Ron has spent the last two and one-half decades helping companies manage the intersection of technology and business. Ron is CTO of Growers, a startup that works directly with farmers to create data-driven business solutions for all aspects of digital farming. Joining Growers, he held executive roles at Deere & Co., the leading global agriculture group, and Microsoft Corporation. Ron led the digital transformation group at the heart of Deere’s revolutionary precision agriculture strategy. At Microsoft, Ron served in a variety of senior legal and business roles, including at the center of the company’s pivotal engagement with the European Union (EU). Earlier in his career, Ron was in private law practice at a prominent intellectual property law. Ron grew up on farm and cattle ranch in North Dakota and has degrees in electrical engineering and law.