Robert Piasio

Rob is the CEO of Whole Oceans. Rob grew up in Yarmouth, Maine and is proud to be bringing Whole Oceans to Maine. He is a specialist in land-based aquaculture technologies, species, markets, distribution and personnel. Rob’s prior experience includes a 20+ year career as a finance and investment banking professional. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from William and Mary College.

Robert Piasio-CEO
Ben Willauer-Chief Development Officer
Chief Development Officer

Ben Willauer

Ben has extensive background in business development, portfolio management, and leadership training. Recently he has assisted with the incubation of a variety of Impact investment projects in aquaculture, fisheries restoration and clean technology. Ben founded the Hurricane Island Foundation and serves as a trustee of the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Ben received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University.

Chief Operating Officer

Jason Mitchell

Jason has more than 15 years of experience in ship-building operations management, most recently serving as the Director of Ground Assembly at Bath Iron Works. He is a seasoned leader in operations and manufacturing, with a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and a Master of Science from San Diego State University.

Jason Mitchell-COO
Joe McElwee
Chief Production Officer

Joe McElwee

Joe is the Chief Production Officer of Whole Oceans. He has more than 30 years of experience in the aquaculture industry, most recently as global sales and project manager for an RAS systems company. Joe holds a Masters of Business Administration from Open University and a diploma and certificate in aquaculture from Galway Institute of Technology in his native Ireland.

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Jacobsson

Eric Jacobsson has over 30 years of experience in finance, most recently serving as Senior Director of Finance for Pentair Water. Pentair Water is a division of Pentair (NYSE: PNR), a global leader in smart water solutions with 2017 revenues of $2.6 billion. Jacobsson played a key role in his ten years with Pentair growing revenues from $300 million to nearly $3 billion. Eric has a Bachelor of Science from California University Long Beach and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Eric Jacobsson
Jennifer Fortier-Outreach & Development
Outreach & Development Associate

Jennifer Fortier

Jennifer is a native of Ellsworth and has worked with a variety of marine and aquaculture businesses in Downeast Maine. She received a Master of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute, as well as Bachelors degrees in Marine Science and Microbiology.