John Wright

Managing PartnerAnna Maria Island, FL
Areas of Expertise

Crop Inputs, Supply Chain, Transportation & Logistics, Sustainable Ag Technology


A collaborative leader, John brings extensive experience as an executive and entrepreneur focused on the crop inputs and production sectors.  His experience provides an unmatched understanding of client needs and brings a unique ability to assess candidates for their organizational fit and potential.  

John’s network and connections throughout the industry are strong. Prior to K&R John led organizations such as Agriliance LLC, Helm Fertilizer, and Keytrade North America, as well as being President, Founder and Co-Owner of Solce Fertilizer Company.

John holds an MBA from the University of Kansas and a BA from the University of Dayton.

Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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