John Paul Maxfield
Founder & CEO
John-Paul Maxfield is the Founder of Waste Farmers. He is responsible for the overall strategy, management and growth of the Company. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today WF has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. The knowledge and experience behind Waste Farmers has been many years in the making as John-Paul comes from a family of agricultural leaders who have been pioneers in farming and ranching since the 19th century.
Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the “The Inspired Economy” now known as “The Inspired Economist” in 2005, a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism. In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate at MBH, a private equity group specializing in small to mid-cap service companies. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an analyst with Alvarez and Marsal, where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In 2007 John-Paul was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and in 2011 was selected as one of the Denver Business Journals’ “40 Under 40”. In 2011, John-Paul was appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration to serve on Denver Seeds, a strategy to support small businesses, create jobs and shift food production away from large out-of-state industrial operations toward local growers.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve Dove joined Waste Farmers in January 2015. Steve earned an MBA from The American University and is a CPA with extensive financial management experience with large and small companies ranging from manufacturing to services businesses. Over the past 10 years much of Steve’s professional work has been in the private equity environment performing due diligence on acquisition targets as well as financial/operational support for portfolio companies. While working with a variety of companies in various industries over the years, his passion remains with small companies where individual contribution complements the team’s effort to drive company achievements beyond expectations. Waste Farmers is the perfect fit ... a growing company exceeding expectations with a mission to help everyone everywhere while making a difference along the way. “The single attribute that drew me to Waste Farmers was its passion and commitment to being a sustainable agricultural company.”
Director of Operations
Jon joined the Waste Farmers team in the fall of 2013, although he’s been bragging about their soils since first trying them out in his own gardens a few years back. He’s excited to be part of a company that has a bold and forward thinking mission.
In the spring of 2009, Jon and his wife Candice co-founded UrbiCulture Community Farms, an urban non-profit multiplot farm dedicated to increasing food access while growing stronger, more vibrant communities in Denver. In addition to growing a successful Community Supported Agriculture program and implementing a school garden, UCF pioneered the ‘pay what you can’ farm stand model several years ago. They now operate four such farm stands throughout Denver and have been approached by a number of community members and developers to start more. In addition to being part of the day to operations of UCF, Jon has been integrally involved in the longterm planning and vision of the organization. UCF has grown to be a recognized leader in the urban agriculture movement in Denver.
In addition, Jon owned his own business as an eco-friendly focused painting contractor for over a decade, working with some of the most reputable builders in the Denver/Boulder area. He has extensive experience and knowledge of labor management as well as creating and managing systems that lead to successful outcomes and happy customers. He is excited to put that knowledge to use for a mission he believes in.
Neil Stransky joined the Waste Farmers team in the fall of 2013 as a production team member, drawn to the company by its ecological approach to product development and its ambitions to change the way business is done. Having recently returned from Peace Corps service in rural Peru, he was thirsty for work that placed community, environment and the betterment of society as its leading ambition. Prior to the Peace Corps, Neil earned a bachelor’s degree in American Literature and Creative Writing from Truman State University. By the fall of 2014 Neil had earned the position of production manager and has been an integral part of the ability of Waste Farmers to grow at the rapid rate it has been growing. From the Arvada location to the new production facility in Delta, Neil says it has been a thrill to work for a passionate company in pursuit of both a better business model and a brighter world.
Director of Strategy & Growth
Matt Gettleman joined Waste Farmers in 2016 and works on finances, business strategy and growth of our current and future products.
Matt studied Environmental Science at Colorado College and moved to Denver after school to work as an AmeriCorp volunteer and then as a community organizer working on education reform at the state legislature. While living in Denver he co-founded the Denver Handmade Homemade Market in 2010 with his now wife. The HaHo (still around today) is a small makers market — backyard veggie growers, prepared foods, arts and crafts — focused on supporting the needs of Denver’s local producers first. The mission from day one has been to help people follow their passions and launch and grow their passions into successful businesses.
After three years of running the HaHo, Matt decided to pursue an MBA at CU Boulder-Leeds to further his knowledge of how to start, grow, and run successful companies in order to create businesses with the power to change the world. Matt studied entrepreneurship, sustainable business and finance at Leeds and spent the last year working as a small business strategy and finance consultant for early stage food startups in Boulder.
Matt loves getting outside — backcountry skiing, biking, and climbing, and exploring as much as possible — both in Colorado and abroad.
Matt is really excited to be a part of the WF’s team, to get the opportunity to work with a group of folks who are passionate about creating the next era of conscious business — from leadership models to sustainability — and who are excited about growing an awesome and sustainable company.