About National MBE Aquaculture Program

 The new Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Aquaculture Program is operated by a partnership between the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council (SRMSDC) and the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC). This new program will advance U.S. aquaculture by helping minority-owned businesses around the nation, to engage and expand in the world’s fastest growing form of food production.

Who We Serve
This is a national program that serves the continental United States. To be eligible, our clients must be 51% owned and controlled by:
Our Values

The core of values of the MBE Aquaculture Program is the following:

  • Integrity: People in the program behave ethically and honestly
  • Lawful behavior: We work in compliance with the laws and regulations
  • Commitment to Quality and Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE): People in the program is committed to keep the highest standards of quality and HSE
  • Teamwork: People work to achieve common goals
  • Accountability: People work accepting responsibilities and consequences
  • Initiative and productivity: People develop new ideas to enhance productivity
  • Respect for people: People are treated with dignity
Our Mission

The MBE Aquaculture Program led by the partnership between SRMSDC and FSMSDC is a nationwide program focused on training, consultation, business capacity, growth assistance, education and mentor-ship in the field, while facilitating immediate business opportunities to Minority Business Enterprises within the aquaculture industry.

The Great people.

The MBE Aquaculture Team

Myrtha Wroy, MSM

Program Director

C: 305-215-8960 | T: 305-762-6151
Email: Myrtha@fsmsdc.org

Myrtha Wroy has worked on both the East and West coasts and internationally. She had a period of private consulting and has over 28 years of managerial experience. She holds a master’s degree in science management from St. Thomas University and is fluent in English, French and Haitian Creole. Her fields of expertise include, but are not limited to, business assessment, business development, compliance, contract management, project management, grant support, procurement, acquisitions and small business assistance. Myrtha holds certifications in procurement and contracts management and FDOT Title VI compliance. She expands her diverse background by providing the best services to stakeholders. Myrtha is part of multiple associations, including the National Contract Management Association (member), Miami Shores People of Color, dba, South Florida People of Color (board member and Director of Operations), Sosyete Koukouy (member and Facilitator of Events), Miami Book Fair, Little Haiti Book Festival (Planning Committee member), The Children’s Trust (Volunteer Grant Reviewer) and Volunteer Match (member).

Alciades (Al) Velasquez

Senior Project Manager

Al Velasquez is a seasoned professional with an extensive background in project management, business consulting, strategic planning, economic impact studies, demographic analysis, data analysis and computer tools. He has provided industry insight, expertise, input and leadership to minority business owners with the development and implementation of strategic planning based on internal and external factors, financial analyses and budgets. SWOT analysis, Blue Ocean Strategy and Porter’s Five Forces are some business-analysis methodologies that have been advised. He holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering and an MBA from University of Phoenix, Baton Rouge campus. He has gone through certified global business professional (CGBP) training at University of Texas – Institute for Economic Development and has had training on PMI – Program Management Professional (PgMP).

George B. Brooks, Jr., Ph.D.

Ag Tech & Aquaponics Expert
Special Consultant - MBE Aquaculture program

Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. is a 40 year seasoned professional in aquaculture (the farming and husbandry of aquatic animals and plants) including one of the more recently introduced aquaculture technologies, aquaponics. His background includes, business management, aquaculture system and farm design, Agtech/Agrifood Tech, strategic planning, urban planning, transformational leadership, disruptive innovation, supplier diversity, urban water use, constructed wetland waste treatment and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Science) education.

A powerful public speaker including TED Talks, he is an award-winning writer for scientific and popular publications including Aquaculture Magazine, was the University of Arizona’s first aquaculture Extension specialist and helped to write the rules and regulations for aquaculture in the State of Arizona.  He currently teaches the college accredited aquaponics course at Mesa Community College in Arizona.

He holds an earned Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries with a focus on aquaculture from the University of Arizona and Masters Degree in Biology with a focus on marine aquaculture systems from San Diego State University.