We are not just a company. We are a group of tight-knit individuals all working together to achieve our common goals. Founded on the values of respect for each other and the environment, moral and intellectual rigor, open-mindedness, humor and creativity, we believe we are great because of the people on our team, the people backing us up, and the people we work for.
These principles have lead us to adopt the Strengthsfinder method, in which everyones' natural talents are identified, honored and strengthened. Through the Strengsthfinder method, we are able to foster every employee's personal leadership abilities, expressing a more stregth-based leadership style and thoughtful job descriptions rather than company hierarchy. Find everyone's TOP FIVE listed below their name, role and photo.JOIN US
I graduated from California State University Stanislaus in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in Environmental Sciences. During my undergraduate studies, I spent a large amount of time working with plants and gaining experience in the campus greenhouse. Following graduation, I held several internships in multiple facets of the wine industry including a research winery, a vintage abroad (Australia), and a position with a precision viticulture research group. In early 2017 I began my internship with Fruition Sciences and am now working as Senior Field Technician where I assist with all aspects of field operations and data collection practices.
With a university course on environments, ecology and then land use planning and geomatics, my previous jobs was as mapmaker and wind farms developer, I like sustainable development. Today, with Fruition Sciences, I want to help winegrowers to improve their practice with a clever understanding of their estates by using and crossing spatial data. Wild ideas addict, I also invest my time in research of interactions to explain ranches observed phenomena. Passionate by photography, street art, and graphic arts in general, my activities and travels are rhythmic by this visual thirst.
From pig farms in Guatemala to oilfields in Kazakhstan, I have been fortunate to discover my love of culture, data, and agriculture which brought me to Fruition Sciences. Here I get to support customers managing data and developing insights into a hidden world of plant behavior through sensors and data.
I am a Napa Valley native, grateful to live in such a beautiful place! My career started out in healthcare management but I have always had a passion for the wine industry. With a background in operations and management and a passion for sustainable farming and the science behind making great wine, I look forward to putting the two together while working for such a progressive and innovative company.
Cat graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainable agriculture and a minor in Latin American development. Through her work on organic farms abroad and her job in sales for an organic clothing company in Santa Cruz, Cat strengthened her passion for adventure, personal connection and fostering sustainable action. Joining the Fruition team as a Field Technician for the 2016 season, she now assists in all aspects of field operations as Head Technician.
Sébastien holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Management of Technology certificate from Haas Business School. His Ph.D. work included the development of sensors, micro-technology and polymer materials. As part of his work, he designed novel micro-biosensors to detect changes in pH using plastics and polymers, resulting in one US and international patent. In addition to his PhD, Mr. Payen is a Mayfield Fellow 2006. Prior to coming at UC Berkeley, Mr. Payen served one year in the French Navy as a deck officer on a mine-hunter. He also worked as a scientist and process engineer in a small biotechnology start-up in the Bay Area between June 2003 and May 2004. Mr. Payen received his Master of Sciences from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in May 2003. In July 2001, prior to coming at UC Berkeley, Mr. Payen graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, one of the top engineering schools in France.
Born in the region of « Hauts de France », I intended the agronomy school of Montpellier SupAgro after two years of preparatory classes. Graduated in 2018 with a specialization in viticulture and oenology, I discovered the wine sector from the vineyard to the wine, in France and abroad. I did my first vinification in a domaine in Côtes-du-Rhône in 2016, and then I went to New-Zealand to take part into the 2017 vintage. When I came back, I joined the Fruition Sciences team to do my final intern ship, which allowed me to discover the main issues of precision viticulture, and to develop my curiosity in new technologies. Hired in January 2019, I am in charge of commercial prospection and technical development in the area of « Nouvelle-Aquitaine ». My passion for travelling and meeting new people, makes me roam the world anytime I can. In my spare time, I like to do sports, and also to join my friends with a good bottle of wine, shared with cheese and meat.
Co-Founder of Fruition Sciences, Thibaut brings his scientific expertise in viticulture and enology to the company. He conceived the conceptual framework for 360viti (ex Fruition Analytics) and selected the tools to be connected to the vineyard. In his early scientific career, he became an expert in controlling the effects of environmental stresses on vine physiology, fruit and wine quality – such as light, temperatures, nitrogen or water stresses on grape composition. He has worked as a winemaker and consulted for wineries all around the world (France, Chile, California, Australia, Argentina). Thibaut has a passion for understanding what drives vine health to make good wines. He gets up in the morning to share this passion with his team and the world at large.
I did my studies in Lyon at The Paul Bocuse Institute where I obtained my management hotel licence diploma. I worked during 10 years in the industry of hotels and catering. Through my diferentes experiences, I developed accounting and manager’s skills.Passionated by the universe of wine, with the desire to take new challenges and discover the world of Start-up, I joined the Fruition Sciences team in 2016. I’m accounting and executive assistant. I’m in charge of all administratives parts ! Open-minded and naturaly curious, I like discover new culture, traveling and nature walking !
My parents being farmers, I have always been aware of the challenge there is on field to integrate various elements of understandings, both scientific and practical, to take a decision. I studied agricultural engineering, especially viticulture, and wine making in Montpellier SupAgro. After various experiences in France and abroad, I started a Ph. D. thesis with Fruition Sciences. Since 2018, I have been working on the understanding of the temporality of grape vine yield elaboration and on how to take into account the influence of environmental factors such as climate, soil and cultural practices to forecast yield. Apart from work, what I especially like is being outdoors : hiking, climbing, going to the beach, photo trip or even having a drink in a sunny terrace... I always have a good excuse!
Originally from Montpellier, I joined the National School of Agronomy and Food Industries of Nancy (ENSAIA) in 2013 before specializing in viticulture and oenology in 2016 and obtaining the National Diploma of Oenologist from Montpellier SupAgro. My attachment to my native region led me to carry out the 2017 winemaking process at Chateau du Pic Saint Loup which aimed to produce local wines in an environmentally friendly way. Then I worked as an oenologist in a cooperative winery participating in the 2018 vinification process. I joined Fruition Sciences in January 2019, where I am responsible for the technical and commercial development of the southeastern France region. I share my free time between sports, music and reading and I am always interested in a good tasting session !
A native of Normandy and also fond of gastronomy, biology and new discoveries, I naturally decided to study in the School of Agronomy Montpellier SupAgro. Throughout my engineering course, I specialized in viticulture and Œnology and graduated in 2017. Thanks to this multidisciplinary training, I could discover various areas of the wine trade, both in France and abroad. I vinified the 2015 and 2016 vintage in Burgundy and Bordeaux. I did wine trade in Madagascar where I initiated the sale of a spirit made with rum. I also participated, in Spain, in a European project about a wine robot. Before moving back to France, I worked in China to improve the phytosanitary protection of a developing vineyard. Employed by Fruition Sciences since January 2018, I am currently in charge of technical and business development of the society in Nouvelle Aquitaine area. Passionate about wine and trip, I spend my free time doing music and sports.
I value connections, quality time, and seeing people's passion be used to the fullest. I am excited to work with our clients as Fruition Science's Sales Manager and Customer Support. In 2008, I gained a dual BS in Business Management and Theology. I moved to Napa and jumped into wine sales after traveling internationally. After working in wine sales at a few different wineries, getting married and starting to grow up I knew I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of producing, growing and the entrepreneurial spirit Napa has cultivated. I began by taking wine classes and reading stacks of books from the local library, but in 2015 I realized I needed to experience life as a harvest intern. I began at O'Shaughnessy Winery and quickly gained an understanding of how wine was made. I am excited to be a part of the awesome team that makes up Fruition, and I look forward to being a part of the company's bright future.
Benjamin earned in 2009 a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences with a major in distributed computer systems from CPE Lyon. Prior to Fruition Sciences, Benjamin worked 6 months in 2009 for his final year project as a Software Engineer in the European IT consulting company Sopra Group on the web upgrade of a real estate software system. He also worked one year as a web developer for SugarCRM, an open-source CRM software company in the Bay Area between July 2007 and September 2008. Benjamin is mainly working on the Fruition web application and on the IT infrastructure.
I started my studies in Paris, in 2015, I joined the engineering school of Bordeaux Sciences Agro. Passionate about the new technologies in viticulture and web development, I chose to follow the AgroTIC specialization for my last year at Montpellier SupAgro. Graduated since September 2018, I am now part of the Fruition Sciences team as a GIS development engineer where I can learn new web development languages! I work mainly on the cartography part by developing new functionalities. In my free time, I love to play sport. I also love reading, solving math problems, creating Arduino modules and I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter!
Prior to working with Fruition Sciences Mark was active in exporting wine and food products from the U.S. West Coast by developing country specific market entry plans in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Mark has a deep passion for working in the wine industry, as his family has been involved in growing grapes, nuts and fruit in California for three generations. His interest in developing innovations in the wine industry lead him to his current role with Fruition Sciences, where Mark is tasked with various business development functions including lead generation, managing marketing events, and producing Fruition Sciences’ yearly innovation symposium, the Vintage Report. Mark is a graduate of Wheaton College and lives with his wife in the Bay Area.
I began my studies in Montpellier and moved quite a lot from Annecy to Sevilla and succed my engineer diploma in 2007. Then I spend one year in Paris to follow a Master in acoustics, and music processing. Before working for Fruition Sciences I was a Research and Developpement Engineer at Decathlon, a french sport firm, in charge of studying users perception and users datas to create new sports experiences. Passionated by sciences and nature, I joined the Fruition team in 2015 as a polyvalent developer, data scientist. I invest myself to get Fruition products at the forefront of innovation, in order to offer to our clients the best experience by cultivating knowledge. Optimistic, and open minded, I like to share moments of life with ease. In my free time I like to practice sports, play music, and travel contemplating nature.
During my studies of computer engineer at Epitech Montpellier, I had the chance to travel and discover the South Korean culture. When I returned to France, I joined Fruition Sciences for my final year internship. Having farmer parents, it is important for me to associate my passion for new technologies and the agricultural field, to take part of its progress. Having graduated, I am now part of the team and I am still working on the development of the new features of Fruition 3.0. Outside of work I enjoy walks in nature and discover new places, I also devote myself to DIY to improve the objects around me.
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