About Precision Fermentation: Leadership
Jared Resnick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Jared leverages his 25 years of leadership, business development, and operations experience to guide all major business functions of Precision Fermentation. He has owned, operated, and grown a number of successful businesses in North Carolina, gathering extensive experience through consulting in technology, retail sales, business development, and business operations. Based on his wide range of expertise, he has taught business development classes at local business schools. In 2015, Jared became a partner in Mimetics, a new, Durham-based technology company, which focused on hidden patterns in complex time-series biological data. Precision Fermentation was created from the results of Mimetics' research, science, and development. Jared received his degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Daniel Kulenic, Chief Operations Officer
Daniel has over 20 years of experience in the retail side of the brewing industry, opening and operating multiple restaurant and taproom concepts and producing many industry events. Through these ventures, Daniel developed a passion for craft beer and the ardent people that produce it. When the opportunity arose to focus his expertise on working to help improve the industry he loves, he jumped in and hasn't looked back. Daniel graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, played soccer both at UNC and in Germany for Hamburg SV, and spends his spare time with his wife and two daughters.
Michael Simon, Chief Revenue Officer
Mike manages Precision Fermentation's growing global sales organization, including direct and channel sales, sales operations, and client service, with a focus on ensuring strong customer adoption, value recognition, and an overall great customer experience. As a principal of the company, his responsibilities also include shaping corporate strategy, while driving and deploying specific revenue-generation plans. He is a graduate of Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business and previously worked for over 25 years in the banking and capital markets industries, where he drove business growth for data, analytics, and integration software providers. Mike is a beer enthusiast with a preference for Belgians, porters, stouts, sours, and an occasional IPA.
Bruce Popky, Director of Marketing
Bruce heads all strategic and operational marketing efforts for Precision Fermentation. He is a seasoned marketer with over 20 years of experience connecting technology solutions with market opportunities and customers. Previously, he served as Director of Marketing Strategy for eG Innovations, a global IT performance-monitoring software provider, and throughout his career he has provided marketing leadership and tactical direction for technology-driven businesses across many industries, including IT, financial services, commercial printing, healthcare, wholesale distribution, and entertainment. Bruce received his B.A. in Philosophy from Dickinson College. His favorite beer is double IPA and he also enjoys sours and creative stouts.
Ross Graffman, Director of Technology
As head of technology for Precision Fermentation, Ross’ responsibilities focus on architecting, developing, and managing all aspects of BrewMonitor Console, plus the administration of database, web, and email servers for all product and business initiatives. Ross has over 20 years of professional experience in full-stack development, previously heading an independent consulting company where he produced custom solutions for a broad range of clients, including government, photography, entertainment, ecommerce, and more. Ross studied music at the University of Southern Maine and is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and recording engineer. His favorite beer is unfiltered Belgian wheat.
Dave Morris, Lead Engineer and Fermentation Specialist
As lead engineer for Precision Fermentation, Dave's responsibilities focus on the design, development, and deployment of the BrewMonitor System. Dave grew up on the coastal waters of Georgetown, SC, and attended College of Charleston where he majored in Biology and Psychology. He attended graduate school at Clemson University, where he earned his master’s degree in Biosystems Engineering with a focus on wastewater treatment and biofuel fermentations. He started his career at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, NC, first as a QC Tech and then as QC Lab Manager. He then worked in R&D at Mimetics in Durham, studying brewing yeast transcriptional analysis, before joining Precision Fermentation. He enjoys mountain biking, gardening, and IPAs.
Bailey Blankenship, Engineer
Bailey designs and develops critical components of Precision Fermentation’s technology solutions, including circuit boards, firmware, internal web-based management tools, and more. He has over five years of professional programming experience, working mostly in web and mobile application development. He previously worked for IBM as a mobile application consultant and for Raleigh startup SharkDreams as head of development and research. He currently is leveraging his Park Scholarship at NC State University to pursue a master’s degree in Computer Engineering with a concentration in embedded systems. In his spare time, he codes (really), seeks great food and music, and plays a good bit of frisbee. His favorite beers are Goses and sours.
Dr. Atul Nerkar
Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Allred Distinguished Scholar,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Atul's research focuses on how technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship affect business and corporate strategy. He studies research productivity in organizations and the evolution of technological capabilities in the context of the pharmaceutical, chemical, and optical disc industries.
Dr. Steven Haase
Associate Professor of Biology, Duke University
Steven is an expert on systems-level control of the cell-division cycle. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is a leader in the fields of biology and computational biology, with over 25 years of experience in yeast cell growth and division. He identified and characterized a novel gene regulatory network serving as the underlying cell-cycle oscillator in budding yeast and has authored multiple papers on the analysis of time-series data.
Dr. Michael Resnick
A leading geneticist who received his B.S. from Northwestern University at Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkley, Michael did his postdoctoral work with the Medical Research Council in London and Oak Ridge Laboratories in Tennessee. He has held faculty positions at the University of Rochester, the National Institute for Medical Research in London and has been a Lab Head at NIEHS since 1979. He has authored over 170 peer reviewed papers, 50 reviews and book chapters, holds seven patents, has received “Best Paper of the Year” at NIEHS five times, was awarded “Scientist of the Year” by NIEHS in 2008, and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012. Michael is currently the head of the Chromosome Stability Group and holds a secondary appointment in the Immunity, Inflammation and Disease Laboratory at NIEHS.
Dr. John Harer
Professor of Mathematics, Duke University
John’s primary research is in the use of geometric, combinatorial, and computational techniques to study a variety of problems in data analysis, shape recognition, image segmentation, tracking, brain imaging, biological networks, and gene expression. He was one of the first mathematicians to apply sophisticated geometric and topological techniques to the analysis of complex data sets. He co-authored a standard text in the field as well as numerous papers and has served as a consultant to companies and the US Department of Defense. He is the principal architect of LEM and other analytical systems for studying the dynamics of biological networks.
Dr. Adam Leman
Adam has over 10 years of working in the fields of yeast and cell cycle biology. He earned his B.S. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester and received his Ph.D. From Drexel University College of Medicine in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2011. Following his doctoral studies, Adam joined Steven Haase’s lab at Duke University. Adam’s focus on integrated systems biology and quantitative approaches to understanding gene regulatory network in the cell cycle has been extremely successful. He has extended his work to developing new approaches in cell cycle research and to understanding key gene regulatory networks governing other processes. Adam has a fascination with brewing and microbiology which has led to a longstanding interest in fermentation and microbial production methods.
Dr. Tim Wadkins
Tim has served as Director of Quality Assurance for Victory Brewing Company, Head of Quality for Oskar Blues Brewery, Instructor for the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast / Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and reviewer/team leader for the US Food and Drug Administration. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University.