giobanie richtfort
Giobanie Richtfort

Sr. Finance Manager of Phosphate Operations,
The Mosaic Company

Tell us about your business and what you do?
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two essential crop nutrients. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical natural resources. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. More information about Mosaic is available at www.mosaicco.com.

What makes your business stand out?
The Mosaic Fertilizer Company stands out because it stands together as a family, unified in a commitment to our communities, as well as the safety of the environment and each other.

Why have you been successful?
Mosaic has worked hard for more than a decade to remain a strong community partner, work alongside our neighbors and educate those around us about the critical need for phosphate as we work to help the world grow the food it needs. I have worked for the Phosphate industry since 1996. I am honored to work for an organization that cares about the Community, Environment and Employee’s Safety with a mission to help the world grow the food it needs.

What advice would you give for someone planning to do business in Manatee County today?
First, connect with the chamber. Manatee’s Chamber of Commerce stands at the core of our community, at the forefront of the most critical issues and a constant advocate for businesses large and small. Second, work with a local school. The business-school partnership is crucial for both entities as we work together to grow a strong workforce.

Why did you choose to be involved in ‘Together Manatee’?
Together Manatee offers an incredible opportunity to join forces and find solutions. It brings a strong group of community leaders to the table tasked with helping important projects come to fruition. It is a joy and an honor for Mosaic to work alongside such incredible advocates for our community and be a part of Together Manatee.