and innovative approaches in sales, marketing, product development, market and business development, to expand into new markets and commercialize and launch new products and reorganize businesses. Following 10 years with Syngenta, he started Precision Foods, a nutrition analysis company that was sold to Monsanto. He has studied industrial production systems at Harvard University with Dr. Ray Goldberg and has successfully utilized his entrepreneurial, empowering and high expectation leadership approach to start and run business units and divisions ranging from $1M to $200M in revenue.
Mr. Ott’s mission is to advance the development, delivery and utilization of crops for the enhancement of human health. He has forwarded this mission with his vision, passion and broad horizontal & vertical experience in the food and agricultural system by providing food and agricultural companies with financing, management and marketing expertise and support. The broad vision that drives Mr. Ott, is to grow and deliver medical & health products for consumers by developing improved genetic traits and the most efficient production systems.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Ian James brings over twenty years of outside sales experience, and fifteen years as a business development consultant, to the PCC management team. Ian’s broad career spans software & information technology, construction management, startups, and generally helping companies navigate the challenges of rapid exponential growth. In addition to business development and sales, he holds an extensive background in project management, back office systems, staffing, and overall team development.
As Sales Manager for MJ Freeway, a leading provider of regulated cannabis seed to sale tracking software, Ian was a member of the executive management team, sat on the executive steering committee, and built the company’s sales department. He developed new lines of revenue during his term, and initiated the company’s focus on Professional Services. Ian successfully delivered exponential increases in revenue and client base quarter over quarter during his tenure (to the point he and the company parted ways in the fall of 2014 when the platform was ‘challenged’ by the volume).
Ian also served as Vice President of Business Development for Canna Advisors, a high profile cannabis specific consulting firm focused on license acquisition, opportunity assessment, and investment placement services. While at Canna Advisors, Ian was responsible for all front line business development.
Ian left Canna Advisors to establish James Enterprises, a niche B2B development consulting business focused on bringing people, processes, and technology from traditional industry and commercial agriculture over to cannabis. It is through his efforts with James Enterprises that Ian became a principal member of the Precision Cultivation team.
Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Ian’s career spanned a mix of startups, along with a healthy stint as an executive at Computer Associates where he sold enterprise level software solutions to Fortune 500. Ian was a consistent top producer, earning membership in the CEO’s Compass Club, and was a strong leader throughout his tenure at Computer Associates.
Ian landed in the cannabis industry largely by fate. He was living in the mountains of Colorado in 2010 when he was hit at high speed by a snowboarder jumping blind on the ski slopes, the collision changed his life. Ian learned the value and benefits of cannabis therapy first hand after the accident, and you will be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable, genuine, and passionate advocate.
Through his tenure in the industry, Ian holds a broad and deep network of clients, partners, consultants, and subject matter experts. Combine his cannabis industry tenure with personal experience and past careers, and Ian consistently brings valuable insights to the table.
Ian graduated with honors from Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs New York) in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He came to Colorado on an extended ski trip from Cold Spring Harbor New York in 1991, never left, and has called Colorado home ever since.
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
Jeremy Raab is a professional cannabis grower, researcher and consultant with 12 years’ experience in the cannabis production industry. Though Jeremy grew up in Colorado, he was first introduced to cannabis cultivation in 2004 while attending Whittier College in Southern California. The state had a flourishing medical cannabis industry and Jeremy was able to work his way through school while learning the processes he would refine in the years to come. Jeremy designed, built and managed several production facilities during his time in California and provided wholesale cannabis to local retailers.
After college Jeremy returned to Colorado. Though the state’s cannabis industry was in its infancy, he was able to continue producing medical cannabis for patients as a caregiver. Towards the end of the decade, evolving regulations paved the way for hundreds of new producers to enter the marketplace. At this time Jeremy began working as a production consultant, aiding new cultivators in establishing themselves as well as helping existing producers to maintain a competitive edge.
Early on in his consulting Jeremy discovered the need for standardization in production methodology. Each existing cultivator had a unique production process, often ill-suited to producing a consistent, high-quality product at a competitive cost. Jeremy seized upon this opportunity, beginning his research and development of a least-cost, highest efficiency production model. His areas of focus included lighting, environmental control, nutrient profiles and fertigation methods, growing substrates, plant manipulation and canopy management, production cycles, plant populations and integrated pest management. These efforts resulted in the development of a standardized production process tailored to the unique needs of the cannabis plant.
Jeremy has implemented these prescription cultivation methods in many facilities with a high degree of success. By reducing materials and labor costs as well as increasing yields and the rate of crop turnover, he significantly increased his clients’ efficiency and profitability.
After developing and proving his standardized production systems, Jeremy joined Precision Cultivation Company to build upon this research. Though his methodologies optimized the production of the cannabis plant, the wide range of diversity in Cannabis species and subspecies remained a variable that had to be accounted for. Precision Cultivation’s development of novel genetics coincides with the development of production processes tailored to those genetics. By pairing a cultivar with a prescription cultivation method, Jeremy aids producers in consistently executing on the expression of the desired traits that make each variety uniquely valuable.