Ricardo Ekmay

Department: Top 30 List 2023
Experience: Senior Vice President of Research & Development

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Ricardo Ekmay is the Senior Vice President of Research & Product Development for Arbiom Inc., a Durham, North Carolina-based agricultural technology company. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Arbiom has been recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as a recipient of the Life Sciences Award for Best Agricultural Technology Company and Best Early-Stage Product Development Company, respectively. Prior to his time at Arbiom, Ricardo spent several years as a Research Scientist with Dow AgroSciences LLC, garnering experience in product development, regulatory affairs, and science policy advocacy.

Ricardo received his BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and his MS and PhD in Poultry Science from the University of Arkansas. Ricardo returned to Cornell for completion of his post-doctoral studies. He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), Poultry Science Association (PSA), and American Society for Nutrition (ASN). He serves on various committees including the nutrition and aquaculture committees of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and the diversity, equity, and inclusion committee of ASAS. He also advocates for equity in the Hispanic-Latin community as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals.

Ricardo has been recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as a 40 under 40 Leadership Award recipient and by the University of Arkansas as an Outstanding Young Alumnus. He is originally from Los Angeles, CA and is proud of his Mexican and Colombian heritage.