Mr. Holtzman has served as a member of Agrify’s Board of Directors since July 2022. Mr. Holtzman serves as Operations Director at Ocean 14 Capital, a private equity impact fund focused on the Blue Economy. Mr. Holtzman also serves as the Investments Principal at Pontos Aqua. Pontos Aqua is a founding partner of Ocean 14 Capital. Mr. Holtzman launched the advisory business of Pontos, as well as Pontos’ direct investment in recirculated aquaculture farming (PRC). He managed Pontos’ direct investment in PRC and the private equity and leveraged buyout practice. Additionally, Mr. Holtzman is a founding officer of Stronger America through Seafood, which strives to increase the production of healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood in the United States.
Prior to joining Pontos and Ocean 14, Mr. Holtzman was the Vice Chairman of Capitol Peak Asset Management, which focused on infrastructure projects and companies in Rural America. Prior to Capitol Peak, Mr. Holtzman was appointed by President Obama as the Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture. For six years, Mr. Holtzman advised the Secretary on the development of new public-private partnerships, aquaculture, trade, biotechnology, and international food security. He also served as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services and as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs. In these roles, Mr. Holtzman represented the United States in its negotiations with the Peoples Republic of China as a four-time Delegate on the Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade, and he was regularly involved with a multitude of international trade issues, trade missions, and trade negotiations. He also served as the United States Chairman of the North American Biotechnology Initiative, which includes the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Holtzman, an attorney for over 25 years, provided strategic consulting to multi-national companies related to transportation infrastructure, project finance, public-private partnerships, health care, and government procurement. He also served as a City Attorney and Special Counsel to several municipalities. Mr. Holtzman is a Board Member of The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, he is the Founding Chairman of Adopt-A-Classroom, and he sits on the Global Advisory Council of Secure System. Mr. Holtzman received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and his law degree from the University of Miami.