Mailing Address: P.O. Box 860, Meridian, ID 83680

Office Address: 2307 E. Commercial St., Meridian, ID 83642

Telephone: (800) 881-0823 and (208) 887-9766

Fax: (208) 887-1467

Email: info(at)14group.com


John Forsythe

General Manager


John began his working career in 1965 under his father, Darol, the founder and previous owner of Industrial Ventilation (IVI).  John’s job responsibilities ranged from sweeping floors to servicing ventilation and refrigeration equipment.  In 1979, John left to spend several years overseas as a pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship. 

In 1984, John returned to Idaho and IVI as a salesman for ventilation and refrigeration equipment for potato and onion storages.  John’s territory spanned from New Mexico to Colorado to Minnesota.  During this time, John was involved in developing CIPC application technologies for potato sprout inhibition.

 In the coming years, John handed off part of his sales territory in order to assume the responsibility of Sales Manager.  Several years after becoming Sales Manager, John assumed the responsibility of President of the company.  In 1993, John sold his interest in IVI and left to pursue new opportunities in sprout control.  John currently holds the position of General Manager of 1,4GROUP and is a co-owner of the company. 

John holds several FAA ratings, including: Mechanic (airframe and power plant), and Pilot (commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor).  He also has an AA in Aerospace Technologies from Portland Community College.

John has been married to his wife, Sue, for 36 years.  They have two children, Mike and Jennifer, and three grandchildren.  In his spare time, John enjoys flying and spending time with his family.

Alison Dawson

Executive Assistan & International Relations


Ali started working at 1,4GROUP as an intern during the summer of 2008.  Since then, she graduated from University and now works as the Executive Assistant to John Forsythe and the International Relations Coordinator.

Ali graduated from LeTourneau University with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in research.  During her time in college, she also gained valuable experience in the Marketing and Communications field by working for LeTourneau.

Ali has been married to her husband, Elliot, for three years.  In her spare time she enjoys a good cup of coffee, taking lots of pictures, running, and exploring the great state of Idaho!

Curtis Eames

Technology Manager


Curtis grew up in an agricultural community in Southern Idaho where he worked on a potato farm to fund his college education. He graduated from Utah State University with a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1976. After graduation, he worked in the High-Tech Industry for 30 years (25 years for Hewlett Packard) with roles in R&D, Design, Manufacturing, and Quality Control.

Curtis started working for 1,4GROUP in 2006, where he has been involved with all aspects of Engineering, including new application equipment development, Process and Facilities Engineering, Quality Control, and Research & Development. He currently holds the position of Technology Manager.

James Zalewski (PhD)



Dr. Zalewski grew up on a seed potato farm in Wisconsin and received a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin in 1974.   He taught and conducted research on vegetable crop diseases at Oregon State University from 1974-1978, was senior manager of agricultural research at Ore-Ida Foods from 1979-1992 and manager of commercial applications research at NatureMark Potatoes (Monsanto) from 1992-2002.  Since 2003, he has been a private consultant, offering on-farm agronomic advice to potato growers and contract research services to the agrichemical and processing sectors of the potato industry.  He has been director of R & D for 1, 4 GROUP in Meridian, Idaho since 2009.

Jeanette Von Krosigk

Regulatory Manager


Although Jeanette is not a native of Idaho, she has lived here for most of her adult life.  After graduating from the University of Illinois, she moved first to northern Idaho and then to Boise.  She has worked in accounting related positions since graduation.

Over nine years ago, she started working at 1,4GROUP, Inc. in the accounting department.  Her main responsibilities included Accounts Receivable, Payroll, and Logistics.   State regulatory projects were added to her responsibilities five years ago.  As the company has grown, Jeanette has left the accounting department and is now doing regulatory and international logistics full time.

When she is not in the office, Jeanette can be found backpacking or hiking in the Idaho mountains, desert, or along the Greenbelt in town.

Michael Bates

Operations Manager


Michael Bates joined 1,4GROUP, Inc. in December of 2009.  He is the Operations Manager and is responsible for overseeing the warehouse, company safety program, real estate, aircraft, and DiChlor Laboratory. 

Michael is a native Idahoan who was raised on family farms.  He is a graduate of Boise State University and has a distinguished military career, retiring as a senior officer/commander.  He spent 26 years in aircraft maintenance/management and then another three in senior management at the Idaho Air National Guard.  He also worked as a building construction project manager for three years before coming to 1,4GROUP.  “I have the best of both worlds, my love for aviation and strong roots in agriculture.” 

Michael has been married to his wife, Quinn, for 36 years.  They have two grown “boys,” Phil and Conner.  Michael is currently working on his private pilot’s license and especially enjoys family time on their boat, “The General,” during the summer. 

Brian Ware

Finance Manager


Brian is the Controller/CFO of 1,4GROUP, Inc. and oversees the company's global finance and tax structure, banking relations, manages the company’s international and domestic cash, as well as foreign exchange, GAAP reporting requirements, information systems, and human resources.  Brian joined 1,4GROUP, Inc. in October 2004.

With over 22 years of experience in accounting, Brian brings a broad range of experience in financial reporting, retail accounting, construction accounting, real estate accounting, accounting software implementation, cash management, inventory flow, corporate and individual tax, and benefit plan administration.  

Brian has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boise State University, a Master’s of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix, and he is currently working towards his CPA.

Mike Forsythe

Western U.S. Technical Representative


Having grown up in the industry, Mike began working at 1,4GROUP in the company’s early years by helping sweep floors, working on application machines, and packaging chemical.  While receiving a degree in business, as well as a degree in Economics from Eastern Washington University, Mike worked in sales for a large Jeweler in Spokane, Washington.  After attempting to stay away from the potato industry for several years, Mike returned to 1,4GROUP in 2009 as a project manager and then moved into the Technical Representative position in 2010. 

When he isn’t with customers, walking storages, or at the office, Mike enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and new daughter.  They spend whatever free time they have hiking and wakeboarding.

John Bergman

Eastern U.S. Technical Representative


John supports the Midwest and Eastern U.S. markets to provide technical and marketing expertise for the region.  He has a degree in Agronomy with emphasis in crop protection from North Dakota State University.  For the past 30 years, John has directed sales, product development and field research on a number of crops and seed products.  In these capacities, he worked one-on-one with growers and processors in the agricultural industry to provide maximum revenue generation for the products they produce.  John is originally from a sugar beet & small grains farm near Oslo, MN and currently resides in Fargo, ND.

Mike Frelleson

Sales & Marketing


Mike has worked in the food/potato industry for over 40 years.  He was V.P. of sales and marketing for Ore-Ida Foods and Weight Watcher foods for over 15 years.  He has held management positions in B&D Foods, Northwest Food Service, and was president of White Cloud Coffee.  Mike has been involved in sales and marketing for 1,4GROUP for over 10 years, helping build the brand and developing relationships throughout the potato industry.

1,4GROUP Canada

 Bill Orr

Canadian Technical Representative


Bill supports the Canadian market from coast to coast to provide technical support, marketing expertise, and training of certified applicators for the 1,4GROUP product line. He has worked in the Canadian sprout inhibitor industry for the past 14 years in three of the Western provinces. He enjoys working one-on-one with growers and producers to ensure that the best possible long-term quality of potato is delivered to the end user. Bill firmly believes that sprout inhibitors and dormancy management products are just a tool in the grower’s tool box that help maintain long term potato quality. It takes quality management during the whole storage season to achieve long-term potato quality. Bill currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta.

1,4GROUP Mexico

Paulo Reyes

Mexico General Manager


Paulo started working at 1,4GROUP in 2009 as the Operations Manager for Dataplex in El Salvador.  Paulo graduated from Western Catholic University in El Salvador with a degree in Industrial Engineering.   Before joining 1,4GROUP, Paulo gained valuable experience in Production Systems by working for Fruit of the Loom for eight years.

Paulo has been married to his wife Natalia for 10 years and enjoys spending time with his two little girls, Abril and Paula Maria.  He also enjoys listening to music, reading, playing squash, and likes to stay informed about new gadgets and technology.

Dichlor Laboratory

Dave Beuerman

Laboratory Manager


Dave was born in Virginia, raised in the Midwest, and went to college in Montana.  He received his B.S. in Chemistry and his M.S. in Geochemistry from University of Montana – Montana Tech.

                        Dave worked at Lockheed-Martin as a Materials and Processes Engineer for eight years, specializing in ion chromatography, wet chemistry and atomic spectroscopy, specifically flame atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma, and X-ray fluorescence.

                        Dave also worked at Analytical Laboratories, Inc. as an Environmental Chemist for 4 years and at Micron as a Chemist for 1 year.  He started at DiChlor in June 2008 as the Laboratory Manager working in high performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography.