Mauget Expands Arbor Science Research and Development With Hiring of Industry Veteran Dr. Robin Spitko
November 30, 2017
Robin brings more than 35 years of plant pathology expertise to the first family of tree-injector technology
Arcadia, Ca – JJ Mauget Company, pioneers in the technology of tree injector systems, has announced the appointment of Dr. Robin Spitko as Chief Science Officer. Robin brings more than thirty-five years of experience working as a domestic and international research investigator for the agricultural chemical industry and universities. Robin’s extensive background includes project management and protocol design for traditional and organic agrichemicals. Dr. Spitko was chairwoman of the Government Affairs Committee, where she was responsible for coordinating legislative affairs for the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC) from 1996 through 2003. Robin has also been a proven expert witness in numerous trials involving agricultural litigation. She’s provided irrefutable testimony in several cases that were resolved favorably due to her expertise.
Every regulatory decision that’s made is transitioning agriculture. It’s happening with each new decision made.
Dr. Roberta Spitko 2002
Dr. Spitko reports directly to JJ Mauget’s President & CEO, Kellie Dodds. Robin will lead Mauget’s science team in research and development, expanding Mauget’s outreach regarding government and academic testing and contracts, upping Mauget’s presence with the scientific community. Robin will lend a hand in leveraging analytics enhancing the JJ Mauget company’s brand for a greater customer and industry awareness. In the era of Climate Change and possible domestic tree extinction, the need for a higher level of sophistication is required by our scientists for optimal implementation of Mauget’s products to continually be a leader in the technology of micro-injections systems.
“To say we are excited about having Robin joining the Mauget team would be a huge understatement. I met Robin 30 years ago at an industry conference. We clicked right away. Robin will immediately springboard Mauget to another level corporately and scientifically. Mauget has been in the tree injector business for almost 60 years serving the public. With Dr. Spitko’s input, we should have a greater outreach, enabling Mauget to continue to be the leader in tree-injector technology.”
After being the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in plant pathology at the University of Massachusetts in 1981, Robin and her partner, Glenn Morin, an entomologist, founded New England Fruit Consultants (NEFCON). NEFCON, an independent agricultural-consulting firm based in western Massachusetts offers a full suite of services to the commercial tree fruit industry in the Northeast. One of her responsibilities with NEFCON was to direct regional Integrated Pest Management recommendations to commercial tree fruit producers in her area. Dr. Spitko brings a comprehensive and diverse skill set from her decades of involvement within the agricultural arts.