Mission Statement The Foram Group Charitable Foundation is dedicated to finding, encouraging, and providing financial or
technical support to individuals and organizations that are experimenting with “controlled environment”
farming methods such as aquaponics and vertical farming.
Where we are from - Foram Group, Inc was founded in 1978 to provide fiduciary real estate services to high net worth individuals and families who invested or wished to invest in large farm, ranch, or timber properties in the Southeastern United States. Driven by a “sustainable philosophy” in agriculture, we have grown our clients’ rural portfolios to over 20,000 acres of farm, timberland, and master-planned communities and have matured into other areas of interest including vertical development and most recently “Controlled Environment” Farming. We developed and managed the Brickell World Plaza office building in Miami, Florida and The Bartram Apartments in Gainesville, Florida. Both LEED Certified developments. Now, we are incorporating this same “sustainable philosophy” into “controlled environment” farming.
Where we are going - With our background in agriculture and focus on cutting edge infrastructure we have created the Foram Group Charitable Foundation to help foster and accelerate the development and implementation of "controlled environment" farming. This method of farming is the best way to tackle the waste and inefficiencies of our current food production systems. We also seek to educate individuals about this method of farming to garner further interest in its development and implementation.
How we are going to get there - We support individuals and organizations that share our goals via financial and/or technical support. Through this system, we will elevate novel ideas that have the potential to make "controlled farming" economically viable.
Armstrong State University - Foram Group Charitable Foundation is working in partnership with Armstrong State University to deliver the next generation in food production to the mass market. With Foram Group Charitable Foundation’s financial support and Armstrong’s faculty and facilities; a state of the art solar powered aquaponics system will be built on the university campus. This facility will allow research to be conducted by faculty and students in an interdisciplinary course for the advancement of sustainable aquaculture.
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Loretta H. Cockrum, President - Loretta H. Cockrum founded Foram Group in 1978 as a farm and ranch management company. After 33 years of success in agricultural and commercial real estate management and development, Loretta turned her focus toward funding new and innovative methods of food production. In 2011, the Foram Group Charitable Foundation was founded by Ms. Cockrum with the sole mission of finding and fostering individuals and organizations involved in "controlled farming.”
William Urban, Director & Secretary - Mr. Urban has lead a distinguished career in public accounting, including several years as head of the audit department of a national publicly traded accounting firm. He has 33 years of experience in the real estate, wholesale/retail, transportation, education, banking, and nonprofit industries. Mr. Urban's familiarity with the governance and reporting practices of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations is invaluable to the Foundation.
Christopher Senneff, Director and IT/R&D - Mr. Senneff has a keen interest in the mission of the Foundation Coupled with his knowledge of technology, his interest in the development of techniques and devices that deal with a sustainable future will rapidly advance the research and development efforts of the Foundation.
Travis Stringer, Director - Travis Stringer, Director - Mr. Stringer graduated in 2013 from University of San Francisco with a dual degree in Business and International Finance. He began work as a financial analyst in the Los Angeles US headquarters for Westfield, an international developer, owner and manager of high end shopping malls. In November of 2014, He joined Foram Group, Inc. as a principal and president.