Mark E.

109 Harts Hill Terrace, Whitesboro NY 13492 ♦ ♦ 315-534-9278 August 4, 2013

To Whom It May Concern: I am a growth focused leader and project manager who thrives in a dynamic and challenging work environment. For the past three years I have been the co-founder and CEO of Aqua Vita Farms, LLC (AVF). AVF was the Northeast’s first (fourth in the U.S.) commercial scale Controlled Environment Agriculture facility utilizing the Aquaponic Farming method and closed as of August 1, 2013. Currently I am seeking a position with a progressive organization that requires full use of my talents. My educational and entrepreneurial background combined with extensive work experience in the foodservice and hospitality industries has placed me in a position to become a valuable asset in any organization. However, it is my project management and business development experience combined with my ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders which will make me a valuable asset to your organization. Extensive experience in research and analysis necessary to develop businesses and budgets combined with traditional MBA financial and decision making acumen is complimented by having owned and operated three start-ups and been on the new-opening management team of two foodservice operations. Hands-on experience with all aspects of a going concern; accounting to human resources, sales to facilities, allows me to work with diverse groups ensuring financial, operational and resource goals are met. With the proven ability to develop solutions to complex problems using statistical reasoning, linear programming models, business experience and strategic management, I achieve positive results. If you are looking for a professional to help take your organization to the next level please take a moment to review my resume. You may also find further information on me at, as well as, I welcome the opportunity to speak with you and can best be reached via cell 315-534-9278 or email, Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Mark E. Doherty

Mark E. Doherty
109 Harts Hill Terrace, Whitesboro NY 13492 ♦ ♦ 315-534-9278 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Growth focused leader and project manager who thrives in a dynamic and challenging work environment. An entrepreneurial innovator, with strong consensus forming abilities and excellent interpersonal skills; from the breakroom to the boardroom I am a catalyst for positive change and profitable results. Traditional MBA financial analysis and decision making acumen is complimented by a focus in technology management, implementation and execution. Globally recognized as a proponent of the triple bottom line approach; with proven executive level organizational, marketing, public presentation, team building and negotiation experience. EDUCATIO 2010 – 2011 State University of New York, Institute of Technology – Master of Business Administration, Finance and Accounting 2005 – 2010 State University of New York, Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Science, Business Management 1997 – 1999 Paul Smiths’ College – Associate in Applied Science, Hotel and Restaurant Management SKILLS Complex problem resolution Process development Strategic planning Cohesive Branding Public Relations etworking EXPERIE CE 8/2010 – Present

Multimedia marketing Operations management Performance tracking and evaluation Respected Leader Interdepartmental Communication Political Savvy

Aqua Vita Farms, LLC – Owner / Operator – Sherrill, Y • • Designed, Constructed and Operated a first of its kind, 13,000 square foot Controlled Environment Agriculture facility utilizing the Aquaponic Farming method Effected regional, national and global markets with regard to the future of agriculture and the need for massive world wide reform of food production through green technology and responsible environmental stewardship Created a team of highly specialized employees including engineers, scientists and skilled labor; maximized team efficiencies to minimize required labor force and reduce turnover Acted as General Contractor; managing electricians, carpenters, plumbers, HVAC, skilled and non-skilled labor Procured equipment and materials from multiple vendors throughout the US and Canada, negotiated price, shipping and terms Established back-ship transshipment routes within 300 mile radius to reduce shipping expense while reducing corporate carbon footprint Developed State wide recognized brand for AVF products via social media, traditional media, events, sales calls, public presentations and biweekly facility tours Engineered specialized operating processes for harvesting, crop rotation, sanitary processing, storage and shipment of goods, sales, marketing, data tracking, metric evaluation, and staff training in an unprecedented, state-of-the-art industry Co-Invented proprietary Dual Flow Linear Mineralization technology which solves the waste effluent discharge issue with high stocking density Aquaponic systems Produced and facilitated Aqua Vita Farms Two Day Aquaponic Training Class; the Northeast’s first “hands on” commercial scale Aquaponic training Leveraged contacts with small local foodservice vendors to negotiate product placement which drove requested placement by large regional vendors due to reallocation of market share

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1/06 – 5/09

Sodexo, Chef Manager – ew Hartford, Y • • • • • • • • • • • General Management profit and loss responsibility Managed all Procurement, Inventory, Stocking and Supplier Relations Implemented Quality Assurance measures including HACCP maintained all necessary records, executed HACCP training modules for staff Created MCS Preswick a unique menu rotation system combining institutional and traditional food service concepts Designed account specific training modules with regard to service standards Interviewed, hired, and trained assistant managers and supervisors. Achieved operational efficiencies, resulting in a savings of 15%, without layoffs or work force reduction Consistently achieved superior scores on all unit level safety, sanitation and procedural audits in a strictly regulated environment Analyzed, evaluated and directed operations based on monthly financial and operational reports with regard to business variables Ensured compliance with all Sodexo standards, procedures and metrics Analyzed and evaluated operations based on monthly financial and operational reports with regard to business variables

12/04 – 12/05

Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Seasons Harvest, Supervisor – Verona, Y • • • • • • • • • • Member of New-Opening management team for Las Vegas style multi-station buffet. Built synergistic relationships with large management team throughout the entire facility and across all departments Managed multinational and multilingual workforce of over 50 employees Specialized in training staff with limited English language skills Performed customer service training for new and existing staff members Developed employee incentive programs to increase guest service accountability Operated restaurant during peak business times which exceeded $20,000 in revenue Coached and counseled team members with deficiency issues relating to restaurant and facility standards Facilitated communications between shift leaders and general manager Excelled at providing phenomenal customer service to all guests while ensuring VIP guests recognized they were receiving a “step up” in service

10/3 – 11/05

Catalyst Catering/TWB Concessions, Owner / Operator – Utica, Y • • • • • • Founded and operated Catalyst Catering a full service, high-end catering and event planning company Founded and operated TWB Concessions a high volume, high margin, onsite food vendor with a young, fresh, fun attitude Performed day-to-day business operations of both companies including financial, marketing, accounting, sales, staffing, development, planning and execution Produced a business plan and marketed the plan to financial institutions Developed brand as the first in the area to source local, sustainable, organic farm products Established bartering relationship with radio and internet firms to reduce advertising expense by 60%

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