Jim has been managing, developing and supporting companies involved in agriculture and Ag biotechnology for 31 years. In his early career he held positions in the seed industry and was the founding manager of Cargill Seeds Mexico and the general manager of Contiseeds Brazil. He was a founding commercial manager at Zeneca Plant Science where he managed industry partnerships for the application of the then emerging plant biosciences.
Since 2001, Jim has provided independent advice to companies of all sizes and in most regions of the world through his company, Business Development Advisors, and has been active as an M&A advisor on both the buy and sell side of transactions. Mr. Eckles speaks fluent Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.