Dr. Jeremy S. Weinstein

In a 35 year career with appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp, Jerry held officer-level globally responsible executive positions in operations and manufacturing. This included six years living and working at the northern Italy European headquarters, where he was in charge of all operations of the European business. In these roles, he ran a number of multi-billion dollar global businesses.

Jerry was elected President of the 15,000 member international Institute of Industrial Engineers (their professional society) for 2004-2005, where he also served a term on the Board of Trustees (2003 - 2006).

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jerry Weinstein is an engineer by education. Jerry received a BE (Mechanical) degree from The City College of New York and an MSIE degree from Purdue University. He obtained a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue with research on the theory and control of a steelmaking process. Purdue University recognized him as a “Distinguished Engineering Alumnus” in 1993. He has been a Lecturer at Michigan State University and has served on advisory boards for a number of colleges and universities. Jerry has published several articles, and co-authored the book, "Computers in Manufacturing" (1977).

He relocated to RI in 2009, where he runs a small private investment company focused on early stage companies. 

Lucien Agniel

Lucien Agniel is the Managing Director at Agniel Commodities, a full service cash grain and feed ingredient brokerage company founded in 2005 providing sourcing and sales expertise in grains, oilseeds, cereal feed ingredients and marine proteins and oils. He was the past President (and before that Deputy President, and vice president) of GAFTA, The Grain and Feed Trade Association - London.  From 1998-2005, he was Division Manager of the Specialty Commodities Division of Commodity Specialists Company of Minneapolis, MN (formerly part of The Pillsbury Company). He has held positions as a broker at Pasternak, Baum and Co., Inc. and a trader at Chilewich Corporation.

Before embarking on his commercial career in 1981, he served as the Scientific Director for the Corn Refiners Association and Technical Director of The Millers’ National Federation in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Rhode Island Food Bank Advisory Committee.

Lucien received a Bachelor of Science in biology and Masters of Science in microbiology from The American University in Washington, D.C. in 1972. 

Advisory Board

Dr. Scott Nichols

Scott spent over a decade as founder and managing director of Verlasso (, a joint venture between DuPont and AquaChile. Through their development and eployment of an omega-3 producing yeast technology, Verlasso’s product became the first ocean-raised salmon to receive a buy ranking from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. In recognition of his efforts to communicate the value of sustainable seafood, he was named the 2015 Seafood Marketer of the Year by IntraFish.

He is an inventor on 43 patents in a variety of plant and crop science areas and a thought leader in the field of food production speaking frequently at industry events. Upon his recent retirement at Verlasso, Scott has launched a new project called Foods' Future (, working collaboratively to address our growing planets needs in the face of constrained resources. Scott’s education includes the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from UCLA.

Dr. Rick Barrows

Rick Barrows is founder of Aquatic Feed Technologies a consulting company focused on the development of sustainable aquaculture feeds. He also serves as Chief Scientific Officer of the Feed Innovation Network.  Prior to this he served for 13 years as Lead Scientist and Nutritionist for the Trout Grains Project of the Agricultural Research Service/USDA. His research focused on the development of fishmeal and fish oil free diets for trout and other species. Prior to this he worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developing feeds for a variety of fish species for recreation, food and threatened and endangered species with feeds for all life stages.  During the last 28 years he has over 130 peer-reviewed publications.  In 2008 he was selected to be a member of the Aquaculture Protein Center in Norway and 2011 he received the Outstanding Commercialization Success award for the development of improved feed and trout from the Federal Lab Consortium for Technology Transfer. In 2012 he received the Excellence in Aquaculture award from the Illinois Soybean Association and the Senior Research Scientist of the Year Award, PWA, from the Agricultural Research Service. In 2016 he received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Aquaculture Society, U.S. Chapter.