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Cotton Industry Veteran Joins The Seam to Direct Operations, Projects

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 3, 2020 – The Seam, a leading provider of commodities trading and food and agriculture software solutions, today announced the appointment of Bill Turner as Director of Project Management and Operations. Turner reports to Mark Pryor, Chief Executive Officer at The Seam.

“We are excited to have Bill on board our growing team, as we engage and expand our work in various agricultural sectors,” said Pryor. “Bill brings an incredible amount of experience and knowledge to the company, with more than 35 years in the cotton merchandising industry. We look forward to his continued success on behalf of our customers and industry partners.”

As Director of Project Management and Operations, Turner is responsible for supporting and enabling The Seam’s projects, programs and structured work efforts, including customer service. He also works in collaboration with the information technology and marketing teams to ensure alignment on deliverables and strengthen business development initiatives.

Prior to joining The Seam, Turner served as Director of U.S. Operations for Noble Americas/COFCO, where he led various teams, including customer service, operations, domestic and international logistics and export/docs. Before that, he was VP of Cotton Purchasing at TNS Mills. He also held the role of purchasing trader for ECOM and established its sales office in South Carolina. Turner has been the direct business liaison and subject matter expert for several technology initiatives and projects.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this emerging, innovative team,” said Turner. “The Seam has been an integral part of the supply chain for cotton for 20 years, and I have known several of the people here for a long time. To join The Seam now, when we are expanding our reach into food and other agriculture services, is both motivating and challenging. It’s a great organization to be a part of.”

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FMI and The Seam Partner to Create Digitized Food Supply Chain Platform

Food Industry Exchange sponsored by FMI powered by The Seam launches

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 6, 2020 – FMI—The Food Industry Association and The Seam, a leading provider of commodities trading and agriculture software solutions, today announced the launch of the Food Industry Exchange sponsored by FMI powered by The Seam. The sustainable marketplace was created to immediately address the urgent needs of retailers and wholesalers by showcasing products and services available in a digital space and on an ongoing basis.

The primary purpose of the platform is to bring vast efficiencies to the food supply chain, while also serving as a critical tool in times of need. Retailers requiring additional resources to fulfill needs at grocery stores, are connected with sellers that have capacity of products, transportation services, labor, and warehousing services.

Not only specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, the platform also fills long-term needs of FMI retailers/wholesalers for product discovery and procurement now, in future times of disruption and in good, blue-sky days.

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Forbes Technology Council Pros Predict the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Cybersecurity and Encryption

Our CEO, Mark Pryor, shared his insight into what’s ahead in cybersecurity and encryption. Here’s what he had to say to the Forbes Technology Council:

“Fueled by the rise of distributed applications, new advancements in encryption technologies allow private data to be stored on public, decentralized networks. Exciting developments in proxy re-encryption (PRE) make this possible, and usability is critical. Data owners can grant or revoke access to their encrypted data without having to worry about the complexities of encryption and key management.”

Read more via Forbes.

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The Seam Expands, Appoints Director of Marketing and Public Relations

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 21, 2020 – The Seam, a leading provider of agribusiness software and trading solutions, today announced the appointment of Beth Wilson as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Wilson reports to Mark Pryor, Chief Executive Officer at The Seam.

“We are delighted to have Beth join our team in this strategic role, as we expand more rapidly and visibly throughout the food and agriculture space,” said Pryor. “Beth brings an advanced level of professionalism, experience and passion to our innovative culture.”

As Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Wilson is responsible for managing and enhancing The Seam brand, as the company continues to develop solutions for a wide range of agricultural and sustainability initiatives. She regularly collaborates with the projects team to deliver materials and models for new services, while also expanding the company’s efforts with industry partners.

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Local ag tech firm launches digital platform to transform U.S. cotton industry

At first glance, the goal of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol seems daunting — to reduce the environmental footprint of the industry and make cotton farming more sustainable across the nation.

But, the digital platform usage is surprisingly simple. And it’s laid out, in a way, like TurboTax.

“It’s self-guided, and guides you through, step by step, with progression,” said Mark Pryor, CEO of The Seam. “When you’re keying in your information to do your taxes … they [TurboTax] make it simple. We’re doing that for farmers.”

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The Seam delivers U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol to digitize sustainability story for cotton farmers

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 10, 2020 – The Seam, a leading provider of commodities trading and agriculture software solutions, today announced the general release of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, an integrated technology platform that allows U.S. cotton farmers to assess and verify production practices, environmental footprint and measurement of progress toward long-term sustainability goals.

The Trust Protocol was initiated by the National Cotton Council, which represents all U.S. cotton industry segments, including producers, ginners, warehousing, merchants, cooperatives, manufacturers and cottonseed. The Seam was named technology partner of the initiative in November 2018 by the National Cotton Council and the COTTON USA Sustainability Task Force. Mark Pryor, Chief Executive Officer at The Seam, was also named to the inaugural Board of Directors of the Trust Protocol in December 2019 as an advisor.

“We are honored to play a role in the development of technology that fuels the overall mission and message of U.S. agriculture sustainability,” said Pryor. “Working with the National Cotton Council, our goal was to provide a farmer-friendly platform for the cotton industry that promotes economic and environmental stewardship through quantifiable metrics and insights. We look forward to expanding our platform to other agricultural crops, including peanuts and soybeans, in the near future.”

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The Seam Sponsors GiveCamp Memphis

GiveCamp Memphis/Design for Good is a weekend-long event where professionals from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists donate their time to provide solutions for nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2007, the national GiveCamp program has provided benefits to hundreds of nonprofits, worth millions of dollars of developer and designer time in services.

“After you and The Seam hosted our first-ever community outreach event in November, this was the biggest GiveCamp Memphis we’ve ever had, by far,” said GiveCamp Memphis organizer Lance Hilliard. “We’re on track to continue our growth toward our 2021 event! Additionally, Tammy’s talent for delivering details-aware results with a reliably kind and constructive disposition is nothing short of amazing. Her round-the-clock contributions this weekend enabled countless stakeholders to perform at their absolute best.”

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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Names Directors and Advisors

The inaugural Board of Directors and Advisors have been named for the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol (Trust Protocol), a new standard developed to help the U.S. cotton production sector further reduce its footprint by enabling producers to assess their performance against specific sustainability goals. Through robust data inputs, the Trust Protocol will add confidence throughout the supply chain – positioning U.S. cotton as the responsible choice for mills and retailers.

Directors representing the raw cotton industry include:

  • Producers – Matt Coley (Georgia); Ted Schneider (Louisiana); Shawn Holladay (Texas); and Aaron Barcellos (California); 
  • Ginner – David Blakemore (Missouri); 
  • Marketing Cooperative – Hank Reichle (Mississippi);
  • Merchant – Steve Dyer (Tennessee);
  • Cottonseed – Fred Serven (Tennessee);
  • Manufacturer – Jim Martin (North Carolina); 
  • Brands/Retailers are Liza Schillo, Levi Strauss & Co., and Joe Little, Tesco;
  • Suzy Friedman, Environmental Defense Fund; Melissa Ho, the World Wildlife Fund; Marty Matlock, the University of Arkansas; and Garry Bell, formerly with Gildan. 

Trust Protocol advisors include:  Jesse Daystar, Cotton Incorporated; Andy Jordan, Jordan Consulting; Marc Lewkowitz, Supima; Mark Pryor, The Seam; and Mike Quinn, Frontier Spinning Mills.

For more information, visit: http://www.cotton.org/news/releases/2019/trusbd.cfm

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Kristi Lofton: Back to her Roots

Kristi Lofton works in agricultural technologies. A graduate of Tech901’s Code 1.0 course, Kristi works as a software engineer for The Seam, a locally based software company focused on agricultural commodities trading and sustainability efforts. I’ll get back to the concept of “agricultural technologies” a little later on (it’s a big deal, I promise).

Until her current job at The Seam, Kristi’s issue wasn’t that she didn’t enjoy her job. She just felt like she could be doing more: “Everyone has to figure out their life,” she told me. “I was always interested in a lot of things- but not interested enough.”

You see, Kristi had mastered the pivot long before she made the shift from Vet Tech to IT. Kristi Lofton grew up in Hughes Arkansas, just 40 minutes outside of Memphis. She worked for her father during farming season, helping with the soy beans and wheat their family grew.  Her father and mother still own the farm to this day. 

I drove a tractor on my father’s farm growing up, and I always told myself that’s not what I want.

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Mark Pryor named to Technology Advisory Committee of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission

Mark Pryor, Chairman and CEO at The Seam, was recently appointed to the Technology Advisory Committee of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. This role positions The Seam as a peer to high-level industry leaders and furthers the company’s mission to advance global innovation across all commodities.

See coverage in the Memphis Business Journal.