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Dr. Jim Budzynski

Managing Principal

Dr. Jim Budzynski is the Founder and Managing Principal of MacroGain Partners. He grew up working in an agribusiness in a farming community and has over 30 years of direct agrifood and related markets experience in the areas of structuring private equity transactions, strategic planning, distribution strategy development, brand management, marketing, and operations.

Dr. Budzynski has provided strategic counsel to dozens of agribusinesses, from start-ups to major multinationals, and frequently provides strategic technology and market sector assessments to private equity, venture capital, and institutional investors. He is a well-known strategic thinker in the U.S. agri-business sector and has published numerous articles and delivered keynote speeches at leading conferences around the world.

Since forming MacroGain Partners in 2009, Dr. Budzynski has worked with a wide range of clients and investors in the agricultural sector, with particular focus on facilitating strategic alignment between agricultural companies and venture or private equity investors. From 2006-2008, Dr. Budzynski was a principal with BrightPath Capital, a private equity firm focused on the agrifood space he co-founded. He focused on deal flow generation, acquisition due diligence, and acquired company strategy development.

From 1998 to 2006 Dr. Budzynski operated BrightPath Strategies, a strategic consulting firm focused exclusively on agrifood and related industries, leading a broad range of consulting assignments for some of the largest players in the agrifood industry. Before BrightPath Strategies, he spent three years with Agri Business Group, where he founded and managed the Strategic Agri-Business Consulting Practice.

Dr. Budzynski previously spent 12 years with Monsanto Company in a variety of product management, marketing, and strategic planning roles.

An Indiana native, Jim holds a B.S. in Agronomy from Purdue University and earned his M.S and Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry from the University of Arizona. He and his wife Carol live in Carmel, Indiana and their daughter Nicole recently graduated from Indiana University and now works for a private equity firm in San Francisco.