Who We Are

At Aker, our mission is to inspire and impact agriculture with practical technology that is exciting and creates value in a true partnership with growers.

Founded in 2016, we emphasize how our work simplifies the everyday lives of our customers. Farming is a team effort, and we understand how difficult it is to keep track of coordinating staff, managing inputs, reacting to weather, moving equipment, cultivating a quality crop, monitoring market trends, and maintaining a profitable operation to support your family and community. Our team and partners live by the values of service, teamwork, integrity and impact to guide and motivate every task.

We work with farm managers who like to seize every opportunity and are open to change. Our work empowers our customers with trusted and timely answers to plan and manage every field. We achieve this by actively listening to growers and embracing their top field issues, while utilizing satellite, drone, and machine learning technologies to provide the most timely and accurate field insights. We are dedicated to transparency and delivering solutions that add real value and integrate seamlessly into their operations.

Made by growers. Built for life.

Orlando Saez
Orlando Saez
CEO & Co-Founder

C-level executive in two successful startups with IPO exits. Solid software product, B2B sales and operations experience. Pioneered airport Wi-Fi at Boingo Wireless. Founder and inventor of Aker's IP. Tech, telecom and data analytics background. BS in Computer Engineering at UPR, MS Computer Science at IIT, MBA at Stuart School of Business.

Dave Zar
David M. Zar
CTO

Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, former faculty at Washington University and a recognized technology leader within the medical and life science industries.

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Tom Uthell
Uthell Seed Sales

Tom is a lifelong farmer and has been on the cutting edge of management practices, equipment and technology for growers across the Midwest. Through his dealership with Beck’s Hybrids over the past 19 years, he has been helping farmers increase their ROI by finding innovative ways to improve their operation. Tom has been supporting Aker’s strategy and envisioning practical approaches to position Aker’s platform as a valuable tool for growers.

Stu Gisburne
Stu Gisburne
Senior Software Engineer

Having led many projects in industries ranging from pharmaceutical to entertainment, Stu brings over 30 years of experience to Aker. His expertise includes software development, data center infrastructure, mobile application development and cloud services.

Kacper Laska
Kacper Laska
Systems Engineer

Engineer with a B.S, M.S in Mechanical Engineering with technical knowledge in hardware development, robotics, software development, and rapid manufacturing.

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Sean McQueen
Operations Manager

Founder of an aerial crop mapping business. 10+ years of drone, GIS and operational experience in agriculture and mining industries.

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Sharon Berberich
Business Development Lead

Experienced Ag Business Development and Start-up C-Level Executive. Over 30 years experience in Big Ag and Ag Start-ups with a focus on executive leadership, business development, sales, marketing, licensing, venture capital investment, regulatory, intellectual property, product development, and field operations. Background includes Monsanto Company, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Dow AgroSciences. Distinguished Alumni of the College of Agriculture Food & Natural Resources at the University of Missouri - Columbia.

The Aker Way

Our Mission is Simple

Improve profitability and increase yields by transforming how crops are monitored with accurate identification and prediction of pests and pathogens.