Chairman, Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA)
Senior Brand Manager, Valent BioSciences
Rick Melnick is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA) and Global Brand and Senior Brand Manager for Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC). He is also the current President of BioProtection Global, a global association of biocontrols associations. At VBC, Melnick’s responsibilities include marketing and branding strategy in the areas of Biorational Crop Protection, Crop Enhancement, Public Health, and Forestry. His distinguished career in agriculture dates back more than 20 years including a position as Corporate Editorial Director at Meister Media Worldwide. After joining BPIA in 2005, Melnick became chair of its Public Relations committee in 2006, was elected to the BPIA Board in 2009, and was elected Chairman in 2014. He is a member of the SYSCO IPM Advisory Council and is a former agricultural ambassador for the Mid America CropLife Association. Melnick’s executive education includes courses at Stanford and the Kellogg School of Management.