“We are pleased to welcome Robert to serve as a member of our board of directors,” said Brent Rosenthal, chairman of RBT’s board of directors. “His wealth of experience in the food and beverage industry will be invaluable to us as we work to capitalize on our proprietary ingredient technology. We look forward to his contributions in helping our company build lasting value for the benefit of our stockholders.”
Bucklin brings over 38 years of extensive financial services experience within the food and agriculture industries to RiceBran Technologies. Bucklin recently completed 20 years of service at Rabobank International, culminating with his position as vice-chairman of North America Wholesale banking where his primary responsibilities included U.S. and Canadian wholesale clients, corporate banking, mergers and acquisitions, and food and agribusiness research and advisory. Prior to being named vice-chairman, he was chief corporate banking officer of Rabobank International, where he led the significant growth of Rabobank’s regional business and client relationships, and helped establish Rabobank as the premier food and beverage bank in North America. Before joining Rabobank International, he was president and chief operating officer of First City-Dallas bank and in various executive level capacities at The First Bank of Chicago.
Bucklin currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of Fresh Del Monte Produce, OSI Group, LLC, Agrivida, Inc. and Bay State Milling Co. He also serves as a member of the advisory board for Jacob Stern & Sons, as chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee for Cultivian Sandbox, and as chairman of Global Green USA, a non-profit organization. Bucklin has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.
Bucklin is the most recent appointment for RiceBran.
In June, Dennis Dykes was hired as the company’s chief accounting officer. He joined RBT in May 2014 as corporate controller, where he supervised accounting and finance functions, including general ledger accounting, internal financial reporting, accounts receivable and accounts payable. In March 2015, he became the company’s vice-president of accounting and compliance, where he managed accounting and reporting functions, including SEC reporting, general ledger accounting and corporate internal controls compliance.