Rise Gardens

Meet Our Team

Our mission is to connect people to the food they eat by inspiring them to grow food that they are proud of and can enjoy with family and friends. We value connecting with nature and loved ones, teaching the next generation the value of nutritious food and delighting our customers. We hope you will join us on this journey.

Hank

CEO & Founder

Hank

CEO & Founder

Hank founded Rise Gardens to enable anyone to access truly fresh produce in their homes. Prior to Rise Gardens, he built, scaled and sold Sportvision, the first Augmented Reality company for live events. Hank spent his boyhood growing strawberries in his native Colorado and is now enjoying fusing his twin passions for tech and gardening into another successful startup.

Dan

CTO

Dan

CTO

Dan joined Rise Gardens to blend his engineering and software backgrounds to create a product that is inspiring and socially impactful. As CTO, he is building the brains behind our garden using cloud technologies, machine learning and the latest innovations in edge computing and sensing. His background as an aerospace engineer and co-founder of Anticipating Minds and Aginity have been the perfect training ground for what we are doing at Rise Gardens.

Jason

Controller

Jason

Controller

Jason has many years of experience working at both startup and growth stage companies, including Hank's previous company, Sportvision and as Controller at 1871. As Controller of Rise Gardens he is responsible for all financial statements and human resources. He's a registered CPA and has a Masters in Tax from University of Illinois.

Angelo

Director of R&D

Angelo

Director of R&D

Angelo is our Master Gardener. After running Loyola University’s ‘Ecodome,’ a large aquaponics lab, he’s come to Rise Gardens for an even greater challenge: teach our ‘Smart Gardener’ how to run every Indoor Garden we deliver.

Diego

Head of Product and Strategy

Diego

Head of Product and Strategy

Diego came into the team to help us expand this business to its true potential. Before coming on board, he revamped business strategies for a leading Peruvian company. There, he learned how to solve problems creatively while keeping customers at the center of the business.

Sully

Director of Operations

Sully

Director of Operations

Sully brings considerable technical talents to Rise Gardens from his previous experience leading the operations of a large-scale indoor vertical farm. His engineering capabilities and a practical approach to high-tech are the foundation for our sophisticated growing system.

Brandon

Engineer

Brandon

Engineer

Brandon is our human centered design engineer from Northwestern University. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to make all the disparate parts of a Rise Garden work together. Prototyping starts with him.

Mary

Customer Care Manager

Mary

Customer Care Manager

Mary joined Rise Gardens to support the customers at the heart of our business and ensure their voices contribute to its future. Before joining Rise Gardens, she drove (pun intended) product improvements through the eyes of customer experience for Lyft. Her philosophy is that customers don't just impact a business, but that they are the business. With a natural outgoing personality and sharp wit, Mary enjoys building relationships and helping others along the way.

Serj

Sr. Mobile Application Developer

Serj

Sr. Mobile Application Developer

Serj is our lead mobile application developer. He stays up late at night making sure everything in the application works perfectly. During the days he works with the whole team to channel all their skills into the best application possible. We are not sure he sleeps.

Pam Xiang

Buyer

Pam Xiang

Buyer

Pam is our multicultural Buyer. She has lived in 4 countries and speaks 3 languages, which helps her to work with vendors from all over the world. She is helping Rise Gardens improve sourcing processes, as well as facilitating logistics and transportation. Prior to Rise Garden, Pam worked as a luxury goods buyer in Vancouver. Food is what brings her joy. She is happy to share easy recipes with any food lover.

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