Our Team

Steve Mantle

CEO & Founder of Innov8.ag

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Steve is the founder of Innov8.ag, a Walla Walla Washington-based agtech startup and Microsoft-partnered company. Prior to embarking on the startup, Steve spent 12 years at Microsoft where he most recently focused on Microsoft’s fastest growing product line, Azure Cloud. His leadership skills contributed to growing Azure from a $100M to a $10B+/year business over 6 years. After his time spent at the Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Steve decided to relocate his family of four to Walla Walla, Washington, in the summer of 2018. He envisions this location as the perfect base for ag startups given the convergence of progressive farmers and three colleges with strengths in agriculture, engineering, science, established ag manufacturers, strong connectivity providers, and a highly collaborative business climate.  An Australian by birth, Steve has his MBA from the University of Washington.

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Harmony Liu

Data Scientist

Harmony comes from a family with multiple atmospheric scientists. As a result, she developed an early interest in science.  As a doctor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, she is very interested in working on weather/climate related applications to solve real-world problems.  She has over six years experience in advanced quantitative analysis of large datasets, predictive modeling and algorithm development and testing. Harmony’s love for working with data led her to her current job at Innov8 Ag where she applies her knowledge and skills to derive data-driven solutions for modern farming. By assimilating and leveraging a variety of farm-level observations as well as non-local forecasts and data sources, we develop a more coherent picture of current and future conditions, allowing for more-informed decision making.

Katelyn McCarty

Data Engineer

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This is Katelyn, our data engineer. She has recently wrapped up her Azure Data Engineering Certificate to complement her deep project management, DBA, and data visualization expertise.  Her current roles include Integration Project Manager and Data Analyst, but as a consultant with Microsoft her interests span quite wide. She is passionate about all things data and excited to marry her passion for data with her innate abilities to optimize access, awareness, and approachability. When Katelyn isn't working or diving into data engineering, she loves to knit, read, brush up and learn languages and travel (even if it is just a few hours away). As someone who has family and roots in the apple and fruit tree business here in Washington, she is really excited to see where Innov8 Ag is headed.

Bailey Bromiley

Administrative & Marketing Assistant 

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This is Bailey, a senior at Walla Walla Community College. After attaining her Associate's degree in Enology and Viticulture, she's in the last stretch to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Systems. She is passionate about vineyard management and agroecosystem sciences. Some of her interests include being outdoors, whether she is on the farm, camping, or on the slopes of the nearest ski resort. Her role at Innov8 Ag is administrator/marketing support.

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Ioan Lascoe

Marketing Intern

This is Ioan Lascoe. He was born and raised in Northern California. Ioan will be working closely with our marketing partner Red Canoe Creative. Due to his upbringing within the foothills of California, he thoroughly enjoys the outdoors where he spends a majority of his free time in nature either snowboarding, mountain biking, or fishing. Ioan is currently majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing at Walla Walla University where he had the opportunity to meet Steve Mantle and the other team members of Innov8 Ag. He's thrilled to have the opportunity to join a team focused on making an impact in the world of agriculture.

Ioan Lascoe

Marketing Intern

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Joel Wagness

Videographer & Finance

This is Joel Wagness, our videographer/ photographer, who not only does videos and pictures, but helps with both the finance and marketing side of things. He was drawn to be a part of Innov8.ag because of how they look for innovative ways to solve problems. Joel is also currently studying at Walla Walla University and is going to be graduating with a BBA in Finance. Apart from school and work, he tries to get outside as possible and enjoys just about any sport you can think of. Joel is extremely excited about the work Innov8.ag is doing because of the relevance and importance of our company, especially in today’s world as agriculture is more important than ever.

Our Advisory Board

Bob Rupar
Retired VP  •  Nelson Irrigation

Bob brings to the table expertise in water and irrigation management from his career with one of the world's foremost irrigation manufacturers.

Dave Brown
PhD, Director • Washington State
University AgWeatherNet

Dave is an Associate Professor of Soil Science and director of WSU's AgWeatherNet, a source of data and support tools for Washington State growers and policy-makers.

Andrew Nelson
Farmer & Consultant • Nelson Wheat

Andrew has rich expertise in computer science and hands-on, long-term experience farming 9000 acres of dryland wheat.

Erin Anders
PhD • Crop & Soil Science • Ecological Food & Farming Systems • Michigan State • Walla Walla Community College

Erin is lead instructor for the Agricultural Systems Bachelor's program at Walla Walla Community College.

Douglas Granitz
CEO-Specialized Strategy Solutions LLC

Doug is bringing a global understanding of the downstream cultivation of the data we are providing. He will provide the needs, the regulations, and resources needed to sustain globally. 

Jeff Tucker
CEO Tuctronics • Computer Science • Electrical Engineering
College of Agriculture WSU

Jeff grew up working on a wheat farms, and even studied at University of Idaho while working on potato tissue culture. He provided the first commercial tissue culture based potato seed in Northern Idaho. 

Todd Tucker
Tuctronics since 2009 • Computer Science • CWU

Todd is a 4th-generation dryland wheat farmer with 17 years of experience in Eastern Washington. His passion includes working with growers and learning valuable techniques, while furthering research.  Mission: newest tech to ag market in shortest amount of time.

About Tuctronics:

Tuctronics has been engineering telemetry products for agricultural control and monitoring for over 20 years. Tuctronics’ AgriNET is a cross-platform application that allows users to access the data solutions created by our unique hardware, as well as third-party hardware.  Tuctronics has had the opportunity to work alongside and help over 1,000 farms in the 20 years of its business.