President of Agri-Systems International, Gerald “Jerry” R. Senra, 86, died August 16, 2015, at his family home in Miami, Florida. His remains are interred at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida.
Senra was born July 23, 1929, in London. At a young age, he moved with his father, who was Spanish, to Spain, where he completed his studies and obtained a bachelor’s degree in agrarian and feed technology from Universidad Politecnica Madrid. In the early 1950s, Senra moved to the U.S., where he was later drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War.
Senra’s career in agribusiness began in 1957 at equipment manufacturer Sprout Waldron, where he worked for 14 years as sales director for Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1971, he began working for CPM, provider of process equipment and automation systems, as director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In 1974, Senra established his own business, Agri-Systems International Inc. (ASI), specializing in feed equipment, mills, plants and machinery with the exclusive purpose of designing feed manufacturing facilities for the animal, pet food and poultry industries. After success within Latin America and the Caribbean, he became extensively involved with activities in the Chinese market. Through ASI, sold the first American feed mill for balanced feed in China.
From 1985 to 1987, Senra worked for American Feedmilling Systems Inc., a division of E. Holzer Inc., as vice president of sales. In 1988, CPM offered Senra the opportunity to work in Spain as general director for Europe. He accepted the offer and moved with his family to Tarragona, Spain. In 1994, Senra moved back to Miami, Florida, with his family to focus on ASI as president.
Senra is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gladys R. Senra and their two children, Gladys Sofia Senra and Natalie Pilar (Nicholas) Katsaras; three children from a previous marriage, Carmen (Sandor “Alex”) Varga, Luisa (the late Stephen "Craig") Ellis, and Antonio “Tony” (Laurie) Senra; seven grandchildren, Angelika Katsaras, Joe Owens, Bruce (Erika) Senra, Kiel Varga, Johnathan “Scott” Ellis, Amanda Senra, and Shannon Senra; and two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Senra and Jozsef “Joe” Senra.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Gertrude Senra; their daughter, Teresa “Teri” Hawkins; and grandson, Jozsef Varga.