Jon Leafstedt

Chairman & Managing Partner

Jon draws on his expertise in ag and bio technology to help associations, cooperatives, and early-stage companies define their talent needs and recruit senior leadership.

Jon led the venture-backed biotech companies Chromatin and Phytodyne, was responsible for worldwide intellectual property and regulatory efforts for the nutritional ingredients company, Kemin Industries, and led state governmental affairs programs for the agrichemical businesses of BASF/American Cyanamid. His early career included field sales and marketing management in Cyanamid’s animal health products department.

A leader in numerous national and state industry organizations, Jon chaired the Iowa Biotechnology Association and was a committee leader at the Animal Health Institute, American Feed Industry Association, and CropLife America. Jon holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and a BS in Animal Science program from South Dakota State University.