Ernest D. Papadoyianis
Mr. Papadoyianis has over 35 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, executive and developer in the aquaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, and commercial insect production industries. He has been a pioneer of integrated agriculture and has, throughout his career, initiated value-added production streams in numerous farms throughout the world. Mr. Papadoyianis has been a prominent figure in the U.S. Aquaculture industry for over 35 years and a regularly invited speaker at U.S. and international conferences. He has held executive and Board positions in both public and private companies in the aquaculture and related industries. He has personally cultivated over 60 aquatic species of fish, shrimp and shellfish, as well as dozens of varieties of produce on a commercial scale. He is the co-founder of Organic Nutrition, an integrated agri-business which utilizes recycled organic material waste as feedstock for mass production of insects for sustainable organic protein meal. He has designed, constructed and operated many innovative production systems. He is a co-inventor of the patented Aqua-Sphere® technology, a floating fish production system that captures solid wastes for use in hydroponic production. Mr. Papadoyianis has appeared in numerous shows including those featured on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, NBC News, CNBC, and has appeared in publications, including Biodiesel Magazine, Aquaculture Magazine, Fish Farming News, Fish Farming International, Florida Trend magazine, South Florida Business Journal, Miami Herald, Northern Aquaculture, Aquafeed Business, and many others. Mr. Papadoyianis has a BS degree from Union College, and an MS Degree from Northeastern University.
Xavier T. “Sal” Cherch
Mr. Cherch has over 50 years’ experience in business development, operations, manufacturing, and marketing. He founded HydroPonics Plus, LLC. and has served as an executive and board member for a number of private and public companies. Mr. Cherch has been responsible for the development of a number of products from inception through patents and manufacture. For the past 20 years, he has devoted himself to agri-business specializing in aquaculture, hydroponics, insect production and aquaponics. He is recognized as a pioneer in the development of systems and production methods for using insects as a protein replacement for fish meal. He co-developed Ento-Protein® and holds several patents, and currently has patents pending on other products. He is the co-inventor of the patented Aqua-Sphere®. During his career, he has worked with many state governments, creating several economic development programs which resulted in the construction of manufacturing plants and the employment of thousands. He has received international recognition and has been invited as a guest speaker at aquaculture, animal feeds, hydroponics and environmentally related trade conventions around the world and has been featured in international aquaculture, feed and energy publications as well as the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Television. In 2012, he was invited to serve as a member of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Rome, Italy conference on developing standards for the use and consumption of insects.
He has served in his community as a planner and on several advisory boards.
Mr. Cherch attended Seton Hall University and Montclair State College with a degree in Business Administration.
James M. Harvey
Mr. Harvey is the CEO of North American Strategies, a consulting practice centered around sound planning and strategy development; aquaculture; health care; education; specialty license plates; natural resource management; land use, and water resource planning in the U.S. and Canada. Issues have ranged from assisting the passage and/or defeat of legislation, working with state and local agencies on a wide variety of resource, management and budget issues, team building, program review and development.
Mr. Harvey has been an active figure in the State of Florida’s aquaculture and water resource policy for several decades. He is the former President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of South Florida Aquaculture, Inc. SFA Inc., is an eco-friendly fish farming operation located adjacent to Everglades National Park.
Mr. Harvey is, and has been, an advisor to or officer of, numerous government and environmental organizations including: Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Florida Conservation Association; Advisor to the Governor’s Commission for a Sustainable South Florida; Member of the Planning and Resource Management Committee for the Florida Keys; Member of the Save the Manatee Committee; the Florida Aquaculture Review Council’s food fish board for the allocation of annual grant monies to Florida’s aquaculture industry and is currently the Co Chairman of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
Mr. Harvey has a B.A. in Political Science from Delta State University, and a M.S. in Urban Planning form Florida State University.
William H. Ryan
Mr. Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of Ryan Golf and Bryant Midwest, and President of Ryan Incorporated Southern and Ryan Incorporated Mining, which are family owned and operated businesses that specialize in residential, commercial and industrial site development and construction work, golf course construction and quarry operations. The Ryan companies are generally ranked in the top 100 U.S. specialty contractors. Mr. Ryan has a BS degree from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Miami. He has also been Chairman of the Florida Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and is a member of the Chief Executives Organization and a certified General Contractor in the State of Florida. Mr. Ryan’s Company, Bridgeview Estates Development Company, was a joint venture partner with Neptune Industries under Aquaculture Specialties, Inc. (Aquaculture Specialties, Inc. did a name change to Aqua Biologics, Inc.), for almost 3 years from 1998 to 2001. The joint venture designed and operated a 32 pen floating quarry lake farm where the company successfully raised hybrid striped bass, koi, tilapia, and channel catfish.