Last updated on August 16th, 2012 at 01:20 pm
Ocean Mist Farms celebrated the completion of its inaugural leadership development program with a graduation ceremony on Nov. 19 for Class I participants of the program designed to develop the company’s emerging leaders from within.
Conceptualized, designed and implemented over several years, the leadership development program included curriculum about topics such as self-awareness, organizational behavior, team building, change management and strategic planning among others.
Jorge Suarez, director of human resources, said the six employees in the Class I program invested more than 165 hours of classroom, field and experiential time over a year and a half, read 10 books and benefited from 20 different presentations from experts in their fields – both in and out of the company.
The program curriculum educated the participants about the entire Ocean Mist Farms process, from seed to sales, Suarez said, and moved on to broader program topics that included areas like business acumen and principles of leadership.
“This program is about developing key human capital at Ocean Mist Farms,” Suarez said. “We identified the employees with the potential to grow our business, and we invested in them as part of our company’s future.”
The employees were selected to participate in the program based on several criteria including current job performance, significant responsibility for people and/or resources, as well as functional diversity and expertise within the company. The Class I graduates are: Christopher Drew, production manager; Terry Lynch, operations controller; John Pattullo, general manager; Paul Scheid, general manager; Gary Silacci, sales manager; and Adrian Zendejas, general manager.
In the photo: Ocean Mist Farms employees, front row from left, Ed Boutonnet, president and CEO; Christopher Drew, production manager; Paul Scheid, general manager; and Jorge Suarez, director of human Resources; and, back row, Adrian Zendejas, general manager; Terry Lynch, operations controller; John Pattullo, general manager; and Gary Silacci, sales manager.