Leadership

The AGRO Merchants executive leadership team is well recognized throughout the global cold chain industry for their extensive design, build, management, and operational expertise that spans North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Neal Rider

Founder and Executive Chairman
Neal Rider
A founding partner and executive chairman of AGRO Merchants Group, Neal has nearly thirty years of senior-level managerial and operating experience in the food-related retail, wholesale, and 3rd party temperature controlled logistics industries. Prior to founding AGRO Merchants, Neal was President and COO of Americold Logistics, the largest temperature-controlled 3rd party logistics provider in the world. He also previously served as CEO of Americold's joint venture in China. Additionally, he was EVP of Operations and Business Development at Fleming Companies, and CFO at American Stores Company. Neal holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Montana, and an MBA from the University of Utah. He currently serves as director of the board of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), and previously was the director for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and Syncreon (formerly TDS Logistics).

Carlos Rodriguez

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Carlos is one of the founders and principals of AGRO Merchants Group, previously responsible for the European platform. He has over twenty years of experience in the supply chain industry, this includes a number of leadership positions in operations during the early years in Spain, the UK, Germany and Mexico, as well as global responsibility for other functions during the past ten years (project management, solutions and business development). Having previously served as Senior Vice President of Engineering, Planning & Development at Americold and Global Vice President of Business Development at Syncreon, Carlos holds an MSc in Transport and Logistics from the School of Engineering & Technology Management, Liverpool John Moores University. He holds a license as a Merchant Marine Officer as well as a Navy Officer (Spanish Armed Forces).

Don Schoenl

President of AGRO Merchants Group North America
Since 2000, Don has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordic Cold Storage. Following the sale to AGRO Merchants Group, Don has been appointed President of AGRO Merchants Group North America. A Buffalo New York native, Don worked with PriceWaterhouse LLP until 1995, when he accepted a financial and operations leadership role with a client in the frozen entree business. In 1998, Don joined the Nordic team as Chief Financial Officer. Don is an active industry executive and served as Chairman of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) in 2008. Don is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, where he also earned his MBA.