We are scientists, growers, technologists, and entrepreneurs

Arva’s unique solution works because we are tackling the intersection of climate, agronomy, and economics with expertise from each domain—achieving real change by working together. Meet our leadership team and learn more about the deep wells of experience we’re bringing to the field.

Jay McEntire

CEO, Cofounder

Experienced Fintech CEO, former bank holding company CFO and investment banker. Managing Director of Glennoe Farms, LLC. Successful exit as CEO of ProTrader Group to Instinet for $150M.

Ben Brown, PhD

Chief machine learning architect, cofounder

Machine Learning Expert & Head of Molecular Ecosystems Dynamics at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, Chair of Environmental Bioinformatics at U of Birmingham, and Senior Scientific Advisor for Preminon, LLC.

Lacey Pyle, PhD

Chief soil scientist

Lacey obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from Rice University studying the impact of black carbon on soil chemistry in a variety of climates and then gained extensive experience at the Shell Technology Center. At Arva she brings soil science and python together to model sustainable agriculture systems.

Matt Rohlik

Managing director of farm data, strategic partnerships

Experienced farmer and rancher, 15 years precision agriculture expert specializing in equipment (John Deere for 10 years and remote sensing with Mavrx and Taranis Inc)

Greg Ruehle

Managing Director

Greg’s career includes leadership positions with a number of ag service organizations ranging from agronomy services, laboratory testing and livestock production. Most recently he served as CEO for ServiTech, and previously as Executive Vice President for the Independent Professional Seed Association and the Nebraska Cattlemen. Greg and his wife also own and operate a farming and livestock business with their two children.

Audrey Barrett Bixler

Director, Environmental markets

Audrey brings deep experience in the environmental space, serving as Senior Energy and Sustainability Policy Analyst for the Department of Defense before she joined Arva. There she focused on resilience, efficiency, and Army Net Zero. She also has her MS and MPH from UC Berkeley.

Tom Dye

Chief Technology Officer

C-level executive and founder of multiple tech startups. Experienced entrepreneur responsible for millions in equity-raised capital, IPO exits, and acquisitions by publicly traded companies. Inventor of 55 patents.

Bret Kadison


Bret has significant innovation leadership experience in highly regulated industries. He previously served as Financial Market Development Lead at the US Department of Energy, where he catalyzed secondary financial markets for renewable energy & energy efficiency, and as CFO/COO of financial, data & IP firms.
Mark Isbell Founding board member, rice farmer

Mark Isbell

Founding board member, rice farmer

Rice Farmer with Isbell Farms and Instructor of Professional Tech Writing at University of Arkansas Little Rock. Board Member of Sustainability Committee USA Rice Federation. Board Member of Field to Market.

Charles Tate

Chairman of the Board

Private investor, Former Partner at Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and Managing Partner Private Investments at Morgan Stanley. Columbia Business School Advisor and dedicated University of Texas alumni.
Charles Tate

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