BevNET Live Summer 2015
Director of Strategy & Business Development, Earthbound Farm
CEO & Founder, Daily Greens
Shauna Martin obtained her BA from the University of Central Arkansas and her JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She has over 18 years of experience as a corporate attorney, and has obtained a variety of awards recognizing her work, which includes technology law, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and corporate matters. In 2005, Shauna was diagnosed with breast cancer. With a young family to care for, she turned to daily green juicing to recover from the trauma of multiple surgeries and the toxic effects of chemotherapy. After discovering its life-restoring power, she made it her mission to get a green juice into the hands of everyone that she can every day, so that all can thrive as she has. Founding Drink Daily Greens LLC in 2012, Shauna now works to accomplish this mission through crafting new and delicious recipes and selling her Daily Greens, which are now sold in retail outlets nationwide. Although Daily Greens is now her full-time gig, Shauna co-founded Grable Martin Fulton PLLC in 2013, otherwise known as the GeneralCounselHub.com, where she continues as a member today. Today, Shauna lives in Austin, Texas, drinking her veggies, with her husband, Kirk, and their 10 year old son, Cooper.
CEO, Dora's Naturals
VP of Business Development, Dora's Naturals
CEO & Founder, Uncle Matt's Organic
Matt's passion for farming and his steadfast commitment to the organic life led Matt to create Uncle Matt's Organic, Inc. in 1999, one of the fastest growing organic juice and fresh fruit brands in the U.S. Prior to that, Matt managed his own juice brokerage business that exported juice to Europe and the Middle East. A seventh generation Floridian, Matt's citrus roots date back four generations to his great grandfather who farmed without the use of harmful pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Today, Matt, also known as "Uncle Matt", manages over 1,000 acres of organic citrus along with his father and other family members. Fully integrated from farming to manufacturing to marketing, he also serves as a consultant for farmers wishing to convert to organics.
Senior Director Retail Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors
Chris Hickey is President of The Isopure Company - a leading sports nutrition company doing business in over 40 countries. Chris has consistently excelled building brands and businesses in a variety of corporate environments including Procter & Gamble, General Mills, MolsonCoors, Abbott Laboratories, and private equity-backed Athletes' Performance, Inc (now EXOS). Chris was recruited to The Isopure Company in April 2013 to transition and grow the high-performance company from founder leadership and private equity ownership to scale and corporate ownership. In his time at The Isopure Company he has focused on building the Isopure brand via the "We're All More Than Muscle" campaign, driving awareness through media partners like GQ, Men's Health, and Shape, and extending the franchise with category-expanding innovations like Cocotein (the first protein + coconut water beverage) and JAVAPRO (the first protein + coffee beverage). In October 2014, Chris led the $153 million sale of The Isopure Company to Glanbia plc, the Ireland-based global performance nutrition and ingredients company. In his two years of leadership, Isopure has achieved 21% Revenue CAGR and 34% EBITDA CAGR competing primarily in the specialty (GNC, Vitamin Shoppe) and online channels (Amazon, Bodybuilding.com). Chris attended Villanova University where he earned his BS in accounting graduating cum laude. He then went on to obtain his MBA in Business Administration and Management at the University of Virginia - Darden Graduate School of Business Administration where he has a member of the prestigious Raven Society. Chris is a husband and proud father of two beautiful girls, Bridget and Megan. He practices the lifestyle he preaches and is an active individual whose hobbies include working out, kayaking and coaching his girls' basketball teams.
EVP & Practice Leader, IRI
Kathryn is a senior executive at SPINS LLC, currently overseeing business development and retail services to foster retailer growth in the natural/organic, health and wellness, and specialty-gourmet industries. She also manages SPINS' expanding consumer measurement services and product development divisions. Kathryn has over 20 years of experience in consumer packaged goods and retail experience at senior management levels. Prior to joining SPINS, Kathryn was the Vice President of Grocery and Corporate Brands at BI-LO, LLC. She also served as the Vice President of Grocery at Ahold USA and worked in the category management and sales group at Ralston Purina.
CEO, VOSS Water
Mr. Jack Belsito serves as the Group Chief Executive Officer at VOSS of Norway ASA. Belsito is the former chief executive officer of the Snapple Beverage group and long time senior executive for Cadbury Schweppes' North American beverage business. He has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer products industry and over 20 years in beverages with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Snapple and Cadbury Schwepps Americas Beverages.
Founder & CEO, Q Drinks
Founder & CEO, Dixie Brands, Inc.
Tripp Keber is co-founder and CEO of Dixie Brands, Inc. The company's flagship brand, Dixie Elixirs and Edibles makes more than 100 marijuana-infused products, including sodas, chocolates, topicals and tinctures. Dixie started in 2009 with two employees, and now has over 50 employees and operates in a new, state of the art 30,000 square-foot facility in Denver, Colorado.
Executive VP & CMO, Unified Grocers
One of the most respected voices in grocery in the U.S., Ms. Klug has worked with retailers like Vons, Supervalu, and Albertsons, where she was president for Southern California. She has also held executive positions with retail information supplier Catalina Marketing, developing network expansion programs for CPG sales teams. In her current position she is in charge of marketing for the largest retailer-owned wholesale grocery cooperative in the Western United States, comprising stores like Raley's, Haggen, Gelson's Markets and Superior Grocers, as well as stores ranging in size from neighborhood markets to small chains. Unified Grocers supplies more than 75,000 SKUs in its wholesale system, including specialty, organic, premium and functional beverages and foods.
Managing Partner, First Beverage Group
Nicole joined First Beverage Group in 2014 and leads the firm's investment banking efforts. Nicole has over 15 years of investment banking and corporate development experience and has extensive background providing financial advisory services to middle market companies, including mergers and acquisition transactions, debt and equity capital raising, restructurings and valuations. Some of Nicole's recent beverage clients have included Argo Tea, GoodBelly, Carolina Beverage Group and mix1 Beverage Company. Prior to joining First Beverage, Nicole was a Managing Director in the consumer investment banking group at Imperial Capital, where she led Imperial's efforts in the beverage, food and restaurant sectors. Nicole also worked in the investment banking divisions of Bank of America and Citigroup. Nicole also spent time managing the corporate development activities for Cooking.com, an online retailer of cooking-related products and a trusted source of online culinary content. Nicole received her B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. from UCLA, where she competed in cross-country and track and field. Nicole also holds a graduate diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics. Nicole grew up in Southern California and currently lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband and two boys.
Executive Vice President, Walmart
In March 2015 Jack Sinclair retired from his position as Executive Vice President at Walmart after being responsible for the world's largest grocery business for over 7 years.Starting his career at Shoppers Paradise in London, Jack has worked in the grocery sector for over 30 years. As well as working with Walmart in the US, he has held senior retail positions in the UK serving both Tesco and Safeway in both Merchandising,Marketing and Operations positions.He has extensive experience working with both large and small manufacturers to launch and develop new products across all food and drink categories.
Founder and CEO, Whynatte
Jesse Altman is the Founder and CEO of Whynatte, a ready-to-drink coffee company that's grown from a mixer in neighborhood bars, to on-premise distribution in multiple markets and nationwide distribution with the largest grocery chain in the US. With Whynatte, Jesse single-handedly built a market for a RTD coffee used as a mixer, parlaying this market into one of the fastest growing RTD coffee brands in the US. Over the past year, Jesse's overseen the brand's transition as an on-premise mixer, to a standalone iced latte, and most recently closed a national distribution deal with Kroger. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Jesse lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and while he likes pets, he has none.
Co-Founder, President and CEO, Chameleon Cold-Brew
Chris Campbell is Co-Founder, President and CEO of Austin, TX-based Chameleon Cold-Brew, the nation's first fair-trade and 100% organic cold-brew coffee company. Since Chameleon's founding in 2010, Campbell has successfully steered the company through triple digit annual growth and rapid expansion to more than 30 states and 1,400 stores nationwide. Campbell is a former consultant.
Founder and CEO, Temple Turmeric
The visionary behind Temple Turmeric's cold-pressed multi-functional beverage line, Daniel Sullivan is a classically trained artist who travelled the world studying cultures, languages and philosophy. Inspired by a passion for yoga, Ayurveda, and pranayama, Sullivan traveled to India, where turmeric had existed for thousands of years as an integral thread of the cultural fabric and daily life. Sullivan was introduced to organic biodynamic turmeric farming on a trip to Maui, Hawaii in 2009, where the pristine volcanic stories introduced him to the multi-functional properties of the ancient "wonder root."
Founder, Sherbrooke Capital
Since founding Sherbrooke Capital, John Giannuzzi has served as Managing General Partner and has recruited a team of professionals combining the financial, strategic and operational skills required to be successful investors in the HASL marketplace. John leads the firm's investment and portfolio strategy. He is involved in the operational plans and activities of each portfolio company including development of the go-to-market strategy, recruiting the senior team, and formulating its exit strategy. John currently sits on the Board of Directors of Advanced BioNutrition, Boathouse Sports, Ciao Bella, Farmigo, Halfpops and Kill Cliff; prior to exiting the investments, he was also on the boards of Oregon Chai, Izze, Food Should Taste Good and Angie's. Prior to co-founding Sherbrooke, John was Managing Director and Group Head at BankBoston. Prior to joining BankBoston, he was a Senior Manager in Corporate Development and Strategic Planning at MCI and a management consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton. John holds a master's degree from American University and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University.
Senior VP & Division Head, IDB Factors division of IDB Bank of NY
Louis Barone heads IDB Bank's Factoring Division which provides mid-market companies in adiverse range of industries working capital facilities as well as accounts receivable management and credit guaranty for everyday operations and growth. IDB Factors has offered these full outsourcing solutions, secured by accounts receivable and inventory as well as Letters of Credit for importation of goods for over 15 years. Louis' career in factoring, asset-based financing and related services has spanned 35 years with nearly half of those years spent on the international level. As Managing Director of the international factoring groups of GMAC Commercial Finance, HSBC Business Credit and Republic Business Credit he has traveled extensively throughout Asia, South America and Europe in his dealings with clients and correspondents. As a former board member of International Factors Group he has given numerous presentations on Supply Chain Finance, Import and Export Factoring and International Trade Flows. His background also includes senior management positions, portfolio management and business development. Louis serves on the Executive Committees of AAF&S Chapter of ORT America and AJ Congress and is active in fundraising for Israel Bonds. He has been a past honoree of the Chabad Vocational Schools and the New York Institute of Credit.
Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Justin is an attorney and shareholder in the Denver office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. His practice focuses on representing companies in the beverage, food, and dietary supplement and providing assistance on regulatory and legal issues. He reviews labels and packaging, websites and other promotional and advertising materials to ensure that the labels are technically compliant and appropriate claims are being made. He assists many companies with responses to FDA actions like warning letters, inspections and recalls, as well as FTC investigations. He also prepares and reviews industry contracts such as supplier and manufacturing agreements. And lately, he has been defending companies in class action lawsuits over labeling claims like "all natural" filed in California and other states.
President & Co-Founder, Purely Righteous Brands LLC
Greg has created and grown some of the world's largest and most successful brands during his 20-year career - launching 500+ items across 17 food and beverage categories into 12 countries - focusing primarily on the "natural green Space". Greg is currently president & co-founder of Purely Righteous Brands LLC (PRB), a boutique consultancy dedicated to fostering the growth of "green space" health food & beverage companies, including Earnest Eats, Arctic Zero, Epic Provisions, TEMPLE Turmeric, Tasty Brand and SUJA Juice. Under PRB, Greg served as Chief ofMarketing & Strategy for Suja, the #1 cold-pressured fresh juice brand in the US where he led business strategy, marketing, innovation, and retail customer development. There he positioned the portfolio, created & launched 35 new items (including two sub-brands) and built 3 sales channels. Prior to that, he served as CMO of Sambazon, the maker of fresh amazon superfood-based beverages. As CMO, Greg led marketing, strategy, innovation and business development for Coca-Cola's FUZE & Energy portfolio. He also worked for over 14 years as an executive marketer at Kashi/Bear Naked and Kelloggs.
Senior Vice President, Ganeden Biotech
Michael directs all sales, marketing and strategic business development activities for Ganeden Biotech. He has worked in the healthcare, biotech and bioinformatics arenas and has over 20 years of experience in business, including founding a national business growth consultancy firm, co-founding a national biomedical services firm and leading acquisitions and merger activities for a global medical services company. Michael also serves as a member of the executive board and is Vice President of the International Probiotics Association. Michael has received numerous awards for his business leadership, including being named one of Crain's Cleveland Business 40 Most Influential People Under 40, was a four time Weatherhead 100 winner and has been awarded two innovation awards. Michael sits on the boards of several for and not-for profit organizations and is active in regional economic development and entrepreneurial education initiatives. He holds degrees in Biomedical Technology and Business Administration.
Founder and President, Bell Advisory Services
Accounting & Advisory Partner, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP
Gregory Wank, CPA, CGMA, is an accounting and advisory partner at Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. Greg is the Practice Leader of the Firm's Food and Beverage Industry Group, providing accounting, business, and tax planning services to privately held companies throughout the industry, including many emerging brands, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. In addition to his keen focus on food and beverage companies, he retains some other consumer product companies including manufacturers and distributors of jewelry, apparel and textile, and furniture. As one of the metropolitan areas' foremost thought leaders in the food and beverage industry, Greg is often sought after as an expert panelist at industry events. He assists the growth of emerging brands as a strategic partner with AccelFoods.
Senior VP, Marketing & Innovation, Venturing & Emerging Brands (VEB), The Coca-Cola Company
Ms. Messina started in her role as EVP of Marketing and Innovation for Venturing & Emerging Brands in July, 2014. She started her career at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1994 with the Worldwide Media Department. She worked in Atlanta for five years in numerous global media roles, including Worldwide Media Director. In November 1999, Rebecca moved to Santiago, Chile and assumed the role of Marketing Services Director for the Andean Division. There she remained until 2001, managing media, promotions and marketing assets for Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. In 2001, Rebecca moved to Sydney, Australia on a one-year assignment where she worked as the Marketing Services Director for CC South Pacific Division. Following this assignment Rebecca moved to Paris, France where she first served as the Executive Assistant to the Division President and then moved into a marketing role for the European Group in November 2003. In February 2006, Ms. Messina was transferred to Atlanta from Paris to lead The Company’s effort to develop the vision and strategy behind its approach to marketing. As the Vice President, Global Marketing Capability & Integration, this included the creation of The Coca-Cola Way of Marketing, global agency management operations, the development and delivery of integrated marketing communication programs, and numerous cross functional, global strategies.