Richard Banfield, Fresh Tilled Soil

Richard Banfield is co-founder and chief executive officer of Fresh Tilled Soil. Richard wears the strategic hat around the office and never met a whiteboard he didn’t like. He’s worked his way up the web marketing food chain, starting with online ad sales at MultiChoice, Africa’s largest TV and Internet media business. He was in the thick of it during the heady dot-com years, founding Acceleration, an international e-marketing business headquartered in London.

Richard has delivered high-level business strategy, global marketing campaigns, and materials to clients in the US, UK, Europe, and Africa. His colorful life experience includes being a dive master on the remote Islamic Republic of the Comoros, where he learned the survival skills he uses daily in the office. Richard is a mentor at TechStars and BluePrintHealth, an Advisor and lecturer at the Boston Startup School and serves on the executive committees of TEDxBeaconStreet, TEDxBoston, the AdClub’s Edge Conference, and Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Week (BREW). Most importantly, Richard is a closet foodie and a procurer of team members named ‘Alex.’