Royd was born in the city of Chicago and grew up in the Rogers Park neighborhood a block away from Lake Michigan. He graduated from the Devry Institute of Technology with a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology. His focus was on electrical theory and electronic product design practices from schematic capture, embedded software development, and circuit design.
Royd always had a natural inclination to explore, learn, experiment, and improve something mechanically or electrically. This made pursuing an engineering profession a clear choice for him, he said. Later in his career, he shifted to a more software-centric profession when he accepted a role in Software Quality Assurance for a major telecommunications company in 2005. This career move lead him to Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Over the years, his professional network grew, which eventually gave him exposure to the growing ag-tech community in Research Park in its earliest stages.
While Royd doesn’t have an ag-tech background before joining Agrible, he has a deep appreciation for the work that farmers do to help feed the world. “My father-in-law farmed land in Broadlands, Illinois earlier in his life and he shared with me his experiences as a farmer. Hearing his story attracted me to the idea that technology can improve the farm management experience in so many ways,” said Royd. “I wanted to be part of that, to make a positive difference in the world, and to be part of the Agrible team while doing it.”
Outside of Agrible, Royd is a husband and a father of 2 kids. “This entails many hours of sports training, like basketball, baseball/softball, and cross country to name a few,” he said. He is also a lead volunteer in the student ministry at the church his family attends, which has been a humbling and rewarding experience. Weight lifting has been a love of his ever since he was given his first weight bench at the age of 13. It became a healthy outlet for him growing up, helping him learn how to become focused and disciplined in his personal and professional pursuits.
We're very excited to welcome Royd, Software Launch Manager at Agrible, to the team here in Champaign, Illinois!