Jay Ruskey (President and Chief Executive Officer)
Prior to founding Oryzatech, Mr. Ruskey spent the last twelve years introducing niche exotic fruit crops to new markets. He has consulted for several agricultural business boards such as California State Agriculture Resource Initiative, California Rare Fruit Growers, Santa Barbara Farmers Market Association, and worked with the California University Extension Service. He has experience managing in agriculture supply chains, developing marketing channels, and coordinating primary market research projects. Mr. Ruskey earned a Bachelors of Science in Agribusiness and Marketing from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is the founder of Calimoya Exotic Fruits, which markets rare fruits nationally through its website and traditional distribution channels. Mr. Ruskey also is the founder and owner of Arborly Orchard Services, which manages 150 acres of subtropical fruits trees in the Santa Barbara foothills.
• Monitors Oryzatech business relative to the demands of the business plan
• Implements marketing plans; authors, and updates minutes and newsletters
• Assists in the solicitation of additional capital and obtaining strategic partners.