The Founders

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JONATHAN MENYON is the man with the crazy ideas and the big plans. He loves working on Agrowtopia because it plays a small part in solving three of the major problems: The food crises, climate change, and our growing obesity rate.  He took control of his life and health, and wants to share that with others because the system we live in runs off of sick, dependent people and too many of his loved ones have been the victim.  Jonathan graduated in 2015.

HAKEEM FRANK has been helping with the creation of Agrowtopia since it was just a business plan in Spring 2014.  Before graduating in 2017, Hakeem managed volunteer recruitment and assisted in obtaining funding for Agrowtopia and Healthy Eats, a program that teaches how to eat ehalthy on a budget.

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MARK L. QUINN  Mr. Quinn is the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Xavier University of Louisiana.  He teaches entrepreneurship, directs the XULA Entrepreneurship Institute and founded the X-ncubator, Xavier’s student business incubator. 

His career in entrepreneurship and community development finance spans more than 30 years.  He managed public sector loan funds for urban commercial real estate development and small business development totaling $60 million.  Additionally, he served on the Boards of Directors of a number of non-profits, including the Association for Enterprise Opportunity in Washington, DC, and The Foundation for Louisiana (where he currently Chairs the Investment and Audit Committees).   He is also a member of the 2016 - 2017 Fellow Class of the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute.

Mr. Quinn received his BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.  He has also completed coursework on teaching entrepreneurship at Babson College and international business at the University of Memphis.