board of directors

board of directors

 

Glenn Simpson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Glenn Simpson is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Simpson joined the Company in October 2011. He has extensive experience in the beverage industry. Mr. Simpson was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coca-Cola Bottlers, Inc. in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 1995 to 2000. His primary responsibilities included corporate strategy and supervision of bottling and distribution operations. His accomplishments included growing revenues from a base of $5 million to over $160 million annually. The company was awarded “Bottler of the Year” by The Coca-Cola Company for two consecutive years under his leadership based upon product quality and revenue growth. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Simpson was engaged in beverage projects on a consulting basis in Russia and Afghanistan. Mr. Simpson is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from Columbia University School of Business.

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Jeffrey Devlin

Board of Directors Member

Jeffrey Devlin has served on the Board of Directors of the Company since January 2012. Mr. Devlin has over 25 years of advertising and business development. Mr. Devlin currently serves as Chairman, US Government Practice at WPP, which is the world leader in marketing communications services. 

He has held various other executive and creative positions over the course of his advertising career, including launching the introduction of Diet Coke for The Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Devlin currently serves on the board of directors of a number organizations. Mr. Devlin received a Bachelor’s degree from Bethel University and completed graduate work at Dartmouth College.

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Peter Spinner

Board of Directors Member

Peter Spinner joined the Board of Directors of the Company in March 2014. He is the founder and managing director of Wyatts Torch Equity Partners LP (“Wyatts”), a family business focused on public and private investments in the food and beverage industry. As General Partner and Portfolio Manager of Wyatts, Mr. Spinner is responsible for investing the assets of the Partnership. Prior to forming Wyatts, Mr. Spinner was with Ardent Asset Management. Prior thereto he was a portfolio manager and an equity analyst at Trellus Capital Management focusing on technology, media and telecommunications. During his tenure at Trellus Capital Management, assets under management expanded from $100 million to $2 billion. Previously, Mr. Spinner was an analyst and Portfolio Manager at Irvine Capital and Forstmann, Leff Associates. Mr. Spinner began his career at Salomon Brothers Inc. in the equity trading division. Mr. Spinner received his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College and his MBA from Fordham University.

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Robert Kaufman

Board of Directors Member

Robert Kaufman joined the Board of Directors of the Company in April 2015. Since 2012, Mr. Kaufman has served as the General Manager of Woodstock Farms Manufacturing. Woodstock Farms is a natural and organic food manufacturer with over 250 products in 10 categories selling to the natural and organic sector. Woodstock Farms is a division of United Natural Foods, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company with over $6 billion in annual revenue. From 1985 to 2011, Mr. Kaufman served in sales management roles at Performance Food Group, including Director of Special Segment Accounts. Performance Food Group is a broad line food distributor.

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Nicholas Giannuzzi, Esq.

Advisory Board Member

Nicholas Giannuzzi, Esq. joined the Company in July 2012 as an Advisory Board Member. In 2010, Mr. Giannuzzi founded the Giannuzzi Group LLP, a premiere law firm dedicated solely to guiding clients to achieving their business, brand and product development goals. Servicing a unique and important part of consumer-driven businesses, the firm’s tailored experience and resources enable their clients to meet the unique range of legal challenges facing consumer brands such as brand and infrastructure development, raising capital, market implementation, consumer acceptance, and ultimately, selling their business. Mr. Giannuzzi began the practice of law at the prestigious Wall Street firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts. He became the first outside counsel for Glacéau (Vitaminwater and Smartwater) in 1999. Since then, he has managed a practice focused on the legal representation of small to mid-sized consumer products companies which have become some of the best known and most successful category leaders in the United States.

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