Chief Operating Officer, AgVets, LLC.
Industry: Food Production
Summary: Andy Higgins brings more than 20 years of related industry experience and executive leadership to AgVets, as a partner and its Chief Operating Officer. Previously Andy was CEO and President of a world renowned flower breeding and production company, Paul Ecke Ranch. During his tenure at Ecke, Andy directed the operations, including sales, distribution, production and development of flowering plants and original genetics, and with overall responsibility for long range strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions (including private equity), and cost reduction, operational and supply chain efficiency. Additionally Andy directed sales/marketing, product development, forecasting, financial management and treasury.
He led the growth and expansion of offshore farms, executed efficient production and supply chain systems, and developed and expanded sales and marketing programs and services, all contributing to significant margins and profits and consistently meeting and exceeding annual goals. Andy adds valuable senior leadership and agriculture industry experience to the AgVets team where he will focus his efforts on operations, supply chain, sales and marketing, logistics, and training and development, as well as engage as a partner in raising equity, strategic and business development.
Who is your target customer? National food chain stores and their customers who care about veteran job creation, and access to fresh, locally grown produce.
Who is your primary target contact? Chain store buyer
What sets you apart from the competition? We intend to be the first national producer of sustainable, locally grown greenhouse produce, staffed by military veterans. Our veteran job creation strategy coupled with our commitment to service national chain stores, means more consumers will have access to locally grown produce than ever before.
When you are not working, what do you like to do? When I am not working, I enjoy personal fitness, coffee roasting, adventure travel, and time with my family.