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Phoebe Snyder is currently the Co-Founder and COO of Optera, a company she founded with UNC Greensboro Research Scientist Kaira Wagoner. In this role, Snyder is working to develop and commercialize Optera’s main product offering UBeeO™, a pheromone-based tool designed to assist beekeepers in selectively breeding for mite and disease resistance. In addition to her work at Optera, Snyder manages several of her own hives and teaches beekeeping as an adjunct professor at Guilford College.

Ryan Williamson of Sourwood Farm is a second generation beekeeper running a full time sideline operation of 200-250 colonies with his family in Earlysville, Virginia. A proclivity to tinker and experiment has resulted in endless humbling mistakes but also occasional success.

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