TriCal Group Appoints New COO

Published online: Feb 16, 2022 Articles
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The TriCal Group is among the world’s leading soil fumigation family of companies, consisting of more than 20 domestic and 10 international affiliates. The group recently announced the appointment of Megan DeVelvis to the role of chief operating officer. DeVelvis will report directly to Dean Storkan, current president and son of one of the original cofounders. DeVelvis brings a diverse set of agricultural and business experiences to her new role, having most recently served as vice president for Teleos Ag Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TriCal Soil Solutions, part of the TriCal Group.

“We are thrilled to elevate Megan into this newly created COO role,” says Storkan. “Megan’s breadth of agricultural knowledge, combined with her fresh perspective, make her the ideal person to take us into the future.”

As vice president of Teleos Ag Solutions, DeVelvis led global supply and distribution of Dow’s Telone (1,3-D), managing a complex web of regulatory, logistical and supply chain issues. Prior to joining Teleos in May 2021, DeVelvis was part of Corteva Agriscience and the Dow Chemical Company. During her tenure at Dow/Corteva, DeVelvis held several roles including product management roles for seeds and biotech traits, commercial excellence leader, and post-merger integration for EMEA.

In her new COO role, DeVelvis will be responsible for setting global strategy for the TriCal Group, working closely with the presidents of each affiliate to maximize alignment, efficiencies, and sound foundational business practices to carry the group into the future.

“My goal is to take a global, 10,000-foot view to help identify synergies and opportunities across our family of companies,” she says. “I look forward to building on the foundation that has been established, and challenging ourselves to take the TriCal Group to the next level.”

The TriCal Group started in 1961 with TriCal, Inc., founded by chemical engineer Dick Storkan, plant pathologist Jerry Hanes, and entomologist Bob McCaslin. Their mission was to carry out commercial soil fumigation by specialized methods to help growers battle “worn-out” soil. Today, the TriCal Group is still a privately held, family-owned and -operated group of companies with more than 1,000 employees operating in over 30 countries. The vision of the TriCal Group is to promote the most beneficial soil environment for growers to produce healthy, bountiful crops that feed the world. The TriCal Group’s diverse suite of offerings range from soil fumigation to crop health and nutrition to irrigation, fertigation and plant grafting.

“The common thread for the TriCal Group has always been based in innovation,” says DeVelvis. “Innovation, stewardship, and strong relationships are in our DNA, and I am excited to see how the TriCal Group continues to evolve over the next 50 years.”