Jose A. Lopez, President, Marketing Arm International, Inc.
With a mounting concern for the worldwide harmful effects of many well-known and much used agricultural insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides, Jose A. Lopez founded Marketing Arm International, Inc. in 1993 to develop and market only environmentally safe and friendly agricultural products of the highest quality and performance. Proud to be “green,” the company’s products are used by farmers, agronomists, horticulturalists and even homeowners worldwide. From its humble beginnings in Jose’s living room, the company has grown to occupy 12,000 square feet, to a work force of 11 employees, and export sales of more than $8 million in 2010.
Born in the Cibao Valley in the Dominican Republic, Jose has spent his lifetime in agricultural sciences. He earned an Agronomy Degree in 1966 from the Loyola Institute in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic and a B.S. degree in Entomology in 1970 from Texas A&M University. In 1976 he earned an MBA from Rollins College. Once educated, Jose worked in management and sales for several agricultural and chemical products companies with concentrated customer bases in South American countries. Among the companies where he gained knowledge and skills in product development and distribution include Food Machinery Corporation, Abbott Laboratories and AgriDyne.