Jay Schuler Jay Schuler is from Wahpeton, ND In graduate school at NDSU, he partnered with his professor, Dr. Gerhardt Fick, and together they started a hybrid seed company. Within three years it had a global reach. Schuler went on to become a founding member in fifteen companies. Two failed, five were sold to publicly traded companies and three continue to prosper and grow. It was common for Schuler to spend three months of every year working overseas. Annual business trips were taken to Argentina, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, and China. Trips to Australia, South Africa, Russia, England and Chile were every two to three years. In 2012 Schuler was appointed “Entrepreneur in Residence” at the Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota. He was a part time adjunct professor, guest lecturer, taught a business class and worked with startups and budding entrepreneurs. In 2017, Schuler was appointed by Governor Doug Burgum to be the North Dakota Commerce Commissioner. “Jay Schuler’s impressive background of launching 15 startup companies spanning 5 continents and deep understanding of value added agriculture will be highly valuable as we seek to diversify North Dakota’s economy and reinvent state government”, said Burgum. As Schuler’s business took him overseas, he ran marathons on all seven continents, the last one on Antarctica at age 61. He did this for health reasons, and a little excitement. Jay loves the mountains. He has trekked through the Himalayas and climbed Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.