- Chief Executive Officer
For over two decades, Haim Oz has been a leading authority and practitioner in high technology greenhouse production. Mr. Oz’s expertise in traditional farm production gave him a keen insight into the obstacles and risks agribusinesses can experience regardless of crop, climate, or producer and led him to research and develop what many consider among the most innovative and profitable technologies, cultivation techniques, and marketing and distribution strategies for fresh food production and post-production results in the business. His success in integrating state-of-the-art technology is most evident with the project results Mr. Oz has consistently exhibited since founding Oz Agribusiness Projects & Investments (OAPI) in 2011. Evidence of his flourishing and very profitable high technology greenhouse endeavors can be observed throughout Greece, Abu Dhabi, Mexico, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela. Prior to Mr. Oz integrating Israeli agriculture technology in other parts of the world, he served in numerous executive roles including: CEO of Hazera Seeds, Director of Marketing and Sales for NaanDan Jain Irrigation, Project Manager for Richel Greenhouse in Uganda and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Project Manager for Irrifrance Industries in Ethiopia.
- Chief Operating Officer
A well-respected international attorney and businessman with over 30 years’ experience, Curt Meltzer has concentrated in the fields of corporate law, entrepreneurial ventures, and commercial, international, real estate and business law over the past 20 years. In these fields he has performed numerous and varied work including mergers and acquisitions, represented his clients in complex financing and corporate restructuring activities, and in all manner of business transactions. The range of companies represented by Mr. Meltzer have included the areas of finance, import-export concerns, markets and commodities research, real estate, and retail, doing business internationally and throughout the U.S.
Mr. Meltzer’s outstanding reputation both domestically and abroad, his extensive experience across numerous business sectors throughout 5 continents, and his service as president of several respected green technology transfer companies, including International Energy & Environmental Solutions Ltd. and Demeter Technology Ventures Ltd., make him an ideal executive to merge OAPI’s agriculture technologies with Kentucky Hi Tech Greenhouses, LLC and in doing so, introduce new industry, jobs, partnerships, and revenue to the United States. Mr. Meltzer's business acumen and determination have been instrumental to the founding of Kentucky Fresh Harvest, LLC, our first project in the state.
In addition to completing his law degree with several honors at Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Meltzer also earned a Master of Science degree in Human Ecology from Rutgers University and a BS in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Mr. Meltzer is also honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of Felician University in New Jersey.
- Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Gardner, is currently CFO of Kentucky Fresh Harvest. For the past 20 years has served various positions with Palmer Hamilton, LLC a privately held $25-million-dollar furniture company located in Elkhorn Wisconsin. His current position is majority owner and President/CEO.
Prior to joining Palmer Hamilton, he was the General Manager of the Disposal Products division of Allied Healthcare overseeing its 250 employee operation located in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Gardner started his career with Price Waterhouse where he also received his CPA and then joined an agricultural company as VP of Finance and Operations before joining Allied Healthcare. Mr. Gardner also has experience in the Merger and Acquisition markets.
- Marketing & Communications Manager
After several years spent living, working, and studying in Boston, MA, in 2015 Trevor moved to his home state of Kentucky to pursue a career in business. As the Operations Manager at Kentucky River Energy, LLC, the family oil and gas business, he has gained valuable first-hand experience in the energy industry. Representing interests in that industry, Trevor began lobbying the Kentucky State Legislature in January of 2016.
In May of 2015 Trevor began an internship with Kentucky Hi Tech Greenhouses, LLC as a shadow member of the sales team. After a year spent traveling the state, meeting with investors, assessing potential sites and learning the ropes of agribusiness, in April 2016 Trevor was hired as the company's Marketing and Communications Manager. His detail-oriented approach to business combined with solid networking and communications skills make him a valuable member of the team.
Now, as the MarComm Manager for both Kentucky Hi Tech Greenhouses and Kentucky Fresh Harvest, Trevor is responsible for communicating the complex concept of high-technology agriculture in a clear and concise manner to investors, local officials and, most importantly, our new neighbors in Lincoln County.