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The slow and intense process of forging a flawless diamond is one way to describe how Leafy Gills came into existence.
This industry has effected everyone worldwide in one way or another. To appreciate Leafy Gills you have to look at its substance, the evolution of its people and the culture that has emerged over four decades. As the industry evolved the people stayed the same and chose to embrace the changes. They embraced every Change as an integral part of the process to move through before receiving the opportunity to face the next obstacles that this industry set in its own way to exist.
This team’s experimentation phase started with Mark and Juanita Boutwell back in 1966 – 1990. They developed the systems and processes for harvesting, packaging and worldwide distribution we now see and use in Industrial Food Agriculture. In the 90’s they gathered their resources, network, and utilized their work ethics to refine a stable platform; Lism Inc.Read More
Mr. Mark Boutwell Sr. & Mrs. Juanita Boutwell
Juanita Boutwell, was the 4th of 10 siblings. She was born and raised in the valley of Texas. Her parents owned over 100 acres of land that grew cotton and grain.Â Juanita and her siblings would come home from school and do their chores after that on the season of cotton they would go out and pick cotton on the fields of their parents. Some seasons market was good on cotton, others were bad. During the summer months their mom would travel to Louisiana and Michigan for the tomatoes season.
In 1965 her parent decided to move to California for a better life. Juanita was 13 years of age at the time. She went to school up to sophomore year. At that time her dad had a 2nd major accident on his job at as a tire service man and couldnât work anymore that caused him to be disabling. Juanita then had to drop out of high school to help support her parents and the younger siblings.
Juanita at the age of 15 started working in agriculture. She had to lie about her age in order to be hired. She started working with Bruce Church Inc started off as a trimmer for couple months after that was moved to a packer then just worked her way up. At the age of 16 Juanita was in charge of 200 plus employees as a supervisor worked with Bruce Church Inc for two years. Then Juanita was hired by other companies as a leader and supervisor in Ag. By the age of 19 Juanita was plant supervisor with Bud of California which later was bought by Dole. It was then that she met her husband Mark Sr. They both work together as plant managers and plant Supervisors.
Mark Boutwell Sr, worked in the fields up and down California and attended many schools as a result.Â Eventually settling in Delano where he graduated in the top of his class.Â Drafted in 1969, being sent to Vietnam was a near certainty. At the last minute he received orders sending him to Fort Bliss Texas to learn how to use a new Top Secret shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft missile known as â Redeye â.Â Since the Viet Cong had no aircraft he was sent to the DMZ in Korea.
After his service he attended Cal-Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California and graduated with a B.S. degree in teaching and a Masterâs Degree in Agriculture.
Both Mark Sr and Juanita were a fantastic team and within 3 years had established Dole INC, as the pre-eminent leader in the industry.
Under their leadership, production had sky-rocketed from 1200 pounds per hour to over 40,000 per hour. The size of the work force was reduced by 75% during this time.
They married in 1985 and went into business for themselves.Â Their Cattle Company raised 1500 head of cattle a year.Â There Construction Company built 2 custom homes a year.Â They accumulated over 40 rental properties during this time.
In 2003 Juanita started a lending office for Real Estate Loans and over the next 3 years closed nearly a billion dollar loans.
In 2010 Scott authored & published The 40 Hour Work YEAR | 40hourworkyear.com. The book chronicles Scottâs entrepreneurial journey first hand, as he shares strategic business methods, action focused exercises and the mindset philosophy that allowed him to achieve The 40 Hour Work YEAR.
Scott founded Growth Connect | growthconnect.com in 2008. By leveraging business coaching services, advisory board development and angel investment resources, Growth Connect specializes in transforming businesses into assets.
As an active Angel investor since 2001, Mr. Fritz has invested in multiple ventures. His involvement with these companies ranges from passive investor to business coach and advisory board member.
Scottâs most recent venture, Vision Group Management | vgmfunding.com, is a website transaction company focused on the acquisition and sale of profitable websites around the world. As an early stage investor, he currently oversees funding and strategy for the company.
Barry Daffern is the Public Relations and Advisory Board Member at LeafyGills. From an early age, he developed an avid interest in Biology, Botany and Life Sciences. Upon graduating from high school, he moved to the Central Coast of California where he attended school Â at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a focus on Ornamental Horticulture. This gave him exposure to raising Orchids and bonsai maintenance. Barry spent time working for the city, county and state water supplies where he realized the quality of water being delivered, and the bureaucracies controlling the water.
After serving in the Military, Barry had a desire to travel and migrate to Australia where he taught Botany and Plant identification in a local college. He also managed a six hundred acre cattle ranch with calves dropping all year long. He returned to the US to raise his family in the Central Coast of California while working as the Supervisor for Whale Rock Reservoir; a water supply for Central Coast residents. He gained a great deal of experience dealing with both state and local agencies concerning water delivery methods, water quality, and raising genetically suitable Steel Head for introduction to the lake. This is due to population decrease as a result of low rainfall and the lack of a fish ladder to the lake itself.
Barry moved to Southern Spain after his children graduated from High School where he started a Yacht Charter business. The venture required him to maintain sailboats, organize sailing excursions throughout the Mediterranean, and conduct business with international clients from various countries.
Sarah Reyes is a Licensed Massage Therapist that has been practicing bodywork since graduating the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2008. Before taking on the journey of intuitive healing, Sarah lived and worked as an intern on a few different farms on the Big Island of Hawaii from 2002-2004. Then later returned in 2006-2007. The farming and agricultural techniques learned were among a grassroots culture within a community living environment, team building, and practicing sustainable agriculture, permaculture, leading production of ginger, turmeric, and galangal (Thai ginger) for the surrounding islands and various accounts on the mainland. Sarah was taught harvesting techniques for the main crops in addition to avocados, pineapple, mangos, and papayas. She also lived and worked on a raw food farm in exchange for a jungalow and educational experiences within the community.
Upon returning to NY in 2004 to care for her mom with cancer Sarah also explored a work exchange program with Omega Institute Holistic Learning Center located in Rhinebeck NY. Â Living within another educational environment Sarah was immersed into healing arts, self ~ development, meditations, kundalini yoga, tai chi, music, vegetarian food and surrounded by well renowned teachers such as Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and visionary artists like Alex Grey and activists such as Julia Butterfly Hill.
Currently Sarah is an investor in the Aquaponics industry and is part of a team that is helping to facilitate the growth of a leading Aquaponics company located in Boulder, Colorado. We are an educated and diverse team that is consistent with applying innovative ideas, conducting workshops, and/or webinars in the agricultural, grassroots, hydroponics, aquaponics and marijuana industries. In addition to this project, Sarah is building her mobile Massage Therapy business in Boulder, CO and the surrounding areas at Unkinked.com and producing a cd with Native American flute sounds and drums.
Mark W. Boutwell II
Mark was trained and groomed by Mark and Juanita Boutwell from birth to now. For the 1 st 8 years of his life his parents developed the systems and processes for harvesting, packaging and worldwide distribution we now see and use in Industrial Agriculture. Mark showed his parents influence and work ethics early on by traveling throughout the US Wrestling in High School, was recruited and given a scholarship for wrestling in college. His mindset developed rapidly for the need of Structure as he served our Country doing Search and Rescue with the 212 th Para rescue in Anchorage, Alaska. After fighting on the War on Drugs in the Military he immediately dived into Entrepreneurship and started his 1 st company Perfect Gardens with his family, an Indoor Hydroponics Company.
Reflecting on the success of his parents and his experience in the military he realized they were both successful for the same reason. S.O.P.âs and the KISS Philosophy (Keep, It, Simple, Stupid). Markâs ingrained habits for Structure and the love for education with plants and people has allowed his team to create grow programs that have been successfully used in indoors operations ranging from 1 light to 400 plus lights, Outdoor, and Greenhouse Operations throughout California and Colorado.
Mark believes the best way to start a new relationship is by expressing his personal values. They each have a specific meaning, and are used on a daily basis as a filter for his decision making. They are his internal moral compass and guide him to make decisions that are best for the Company, Owner, and itsEmployees. His Values are Honesty, Teamwork, Understanding, Respect, and Appreciate.
Joanna Marie Rosapo
Joanna Marie Rosapo, 28 is a full time Researcher, Virtual Assistant, and a Project Manager for LismInc. She have 5 yearsâ of experience working with different client as researcher and been trained by Mr. Mark W. Boutwell as Project Manager. She is very enthusiastic and she believes that âFailures is the opportunity to begin again more intelligentlyâ. She is very passionate and hardworking. She works on organizing files, projects and team online task.
Viola Nab, 30, is a full-time Video producer, editor and graphic designer, having graduated from the Media Art Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication Design & Fine Arts in Digital Media Production. Sheâs had 8 years of experience working with several companies and been responsible of Creating multimedia graphics and products for all company purposes: campaigns, websites, etc. She reflects a varied personality including ambition, and the qualities of generosity .She encourages fighting for what you desire and believe in and doing it through hard work and determination.
Bancy Wanjiru, 35 is an online content developer, writer and editor. She conducts online research and writes content on varying topics. For the last 5 years, she has worked with different clients and companies, helping them develop and organize their online content. She has been responsible for developing blogs, articles and reports. She believes that writing is not just about filling up space with words, it is about using words to communicate and connect with readers in an organized and coherent manner.