Seafood/Fishing Industry Career Highlights:

  • Consultant to Umami Sustainable Seafood (2011-present) a USA-based publicly-traded international aquaculture producer of bluefin tuna for the high-end sashimi markets of Japan and Asia, with farms in Croatia and Baja California.
  • Consultant to Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute (2012-present) the non-profit research arm of Sea World that is dedicated to establishing commercially viable aquaculture seafood/fisheries operations worldwide.
  • CEO of Chicken of the Sea International (1988-1992) 2nd largest US seafood company; led the project to acquire COSI from Ralston Purina.
  • CEO/Chairman/Founder of BC Abalone (1992-2004) Mexican aquaculture producer of abalone, based in Baja California.
  • Consultant/CEO/CFO of South Pacific Tuna Corp (2005-2009) Start-up $250 million sustainable joint venture western Pacific 12-vessel tuna purse-seining operation made up of Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, Thai Union (Thailand), and FCF Fishery (Taiwan).
  • Consultant to Tri-Marine International in several of their acquisitions, including Somex (Peruvian scallop aquaculture farm), Grupo VVV (Mexican sardine fishing/processing operation).
  • Owner of JEM, Inc (1981-Present) my own consulting firm incorporated in California in 1981 specializing in seafood industry operations and general financial, business plan, restructuring, and acquisition advice in industries including medical orthopedic devices and giftware.
  • VP-Finance/CFO of Sun Harbor Industries (1978-1981) Hired by Bankruptcy Court to operate and orderly dispose of profitable tuna processor subsidiary of bankrupt parent company; Labels included Carnation Tuna and Breast-O-Chicken.
  • Owner/Investor of A&M Ventures (manufacturer of deck and refrigeration equipment for tuna purse seiners worldwide), and Tuna Clipper Marine (worldwide marine fuel distributor to the tuna fleets).
  • VP-Finance/CFO of Zapata Offshore Resources (1974-1976) Tuna purse seine vessel subsidiary of Zapata Corporation.

Other Career Highlights:

  • MBA Program Director, Point Loma Nazarene University (2007-Present) Program has quadrupled in size while academic rigor, entry standards and tuition have been significantly increased.
  • Variety of financial positions within Exxon Corporation (USA), Solar Turbines International (division of International Harvester), and the State of Florida Budget Bureau.
  • Variety of part-time teaching MBA and undergraduate in-class and online positions at: San Diego State University, University of Richmond (Ft. Lee), Prairie View A&M University, National University, and California Miramar University.

Boards of Directors:

  • San Diego Sports Commission (since 1992; Chairman in 1999; Emeritus since 2004).
  • Formerly on corporate boards of Chicken of the Sea, BC Abalone, Encore Group, A&M Ventures, Tuna Clipper Marine, and other companies.
  • Formerly on many civic boards including San Diego County YMCA, American Lung Association, USA Volleyball, Florida State University Foundation, Yale University Berkley Divinity School.

Education Highlights:

  • Dissertation left to complete for Doctorate in Business Administration-Accounting from Anderson University (Indiana) (2007-Present).
  • CPA from State of Texas (1972).
  • MBA-Finance from Florida State University (1970).
  • BS-Finance & Management from Florida State University (1968) Attended on Track scholarship.

Military Service:

  • 1st Lieutenant, US Army Quartermaster Corps (1971-1972)
  • Director of Central Accounting & Purchasing Office at Ft. Lee VA.
  • Honorable Discharge.

Personal:

  • Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Married 41 years, with 3 daughters.
  • Completely fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Qualified/competed in 1983 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii.
  • Have run over 20 marathons and cycled over 20 centuries.
  • Other hobbies include reading, travel, and attending sporting events.
  • Have travelled to, worked in, and/or visited about 80 countries.