Joe Swider – Navy Veteran VP & Chief Operating Officer Terravive
Joe didn’t grow up in a family of entrepreneurs, but while in high school watched his dad get laid off. It left a lasting impression on him. He knew one day that he wanted to take the path of entrepreneurship. Joe was ready to enlist out of high school but his Mom’s persistence landed him at the Virginia Military Institute as a compromise. After graduation he joined the Navy as a surface warfare officer serving a four year commitment. Since, Joe has spent over 25 years in a variety of markets including mining and metals, oil and gas and energy. His unique experience has paved the wave for his current position as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Terravive.
Juliann Kelling started Terravive back in 2015. They currently make biodegradable single use products, items that are typically made with plastic or styrofoam. “Terravive utilizes home compostable and ocean degradable materials. Terravive’s products are built to perform just like plastic, but they truly break down like plants.” Terravive is continuing to spread its market throughout the United States and oversees.