While paracticing law I formed Sea farms, Inc.for a client of our firm. It was a start up enterprise located in Key West, FL dedicated to research and development of shrimp farming. I served as counsel to Sea Farms until 1971 when I joined Sea Farms as Exec VP and and served as President and Chairman as it grew to operating over 16,000 acres of shrimp ponds in Honduras producing oveer 9 million pounds of shrimp per year. Sea Farms also developed and operated shrimp farming and processing facilities in Ecuador and Venezuela. I was an officer and director of Sea Farms until 2005.
In 1977 I joined Pitcarin Inc. as VP and Associate Counsel. Pitcairn was a private investment company that was a major shareholder of Sea farms, Inc. While at Pitcairn I helped supervise a number of public and private operating companies in which Pitcairn was an investor,including Sea Farms, which I managed.
In 1989 I co-founded Capital Partners, Ltd., a private merchant banking business which specialized in agribusiness investments. In 1995 it was merged into InterAg Technologies, Inc., which was purchased by Deere & Co. in 1999. I served as VP and General Counsel of John Deere Special Technologies Group until December 2003.