The Team that makes HATponics possible

The HATponics Team


Ryan Cox

Founder & CEO Ryan started HATponics in 2013, fueled by a simple question about world hunger: why not deliver farms instead of food? HATponics has been fighting for that mission ever since.

Emily Holmes

Chief Biologist

Emily has an innate understanding of aquaponics, and her superior multitasking abilities are what really keep us afloat.

Taylor Fatheree

Director of Product Development

With degrees in both Engineering and Economics, Taylor designs new systems and gets them into the market.

Spencer Barker

Director of Operations

Spencer leads our construction team armed with a degree in Biological Engineering and expertise in logistics. He has mastered the art of being in multiple locations keeping all our projects running smoothly world wide.

Brian Bearden

Head of Safety Coordination

Brian has become invaluable to the HATponics because of his ability to operating as a foreman and safety coordinator. He is therefore able to keep a job site operating safely and smoothly at all times.

Jesse Barnard

Construction Foreman

After being a intern with HATponics for 5 years, Jesse officially joins the team with engineering degree in hand.

Rick Knight


Rick started his career with a degree in banking and finance where he worked for many years. With a passion for being outdoors and cycling, Rick opened a bike shop in Sevierville, TN in 2000 which he ran for 20 years. He found HATponics because of his interest in the Blackberry farm, he now specializes in Blackberry cultivation on the HATponics farm.


Head Grower

With a bachelor of science degree in Sustainable Agriculture Systems Andrea fits in on our team perfectly. She is a very methodical planner with vast farming knowledge and a desire for using progressive practices. Her mastermind planning is what keeps us one step ahead.