Thomas Wynn is a farmer, rancher, marketing analyst, and COO of M&W Farm & Ranch in Egypt, Texas. He is also a partner in Coastal Rice & Futures Inc. in East Bernard, Texas. His specialty is risk management in agricultural commodity markets. He also focuses on innovation diffusion and agricultural policy in both domestic and international settings. In addition to consulting in the private sector, Wynn works with international industry trade associations and producer groups to promote sound agricultural practices and policies.
Wynn received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University in 2004. In 2006, he completed his Masters in Agribusiness from Texas A&M University. Part of his masters education included extensive training in business analysis, price forecasting, market simulation and risk management. After a sojourn in industry, he returned to Texas A&M University to pursue his Ph.D. in International Agriculture. Wynn added to his knowledge of risk management with focused studies in that sector. Wynn will earn the Ph.D. upon completion of his dissertation.
Completing his Master’s degree in 2006, Wynn accepted a position with the US Rice Producers Association (USRPA) in Houston, Texas. While serving as the Director of International Market Development at USRPA, he traveled extensively in Latin America, Central America, and Mexico developing and implementing promotional programs as well as providing marketing support and advice to specialists in both the public and private sectors. Wynn worked to develop and implement promotional programs in addition to providing marketing support and advice to specialists within the region. He also worked briefly in Switzerland; his travels include Thailand, Trinidad, and Tobago.
During the 2008 Farm Bill proceedings, Wynn spent a significant amount of time in Washington D.C. working with farm industry lobbyists and the US Farm Service Agency (FSA) to achieve practical and realistic farm bill implementation standards. Wynn has been a featured speaker at more than 20 domestic and international conferences and is a contributing author to agricultural publications.
His peers in industry and his instructors at Texas A&M University have recognized Wynn. In 2011, he was awarded the Graduate Student of the Year award within his department. In 2013, the National Cotton Council recognized Wynn as the Cotton Marketer of the Year.
Thomas, currently lives in Egypt, Texas. He is a partner in and COO of M&W Farm & Ranch where he manages daily operations and risk management. Thomas also currently serves as Secretary & Treasurer of the Texas Rice Council and as a USRPA Board Member.
Grace Wang is responsible for processing accounts receivables, payables and payroll for USRPA, RMTC, TX Rice Council and PAC and assist with federal (USDA) grant claims, accounting and contribution records. Wang born in China, she is bilingual Chinese – English and moved to Houston after graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio with an MBA degree. She has over 10 years’ experience working in accounting and administrative positions in various industries, including oil and gas, manufacture and logistics. Grace joined USRPA in 2016.
Trey Barker is from a 5th generation rice farming family in Texas. Barker recently graduated from Texas A&M University majoring in Agriculture Leadership Education & Development. Along with a passion for production agriculture and connecting with others in the rice and cattle industries, Barker is an avid hunter, fisher and agricultural photographer. Barker continues to work on the family farm in Katy, Texas and is responsible for Member Services at the USRPA.
Bianka Rodriguez, Wester Hemisphere Promotions and Marketing Director is responsible for managing USRPA’s Unified Export Strategy International Rice Promotion campaigns in Mexico and Central America and regularly travels to audit and review campaign activities. Rodriguez also coordinates and facilitates the logistical aspects involved with the annual Rice Market & Technology Convention’s many speakers, exhibitors and sponsors. Rodriguez is the point-of-contact and intermediary amongst prominent customers of U.S. rice and various U.S. Embassies, has traveled throughout Latin America attending events and meetings, representing the US Rice Producers Association and promoting the U.S. rice industry. Rodriguez is bilingual and joined the team in 2012, studied at the Universidad Del Valle de Mexico, Mexico City and has completed business development courses at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and received a Business Management Certificate from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Veronica Galvan, Events & Technology Manager, is responsible for the organization’s technical and digital strategies including production of marketing materials for international and domestic initiatives. Galvan has an extensive background working with technology specific to the non-profit industry and graduated from DeVry University with a bachelor’s in Technical Management. Galvan was previously employed with the National Association of Realtors® and the American Orthopaedic Association in Illinois. Galvan relocated to the Houston area in 2007 and joined the USRPA team in November of 2009. Currently working with logistics, planning and development of RMTC, Veronica Galvan is also in charge of online registration, is bilingual and resides in Katy, Texas.
Marcela Garcia, President & CEO, graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Spanish and Entrepreneurship. Garcia began working with USRPA as an intern in September 2008 and joined the USRPA team in May 2009. In addition to developing and implementing USRPA’s current International Promotions Programs, Garcia has been in charge of the annual Rice Marketing & Technology Convention, which brings together rice industry from throughout the Western Hemisphere, promoting international trade and networking. Garcia currently heads the logistics, planning and development of RMTC and serves as the first point of contact for RMTC Sponsors. Garcia has traveled throughout Latin America and Europe, attending events and meetings, representing the US Rice Producers Association and promoting the U.S. rice industry. Marcela Garcia is fully bilingual and currently resides in Katy, Texas.
Dwight Roberts, Senior Advisor to the US Rice Producers Association, has spent the last 30 years working in agriculturally related international activities both in the private sector and as the director for international marketing at the Texas Department of Agriculture. He also spent 10 years living and working in the grain and cattle business in South America. Roberts received his bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.