Lofty Ambitions: Our Vertical Farm Visionaries
Harvested in the morning and on the table that evening—locally grown food tastes better and is healthier for you and the planet. 10 MILE FARMS enables socially and environmentally conscious businesses to help communities create green-collar jobs and produce high-quality, healthful, pesticide-free fruits, vegetables, and herbs to enjoy in their own neighborhoods.
CEO and Cofounder
As CEO of 10 MILE FARMS, Todd Denkin is a champion for efficient and practical indoor farming solutions that overcome the problems of today’s predominantly unsustainable, centralized farming systems. Todd draws upon 25 years of experience in marketing, media production, branding, and hydroponic farming.
Todd began his professional career in television and has amassed more than two decades of successes as director, producer, and editor in television and film productions. He has worked with some of the industry’s most recognized names. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to run both the production and marketing departments of hellonetwork.com and Digital FX International, where he helped the company increase sales to over $30 million a year.
Todd moved on to become president of hydroponic system leader PHOTOTRON in 2009 and helped take the company public under the symbol PHOT. With his oversight of the product, warehouse, and marketing, the company grew to $12 million and became a Wall Street success. His experience gave him a deep appreciation of the need for both efficient hydroponic farming and good clean food. In 2012, Todd left the company, which is now called GROWLIFE, Inc., to launch 10 MILE FARMS.
President and Cofounder
Serial entrepreneur Craig Ellins has spent the last three decades discovering emerging trends and launching startups in numerous industries. Early successes include the launches of the ACC chain of auto smog check centers and CVR, the first network to interconnect multiple DMV databases and smog-check facilities. In 1989, Craig shifted to media, launching the Shop Television Network, the first 24-hour live-television shopping channel.
In 1995, after serving as head of business development at Fingerhut Corporation, he launched helloNetwork, a pioneer in live and on-demand streaming video. Soon afterwards he started Digital FX International and grew the company’s sales to over $30 million as CEO from 2001 to 2008.
Recently Craig served as founder of Growlife, Inc., and served as the vice chairman of the board.
Bruce I Raben
Bruce cofounded CEA Capital Advisors in 2012, joining from Hudson Capital Advisors, where he served as founding partner for nearly a decade.
Prior to Hudson Capital, Bruce started the West Coast High Yield and Merchant Banking Group for CIBC World Markets in 1996. While at CIBC, he led a $30 million investment in Global Crossing, which was ultimately sold for over $2 billion. Before joining CIBC, Bruce co-founded the corporate finance department at Jefferies in 1990 and was an original partner of Drexel Burnham Lambert. While at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Bruce worked on deals for Mattel, Magma Copper, Mellon Bank, and John Fairfax.
Bruce’s board positions have included Foodmaker, Rival Manufacturing, Magnetek, Warnaco, Terex, Global Crossing, Equity Marketing and Fresh Direct.
Bruce graduated from Vassar College with an AB and received a MBA from Columbia Business School.
Wayne Love has worked as an engineering consultant and R&D engineer for companies in the United States, Japan, and China. He began his career with Treadway Industries, consulting on equipment, robotics, and CNC programming in the Phoenix and Japan offices. At Yesco, he calculated layout for electronic signs in Las Vegas casinos and wrote programming for LED signs. He reengineered a roll forming machine for Desert Steel Building Materials Company in Guangzhou, China, more than tripling its capabilities. He further perfected his drafting and engineering skills with ECS Entertainment Manufacturing, and most recently he created features of the Robosaurus, a fire-breathing, car-crushing monster robot.
Wayne also spends hours of research on his own, working on programming microprocessors, CNC manufacturing, CAD Design tools, product design, and any other related software. He studied at the University of Advancing Computer Technology Phoenix, Arizona.
Chief Horticulture Officer
Scott Kornberg possesses more than thirty years of horticultural management and specializes in scaling greenhouse and warehouse operations. Scott has worked with high volume growers such as Amhydro, B&H Flowers, and Sun Valley Floral Farms. As director of operations at Sun Valley Floral Farms, Scott designed and worked to build out over one million square feet of greenhouse floor space.