Dr. Berman has worked as an emergency medicine physician in northern New Jersey for 9 years. He is ABEM board-certified in Emergency Medicine and has a special interest in the prevention and treatment of cerebrovascular accidents. He is the assistant medical director of the Saint Clare’s Health System Stroke Program as well as a member of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee. He is also a guest lecturer for the paramedic refresher course.
During his emergency medicine residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, he conducted research that was published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, one of the leading emergency medicine journals. He also presented this research at a SAEM national conference.
Prior to graduating from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, he was employed as a retail pharmacist and was an assistant manager. Dr. Berman graduated from Rutgers College of Pharmacy with highest honors. He maintains his NJ physician license as well as his pharmacist license.
Dr. Berman is also the founder and CEO of Waterloo Real Estate LLC, a real estate investment company with holdings in Atlantic City, NJ.
Mr. Savoie retired from the US Army as a Senior Special Agent with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer after twenty-two years of service. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and was awarded medals for valor for each war, including the Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam. In all, he received ten campaign medals, five good conduct medals, four Army Commendation Medals, thirty-five Letters of Commendation, and twenty-seven Letters of Appreciation. Mr. Savoie was an agent in the Criminal Investigation Division and worked in a number of other policing activities. Mr. Savoie has been very active in community, civic, and charitable affairs in southwestern Louisiana, for which he has received many awards, including the distinguished. He speaks French fluently and has worked extensively with crustacean processors in Southwestern Louisiana.
Ms. Ashton, a business consultant, enjoys a remarkable career that includes a broad spectrum of extraordinarily successful business ventures and accomplishments. At age twenty-six, she rose to become vice president of a major bank. Four years later, eager to become an entrepreneur, she launched her own food brokerage company. An immediate success, the business grew and in 1961, she and Jack Hice formed a new company, Hice Brooks and Associates, a partnership. (Jack and Holly were married in 1967.) Jack, the founder of SeaPak, a seafood processor and marketer, a company he had sold, had invented flash freezing and frozen fish sticks. Together, Jack and Holly built and operated a number of shrimp processing plants, always focusing on the development of new products and inventing the equipment to create the products. They were the first company to freeze food with liquid nitrogen. They invented special cooking equipment. One invention cooks shrimp to a twenty percent higher yield. Another prevents shrimp from curling. Holly created the now popular shrimp ring. In all, Jack and Holly were awarded ninety-six world-wide patents, many of which were sold to major international firms, including SeaPak, Katy Industries, and Union Carbide. Additionally, Jack and Holly designed a fleet of shrimp trawlers. Shrimp were caught, processed, packaged, and frozen on board these ships. Holly negotiated business transactions with the governments of seven nations, including the United States.
Mr. Graf is a mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the paper industry. He has been awarded more than fifty US patents for paper manufacturing machinery and components. Ed has held a number of technology and product development leadership positions with the heavy machinery manufacturing firms that service the paper manufacturing industry. Presently, he owns and manages A.P.M., LLC, a technical services company to the paper industry. In the past, Mr. Graf has also been called as an expert witness in cases involving failure analysis in personal injury cases. Ed received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit and undertook advanced studies in Metallurgy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has served as advisor to Washington Island (Wisconsin) Ferry Line in the construction of a 100 ton ice breaker. Mr. Graf was also elected to the board of directors of the line. Ed has been investigating and developing paper products that use chitosan to enhance and add specific properties to the paper.
AgraTech International welcomes Dr. Gerald Saluti as a consultant to the Company. Dr. Saluti has an extraordinarily deep and broad background of experience in research and development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, distribution, general and executive management of several different technical and service business over forty-five years. A PhD organic chemist, Gerald’s career included twenty-two years with American Cyanamid, which culminated in five years as President of the Polymer Products Division. His experience there included work with chemicals, paints, plastics, and building products.
Dr. Saluti continued his successful career as a chemical industry executive following American Home Products takeover of American Cyanamid. As CEO for IVAX Industries, Inc., the specialty chemical subsidiary IVAX Corporation, he tripled revenues within a few years of assuming his duties. He continued his career as founder and CEO of Management Cleaning Controls LLC, a build-up company in facility maintenance for retail stores. As CEO and Principal Owner of Pebble-Flex, Dr. Saluti launched a successful start-up of a resurfacing company. Landscape Structures, a global playground equipment company, purchased Pebble-Flex, LLC and retained Dr. Saluti, first as President and now as a consultant to the company.
Dr. Saluti earned a BS in Chemistry at Providence College and a PhD in Organic Chemistry at Boston College. He also graduated from the Executive Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University.