It was a deep-rooted desire to make a meaningful impact on agriculture that inspired Mike Karst to join Entira as a start-up more than a decade ago.
Raised on an Indiana grain farm and holding an agronomy degree from Purdue University, today Mike is fulfilling a lifelong ambition to serve the global food production chain. He brings a unique perspective to clients that encompasses a comprehensive understanding of the science of crop production, the dynamics of a complex global food system, and strategies for capturing value from biotechnology, information technology and alternative crops that are changing the agriculture marketplace.
Mike’s ag background spans markets across North America and internationally, and includes both perennial and annual crops, and broad acre and specialty crops. He’s worked with companies and clients ranging from farm retail operations to global e-commerce ventures to biofuels and bioenergy. Mike has a knack for communicating with growers, which is beneficial to helping companies really understand their customers’ goals and most critical challenges and concerns. He’s just as comfortable walking through fields with growers as he is sitting in the boardroom advising senior leadership about their business, which is a fundamental part of Entira’s approach to serving clients.
Mike has been part of the start-up team for five different companies, and has directed numerous client initiatives to develop long-term growth strategies. He has led projects that saved clients upwards of $40 million in annual costs while improving local grower economics.
Before Entira, Mike held management roles in crop protection, forestry products and global strategic planning at retail farm suppliers and leading global crop protection manufacturers where he created strategies for new initiatives and strategic alliances.
Mike currently is the president of the Board of Directors for Camp Conquest, an organization that provides an overnight camp experience for individuals with special needs. He is past president of the Board of Directors for the Down Syndrome Association of the Mid-South. He also is a past board member for Agricenter International, and is a founding member of the AgBio Steering Committee of Memphis Bioworks Foundation. He lives in Germantown, TN, with his wife and family.