Providing Reliable Plant Protection Products.
Who we are
Solera is an independent, privately owned company, with over 200 years of combined experience in providing reliable and effective plant protection products for the agricultural industry. Our leadership team consists of:
With over 48 years in the agrichemicals industry, Rufus brings a well-rounded wealth of knowledge to Solera – Source Dynamics (Solera-SD). He began his career at DuPont, where he spent 28 years spanning the globe from the United States to Europe and Asia. During that time, Rufus managed Sales in California and Hawaii, served as a Product Manager in DuPont’s home offices, lived in Geneva Switzerland where he held the position of Regional Manager Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Iberia. After spending four years in Europe Rufus and his family moved to Singapore where he held dual roles; one as the Senior Vice President DuPont Far East responsible for Southeast Asia and the other as Regional Manager Agrichemicals, Asia Pacific. Rufus retired from DuPont in 1993 however, he never left the Agrichemicals business. He continued to work and consulted for the Gowan Company of Yuma, AZ, Biagro Western and Gaylord Chemical Company. In 2005 Rufus, along with three other Managing Members, started Solera-SD where he continues today as a Senior Managing Member.
Vaso’s road to Solera-SD as a Managing Member has taken many turns. His career as an engineer allowed him to work in a variety of industries such as steel, paper, automotive, and chemicals. He began working in the plant protection industry in 1991 and held various positions in contract manufacturing, marketing, M&A and legal with prominent T&O and agricultural chemicals companies. Vaso launched Solera-SD in 2005 and continues to be involved in the day-to-day operations.
With 20 years under his belt in the agrichem business, Erik currently serves as the head of Solera-SD’s Supply Chain Operations and is a Managing Member. An Arizona native, Erik began his career at Gowan Milling, LLC as the Manager of the Quality Control and Quality Assurance program. He also achieved the industry standard ISO 9002 certification. Erik soon moved to Gowan Co. as the Manager of Formulation and Packaging in the U.S., and then to Supply Chain Management in the US and globally. After leaving Gowan, Erik honed his entrepreneurial skills when he purchased a local tree care business in Yuma, AZ. While managing his business, Erik joined Solera -SD. Erik’s understanding of and extensive background in Supply Chain Operations allows Solera-SD to provide excellence in product and customer service.
Bob brings wealth of knowledge and experience to his position as Registration Manager & Managing Member of Solera-SD. Bob began his work with pesticides over 46 years ago. Bob is an organic chemist who started his career in the U.S. Public Health Service and in that capacity worked for CDC, FDA and EPA. He moved to industry and has done U.S. and international regulatory work for FMC, ICI (now Syngenta) and Gowan before joining Solera-SD.
What we deliver
Our plant protection products are delivered with responsive service and knowledgeable support. Our agricultural chemical industry experts deliver the following:
- Al sourcing
- Packaging & distribution
- Sales & marketing
How we work
Together with our parent company, Source Dynamics, we’ve built one of the most vertically integrated supply chains to bring the highest quality, cost effective plant protection products to our customers. The company is owned by nearly a dozen stake holders at various levels of the supply chain and is completely controlled by seasoned American ag industry veterans. We are grounded in the domestic ag industry, acutely aware of the local market needs and immediately responsive to our customers’ requests. We support the traditional distribution system and are determined to help maintain the global competitiveness of the American farmer.
Bob was raised on a family farm in Bakersfield, CA. He attended California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) at San Luis Obispo where he earned degrees in Business Administration and Crop Science. For the past 44 years, Bob has been employed in the Supplier, Distributor and Retail sectors of the Agricultural Industry. He has held numerous sales and management positions. Bob served as President of Integrated Agribusiness Professionals (IAP) from 2000 until his retirement at the end of 2015. Bob has been married to his lovely wife Sandee for soon to be 46 years. They have 2 married children, Jennifer and Rob, and 4 grandchildren; Nola, Kade, Nash and Reyn. The entire clan lives in the Fresno, California area.
He has over 40+ years of experience in the Agricultural Chemicals industry. Most recently he retired as the President of Big Valley Ag, a business he built over the past 31 years. Dean was also Chairman of the Board of I.A.P for the past two years. In addition to being President and Chairman Dean found time to farm his rice acreage in northern California. Dean will position Solera’s products throughout the Golden State.
Scott is a UC Davis graduate and has worked for over twenty-five years in Northern California. He started out as a Pest Control Advisor for the PureGro company prior to moving on to Sales and Account Management positions for Rhone Poulenc, Aventis and Bayer Crop Science. Most recently Scott was the California Operations Manager for RiceCo LLC. Scott and his wife Stephanie live in Yuba City, CA where they have raised their three children. At Solera Scott will be responsible for managing new opportunities in Rice as well as total portfolio sales throughout California.
A relative newcomer to the ag industry, Josh comes to us from Bend Research pharmaceutical process and development, where he contributed to the facilities; daily operations. Solera's need for a sales rep in the Pacific Northwest brought Josh to the Solera team. Josh loves to work with good people and has found his calling in the ag industry. He is married with two children.
John has a B.S. in agriculture from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has 24 hours toward a Master’s Degree in Agriculture from LSU. He began his career as a County Agent for Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.. He then worked as a sales representative for Chevron Chemical Company and later for E. I DuPont Company. He moved into a role as a product manager/sales manager. Later, John worked as a senior sales representative in the distribution supply chain for Helena Chemical calling on retailers, aerial applicators, farmers and ranchers before eventually going into ranching and production of premium horse quality hay himself.
Kevin recently retired as a National Account Manager for Monsanto where he has been employed for the past 35 years. Kevin is married to Jill and they have two children, Megan their daughter and Ryan their son who is married to his wife Tori. Kevin graduated from Iowa State University in 1981 and started as a Senior Sales Representative with the Monsanto Company in 1982. Over the past 35 years he held several account management positions focused on Monsanto’s Mid-Western customers. In addition to Agricultural account experience Kevin also has Industrial/Turf account management experience. Kevin and Jill currently reside in Stillwater, Minnesota where they have called home for many years. He is going to help Solera develop customer relationships with current and potential customers, primarily in the Mid-Western states. We are extremely excited Kevin and Jill have agreed to join our organization.
John recently retired as the Business Unit Vice President, Eastern Specialty, Helena Chemical Co. John was responsible for the management of Helena’s agricultural business for the East Coast and Specialty Business across the U.S. We are extremely pleased John has decided to become a member of our Solera Team. He will be working closely with Larry Worn coordinating our marketing and sales efforts in the Eastern part of the country. In addition John will participate in the strategic oversight of Solera.
Larry Worn has over 46 years of experience in the Agricultural Chemical business. He started his career with Tuco, a division of The Upjohn Co. Larry survived several mergers including Nor-Am, Agrevo, and Aventis. Larry has worked in the south east all of his career and worked with many crops including cotton, corn, soybeans, peanuts, vegetables, citrus, and turf. He brings a wealth of knowledge from herbicides to soil fumigants. Larry resides in Moultrie, Georgia with his wife Kathy. Kathy is a farm girl herself and her family farms around 4,000 acres of land. Larry says the best people in the world work in this industry and he plans on several more years of time before calling it quits.