- Former Skullcandy VP, Ron Ross, Named Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of EcoScraps; Brings Record of Success in Helping Innovative Startup Companies Grow
- Amy Yoder, Business Unit Head of Arysta LifeScience North America, Joins the Board of Directors to Advise the Company as it Prepares for National Expansion
PROVO, Utah — January 23, 2013 — EcoScraps, a provider of organic, chemical- and manure-free lawn and garden products, today announced veteran financial executive Ron Ross has been named the company’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. The company also announced that Amy Yoder, the Business Unit Head of Arysta LifeScience North America and an industry expert, has joined its board of directors.
Ross, most recently Vice President of Finance and Principal Accounting Officer at Skullcandy Inc., was a key player in the company’s rise from a Utah-based startup to one of the world’s leading headphone makers and helped oversee the company’s initial public stock offering in 2011. He has developed deep financial and operational knowledge from his time working in public accounting and from the years spent working with startups. In addition to his career achievements he holds a B.S. degree from the University of Utah, an M.S. degree from Boston University and an M.B.A from Bentley College.
“I am excited about joining EcoScraps and the opportunity to be part of a young energetic team working to introduce unique products into the market,” Ross said. “My experience working with a consumer-facing branded product company like Skullcandy translates well to the role I will play at EcoScraps. The company is in the early stages of its expansion and I look forward to implementing some of the processes I learned and leveraging some of the experiences I’ve had in my previous positions to help the company grow.”
In Yoder’s current position she is responsible for the company’s crop protection businesses in the United States, Canada and Australasia. Before joining Arysta LifeScience in 2010, she held a number of positions in the agrichemical industry including Senior Advisor to Atlas Advisors, President of the United Industries division of Spectrum Brands, Vice President and General Manager for Biolab of Chemtura, Vice President of the turf and specialty division of Nufarm, and President of the UAPTimberland division of United Agri Products, among others. Yoder is a graduate of Michigan State University, and holds a degree in agricultural technology and systems management.
“I’ve spent my career in the lawn and garden business and my passions have always centered around agricultural topics,” Yoder said. “EcoScraps is in a prime position to really shake up the way that we approach garden care and I look forward to being a part of the movement.”
Beneficial for both consumers and the environment, EcoScraps processes recycle more than 10,000 tons of produce waste annually. EcoScraps’ products are held to the highest eco-friendly standards while maintaining the industry’s best levels of lawn and garden performance. Made entirely from fruit and vegetable waste, these products are helping reintroduce nutrients into gardens across America that have been victim to soil nutrient depletion levels of nearly 80 percent over the course of the last century.
“We are lucky to have Ron and Amy join our leadership team, as the breadth of their talents will surely benefit EcoScraps at this important time in our company’s growth,” said EcoScraps CEO and co-founder, Dan Blake. “In his combined role as CFO and COO, Ron will oversee the company’s financial management decisions and operational processes and his wealth of experience, investment savvy and financial leadership will be an invaluable asset as our company focuses on national retail expansion in the coming year. Amy, a well-respected figure in the industry, will help develop EcoScraps’ strategy for the future and guide our company in a smart and strategic way that continues to benefit both consumers and the earth.”
For more information about EcoScraps, see the following:
- Visit the EcoScraps website: ecoscraps.com
- To purchase EcoScraps’ products online: ecoscraps.com/shop
- For more information about EcoScraps’ products: ecoscraps.com/products
- Learn about EcoScraps’ history: ecoscraps.com/story
EcoScraps is an organic lawn and garden products manufacturer that was established in 2010. Its process recycles food waste into nutrient-rich products that help plants grow healthier in the most environmentally friendly way possible. EcoScraps has received several awards in its short history, including the 2010 Sparkseed Innovator honor, 2010 SOCAP Scholar, Utah Business’ 2012 Sustainable Business Award and was named as one of the Top 25 Most Promising Social Ventures in America by Businessweek. To learn more about EcoScraps and its products, visit: ecoscraps.com.
Katy Laine Kenealy