The Mount Dora, Florida-based company Aquatic Equipment and Design (A&ED) announced a few days ago that Ricardo Arias has joined its team as its new general manager. “We are excited to add Ricardo to our team and with him we look forward to continuing to serve our industry,” said A&ED.
Prior to coming to the company, Arias spent three years at Cargill Aqua Nutrition North America, where he served as Young Animal Nutrition Lead, shrimp specialist, responsible for the development and sales execution of Liqualife diets for shrimp farms in Latin America and Asia.
Arias graduated from the University of Tampa in the United States (USA) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After finishing his studies, he completed aquaculture training in Pusan, South Korea, and then worked in shrimp farming, tilapia farming and tropical fish farming. Earlier in his career, Aquatic’s new general manager also oversaw the development of the Aquaculture Experiment Station at Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic.
Key asset in the development of international sales
With more than 30 years of experience in the aquaculture industry, Arias also served as general manager of Aquatic EcoSystems, a world leader in aquaculture catalogs that sells and distributes aquaculture-related equipment. During his tenure at AES, he was instrumental in the development of international sales, creating and managing the International Division.
Aquatic’s new general manager also served as Global Sales Manager for Latin America for Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, where he oversaw the sales strategy for the Latin American region. In addition, he provided technical support by offering solutions in the design of systems for shrimp and fish hatcheries, recirculation systems, grow-out aquaculture and aquaponics systems. The executive has extensive knowledge in all forms of aquaculture practiced in the world, according to the Florida-based company.
Provider of products and services
Aquatic Equipment and Design is a provider of professional aquaculture and aquatics products and services. Its mission, they say, is “to serve the needs of aquaculture worldwide”. The company offers its services on a customized basis, given that “each farm is unique and deserves its own approach,” and that the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish and shrimp involves cultivation science and engineering. Their decades of aquaculture experience are at their clients’ disposal, they say.
“No two projects are alike, so we take an individualized approach to our process. We first have a discussion session to determine your goals and expected outcomes, as well as any challenges that may affect construction. Next, we put our talented engineers to work developing solutions that fit your unique needs. We are your partner every step of the way,” they explain on their website.
From the company, which also works with zoo and aquarium environments, and hydroponic and aquaponic systems, they explain that the first step for any project is to have a discussion session. “In this phase, we talk about the goals of the project and the challenges we foresee. The most common challenges are overcoming space limitations, with our decades of experience we are able to navigate the challenges with proven solutions. Every challenge has a solution. We like a good challenge.”
For them, designing projects “is the fun part. Our design team will put their heads together to develop the best solution to meet the needs of the project. No two designs are the same in their construction; this is where experience is really put to the test.”
But their work doesn’t stop there, as they are also responsible for researching the best equipment and products for each project, as well as their installation of the project.