Speaker Bios: General session – positive Aquaculture PR Panel

Carl B. Knoblock

Carl Knoblock serves as the District Director of the Virginia Small Business Administration
District Office. Prior to this he was acting SBA regional administrator for Region 3 and district director for Western Pennsylvania SBA district office. He has served as C-Level executive for innovative startups especially in engineering & environmental field. He has been involved in more than 50 crowdsourcing projects. Prior to becoming district director, Knoblock owned/operated small businesses from manufacturing to the service industry. He was a foster parent for over 10 years. He served our country in the U.S. Navy. Knoblock lives by simple philosophy: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein


Shannon Alexander

Shannon serves as the Coastal Resources Program Manager for the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission. With degrees in Environmental Science and Coastal Zone Management, Shannon enjoys combining science, planning, and education for proper management of populated areas near sensitive ecosystems. Programs under her supervision or advisement include groundwater planning, interpretive signage installation, solid waste disposal, climate adaptation, hazard mitigation, water quality BMP implementation, and ecotourism. She also enjoys being out in natural areas and sharing them with others, which she does primarily through her Middle Peninsula based ecotour company, Bay Country Kayaking. Bay Country Kayaking strives to bring unique outdoor experiences to residents, visitors, and school groups, to instill a sense of connection with the land and water as well as gain a better understanding and appreciation of how their actions impact these areas.

Harry Jarrett

Harry Jarrett is the owner of On Sunny Slope Farm, a wedding and special events venue on his family farm. He is an entrepreneur and developer with skills in digital and social media marketing.


Sherri Smith

Sherri is on the board of the Virginia Oyster Trail. Owner of The Genius Center, LLC, an online educational resource, and Lander Creative, LLC, a consultancy, Sherri is dedicated to the establishment of trust-based business cultures, advancement of entrepreneurship, community collaborations, creative pursuits, and re-thinking education.

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