Benjamin D. Fishman
Mr. Fishman has served on the Board of Directors since November 19, 2013 and as the non-employee Executive Chairman since July 1, 2019, and brings to the Board of Directors extensive knowledge and experience in the agriculture industry. On November 19, 2018, Mr. Fishman was appointed as Interim President of Alico and served in this position until July 1, 2019. Mr. Fishman is a Managing Director of Arlon Group and Continental Grain Company. From 1998 - 2000, he served as a Strategic and Financial Analyst for Continental Grain Company (“CGC”). Mr. Fishman left CGC in 2000 to co-found The Grow Network, which was sold to the McGraw- Hill Companies in 2004. He returned to CGC in 2005 and helped to establish the Arlon Group. Mr. Fishman currently also serves on the boards of The Coastal Companies, Wholesome Sweeteners, CiCi's Holdings, Inc. and is a Member of the Alumni Council of Collegiate School in New York City. Mr. Fishman received his BA, cum laude, in political theory from Princeton University.
John E. Kiernan
President and Chief Executive Officer
John Kiernan leads Alico as our President and CEO and was previously its CFO. Before joining Alico, John worked as the CFO of Greenwich Associates, a private global research-based consulting firm serving the financial services industry. John previously worked as the Treasurer and SVP for Capital Markets & Risk Management for Global Crossing until its $3B sale to Level 3 in 2011. He was also the VP of Investor Relations for Misys plc, which maintained a public listing on the London Stock Exchange and a NASDAQ listing for one of its subsidiaries, and a Director of Corporate Development for IBM. Earlier in his career, John spent 12 years as an investment banker and specialized in IPOs and M&A for technology companies during his tenure at Bear Stearns, where he earned the title of Managing Director. John earned a BA in Finance and History summa cum laude from Saint Vincent College, earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of New York Bar and a Certified Treasury Professional.
President and General Manager of Alico Citrus
Mr. Sutton is the President and General Manager of Alico Citrus. He has held that position since November of 2017. Mr. Sutton began his career with Alico in 1999 as a Grove Manager and was promoted to Production Manager in 2001, and then to Director of Citrus in 2006. Prior to joining Alico, he was a Supervisor in the Citrus Division at Hilliard Bros. of Florida. Mr. Sutton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Citrus-Business from Florida Southern College.
Vice President of Alico Logistics
Mr. Moore is the Vice President of Alico Logistics. He has held that position since March 2011. Prior to joining Alico, Mr. Moore was the Chief Financial Officer of Bowen Brothers Fruit and the Operations Manager of its predecessor entity Bowen Brothers Fruit Company. Before joining Bowen Brothers Fruit Company, he was the Controller at Pasco Processing and Florida Global Citrus, both Florida citrus processing plants. Mr. Moore holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stetson University and a Masters of Art in Economics from the University of Central Florida.
James E. Sampel
Chief Information Officer
Prior to joining Alico, Mr. Sampel was CIO and Managing Director Global Operations of Greenwich Associates, a research based consulting firm servicing the financial services industry, Director of Information Technology for 454 Life Sciences Corporation, an early-stage life sciences equipment manufacturing company, and Manager of Advanced and Emerging Technology for Perkin Elmer, a Fortune 200 manufacturer of life sciences and laboratory equipment. Previous roles with Perkin Elmer included Manager of Global Infrastructure, Senior Network Architect, Senior Systems Analyst, Software Support Supervisor, and Field Service Engineer. James earned his M.B.A. in Information Systems from Pace University and his B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Rallo was employed by American Medical Alert Corp. ("AMAC"), a company involved in the manufacturing and distribution of personal emergency response systems and provider of telephone answering services, over the past 16 years in different capacities including Chief Financial Officer and most recently served as AMAC’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Service Officer. AMAC was a publicly traded company until it was acquired by Turnstall in December 2011 at which time AMAC began doing business as Turnstall Americas. Prior to his involvement with AMAC, he held similar financial positions with Tradewell, Inc., a barter company, and Connoisseur Communications Partners L.P., a company that owned and operated radio stations. Mr. Rallo started his career in public accounting for Touche Ross & Co. and Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a BS in accounting from the University of Denver.