The three people joining FVG are; Kasha Cox, Hernan Pizarro and Jason Collins.
Business Development Director Kasha Cox moves to FVG Inc after a six-year positon as Sr. Territory Manager for Sales and Technical Service for the US Aquatic Animal Health Business with Merck (previously Intervet/Shering-Plough Animal Health Corporation).
With over 25 years of experience in the aquaculture industry, Kasha Cox has owned and was president of Aqua Health Laboratories Inc., co-founded a leading aquaculture supply distribution company and worked as a fish health consultant for catfish farming operations and financial institutions in the Mississippi Delta.
She holds a BSc. degree in fisheries management from Mississippi State University and served as adjunct research faculty member for the University's School of Veterinary Medicine.
Hernan Pizarro joins FVG Inc. as Technical Services Director, moving from his most recent position as leader of the commercial development of Pfizers technical product portfolio for aquaculture worldwide.
Pizarro brings with him 15 years of experience that includes development of a breakthrough pathology process specific to the aquaculture business, and commercial introduction of clinical services and vaccines specific to salmon and tilapia.
Regional Sales and Technical Manager, Jason Collins, moves to FVG from fish health product wholesaler and supplier Europharma, where he was Account Manager for the US and East Coast of Canada.
With 11 years of experience in the aquaculture business, Jason Collins provides a technical link between science companies and fish producers and has worked extensively in North America, Canada, the UK, Norway and Chile.
Aquaculture health at the heart of the industry
Talking at the FVG office in Inverness, Scotland, David Cox, FVG Director, said: Our growth in the US is demand led. The aquaculture industry is young and vibrant in the Americas, and its accelerating growth brings many challenges, especially in the health and welfare of species that are new to commercial production for thefood chain."
"Positioning a team of top aquaculture health experts at the heart of Americas aquaculture region, within Portlands marine science district at the Gulf of Maine Research Instititute, brings us closer to our customers. It enables us to further develop our partner relationships, quickly diagnose and treat any health or welfare issues and help aquaculturists implement sustainable fish health and welfare programmes at every stage of production.
Mr Pizarro added: FVG is one of very few companies with the expertise and the right approach to truly provide a total aquaculture health offering. It is small enough to progress ideas to market quickly but mature enough to understand industry issues. We are delighted to join such a well established company and are looking forward to developing in the Americas the same high quality of service FVG is renowned for in Europe and Asia.