2013 - Design-Build construction of Twelve Forced-Air Controlled Atmosphere Ripening™ Rooms, Fareway Stores, Boone, IA.
2012 - Design-Build construction of Two Rapid-Cool™" Forced-Air Precoolers for Berries. North Bay Produce, Mascoutah, IL.
2011 - Design-Supply of Rapid-Cool™" Forced-Air Precooler for Brocolli & Cauliflower, Comercializadora GAB, SA De CV, Cortazar, Mexico.
2011 - Invention of "Jet Precooler". First unit sold to Fifer Orchards, Dover, DE. Dozens more follow.
2011 - Invention of Vertical Airflow "Rapid-Cool™" Forced-Air Precooler, Construction of four units for Chilean grapes. DSPC, Wilmington, DE.
2010 - Design and conversion of 40-foot reefer container into forced-air ripening/precooling unit. JP Producers, Jamaica.
2009 - Construction. Design/Build of Controlled Atmosphere Ripening rooms. Coliman Pacific, Chandler, AZ
2009 - Consulting. Ripening system improvements. Grupo Coliman, Hermosillo, Mexicali, Tijuana, Mexico.
2008 - Construction. In-Rack Pressure Cooling, Humidifiers, Ethylene Scrubbers. Turbana, Pier 82, Philadelphia, PA.
2008 - Construction. Ripening and CA Rooms. Moraitis QLD, Brisbane, Australia.
2008 - Construction. Ripening Room Conversions. Banana Distributors of New York, Bronx, NY.
2008 - Consulting. Refrigeration Controls re-design, warehouse logistics modeling. Horizon Stevedoring, Philadelphia, PA.
2007 - Construction. 200,000 SF refrigerated warehouse, tomatoes, cukes, bells. Mastronardi Produce, Romulus, MI.
2007 - Consulting. 110,000 SF Warehouse Re-Design and Logistics Flow, plus numerous smaller projects. Moraitis Fresh, Sydney Markets, Australia.
2006 - Construction. Controlled Atmosphere Ripening™ Pressurized Ripening Rooms. Soo IL, Seoul, South Korea.
2006 - Consulting. Fresh-cut PreCoolers. Korean Market Quality Logistics. Chiquita Unifrutti Philippines, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines.
2005 - Construction. Pressurized Ripening Rooms. Charlie's Produce, Seattle, WA.
2005 - Consulting. Green storage and ripening protocols and management. Chiquita Unifrutti Japan, Ohi, Tokyo, Japan.
2004 - Construction. 78,000 SF warehouse refrigeration systems. Banacol, Penn Terminals, Eddystone, PA.
2004 - Consulting/Construction. Warehouse Cooling Management, Humidifier Installation. Turbana, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Gulfport, Texas.
2004 - Consulting. Post-Harvest Cold Chain Analysis and Recommendations. Oribanex, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines.
Forced-Air Cooling Fresh-Cut Bananas, Oribanex, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines.
Forced-Air Cooling Bananas, 1998. Cobigua, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala.
Forced-Air Cooling Bananas, 1994. Chiquita, Long Beach, California.
UC Davis Presenter at "Fruit Ripening and Ethylene Management Workshop".
SmartAir™ Mobile Ripening Trailer, Key Design and Marketing.
Ripening Systems Analysis and Recommendations, 1998. Dole-Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Turn-key Design/Build Refrigerated Warehouse, 1994. Banacol, Penn Terminals, Eddystone, PA.
1,500,000+ SF Refrigerated Warehouses, Imported Fruit, Holt Cargo/Gloucester Marine Terminals, Packer Avenue.
Ripening Systems Analysis and Recommendations. Chile & Argentina, Noboa, Ecuador.
Inventor of Tarpless Ripening Rooms.
- Consultant/Contractor specializing in Forced-Air Cooling / PreCoolers, Refrigerated Storage, and Ripening of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Most Consulting Engagements have produced return-on-investment, for clients, in excess of 1000%, often within 12 months.
- Benefits include better product handling, longer shelf life, increased salable weight, energy-conservation. Trouble-shooting also provided.
CVO, 2006 - Present
Global Cooling Inc, Media, Pennsylvania, and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Design-Build and Consulting Company specializing in Pressurized Ripening and Pre-Cooling, as well and "Produce Perfection™" Cold Storage of fruits and vegetables. Major projects include: Banana Ripening Room Pressurization Conversions, Banana Distributors of New York, Bronx; Pressure-Cooling for bananas and plantains, Turbana Corporation/Philadelphia Regional Port Authority/Horizon Stevedoring, Pier 82, Philadelphia; Tarp-Based Pressurized Ripening Rooms and PreCoolers, Moraitis Fresh, Brisbane, QLD, Australia; Warehouse refrigeration and RAQT, PreCoolers, and Test Ripening/Conditioning Room, Mastronardi USA, Detroit, MI; Pressurized Ripening Rooms, Soo-IL Trading, Seoul, South Korea; Pressurized Ripening Rooms, Charlie's Produce, Seattle, Washington.
CVO, 2004 - 2009
Global Logic, Inc, Media, Pennsylvania, and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Major projects include: Design-Build Construction of Forced Air Ripening Rooms in Brisbane, QLD, Australia, for Moraitis Fresh, Australia's Leader in Fresh Fruit and Veggies; Design-Build construction of Refrigerated Storage facility for Chiquita/Banacol at Penn Terminals, Eddystone, PA, including special-designed care for golden pineapples, bananas, plantains, melons, and pressurized cooling of bananas. Project included modulating capacity control, modified-atmosphere capabilities, and ethylene control; Cold Chain Audit and Indicated Project Requirements for Unifrutti-Asia, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines, including detailed audit from packhouses to pier to vessel to discharge ports. Audit resulted in construction of 14 million USD capital improvements, in less than 12 months, self-financed by cost savings; Marketing Consultant, Carrier Smart-Air® refrigerated transport system; Refrigerated Care Audit, Turbana Corporation, Bridgeport, CT. Concerns were presented over uniformity of temperature control throughout existing dock cold storage facility, as well as dehydration and reduced shelf life of product. Audit recommendations implemented at once regarding proper handling, setpoints, and operational/maintenance procedures, as well as addition of new reduced-maintenance humidification systems, resulting in cost savings to self-finance improvements; Design and operational assessment of new port facility for Turbana Corporation, Freeport, TX. Resulted in redesign of refrigeration plant for proper-care of bananas, plantains, and pineapples, and enhanced requirements for pressure-cooling stations; Design-Build Construction of 10 Pressurized Ripening Rooms, Charlie's Produce, Seattle, WA. Fast track construction (less than 3 months from contract signing to operational ripening rooms) of new design pressurized ripening rooms, with automatic dual temperature configuration; Design-Build construction of (10) banana ripening rooms for Soo IL Commerce and Trading, Seoul, Korea, including the very latest in chilled water cooling and energy management.
President, Founder, 1998 - 2004
Global Logic, LLC, Media, Pennsylvania
Consulting Company specializing in Refrigeration Technology Issues for Produce-Industry Companies. Experienced in all phases of Post-Harvest refrigeration, including pre-cooling, CA / ULO, Ethylene Control, HACCP, Processing/Packaging, Perishable Storage, Transport Refrigeration, Retail, and Energy Audits. Projects include: relocation of existing pressurized ripening rooms from Tokyo to Shanghai (Chiquita-DeNadai Japan); design and installation of 26 new pressurized ripening rooms in Ohi, Japan (Chiquita-UniFrutti Japan); design and project management of Pre-Cooling facility in Davao, Philippines (Oribanex); energy audit and ripening room conversions in Detroit, Michigan for Badalament, Inc., domestic banana pre-cooling and ripening, Sao Paolo (Dole-Brasil); pre-cut / VAP process audit and control system (Nittsu, Japan); Expert Witness in banana ripening room litigation (client confidential); and others (furnished upon request).
Consulting Director, Warehouse, Refrigeration and Ripening Technology, 1999 - 2008
Chiquita Asia-Pacific Group, Cincinnati, Ohio
Responsible for Cold Chain management and implementation for fresh fruit operations, including critical aspects of quality control and logistics. Major projects included: Relocation of 10-year old ripening rooms from Port of Harumi, Tokyo, to mainland China; Design-Build Project Management of 25 new ripening rooms at Port of Ohi, Tokyo, culminating in management of installation by Dutch company which was successful bidder; Design-Build Project Management of Post-Harvest pier-side Cold Store for fresh cut bananas, plantains, and pineapples in Davao, Mindanao, Philippines, culminating in management of Lead Civil Constructor, Konstruk, of Manila, and Lead Mechanical Constructor, Sorev, of Padua, Italy. Additionally modeled business enhancements for operations in Hong Kong and Singapore, which did not prove beneficial to the shareholders.
Vice-President, 2002 - 2003
National Construction Services, Frazer, Pennsylvania
Vice-President of Sales and Operations for 30-year old specialty contractor. Sold and managed major construction projects for Phillips Seafood, Baltimore; Carvel Ice Cream, Jessup, MD; and Citrus Products, Port Newark, NJ.
Vice President Business Strategy, 2001 - 2002
Information Packaging Unlimited, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
IT Consulting company, also application development. Grew revenue almost 20% in 2001. Projects developed/managed include: Development of Software to Manage PA CAT Fund reporting for majority of Delaware Valley Health Systems, for Fortune 200 Company; LAN/WAN latency investigation and resolution for UK-based Intellectual Property Development Firm; Multiple engagements for Network security audits and remediation.
Vice President - Business Strategy, Director - Operations, 2000 - 2001
Dentalife.com, LLC, Havertown, Pennsylvania
Medical Education Dot-Com organized to provide continuing education for Dentists and dental staff. In charge of partner identification and negotiation, and corporate operations/logistics, involving 100 live seminars annually in 20 largest US metropolitan areas.
President, Director, Co-Founder, 1994 - 1997
Interko Sales, Inc. Blythewood, South Carolina
Responsible for design, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of TarpLess® Pressurized Ripening Room Refrigeration, Accessories, Pallet Racking, and Electronics. Grew market-share more than 400% in less than 3 years. Sold half-interest to partner in May, 1997. Developed concepts of "Pressurized-and-Conventional Room in One Design" and "Dual-Temperature Ripening", among others. Also trained banana ripeners in Chile and Argentina for Noboa Corporation.
President, Director, Founder, 1987 - 1994
Thermal Technologies, Inc. Broomall, Pennsylvania
Pioneer of "TarpLess®" ripening system. Started company as Philadelphia-area cold-storage construction firm, specializing in Design-Build construction of Frozen Food and Produce Warehouses, completing the Philadelphia-area's largest produce warehouse in 1994 (Holt Warehousing, Gloucester, NJ. Also designed and built imported-banana-warehouses for Banacol, Eddystone, PA and Chiquita, Long Beach, CA, 1993 and 1994). Developed Auto-Ripe technology during 1991-1992 (following period as Uni-Ripe Authorized Integrator for Chiquita), resulting in patent application in 1993, and joint-venture with European partner Binair in 1994. Remained as Director through May 1997, when half-interest was sold to partner. Pioneered many current "state of the art" ripening designs and techniques.
Sales Manager, 1985 - 1987
Johnson Panel Systems Trevose, Pennsylvania
Johnson is a specialty contractor for Philadelphia-area USDA-inspected Food Plants.
President, 1979 - 1984
Still, Associates, Inc. Sanford, Florida
Still, Associates was a manufacturers' representative for commercial and industrial refrigeration products. Increased sales more than 300% in five years for principal manufacturer. Key projects included: multiple design-build refrigerated warehouse installations to support Coors' introduction to Florida; Clean rooms/environmental rooms design and installation for Martin-Marietta, Paradyne, and Harris Semiconductor (combined heat-soak/shaker project); Complete Walk-In Cooler/Freezer shut-down replacement at major educational and institutional clients, including Disney World, Hilton Hotels, Martin-Marietta, and various school boards.
Account Executive, 1977 - 1979
Kaiser Associates, Inc. West Palm Beach, Florida
Territory management and sales responsibility for commercial and industrial refrigeration products. Increased sales more than 100% during two year tenure.
Publicist/Editor, 1976 - 1977
Bally Case & Cooler, Inc Bally, PA
Responsible for employee and dealer newsletters, and industrial PR placements for manufacturing company.
BS - Psychology, 1972 - 1976
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Scholarship athlete, track and field (discus and javelin). Dean's List. Cum Laude. Campus newspaper. Campus radio station.
Holy Cross High School, Delran, New Jersey, 1968-1972
Senior Class Vice-President, instituted "Career Day" program, as well as Open Lunch.
Association of Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration Engineers ASHRAE
Produce Management Association PMA
Canadian Produce Management Association CPMA
International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses IARW, with seat on Refrigeration Design Committee
International Association of Cold Storage Contractors IACSC
Institute for Industrial Refrigeration IIR
American Society of Horticultural Science ASHES
World Trade Center, Philadelphia WTC
Author of text titled "Cold Storage Construction" and co-author of the IARW's European counterpart's "Refrigerated Warehouse Construction Guide".
Prior experience consulting for trade and litigation, domestically and internationally.
We thoroughly investigate all of your mechanical equipment (evaporators, compressors, condensers, humidifiers, etc.), recommend and implement changes, if necessary, to improve functionality or reduce operating costs, or both.
We perform an in-depth review of previous and current configuration, usage, and billings, and implement savings uncovered, as quickly as possible.
We work closely with your staff to optimize results with existing equipment, and also show how investments in new equipment could improve the bottom line.
Project Design & Management
If additional capacity is needed, we are expert in Needs Analysis, Design, and Construction Management.
1. Interim Director of Cold Chain/Energy Management
2. Trouble-Shooting and Forensic Investigation
3. Cold Chain Audit and System Enhancements
4. Capacity Analysis and Utilization Plan