Keynote Speakers

Argus Farm Stop 

Kathy Sample and Bill Brinkerhoff

Co-founders of Argus Farm Stop

2019 Innovation in Action Finals Featured Speakers 

Kathy was previously Vice President, Global Market Development, for GKN, a British
automotive supplier, where she was responsible for establishing future manufacturing
sites for GKN, most recently developing a partnership for manufacturing facilities in
China with a major Chinese automobile manufacturer. She has also held sales
management and marketing management roles at GKN, including the management and
integration of newly acquired companies' sales and marketing departments. She chaired
the Industry Development Board of the Metal Powders Industry Federation, which is the
national industry organization representing powder metal parts, powder and equipment

Prior to joining GKN, Kathy was Vice President and General Manager of BOC Medical
Gases, the healthcare arm of BOC Gases, an industrial gas manufacturer and marketer,
based in Murray Hill, NJ. She held a variety of positions in marketing and business
planning for BOC. She started her career in sales with Hercules Chemical Company.
Kathy graduated with an MBA in from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's in
Chemistry from Michigan State University.

Bill has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry focused in
new product planning, corporate development, business development and licensing.  He is
currently CEO of EVOQ Therapeutics, and was previously president of AlphaCore Pharma prior
to the company's acquisition by Astra Zeneca in 2013. He was co-founder and chief operating
officer of Cerenis Therapeutics from 2005-2011.  Previously he was vice president of business
development at Esperion Therapeutics, overseeing all strategic partnering activities prior to the
company's acquisition by Pfizer.  Prior to joining Esperion, he oversaw U.S. business
development, market planning and sales operations for Sankyo, a leading Japanese
pharmaceutical company (now Daiichi Sankyo).

Bill holds a Master's degree in business administration as well as Bachelors and Master's
degrees in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.