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Monte Bottens is one of the founding Principals of Riverbend Angels.
While participating in a UC Davis Entrepreneurship program, Monte met with several Angel Investors associated with the Sacramento Angels. He later became a member of Sacramento Angels and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. After returning to Illinois, he saw a need for Angel Capital and Coaching in the Quad City Region.
Monte is currently President and CEO of Ag Solutions Network, Inc. (ASN) headquartered in Moline, Illinois. ASN develops and distributes the POWER2GRO product line of liquid fertilizers and bio nutrients, utilizing the latest technological advancements and highest-quality ingredients. Today, ASN has 14 Retail Partners and Team Development Managers across six states.
Monte is the Founder and Partner of California Ag Solutions, Inc. (CAS) in Madera, CA. CAS serves farmers of the Central Valley by helping them adopt reduced tillage techniques combined with improved water and nutrient efficiency in a wide variety of crops.
He is the owner of Bottens Family Farm, Inc. in Cambridge, Illinois which produces corn, soybeans, wheat, and grass-fed cattle. The farm utilizes the latest agricultural innovations in precision farming technology, crop management systems, and participates in advanced agronomic studies.
Monte serves on the leadership team of Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) center that develops integrated reduced tillage and irrigation techniques in California and globally. He has presented at many conferences and universities sharing his passion for agriculture innovation.
Monte is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Monte and his wife Robyn now live in Sherrard, Illinois close to family and the family farm.