OUR BIOS:

Jeff Prochaska, Managing Director

Jeff has worked for 12 years in the aquaculture industry in Thailand and Indonesia. While working on various aquaculture projects, the need for a central “go to” aquaculture Service & Equipment provider in the region became apparent. Jeff decided that Amity Aquaculture could help meet that need.

Education:

  • BS Biology, Florida State University, USA, 1994
  • MSc Aquaculture, Auburn University, USA, 2000
  • PhD Aquaculture/Breeding, Kasetsart University, Thailand (current)

Skills & Experience:

  • 2008-2014, managed the Global Gen L. vannamei shrimp breeding and broodstock program
  • Five years experience with shrimp breeding in Mexico and Thailand with SyAqua group
  • Design, start-up, and management of shrimp breeding facilities and programs
  • Experienced in the design and installation of recirculating aquaculture systems, water treatment systems and components
  • Some commercial shrimp and fish farming experience

Lawrence Giessinger, Business Adviser

Lawrence brings 40 years of extensive experience in international finance and business development in Asia. He has introduced and established sales, marketing & distribution networks for multi-national aquaculture and feed corporations wanting to enter the Asian market. The value of this experience in developing and executing business plans is immeasurable for any start-up company.

Education/Military:

  • Master of International Management (MIM) – Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • B.S. Business Administration (Accounting) – State University of South Dakota
  • Captain – US Army

SKILLS & Experience:

  • Business development, customer service and relationship building
  • Developing, organizing and executing business plans
  • International aquaculture sales and marketing
  • Establishment of overseas sales and distributor networks
  • International banking and trade Finance

BUSINESS POSITIONS (partial list):

  • INVE Aquaculture (Thailand) – Regional Sales Director / Key Accounts Manager
  • Aqua Bounty Technologies (Thailand) – Asian Regional Sales Manager
  • Advanced BioNutrition (Thailand) – Asian Business Development Consultant
  • LCG Enterprises, Inc. (Thailand) – President
  • Advanced BioNutrition Corp. (USA) – Director of International Sales
  • Zeigler Bros. (Thailand) – Asian Regional Sales Representative
  • Sanders Brine Shrimp Company (USA) – International Sales and Marketing Manager
  • First City Texas Bank (USA) – Senior Vice President / Area Manager – Asia
  • First Pennsylvania Bank (USA / Singapore) – AVP / Asian Regional Manager

Jerry Pixley, Farm Production Adviser

Education

Self-taught shrimp farming entrepreneur

Experience & Achievements

2001 – Rented his first farm and began raising monodon (Tiger Prawns). Trained himself in all aspect of shrimp farming, from pond-preparation to harvest.

2002 – Increased farm size and became one of the first to start raising vannamei in Phang Nga, Thailand. Established protocols through trial and error, attaining 95% survival and producing 15 tons per hectare of 50-count shrimp.

2003-2004 – Rented and bought additional farm land, excavating the ponds and refurbishing the infrastructure, creating a top-notch farm.

2004-2010 – JRPixley Co consistently shipped between 200 and 250 tons per year.

2011 – White feces hit Southern Thailand and production fell. However, JRPixley Co quickly recovered through the use of probiotics and improved water quality, returning to previous production levels.

2012 – EMS began affecting Thai farmers. Over a year-and-a-half period, JRPixley experimented with nursery ponds and developed a management program allowing them to remain profitable.

2014 – With the use of probiotics, careful water-exchange management, and with the combination of high-quality PLs, production was further improved with both monodon and vannamei. Good results were obtained, in particular, with monodon, producing 10 tons per hectare at 23-33g size, in 93-100 days, with 96% survival and 1.2-1.4 FCR.

By being proactive, and through adaptation, JRPixley Co never went out of production and always maintained a profit. Jerry has “sold the farm” and will return to the United States, but, is interested to remain active in shrimp farming in the US, or assisting in the start-up and operation of ventures elsewhere.