Green Sense Farms, the largest indoor vertical farm in the United States located in Northwest Indiana, names an industry leader to head up its new advisory board to help the company expand internationally.
The Portage-based farm reports that it has tapped Bob Parker, Vice President and Global Commercial Manager for ExxonMobil’s Environmental Services Company, to lead the new advisory board.
According to a Green Sense Farms press release, “Bob Parker is the ideal leader to build our advisory board. He brings a wealth of international contacts, and diverse experience from building global business units. With his expertise and affable personality, we’re confident that he’ll build a resourceful advisory board,” said Robert Colangelo, President and Founding Farmer for Green Sense Farms.
The Green Sense Farms Advisory Board will assist Green Sense as it continues expanding to international markets. The Board will consist of business leaders representing agriculture, the environment, finance, LED lighting, genome sequencing, information technology, and more. “Green Sense Farms has an innovative business model, building indoor, sustainable farms to make local growing possible in all corners of the world,” said Parker.
Parker began his career in the mid 1980s as an attorney for a large Washington, D.C. law firm. He went on to join Trammell Crow, building shopping centers in the Washington D.C. area. Parker joined ExxonMobil in 1990, moving to London in 1993 to serve ExxonMobil’s Global Real Estate organization on an expanding international portfolio. Following the ExxonMobil Merger in 2000, Parker moved to Doha, Qatar to join ExxonMobil’s Gas Marketing organization before returning to London to lead ExxonMobil’s Europe, Africa, and Middle East Team. He was named to his current position in 2009.
Parker is also President of The Surplus Property Roundtable, an industry leading environmental forum for Corporate Senior Managers. He serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Houston Graduate School of Real Estate and is a member of the Land Trust Alliance Corporate Council.
Green Sense Farms’ innovative indoor, vertical growing system means their farms can grow 365 days per year in perfect growing conditions, without herbicides, pesticides, or GMO seeds. Popular Science recently named Green Sense Farms to its list of the year’s 100 Greatest Inventions for the farm’s innovative sustainable farming. Headquartered in Portage, Indiana, Green Sense Farms recently announced the formation Green Sense Farms, Asia Pacific, Ltd., and plans to build more than 20 indoor farms in the People’s Republic of China.