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About Us

Jean Buckner

Prior to founding SYMBIOS, Jean held executive positions within the healthcare industry; primarily in the area of geo-demographic mapping, modeling and demand forecasting. She founded a successful geo-demographic information company; HealthInfotechnics. She also has extensive experience in product development, marketing and contracting. She was VP. of Product development for INFORUM/Medstat; Director of Marketing for Hospital Corporation of America and the Dean of Milliman’s ONLINE HealthcareManagementUniversity. She also consulted with DuPont & Nissan & has managed large pharma contracts.

Jim Tabler
Director Special Projects

Jim Tabler managed large scale projects for PacifiCorp/Berkshire Hathaway.  He is most proud of his work with over a dozen community service organizations. He has served as President of local chapters of The Salvation Army, The Humane Society, The Kiwanis Club, The Jaycees and the Bulldog Bench. Jim also managed the fund allocation of the Roseburg Timber Trust which funded 440 full college scholarships. Jim enjoys investing and automobiles.

Jim Trappe, PhD
Chief Science Officer

Jim Trappe is considered one of the world's leading authorities on truffles and has written over 400 articles and 3 books on truffles and related topics.  Jim is Professor Emeritus at The Oregon State University College of Forestry. Jim earned his B.S. and PhD in Forest Management at the University of Washington and his M.S. at the State University of New York.

Peter Marshall
Orchard Management

Peter Marshall’s organic truffles are considered among the best in the world by chefs from Australia, Germany, France & the US.  Peter is one of a small number of successful truffle farmers in the world.  Peter received a BS in Forestry from the Australian National University & has been in forestry management for 30 years.  Peter was featured in a recent National Australian Broadcasting video on the truffle industry.

Colin Carter
Inoculation Management

In 2011, at the request of the International Specialized Skills Institute of Victoria, Australia, Colin completed a tour of European Truffle Orchards and published a white paper on international truffle production: Natural & Cultivated Truffle Production.  Colin is the developer of our inoculation and greenhouse processes.