Chairman of the Board
Ken served as the CEO of AG RX from 2005 to 2017 and now serves as member of the board. When AG RX was formed in 1993 from the merger of California Ag Resources (CARR), Joseph Powers Company and Pacific Pest Control, Ken took a key leadership role in growing and developing the AG RX culture. He served in a variety of positions including Administrative Manager, Information Services, Human Resources, Safety and Regulatory Compliances Operations, and Sales and Marketing. Ken began his agricultural career early in life working for his father, Jack Burdullis, formerly the owner of CARR. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Science Degree in Crop Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he worked for DuPont in Sales and Marketing in the San Joaquin Valley for several years. After earning a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, he served in Thailand for four years as a missionary where he helped the rural Thai churches develop agricultural projects that sustained them economically. Upon returning to Ventura County in 1991, with his wife and two children, he began working at CARR for his brother Joe Burdullis. Currently, Ken serves on the Board of Directors for AG RX and the Board of Directors for Western Plant Health Association.
Brian Lish, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Board Member
<See bio under “Executive Officers” above>
Anthony Mathews, Board Member
The Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego
Anthony Mathews is Senior Consultant and Lecturer at the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego promoting employee ownership and high powered company culture. Tony came to the Beyster Institute after retiring from a 30-year career designing and installing several hundred ESOPs, He is a frequent speaker on matters related to employee ownership, has served as a founding member and director of both the ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership, and published over 100 articles on the subject of employee ownership.
Minos Athanassiadis, Board Member
Minos is the founder and Managing Director of Fresh Link Group, an agriculture and technology advisory firm. Fresh Link works with a broad spectrum of clients such as Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, John Deere and Walmart, to privately held companies and startups, to help define, build and launch new products and services focused on the fresh fruit and vegetable industry.
He has held a series of food industry positions including Sales and Marketing lead of Dole Fresh Vegetables Fresh-Cut division and President of Underwood Ranches, a fruit and vegetable grower-shipper.
Additionally, he has held senior executive positions at food and agriculture-focused technology firms such as Foodlink, now iTrade Network, Agrian, and Trimble. Clients have included major retailers such as Safeway, Wegmans and Ahold USA, grower-shippers like Fresh DelMonte, SunWorld and Suntreat, as well as food processors like ConAgra and Olam.
Minos studied agricultural economics at the University of California at Davis and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.