MEET THE MANAGEMENT TEAM


H. THOMAS WINN

Chief Executive Officer
Over the last 40 years Tom has been involved in forming, financing, and managing over a dozen corporations and 100+ partnerships. He has served as the President of Aaminex Capital for over 30 years and been involved in over $1 billion in financing in industries such as agribusiness, restaurants, hotel/casinos, real estate, movies, renewable energy and mining. He founded and served as President/CEO of Nevada Gold & Casinos, (“UWN”) from 1994 to 2006, during which time the company was listed on the American Stock Exchange, listed in the Russell 3000 Index, and was number 54 of Fortune 100’s fastest growing small companies.

 

CYNTHIA THOMPSON

President + Co-Chairman of Business Advisory Board
Cynthia has been involved in over $1 billion in financing during her career. During that time she had direct responsibility in taking two companies public on the American Stock Exchange. Cynthia was also a Co-founder of Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. (UWN). She has also been involved in financing or management in industries such as restaurants, hotel/casinos, real estate, golf and technology.

 

KEITH BELL

Chief Operating Officer + President of Urban Seed Technology Inc.
Keith has an extensive background in mechanical engineering having worked with major corporations such as Boeing, Northrup, Nasa, Raytheon and McDonnell Douglas. Mr. Bell now owns and operates two companies. One company is engaged in the design and manufacturing of specialized, environmentally- controlled containers to house satellites and flight hardware. The other company specializes in plastics and composite materials molding. Keith has studied and developed new technologies in lighting and grow systems for the produce industry.

 

JOHN AGUIRRE

Chief Financial Officer
John brings over 35 years of financial and management experience. His areas of expertise include revenue enhancement, cost containment, operational efficiency, and strategic planning as well as an in-depth understanding of financial modeling and financing structures. Most recently, John served as Principal Consultant at Cornerstone Management Services.  He has also served as COO/CFO of the largest talent agency in the southeastern U.S. serving clients in the print, film, fashion, and sports entertainment industries. Prior experience includes roles as CFO, Controller, Division Controller, and Senior Financial Analyst at various multi-billion dollar financial institutions. John earned his B.S. of Finance from Louisiana State University.

 

RACHEL WENMAN

Vice President

Co-Chairman | Business Advisory Board + Urban Seed Foundation

Rachel Wenman is a proud native of Las Vegas, thriving entrepreneur and leader in the community. Her reputation started at The Palms Hotel and Casino where she earned a significant following in nightlife and hospitality circles, at the time crowning her one of Vegas’ most successful nightlife marketers. She received many accolades and notoriety over the past 10 years for her expertise in marketing and relationship building.   

Rachel’s impressive work ethic and professional reputation are key attributes to her success. She has been involved in developing brands and companies in industries such as restaurants, hotel/casinos, real estate, philanthropy and technology. Rachel is currently the Vice President + Co-Chairman of Business Advisory Board for Urban Seed Inc.

 

JARED KRULEWITZ

Vice President  |  Marketing

Jared Krulewitz is a proud Las Vegas native who has a passion for growing sustainable food. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 2009. In 2010, Krulewitz returned to Las Vegas where he began his marketing career working in nightlife. He implemented marketing strategy and concepts for some the largest nightlife groups; Light Group and Palms Hotel & Casino. From there he became the Marketing Director for Corner Bar Management where he helped build marketing infrastructure for six brick-and-mortar venues throughout Las Vegas. Jared took his skills in marketing and engineering to build a consulting company that would give companies structure while telling their story. Urban Seed Inc. is a culmination of Jared's strengths where he currently holds the position as Vice President of Marketing.

Jared also finds the time to be on the board of two Las Vegas-based charities where he assists in planning fundraisers, strategy and events. He sits on board for Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation (TTEOAC), a nonprofit group that provides cultural, educational and athletic scholarships to abused and abandoned children who are current or former wards of the state. Jared is also the co-founder and Vice President for Time Travelers Foundation (TTF), an organization that educates people on Epilepsy and serves as a support system to those affected by the condition.

 

JOLENE MANNINA

Vice President  |  Culinary Partnerships + Chairman of Culinary Advisory Board

Jolene has operated within the hospitality industry for more than 20 years in positions ranging from that of a Captain at Commanders Palace in New Orleans to the creator of culinary events and TV shows including Back of the House Brawl and Late Night Chef Fight on A&E's FYI Network. Jolene's event management company, Relish LLC, has become the go-to resource for all things culinary and operations in the burgeoning festival world. As Head of Culinary for the inaugural Life Is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Las Vegas as well as working with a long list of other events and festivals such as Further Future, Jolene possesses a unique tenacity and ability to foresee needs and meet any challenge presented to her. As VP of Culinary Relationships and Chairman of the Culinary Advisory Board, Jolene will grow Urban Seeds relationships and build partnerships with visionaries who drive hospitality.

 

DR. SUZANNE STONE

Director of Horticulture + Research

Suzanne has been growing and conducting research in organic farming systems for nearly a decade.  She earned her PhD in Horticulture from the University of Georgia, where her work focused on breeding new vegetable varieties that are specifically suited for organic production and developing more sustainable cultivation strategies for organic growers.  She is also an award-wining teacher of biology and plant sciences, with 14 years of experience at the secondary and collegiate levels.  Suzanne believes that it is her civic duty to contribute solutions to regional food production challenges while practicing good environmental stewardship and supporting community engagement.  

 

DOUG GRIFFITH

Vice President  |  Urban Seed Technology Inc. 
Doug has over 20 years experience in industrial design and engineering. During that time, he has worked with major corporations such as Boeing, Disney Imagineering, and Northrup. He has also designed and developed many proprietary and white labeled systems for key players in the hydroponic industry. Doug currently co-owns and operates a company that manufactures furniture, lighting, and artworks focused on the Mid-Century-Modern esthetic. Prior experience includes role as the Art Director for Image Comics which is one of the largest comic book publishers in the United States. Doug has studied and developed new technologies in lighting and grow systems for the produce industry.

 

LINDSAY BECK

Administrative Officer
Lindsay has been an administrator and entrepreneur for 10 years. Her career began at an int'l engineering firm instrumental in opening hotel/casinos and mega-resorts in Las Vegas, Macau, Hong Kong, and Dubai. She specializes in the development and implementation of Executive/corporate operations, project management, positive accountability and leadership. Lindsay has co-founded and operated two companies of her own: one focused on healthy protein bars and nut butters; the other on marketing consulting and creative coaching. Her current partnership with Urban Seed Inc. allows her to couple a passion for delicious and nutritious food with a yearning to greatly impact people; not only in the Las Vegas community, but all across the globe.

 

 

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