Mr. Fortenberry is a visionary entrepreneur accomplished in marketing and processing agricultural commodities in the global marketplace. He is exceptionally well-versed in all aspects of agricultural commodity transactions with a family background in rice production, sales, and value-added revenue generation. Innovative, strategic, and results-driven, with an extraordinary talent for creating team cohesion and focus, he creates partnership alliances across a broad range of channels, creating value through innovative business models. In 2014, Mr. Fortenberry founded Grainster, LLC, a technology platform that revolutionizes the agricultural marketplace by directly connecting farmers and end users directly in the marketplace for the first time. He manages the C-Suite team and agribusiness professionals worldwide while consistently focusing on exceptional product development in a startup environment. He leverages agricultural expertise to create transparency in commodity markets, and transparency and traceability for consumers and administrative agencies who develop product recall systems. He has presented and recruited extensively to execute Grainster’s development plan and build a global client base. In 1999, Mr. Fortenberry joined Rice Capital Incorporated, a family-owned business, as a commodities trader and rice production facilities manager and marketer. A Certified Grain Merchandiser and Basis Trader, he executed physical commodity contracts for rice, wheat, soybeans, corn, and oats while implementing administrative department policies, budgets, and procedures. His expertise in truck, rail, and container transportation increased profit margins and streamlined operating procedures. Prior to this, beginning in 1997, Mr. Fortenberry helped manage River Rock Brewery, a microbrewery anchored in a newly-developing business district. He organized workflow and operating procedures, conducted meetings and special events, and recruited and trained the staff, ensuring excellent customer service and personally addressing customer complaints or queries. Mr. Fortenberry serves on the Advisory Boards of Advancing X, a space-based human behavioral research organization, and Swarm Cloud Nano, a company inventing drones and robotics to mitigate invasive species, chemical pesticides, and the effects of climate change. He serves on the Board of Next Phase Foundation, an organization promoting high tech entrepreneurship and STEAM education that represents NASA device IP in a series of Grand Challenges for North America. Mr. Fortenberry is well known for his charity service commitments, and strives in business and private life to improve the lives of the families in his community.