Mark Pryor is the Chairman and CEO of Memphis-based The Seam, where he leads the company's strategic initiatives including blockchain, commodities trading, tracking, clearing and software development solutions for the agriculture industry. Pryor was the founding technology director for The Seam when the company began in the year 2000. Under his direction, The Seam's cloud-based platforms have facilitated the trading and management of tens of millions of cotton bales, millions of tons of peanuts and billions of dollars in trade management and settlements to date. A self-proclaimed technophile, Pryor began his career in the banking industry with software architecture that led to award-winning Internet and touch-screen banking products; first-of-kind in the late 1990's. His further innovations in web-based technologies, resulted in the architecture of multi-industry software solutions in use today by agribusinesses throughout the global supply chain. Mark has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NASDAQ, and other global news outlets for spearheading agriculture technology initiatives including blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Mark serves on the board of Agricenter International, is an advisor on distributed ledger technology for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), an advisory member of the American Cotton Shippers Association, and represents The Seam as member of the American Peanut Council, American Peanut Shellers Association, National Buying Point Association, Field to Market and The International Cotton Association. A two-time Boston Marathon finisher and a "weekend farmer" himself, Pryor and his wife Brenda live in the heart of a farming area 50 miles from Memphis, Tennessee.