Jim Wilson is the founder and the visionary behind Zea. He is fiercely passionate about translating his global platform vision into reality. Jim has more 20 years of experience with entrepreneurial and start-up ventures focusing on technology, real estate and industrial operations. He has built his reputation by scaling technology processes and driving down costs.
Prior to founding ZEA, Jim founded AquaHarvest Technologies (now Fresh Box Farms/Crop One Holdings) and led the company through the commercialization phase. From 2003-2010, Jim was the founder and Managing Partner of Pine Street Investment Company, a real estate investment company.
Jim received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University. He also served as a US Naval pilot for four years. Jim authored 11 pending patents related to varying plant, system and process areas, along with three different national grants for USDA, DOE and National Science Foundation. In addition, his volunteer work includes mentoring at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and various charitable organizations in the Boston area.
He is passionate about laying the foundation for a flexible, on-demand drug supply chain that can help heal, treat, and cure more things--using plants.