LaVandez (Van) T. Jones, '14
Cofounder and Head of Strategy
LaVandez (Van) Jones is the cofounder and head of strategy of Hello Tractor and 2018 recipient of the Young Alumni Award at Chicago Booth. His agritech start-up, Hello Tractor, uses smart technologies to connect farmers to productivity-enhancing technologies across the emerging and frontier markets. In 2015, Hello Tractor completed its first sales cycle for Nigeria, with approximately $6.5 million in the pipeline and has since expanded into Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Senegal. Hello Tractor won first place in the 2014 Social New Venture Challenge, earning $30,000 in crucial funding for launching the business.
Prior to setting up Hello Tractor, Van worked at DuPont at their global headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware as a global marketing manager and later in strategy and M&A. Van started his career as an analyst and consultant in Nielsen’s innovation practice in Shanghai and eventually managed his own team. In addition to earning his MBA at Chicago Booth, Van received an undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati.