|Stephen Black, Sales and promotion
Manager of FDABM
With claims of
cancer-curing powers, the medicinal mushroom Agaricus blazei murill fungi is
making its way around the globe, thanks to distributors like FDABM Center. Maki Nibayashi talks to Sales and Promotion Manager
Stephen Black about opportunities at his growing company.
Tell us a bit about
Our company was originally called Saisho K.K., but we are expanding into an English
speaking market, so we set up the FDABM Center (Freeze Dried Agaricus Blazei Murill). The
FDABM Center at this point is small, mainly my partner and I and three assistants in the
States. We started the center this year, and it is growing rapidly; we need more staff
here in Japan. ABM stands for Agaricus blazei murill. It strengthens and
nourishes the immune system, and there is research documenting its positive effects on
many diseases. It was first "discovered" by an American professor in 1965. A few
years later, two Japanese professors presented papers to the Japanese National Cancer
Institute. The ABM industry began shortly after that. Today, there are about 250 companies
At the FDABM Center, we co-ordinate sales between individuals and distributors in the
English-speaking world and develop international marketing plans. At FDABM Center we
mainly educate and process orders for ABM. At times, the work is rewarding, as some of the
requests come from those suffering from serious diseases. We also have fun at the New York
show in the fall, and we are trying to set up a "ABM Mushroom Night" with a
couple of Japanese and New York bands and some Brazilian musicians. If there are any
musicians interested, they can reach us through the website.
What is FDABM?
ABM has been in use here in Japan for nearly 30 years and, in terms of sales it is the
top-selling health supplement here. We sell only the freeze-dried form of ABM, hence the
name FDABM. Our supplier, Taiai, was the first company in the world to grow it in a
commercial, controlled environment. They are certified by the Japanese government as a
producer of food. Taiai is the only company in the world to make the freeze-dried form of
ABM. For those who want to take ABM for health reasons, we believe our form is the most
efficient, convenient and economical. And, FDABM tastes good. It can be used in soups,
salads, pastas - anything that regular mushrooms can be used in.
What kind of people are you looking for?
We are looking for people who understand the value of health, nutrition and human
relationships. Our staff passionately believes in what they do. Because most of our work
occurs in an English-speaking environment, some level of English language ability is
required. We welcome inquiries from anyone, any age or any background. The more
computer-literate, the better, but we can train if necessary.
What are the responsibilities/salaries that accompany the positions?
If someone is genuinely interested in making the FDABM center a part of his or her life,
we will do everything we can to find a way to make it work. It is possible to process
orders at home part time, for example. There may be a situation where we need coordinating
assistance for the upcoming shows, and many sales and distribution possibilities. Again,
the FDABM center is new and growing quickly. Salary would be better-than-average in nearly
all areas. Skills and experience are also a factor. Besides salary, we are trying to
create a flexible, fun work environment. Most importantly, we are sharing a positive part
of Japanese health with the rest of the world.
Anyone interested should take a look at our website, www.freezedriedagaricus.com
through which you can email résumés (no attachments please).
Do you have a
position to fill? Email email@example.com