Great news for Naïo ! We are glad to welcome Marcus Dunning, our Sales Director for North America who joined Naïo beginning of the month. Some questions for this new key recruitment!
A new Sales Director
- Where do you come from ?
I grew up in Northern California and moved to the Central Coast to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1995. I have lived on the central coast of California ever since and currently reside in Paso Robles.
- Why have you decided to join Naïo’s adventure?
Automation is the future of agriculture, and Naio’s solution is a perfect fit for growers. I see the tremendous opportunity for growth in North America and want to be a part of driving that growth.
“My main goals are to grow our current business in California.”
- What will be your main missions?
My main goals are to grow our current business in California. We need to grow our customer base as well as our brand recognition within the US vegetable market. To accomplish these goals, we are currently building our US team as well as expanding our fleet of Robots. We now have three Dino’s in the US and look to expand this fleet even further by the end of the year.
- How do you see the market of agricultural robotics in the US?
The US market for robotics in agriculture is growing quickly. The current Covid-19 issue has highlighted a lot of issues in the agriculture supply chain due to labor availability, and robotics/automation can help to solve some of these problems. I believe we will see a growth in the adoption rate of such technology over the next few years, as well as exponential growth in the technologies we can use to improve the capabilities of our platform. Investment and further innovation in the Ag Tech sector will help drive this growth, and I believe we will see great success very quickly.
“Robotics and automation will provide a solution to one of their most significant issues, LABOR.”
- What will it bring to farmers?
Robotics and automation will provide a solution to one of their most significant issues, LABOR. As labor availability becomes more limited, and the cost of labor continues to rise due to minimum wage increases and other legislation, growers are forced to find ways to make their operations more efficient. They need to be able to utilize the labor they do have as best they can, and things such as automation and autonomous vehicles will provide a much-needed solution.