Innovation in Agriculture Healthcare – Industry Specific Benefits Management



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There’s no better time than now to get firsthand knowledge from healthcare benefits experts and agriculture industry professionals who will share their experience in developing and implementing innovative healthcare solutions specific to the ag industry. Talking about real-world, current-event experiences, giving honest assessments and discussing strategies for the future will set up an engaging and open discussion. 

Some important takeaways will include:

  • Examples of unique and innovative healthcare programs specific to the ag industry 
  • Tactics to make those programs cost effective for both employers and their employees
  • The impact COVID-19 is still having on ag industry employees’ well-being
  • Why offering benefits, such as a health and wellness center, are important

This insightful roundtable will be moderated by Roland Fumasi, Ph.D., senior vice president/North American head of Rabobank’s RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness, with industry experts Kirti Mutatkar, CEO of UnitedAg; A.J. Cisney, general manager of Rancho Guadalupe, LLC and David Nikssarian, president of Nikssarian Insurance Services, all joining in to provide their unique perspectives. 

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Kirti Mutatkar

Kirti Mutatkar assumed the role of CEO of UnitedAg in May 2014. Under her leadership, UnitedAg is empowering its members and employees to take a unique and collaborative approach in working together to provide new and innovative solutions to health care and ultimately to position UnitedAg as one of the foremost agricultural associations in California. Through this collaboration, Kirti has been able to cultivate a deeper understanding of UnitedAg’s mission that comes from understanding the members, the industry and their respective needs. Kirti is tireless in her efforts to engage with members by visiting them in the field, providing informational forums and eagerly leaving her door open for ongoing dialogue. 

Kirti joined UnitedAg in 2001 as the chief financial officer for 10 years. Kirti currently serves as treasurer for Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA), board member for the Agricultural Council of California and director at large for AgSafe. Kirti was nominated by the Orange County Business Journal for the 2018 "Women of the Year Awards" and was awarded the "Reinvention" Award by the Association of Corporate Growth in Orange County.


A.J. Cisney
General Manager 
Rancho Guadalupe, LLC

Aaron “A.J.” Cisney is general manager for Rancho Guadalupe, LLC and a managing partner of Blair Crop Services, both located in Santa Maria, Calif. Rancho Guadalupe is a vegetable growing company, currently producing broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, celery, strawberries and raspberries on approximately 6,000 crop acres. At Rancho Guadalupe, A.J.’s responsibilities include financial analysis, regulatory compliance, risk management and pest management. He joined Rancho Guadalupe in 2000 as a safety officer. During his many years with the company, he has been involved in all operation facets, becoming general manager in fall 2007.

A.J. has served several industry organizations at the board level. He is a past chair of the AgSafe board of directors and Grower-Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. A.J. is currently chairman of the board of UnitedAg. His numerous other board committees and commitments keep him busy on and off the ranch.


David Nikssarian 
Nikssarian Insurance Services, Inc. 

David Nikssarian has proudly served with a commitment to excellence in the insurance industry for over 38 years. He and his wife and business partner, Mary, established Nikssarian Insurance Services, Inc. in 2003. David is a licensed life and health agent since 1982. He is a past president of the Central Coast Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).

Prior to Nikssarian Insurance Services, Inc., David was a regional manager for the insurance services division of an agricultural association. In this capacity, David was responsible for seven field offices and provided leadership to a regional staff of 30. He was responsible for hiring, training and managing seven sales producers, and directly handled an account executive district that grew to become the largest in the organization. Reflecting his commitment to excellence, David was awarded Quality Employee Awards and participated in extensive Total Quality Management Training. He is also an Eagle Scout, the recipient of the Santa Lucia District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award from the Monterey Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.



Roland Fumasi, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President/North American Head
Rabobank’s RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness

Roland Fumasi is a senior vice president and the North American head of Rabobank’s RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group. Roland is responsible for managing a team of 20 highly respected analysts, who each specialize in a specific sector within food and agriculture. Previously, Roland served as a senior RaboResearch analyst, covering the North American fruit, vegetable and tree nut industries. He combines a background in agribusiness research with international market development and finance experience in the agriculture industry. 

Prior to joining Rabobank, Fumasi served as a senior executive in the equipment industry, beginning in 2008. From 2005 to 2008, Fumasi served as a research associate for the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, where his research focused on specialty crops and alternative energy (biofuel) production. Prior to receiving a doctorate degree, Roland was an active researcher at the California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops at the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). From 1998 through 2003, Fumasi served as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley in Visalia, California, where his business focus was comprehensive financial planning for agricultural families. 


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