We are focused on leading the world in commercial Black Soldier Fly insect farming using advanced sustainable agriculture methods. We cultivate insect-based protein for animal feed: poultry, fish, and pets.
We rear Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) using ultra high-efficiency, environmentally sound methods. BSFL are benign non-pest insects that can economically transform residues such as almond hulls into valuable proteins and premium soils. Using BSFL lets us close the loop of sustainable agriculture loop while addressing a pressing need: creating alternative protein to meet rising global food demand.
Hermetia Pro specializes in almond hull biomass conversion using BSFL. California Almond growers annually produce over 2.5 billion pounds of almonds; they supply over 80% of the global market and nearly 100% of the domestic market. California almond production annually yields 5 billion pounds of hulls and shells know as co-products. Currently there are limited uses for the hulls, however this clean biomass is ideael for biomass conversion using BSF. HermetiaPro’s strategic partnership helps the Almond Board of California reach their goal of zero waste by 2025 while also supplying soil supplements that are high in nitrogen, phosphorus and organic matter.
President and CEO – John Paul
John Paul is an entrepreneur with experience in a number of Central California Agriculture markets. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from California State University, Fresno. Born and raised in Fresno, CA, John is a 4th generation farmer growing organic tree fruit in Selma, CA. As a young man, John grew up in his family business—Bouquet of Fruits—and fell in love with the produce industry at a very young age. While pursuing his degree, John worked in a number of agriculture industries. During John’s first half of college, he gained experience in the retail arena with Trader Joe’s as well as produce procurement with Kroger. John later moved into the farm management side of AG helping develop an organic tree fruit program in Sanger, CA. Upon earning his degree, John left commercial production agriculture and grew his career into the crop irrigation industry with Reedley Irrigation & Supply directing sales & marketing growing the overall sales from $7M to $11M in eighteen months. He now leads the management and business development of HermetiaPro as its acting President.
Chief Engineer – Becca Cartier
Becca graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Physical Science. While in college, Becca led a team that submitted multiple research projects to NASA’s Reduced Gravity Flight Opportunities Program that focused on solving issues directly related to long-term space missions. She also participated in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Human Powered Vehicles Competition for four years, where she and her team competed against both national and international universities in the categories of design creativity, functionality, and speed. After graduation, Becca gained renewable energy engineering, warehouse management, and production experience at General Electric’s wind turbine manufacturing facility in Tehachapi. She also earned her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma while working there. Next, Becca picked up aerospace flight test engineering experience at Jacobs Technology on Edwards Air Force Base, where she specialized in-flight control monitoring focusing primarily on flutter, made real-time in-flight radio calls with pilots to ensure mission success and developed cutting-edge custom programs to monitor real-time flight parameters. Returning to Fresno, Becca worked at Sunrise Medical where she gained medical device production and quality audit experience. Becca also has years of experience in 3D printing and modeling, prototyping, programming, fabrication, as well as troubleshooting that have been used in a variety of applications.
Chief Engineer – Ben Runyon
Ben graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Fresno, and obtained minors in both Physical Science and Mathematics. During his education, Ben co-led a team that successfully performed a research experiment in weightlessness for NASA’s Reduced Gravity Flight Opportunities Program along with other teams from all over the country. After graduation, Ben began his engineering career as an Automotive Engineer performing research and development for Hyundai and Kia at the California Proving Grounds in California City, California. While working for Hyundai and Kia, Ben gained substantial experience in performance driving, cutting-edge robotics, advanced data analysis, and programming. After working for Hyundai and Kia, Ben obtained a position as a Public Works Engineer with the City of Fresno. There he gained large-scale project management experience working on the California High Speed Rail Project and the Fulton Mall Renovation in Fresno, California. After working for the City of Fresno, Ben acquired a lead Engineer position at a cold-pressed juicing company called Pressed Juicery which is located in Dinuba, California. There he obtained valuable experience in starting up a production facility, plant operations, production engineering, and site management. Ben has also worked as a part-time college professor teaching mechatronics and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) automation. Outside of his career positions, Ben also has advanced experience in prototyping, fabrication, welding, design, micro-controllers, and programming.
CIO – Tim Farrow
Tim Farrow started his journey in software development in elementary school by writing computer programs to solve math assignments. The hobby continued through high school when in the summer of 2013 he began his first software internship at Barracuda Networks. There he learned the essentials of UNIX computing and developed a passion for front-end data visualization. After graduating from high school, Tim chose to forego a college education in favor of pursuing a career. After working several part-time jobs and continuing his passion for software on the side, he decided to take a leap of faith with a young startup in May of 2016. He assumed the leading position of the company in November of the same year. Ever since Tim has run a profitable software consulting business-building applications for government agencies and private companies alike. His skills are now pointed at the development of custom software for HermetiaPro which allows them to track their data and improve their workflows.
Chairman of the Board/Principal Investor – Paul Parreira, Sr.
Paul brings over 4 decades of agricultural business expertise, market understanding, and leadership. A California Ag Leadership Alumni, Paul, and his family are fourth-generation California Central Valley farmers as well as own and operate a large almond hulling and shelling operation, almond processing plant and other global agricultural endeavors, serving over eighty countries worldwide.
Ecopreneur/Director of Marketing/Principal Investor – CJ Wilson.
Two-time Major League All-Star CJ Wilson joined in 2019 in a active marketing and fundraising role. With a well-rounded entrepreneurial vision for our team, CJ is branching Hermetia Pro out to new horizons and wide reach. Originally from Southern California, he attended Loyola Marymount University and studied International Business, Psychology and Film/ Screenwriting. After 16 years in professional baseball- dually serving on the executive negotiating committee between the MLB and MLB Players Union- he relocated to Fresno, CA in 2017 when he acquired luxury auto franchises from Audi, BMW and Porsche, and has grown them locally in rapid fashion.
CJ’s previous experience as a professional baseball player and brand ambassador overlaps a business focus on pragmatism and team building. Since having ventured into to a wide array of disciplines from retail to marketing, real estate development to beverages and cryptocurrency funds. As a father of two, CJ lives in Fresno with his wife, Lisalla, balancing traditional retail and futuristic visions for the Ag, Auto, IoT and finance focused business.
An experienced host and public speaker for events rangings from SEMA, the DARE program, and dozens of Charity events, CJ’s philanthropic endeavors take him from coast to coast over the last 15 years.