Mike Weber brings an entrepreneurial and collaborative background with extensive experience developing and leading small organizations in dynamic growth environments. After enjoying two decades in business development and sales leadership across Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, and Verizon, Mike enthusiastically returned to his roots on the family farm to where he and his brother drove the rapid expansion and modernization of their 111-year-old poultry operation. Within the community, Mike has been a hands-on leader and volunteer coordinating annual fundraising events for Carmel River School, coaching his son Ben’s baseball teams from T-ball up into High School, and supporting his daughter Alex’s non-profit The Plastic Pickup, an organization driven to reduce plastic pollution in marine environments which, after hundreds of hours of free diving together, resulted in removing over 40,000 golf balls from the Monterey Bay. A waterman and avid diver from a young age, Mike discovered jade shortly after moving to the Monterey Peninsula with his family two decades ago. “Jade is the ultimate enchanter, when it finds you, a magical bond is formed for life”. For Mike, the underwater hunt for jade offers a place to rest the mind, to escape the stress of the complications of the above water world, and an opportunity to recharge the soul. Jade diving quickly brought deep friendships and connection with individuals from all walks, drawn to the rocky shoreline for the same pursuit of the ocean’s hidden gems. In leading the Organization, Mike’s goals are to increase and strengthen the community of people appreciating jade throughout the world, to grow the numbers of jade artisans and jade hunters who can prosper pursuing their interest in jade, and to chronicle jade’s importance in local communities for all to appreciate. When not working with the expanded Monterey Bay Jade Festival team, Mike can often be found diving for jade in Big Sur, spearfishing off the California Coastline, foraging in the local forests for wild mushrooms or hiking the trails of Big Sur with his partner Denise.