Meeting Schedule

 Luncheon Meetings are 
 from September to May, 
 11 am Networking,
Meal/Speaker 11:50 am -  1:30 pm

 Member Services


Meeting & Professional Development
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
10:30 am - Networking & Tours every 15 min. 
11:55 am - Welcome 
1:30 pm - Program End
 2 pm - Networking & Tours End

BRDG Park (third floor)
next to The Danforth Plant Science Center
1005 N. Warson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63132
Pay online with a credit card: 
Member($25)   NonMember($35)
The Center for Plant and Life Sciences, established in 2006, was developed in response to industry demands in the regional plant and life sciences industry.  Since moving the Center to the Bio-Research, Development and Growth Park (BRDG Park), on the campus of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, in 2008, nearly $4 million in externally funded grants have provided the Center's labs with cutting-edge equipment that allows graduates from the Biotechnology program to be trained to go to work immediately, in good paying jobs, and be highly sought after by regional bioscience companies. Click to learn more.
AgTech is St. Louis and the overarching industry of agriculture technology and its intersection with plant science. This includes the research of plants and animals, development of technical machines and chemicals to improve farming, and improving production of foodstuffs.  Learn more by attending.

Sam Fiorello serves as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and serves as President of Bio-Research & Development Growth Park (BRDG Park). Prior to joining the Danforth Center in 1999, he was Chief of Staff at Monsanto Company's Office of the President, where he helped develop the business plan and initial pool of funding for the Danforth Plant Science Center. His career also includes having worked at Cargill Investor Services and for Confindustria, an Italian industrial policy research center. He earned a B.A. in business from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Texas.

Panel Members
Kelly Gillespie has served as President & CEO of the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) since 2005. MOBIO is a statewide nonprofit trade association dedicated to development and growth of the Missouri biotechnology and biomedical industry, with an emphasis on state advocacy efforts benefiting the life sciences. Prior to his appointment as MOBIO's Executive Director, Gillespie was vice president of governmental affairs with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. At the state chamber, he served as the group's head lobbyist and oversaw the legislative and political initiatives of Missouri's business and employer community.

Stephen Kahn is the co-founder and CFO of NewLeaf Symbiotics. NewLeaf Symbiotics is a venture-backed agricultural biologicals company. NewLeaf is developing and commercializing a naturally occurring family of ubiquitous plant microbes, called M-trophs. These beneficial bacteria provide plant health and crop protection benefits in a number of important crops. Steve spent 17 years at Advent International, Boston, MA, (growth equity and venture capital) where he was Managing Director and senior partner with development and oversight responsibility for Advent's corporate programs and venture funds. Steve was also a co-founder of Prevail Capital, providing advisory and fundraising services to venture capital and private equity firms around the world.

Janet Wilding is the VP of Major Projects and 39N at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership leading the master planning of "39 North", a new 600 acre innovation district focusing on the AgTech industry encompassing the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bayer, The Helix Center and BRDG Park. The district is envisioned as an active, inspiring and unique place where the world's brightest minds in food, water, energy and the environment converge, collide and collaborate to solve our biggest challenges and advance the human condition. Janet has spent the last 28 years in the public sector working on a wide variety of public policy initiatives; from political campaign work and congressional staffing to neighborhood housing advocacy, brownfield redevelopment, and municipal annexation and corporations. 
BRDG Park (second floor)
next to The Danforth Plant Science Center

  Parking:  Complimentary in lot in front of building.
Registration:  Members - $25   Non-Members - $35   
RSVP today to  or call (618) 604-1622
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  Cash/Checks/Credit Cards accepted at the door
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St. Louis AgriBusiness Club
1105 Old Vincennes Trail
O'Fallon, IL 62269
Future Event Schedule
Tuesday, March 12
Missouri Governor Parson

April 9

Missouri & Illinois Extension Leaders

May 7

Thursday,      June 13

Ag Club Social Warren Stemme Farm
Our Mission:  To promote the positive impact of the agricultural industry in the Greater St. Louis region through educational, networking and professional development opportunities.

The St. Louis AgriBusiness Club was founded in 1981 by a group of forward thinking executives who headed St. Louis based corporations and associations.  It was their feeling that an organization was needed to provide a forum of interaction and discussion of important agricultural issues.

2018-19 Meeting Sponsors.   Thank you for your support.