Leadership Team

Barry Aycock, PhD, CEO

Barry is respected nationally for his insight, instinct, and agricultural know-how. His entrepreneurship began while he was attending college. In 1995, he started his first business as a cotton consultant. His acreage increased rapidly and his customers gained record yields. Word spread and in 1996, he was awarded the National Cotton Consultant of the Year. 

That attention didn’t stop within the US borders.  Barry was sought out by the Bolivian government to help solve a national epidemic – they needed to increase their agriculture productivity to meet the needs of their population.  Barry moved to Bolivia to work closely with farmers and officials. While there he helped restore their hope and he left with knowledge that can’t be taught in a classroom.   
Barry brought that knowledge back to the U.S. and formed AgXplore in 1999. AgXplore began with a handpicked team that thrived on innovative technology. While the company has flourished, the core value that Barry set years ago remains the same - people matter.

Tim Gutwein, Executive Vice President

Tim developed a love for sales and business development while attending the University of Missouri, where he earned a BSBA in finance and banking. Prior to joining AgXplore Tim worked in the financial industry for fifteen years.  During this time he also owned and managed several real estate investment entities.

Joining AgXplore during the early years gave Tim the opportunity to work closely with the company’s founder to develop and implement strategic growth initiatives.  Tim’s experience working for some of the nation’s most prestigious financial companies has given him vision and insight into what a world class organization looks like and drives him to help move AgXplore in a winning direction.

Brandon McMillan, Director of Product Development and Registration

As the senior agronomist at the corporate office, Brandon works closely with the AgXplore Technology Representatives coordinating product development and research efforts. Other responsibilities include sales staff support, media productions and product registration.

Brandon feels fortunate that his position at AgXplore affords him the opportunity to have a mentor like Barry – and to truly make a difference to the farmer's bottom line.  “For over a decade, I've had the privilege of promoting and consulting with customers on how to increase their production with the AgXplore product line,” he says.

Brandon's passion for agriculture stems from a long family history of farming. Both of his grandfathers were farmers and Brandon’s father and older brother still farm today. He positions products with AgXplore customers the same way he would with his own family: if a product doesn't perform in the field, we don't make it. Brandon earned a B.S. Degree in Agronomy from Southeast Missouri State University. 

Misti McBride - Director of Marketing

With AgXplore's growth, Mist McBride was brought in to develop the Marketing and Communications Department.  Her primary role is to expand the product brands and international identity.  Misti coordinates and manages multi-media advertising, web development, and internal/external communications.

Prior to joining AgXplore, Misti was a Senior Marketing Consultant and partnered with the nations leading agriculture retailers.  Through strategic planning, she worked closely with management teams to develop brand awareness, company identity, event planning, and incentive programs.  

Misti is a member of the National Agri Marketing Association.  She and her family live on a small farm.    

Woody Sigmin, National Account Manager

Woody’s extensive experience within the industry makes him truly one of the best.  He has an in depth understanding of crop protection products, crop nutrients, seed and custom application services.  His experience was acquired through his years of leading large ag retail and wholesale teams such as Agriliance and Terra Industries to growth and profitability.  His primary focus with AgXplore is to position NZONE across North and South America.  He works with multiple independent dealers and cooperatives to market the NZONE product line.  Arkansas State is his alma mater but calls Memphis, TN home.


Phil Reynolds, National Account Manager

With over 30 years of ag experience,Phil Reynolds brings strong expertise to AgXplore customers. As Regional Sales Manager, Phil works with large co-ops and distributors, conducts grower meetings, participates in trade shows and assists other sales representatives.

Prior to joining AgXplore, Phil was with American Cyanamid for 17 years, where as a Senior Sales Representative he achieved Presidents’ Club and Million Dollar Club honors. Phil majored in Business Management at the University of Southern Mississippi. Both of his grandfathers were farmers.

Kim Tart, CCA National Account Manager

An experienced Certified Crop Advisor, Kim has worked with growers in all areas of crop production, including fertility management, insect control and disease management in corn, cotton, beans, wheat and vegetable crops from Florida to Delaware.

Prior to joining AgXplore, where he won the Rookie of the Year award in sales, Kim was Vice President of a crop consulting firm for 12 years. He majored in Accounting at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Kim grew up in eastern North Carolina on a tobacco, sweet potato and watermelon farm.

Ricky Cook, National Account Manager