Management Team

James Hines

James Hines
Chief Executive Officer

Prior to founding RiceCo®, James worked in several capacities for Westrade and affiliated companies. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry and a background in accounting and business administration. During his 10 year tenure at RiceCo®, he has profitably grown the business, despite a challenging environment and several ownership tenures and has managed to turn the generic molecule (Propanil Technical) into a specialty product by continually innovating and developing proprietary mixtures and formulations.

Neil Robbins

Neil Robbins
Secretary and Director of Finance

Neil has been with RiceCo® since 2002 and has over 30 years of financial experience in the crop protection industry. Prior to joining RiceCo®, he was the Controller at Cedar Chemical Corporation for 7 years, and served as Plant Controller, over-seeing 5 production facilities for Cedar Chemical Corporation for 17 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Memphis.

Judy Smith

Judy Smith
Regulatory

Judy joined RiceCo in May of 2001 as a regulatory consultant responsible for EPA relations and state product registrations. She retired from Helena Chemical Company as Manager of Regulatory Services before becoming a regulatory consultant. Judy has over 20 years of experience in the regulatory arena.

Jim Magana, Business Development
Jim is in charge of creating and managing relationships with third parties offering crop protection products for rice growers. Prior to joining RiceCo®, he worked for DuPont's crop protection division for 37 years, during which he spent the majority of his time in Asia as the Asia Pacific Director and Business Manager for Rice Crop Protection.

Pinky Ghosh

Pinky Ghosh
International Operations Director

Pinky joined RiceCo in April of 2011. She has over 10 years of experience within UPL in managing international markets with a specialty in Asia and Africa. Her degree is in Management with a specialization in International Business. Pinky's hobbies include travel, reading and cooking (with rice, of course).

David Wilson

David Wilson
National Sales Manager

David joined RiceCo with over 25 years of experience working in the agriculture industry. Before joining RiceCo, he served as Key Account Executive for Chemtura AgrSolutions. He's also held positions in sales, distribution and management with Terra, CPS, Stoneville and Monsanto. He holds a BS degree in Agriculture from Mississippi State University.

Martin Poveda

Martin Poveda
Director of International Regulatory Affairs

Martin was born in Colombia, and joined RiceCo in 2008 and established a regional office in Colombia for the Latin American region. He has been involved in all aspects of rice technology with a specialization in disease control. Martin has conducted extensive field research and as a result has accumulated vast knowledge in rice production.

Martin Poveda

Rafael Vega
Export Manager

Rafael has been on the RiceCo team since 1998. His responsibilities include sales support, documentation and logistics with a focus on customer service. He has over 30 years of experience in import/export in both Peru and in the US. Rafael's degree is in Economics and has experience in international banking, export insurance and logistics management. His hobbies include water sports and boating.

Martin Poveda

Scott Rushing
U.S. Product Development

Scott joined RiceCo in May of 2013. Prior to joining RiceCo, Scott was employed at BASF for 17 years in various roles, including Field Biologist, Technical Service Representative and most recently Business Representative. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas.

Martin Poveda

Britt Balkcom
Controller

Britt joined RiceCo in June 2014 and has over 20 years of accounting and financial experience including working with RiceCo previously from 1999 to 2001. Britt is joining us after spending 13 years with Williams-Sonoma where he was the Director of Finance for their distribution group within their supply chain division where he handled the finances for their 30 distribution locations, light manufacturing and other services. Prior to that, Britt has worked in various other accounting and finance roles for companies including SquareD Company, Cleo Wrap ,and KPMG Peat Marwick. Britt holds his CPA license and graduated with a double major from Asbury University in Accounting and Business Management.