Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Specialist Nutrition can advise farmers on how moist, and liquid feeds fit into their dietary system as well as on storing, preserving our feeds.
Roy Power

Roy Power

Managing Director, Arvum Group
Roy Power

Roy Power

Managing Director, Arvum Group

Roy is the fifth generation of the Power family to lead the family business originally established in 1859.

Roy’s formal training was in accountancy, but it wasn’t long before that was put aside to follow his passion for agriculture. Having gained experience with several multinationals in the area of plant breeding and variety trials, Roy joined the family seed business in the late eighties to set up the Seedtech research department.

Roy has served as President of the Irish Seed Trade Association (ISTA) and is currently the Chairman of the Plant Development Office in Ireland which oversees the implementation of plant breeders’ rights, while also chairing the Irish Brewing and Distilling Industry barley research group.

In 1999 Roy took over the helm when his father Declan retired, and with his knowledge of the brewing and distilling industries was quick to see the value-added opportunity in the co-product supply chain, setting up what is Specialist Nutrition today, in 2001.

Jim Buckley

Jim Buckley

Managing Director, Specialist Nutrition
Jim Buckley

Jim Buckley

Managing Director, Specialist Nutrition

Jim comes from a family farm background in Co Kildare. After leaving school, Jim went to UCD School of Agriculture and achieved a B Agr. Sc (Hons) in 1985. For 13 years Jim worked in a leading Agricultural Merchant as General Manager.

In 1998, Jim joined Forage Systems as Managing Director and continued to grow the business which later became Specialist Nutrition with the development of moist and liquids feeds market. Specialist Nutrition is now the leading supplier of high-quality feeds and supplements to progressive dairy and beef farmers in Ireland and the UK.

Jim is a member of the Agricultural Science Association, Irish Farmers Association and Irish Holsten and Friesian Association.

John Balbain

John Balbain

General Manager, Specialist Nutrition LLC
John Balbain

John Balbain

General Manager, Specialist Nutrition LLC

John was born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in Amsterdam, NY, and now operates his own farm, Ashwood Dairy, with his wife Sara and their three sons. After earning his B.S. from Cornell University, and his MBA from the University of Albany, he applied his combined formal education and farm experience to excel in management roles within the animal nutrition industry.

He has extensive experience in the area of business management and operations John is also a board member of the Dairy Calf and Heifer association and farm credit east customer service counsel. He also has two patents and continues to focus on bringing value to the US dairy industry. At Specialist Nutrition, he looks forward to continued change, and offering products and services to our customers that can assist and improve their operations.

Mia O’Loughlin

Mia O’Loughlin

Group Head of Marketing, Arvum Group
Mia O’Loughlin

Mia O’Loughlin

Group Head of Marketing, Arvum Group

Mia is Group Head of Marketing responsible for delivering marketing strategy across the Arvum Group of companies. Mia has previously held senior marketing positions with some of Ireland's top brands, creating award-winning campaigns for …

Originally from a family business in Co. Wexford, Mia is a strategic thinker bringing a market-driven approach to deliver profitable growth within our companies. With a deep consumer and customer understanding, she brings her unique perspective to the delivery of our marketing strategy.

Mia is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII) and Irish International Business Network (IIBN).

Pat Farrell

Pat Farrell

Group Finance Director, Arvum Group
Pat Farrell

Pat Farrell

Group Finance Director, Arvum Group

Pat joined the Arvum Group as CFO in 2009. He holds an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the National University of Ireland (UCC) and is a Member and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

He has twenty five years’ experience in senior finance and managerial roles across agri-business, high volume manufacturing and property sectors.

As well as finance, Pat takes a leading role in the information technology, compliance and legal aspects of the group’s various businesses.

Samantha Shapess

Samantha Shapess

Operations Manager
Samantha Shapess

Samantha Shapess

Operations Manager

Samantha Shapess has joined our growing US team as Operations Manager based in Syracuse, NY. While Sam is new to the New York dairy scene, she isn’t new to the New York farm scene, growing up in Phoenix, NY working on her families produce farm. Sam holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration as well as a MBA in Finance, achieving both degrees from SUNY Oswego.