PABLO BORQUEZ SCHWARZBECK - CEO & FOUNDER
"Produce Pay is changing the produce industry, an industry as old as human civilization, for good. That keeps me going everyday."
Born and raised in a 4th generation farming family from Mexico, Pablo brings over 10 years experience in the fresh-produce industry. After growing up around the family farm, Campos Borquez, a premiere supplier of fresh asparagus and grapes to the United States and Canada, Pablo went on to work for The Giumarra Companies, managing grower relations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the United States.
Pablo returned to the family farm as Chief Financial Officer then went on to complete a Cornell University MBA — it was during his time at Cornell that ProducePay was founded and launched. Pablo is named to the 2015 Ag 40 Under 40 list and enjoys eating asparagus, of course.
At Produce Pay, we help farmers feed the world in a sustainable way!
With global population estimates expected to reach 10 billion by 2050 – and consumption levels surging accordingly – the world is facing increasing pressure to answer food demand. The lack of proper access to financing is one of the premiere inhibitors of farm growth, yet it’s one of the least addressed.
Produce Pay is confronting this challenge by creating the first ever means of securitizing fresh perishable produce as a financial asset through the use of technology. Using live data, the company developed a digital marketplace that brings financial independence to farmers and connect them with buyers of fresh produce at a wholesale level.
Our mission is to help farmers grow their produce and operations to answer the growing food demand without loss in produce quality. Everyone wins!
We are the premier solution for growers looking to trade safely in the produce industry, getting them not only the most competitive pricing, but also protection the financial well-being of their transaction in order to provide them with overall safety, transparency, liquidity and ease of use in their sale as has never been seen before in the industry.
THE ROOTS OF SUCCESS
Happy farmers yield healthy produce, and healthy produce helps build a better world. We don’t want to merely meet growers’ expectations; we want to exceed them. That’s why people are calling Produce Pay. “The partner that every farmer must have!”*
GROW BIG OR GO HOME
Over the centuries, control of the food supply chain has shifted away from the farmer and toward the financier… but now we’re shifting it back. ProducePay has developed a platform where growers feed the world on their own terms. We’re taking risks, we’re challenging the establishment, and we’re thinking big.
THERE’S NO “I” IN “PRODUCE”
When it’s harvest time, everybody must pitch in. The ProducePay team rises and falls together; we would rather accept responsibility than trade blame. Our primary goal is growth, and growth is a numbers game. We’re all in this together.
THE FRESH FACE OF INNOVATION
As a vibrantly successful startup, ProducePay must either adapt or die. We’re never satisfied with the status quo, so we constantly cultivate new ideas from every employee within our ranks. Innovation is always in season here at ProducePay.
Every rose has its thorn, but we’ve got the ultimate set of pruning shears. Instead of dwelling on the problem, we focus on finding the solution. That’s why our mantra is: “Impossible is not a fact; it's an opinion.”
GO THE EXTRA MILE
At ProducePay, we speak many languages, but we don’t know the meaning of the phrase “That’s not my job.” Every obstacle is an opportunity, and we go beyond all expectations to rocket past the finish line as a team. We’re not just can-do; we’re must-do!
SEE SOMETHING, SAY EVERYTHING
We’re fluent in transparency, equality and authenticity. One major reason for our success is that we speak plainly and clearly, both internally and externally. No bulls#!t allowed here!
FACTS OVER BELIEFS
You know what they say about the first three letters of “assume” – so let’s not go there. Our strategies are born out of hard data; every employee digs into the numbers before formulating a plan of attack. Results speak for themselves while opinions linger in the compost pile.
VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF SUCCESS
Hunger is a human condition; we all need fresh produce. That’s why our team reflects the world at large. ProducePay’s 20 employees represent more than 10 nationalities and bring a wide range of experiences to the table. Our mission has no borders.
BE FUN, BE WEIRD, BE YOURSELF
Individuality and teamwork are not mutually exclusive here at ProducePay. By encouraging our employees to flex their weirdness, we cultivate an overall spirit of achievement. Each individual triumph is another ingredient in the salad that is our success.
THE FRUITS OF OUR PASSION
From farm to table, agriculture is hard work… but it’s even harder when you don’t love what you do. ProducePay is inspired to accomplish our goals because we believe in them – we’re not just doing this for a paycheck. Passion is our nourishment.
Experience has taught us to take nothing for granted; titans can fail and rookies can triumph. We know what we don’t know, and we’re humble enough to seek new ideas from the next generation of thinkers, doers, and growers. Potential is in full bloom here at ProducePay.