The Gantec Difference
Gantec, through its unique Biodapt® plant-extract formulation technology, is delivering cutting edge products and solutions to commercial growers. Gantec was formed in 2005 out of a desire to explore the potential of using diverse, untapped natural resources across the globe to enhance agricultural, environmental, and societal outcomes. Starting in West Africa, Gantec today sources materials from six continents, constantly looking for new, sustainable, plant-based extracts that fit our profile for delivering enhanced products to our customers. These natural extracts are then packaged and delivered through easy-to-use products, making this technology highly-accessible, dependable, and affordable.
Our products always employ renewable resources. Our harvesting practices do not harm trees or the surrounding environment. Our products help growers develop increasingly earth-friendly practices.
Our approach to commerce is very straightforward. We believe that each person involved in the process should be fairly compensated for their contributions to the whole. Gantec’s desire is to create sustainable value wherever we are working, which will help raise the standard of living and economic opportunity for families and individuals.
We seek to improve our products and our process,
to continually deliver the best possible value for our customers, partners,
Our award-winning team of scientists, biochemists, and other ensures that Gantec’s final products are thoroughly tested for consistency, efficacy, purity and ease-of-use. Gantec products are validated by growers, universities, and independent researchers across agricultural sectors.
Dr. Joseph Affholter
Dr. Joe Affholter is a co-founder of Gantec, a Consulting Scientist, and serves on the board of directors for Gantec Inc. He earned his B.S. degree at Michigan Technology University in chemistry and biology, and his PhD in molecular pharmacology from Stanford University.
Joe worked for The Dow Chemical company helping to establish the biotechnology research organization focusing on extremophylic organisms. While on sabbatical at Cal Tech, Joe was an inventor of a molecular breeding technology that became the platform technology for a start-up biotechnology company. Joe was involved in licensing the technology to companies in pharma, agriculture and specialty chemical spaces, which ultimately lead to a successful IPO for the company. Joe is also an inventor on over a dozen patents.
Joe’s academic, research, intellectual property, biotechnology and business experience have been critical to the development of Gantec and the platform technology of bioadaptive supplementation, which involves identifying the plant based materials that are sourced into Gantec’s current and future products.
Joe and his wife Roxanne have 4 adult children and reside in Coleman, MI.
Brian D. Molitor
Brian D. Molitor is a co-founder of Gantec Inc. and has served Gantec with his expertise in strategic planning and human resource development since its creation. Brian graduated from Michigan State University with a BS degree in Natural Resource Development. He earned his Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.
Brian has served organizations throughout the world as Senior Advisor and Counselor, including those in Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Canada, and many others. His work with transformational leadership has won awards from Fortune 500 companies and tens of thousands of employees have been trained using his unique Power of Agreement Process.
As an author, Brian has written ten books on organizational development, business success and raising the next generation. Many have been translated in multiple languages and published throughout the world.
He and his wife have four grown children and five grandchildren. They reside in Midland, Michigan.
Richard A. Olson is a co-founder of GANTEC Inc., serves as President of Gantec and is on the Board of Directors. He is a (Cum Laude) graduate of Augustana College with a B.A. in Chemistry. He earned his M.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota.
After 24 years working at The Dow Chemical Company, Ric left Dow to pursue economic development projects in Fiji, Tonga, Nepal, Mauritania and Senegal. GANTEC Inc. grew from the economic development projects in Mauritania and Senegal and was incorporated in 2005.
Ric worked for The Dow Chemical Company in the environmental health and safety area. He was a Dow representative on President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. Ric is member of the National Sustainable Ag Standards Committee facilitated by the Leonardo Academy. He has served successfully on both state and federal level environmental and hazardous Advisory Boards, and has served on the boards of directors for several non-profit organizations.
He and his wife Laura have five grown children and reside in Hope, Michigan.
Dr. Lanny Robbins
Dr. Lanny A. Robbins is a co-founder of Gantec Inc. and a Consulting Engineer. Robbins received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. In 2006 Dr. Robbins was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Lanny retired as a Research Fellow after 37 years at The Dow Chemical Company. His expertise is in fundamental chemical engineering research and pilot plant process development, especially for separation and purification processes, as well as scale-up and production scale engineering. Lanny is the author of the liquid-liquid extraction chapters in Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, 6th and 7th ed, and Schweitzer’s Handbook of Separation Techniques for Chemical Engineers, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ed. He is also the author of more than 185 technical reports in Dow, 19 outside publications, and 18 US patents. Lanny received the prestigious H. H. Dow Gold Medal from the Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company in 1993.
Lanny’s extractions expertise has been critical to developing Gantec’s proprietary extraction and formulation technology and processes.
Lanny has two grown children and resides in Edenville, MI.