Patrick Zelaya

Position: Heavy Connect

Patrick Zelaya is the Founder and CEO of HeavyConnect, an agtech startup headquartered in Salinas, California. Patrick has an extensive and diverse background in global agriculture. Working at Deere and Company has taken him from the tractor assembly plant in Waterloo, Iowa, to sugar cane harvesters in Argentina, to forage harvesters in Germany, and almost everywhere in between. Patrick understands the diversity in farming practices and the need for dynamic support of field operations. Patrick’s career has provided valuable experience with the product development and validation process as well as manufacturing and assembly of the most technologically advanced machinery in agriculture. Patrick holds a BA of Sociology from Arizona State University and an MBA with a concentration in International Management from St. Ambrose University