Meet the Team

Helping early-stage food and beverage companies is what we do. Most of us have started brands of our own or been on founding teams. In fact, our team has over 100+ years of experience in the industry. We’re deeply familiar with the unique challenges/obstacles that you face in a rapidly evolving marketplace and uniquely positioned to help you solve them.

Annie
Anthony
Operations Engagement Manager
two truths and a lie
  • I won a college scholarship from Little Caesars after being nominated as one of the fastest pizza makers in the country
  • I've graced the cover of a Japanese Cat Magazine
  • I've met the Queen of England
Salar
Bin Javaid
Senior Operations Analyst
two truths and a lie
  • I can speak three languages
  • I was an engineer on an Airbus A321 test flight and helped fix the electrical systems when it was grounded
  • I rappelled off a five story building five times in the middle of a desert
Sarah
Casagrande
Director, Retail Sales Strategy
two truths and a lie
  • I hate to bake but love to cook
  • I was a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and used my "phone a friend"  to call my high school English teacher.
  • I have eaten ice cream (Cherry Garcia, to be exact) with Ben and Jerry, at Jerry's house in VT.

Sheryne
Castuera
Operations Associate
two truths and a lie
  • I don't like Chocolate
  • I was interviewed on the news once
  • I have over 100 selfies on my phone but have never posted any of them on social media
Ed
Davidson
Vice President, Operations
two truths and a lie
  • I have set up networks for the CIA
  • My name is listed on a monument in Reykjavic, Iceland
  • I can operate at least 8 different types of Heavy Equipment
Zach
DeAngelo
CEO/Founder
two truths and a lie
  • My Grandmother is an award-winning mystery author
  • I was born in Dallas Texas and had a wicked drawl
  • I once tried to re-create the majestic journey of James and the Giant Peach and got stuck in an oversized gourd
Sheldon
Dsouza
Senior Director, Process Development
two truths and a lie
  • I dressed as a waiter to infiltrate the premier party for Bourne Supremecy and stood next to Matt Damon
  • I have a twin who is 10 minutes older
  • In the course of a year, I kitesurfed the west coast from Washington to Baja
Tiffany
Lee
Product Development Manager
two truths and a lie
  • I used to do gymnastics, ice skating, and ballet as a kid
  • I tried waking up at 5am every day for a month
  • I once got a free upgrade to first class on a flight
Lianna
Lee
Product Development Food Scientist
two truths and a lie
  • I taught high school chemistry and physics for 3 years
  • I lived in three different countries growing up
  • I eat dessert three times a day

James
Mannering
Chief Financial Officer
two truths and a lie
  • I swam in the Amazon River
  • I've lived within 10 miles of where I was born my entire life (including college)
  • I once caddied for Luke Wilson
Rob
Maxwell
Chief Operating Officer
two truths and a lie
  • I once chased a burglar through Boston while driving a Mustang
  • I've had dinner with the former President of Iceland at his residence
  • I observed a riot in the streets of London from a rooftop where the London Police had snipers positioned
Suede
Mora
Human Resources Associate
two truths and a lie
  • I love chocolate so much that I planned a trip and spent two weeks in Brussels, Belgium
  • When I first started running seriously, I developed a stress-fracture in my femur and ran on it for two months without knowing
  • I moonlighted as a tech entrepreneur during my freshman year internship just to see if I could get in to a secret event, it worked
Kriszel
Peneiro
Operations Associate
two truths and a lie
  • I can't stand the smell and taste of cinnamon
  • I have driven 8 hours non-stop to buy a rare plant
  • When I was a kid, I almost burned myself alive when my angel wings made of cotton caught flame from a lit candle
Luke
Penney
Senior Director, Client Services
two truths and a lie
  • I once made 110 basketball free throws in a row
  • I went undefeated in ping-pong in high school
  • I once beat Matt Damon in a game of pool
Robin
Puskas
Chief Innovation Officer
two truths and a lie
  • As a child, I wanted to grow up to be an inventor
  • I've tried a cheesecake made with camel's milk and it was delicious
  • I used to work in a cheese cave under Bleeker Street
Melissa
Traverse
Director of Brand Growth
two truths and a lie
  • I spent a summer as a deckhand on a fishing boat in Bristol Bay in Alaska
  • I was a Pan Am flight attendant and flew DOD charters to Gitmo
  • A flock of chickens once cost me my job at an organic farm
Annie
Anthony
Operations Engagement Manager
two truths and a lie
  • I won a college scholarship from Little Caesars after being nominated as one of the fastest pizza makers in the country
  • I've graced the cover of a Japanese Cat Magazine
  • I've met the Queen of England
Salar
Bin Javaid
Senior Operations Analyst
two truths and a lie
  • I can speak three languages
  • I was an engineer on an Airbus A321 test flight and helped fix the electrical systems when it was grounded
  • I rappelled off a five story building five times in the middle of a desert
Ed
Davidson
Vice President, Operations
two truths and a lie
  • I have set up networks for the CIA
  • My name is listed on a monument in Reykjavic, Iceland
  • I can operate at least 8 different types of Heavy Equipment
Sheldon
Dsouza
Senior Director, Process Development
two truths and a lie
  • I dressed as a waiter to infiltrate the premier party for Bourne Supremecy and stood next to Matt Damon
  • I have a twin who is 10 minutes older
  • In the course of a year, I kitesurfed the west coast from Washington to Baja
Luke
Penney
Senior Director, Client Services
two truths and a lie
  • I once made 110 basketball free throws in a row
  • I went undefeated in ping-pong in high school
  • I once beat Matt Damon in a game of pool
Annie
Anthony
Operations Engagement Manager
two truths and a lie
  • I won a college scholarship from Little Caesars after being nominated as one of the fastest pizza makers in the country
  • I've graced the cover of a Japanese Cat Magazine
  • I've met the Queen of England
Sarah
Casagrande
Director, Retail Sales Strategy
two truths and a lie
  • I hate to bake but love to cook
  • I was a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and used my "phone a friend"  to call my high school English teacher.
  • I have eaten ice cream (Cherry Garcia, to be exact) with Ben and Jerry, at Jerry's house in VT.

Zach
DeAngelo
CEO/Founder
two truths and a lie
  • My Grandmother is an award-winning mystery author
  • I was born in Dallas Texas and had a wicked drawl
  • I once tried to re-create the majestic journey of James and the Giant Peach and got stuck in an oversized gourd
Sheldon
Dsouza
Senior Director, Process Development
two truths and a lie
  • I dressed as a waiter to infiltrate the premier party for Bourne Supremecy and stood next to Matt Damon
  • I have a twin who is 10 minutes older
  • In the course of a year, I kitesurfed the west coast from Washington to Baja
Rob
Maxwell
Chief Operating Officer
two truths and a lie
  • I once chased a burglar through Boston while driving a Mustang
  • I've had dinner with the former President of Iceland at his residence
  • I observed a riot in the streets of London from a rooftop where the London Police had snipers positioned
Melissa
Traverse
Director of Brand Growth
two truths and a lie
  • I spent a summer as a deckhand on a fishing boat in Bristol Bay in Alaska
  • I was a Pan Am flight attendant and flew DOD charters to Gitmo
  • A flock of chickens once cost me my job at an organic farm
Ed
Davidson
Vice President, Operations
two truths and a lie
  • I have set up networks for the CIA
  • My name is listed on a monument in Reykjavic, Iceland
  • I can operate at least 8 different types of Heavy Equipment
Tiffany
Lee
Product Development Manager
two truths and a lie
  • I used to do gymnastics, ice skating, and ballet as a kid
  • I tried waking up at 5am every day for a month
  • I once got a free upgrade to first class on a flight
Robin
Puskas
Chief Innovation Officer
two truths and a lie
  • As a child, I wanted to grow up to be an inventor
  • I've tried a cheesecake made with camel's milk and it was delicious
  • I used to work in a cheese cave under Bleeker Street
Sarah
Casagrande
Director, Retail Sales Strategy
two truths and a lie
  • I hate to bake but love to cook
  • I was a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and used my "phone a friend"  to call my high school English teacher.
  • I have eaten ice cream (Cherry Garcia, to be exact) with Ben and Jerry, at Jerry's house in VT.

Ed
Davidson
Vice President, Operations
two truths and a lie
  • I have set up networks for the CIA
  • My name is listed on a monument in Reykjavic, Iceland
  • I can operate at least 8 different types of Heavy Equipment
Sheldon
Dsouza
Senior Director, Process Development
two truths and a lie
  • I dressed as a waiter to infiltrate the premier party for Bourne Supremecy and stood next to Matt Damon
  • I have a twin who is 10 minutes older
  • In the course of a year, I kitesurfed the west coast from Washington to Baja
James
Mannering
Chief Financial Officer
two truths and a lie
  • I swam in the Amazon River
  • I've lived within 10 miles of where I was born my entire life (including college)
  • I once caddied for Luke Wilson
Tiffany
Lee
Product Development Manager
two truths and a lie
  • I used to do gymnastics, ice skating, and ballet as a kid
  • I tried waking up at 5am every day for a month
  • I once got a free upgrade to first class on a flight
Lianna
Lee
Product Development Food Scientist
two truths and a lie
  • I taught high school chemistry and physics for 3 years
  • I lived in three different countries growing up
  • I eat dessert three times a day

James
Mannering
Chief Financial Officer
two truths and a lie
  • I swam in the Amazon River
  • I've lived within 10 miles of where I was born my entire life (including college)
  • I once caddied for Luke Wilson
Rob
Maxwell
Chief Operating Officer
two truths and a lie
  • I once chased a burglar through Boston while driving a Mustang
  • I've had dinner with the former President of Iceland at his residence
  • I observed a riot in the streets of London from a rooftop where the London Police had snipers positioned
Luke
Penney
Senior Director, Client Services
two truths and a lie
  • I once made 110 basketball free throws in a row
  • I went undefeated in ping-pong in high school
  • I once beat Matt Damon in a game of pool
Robin
Puskas
Chief Innovation Officer
two truths and a lie
  • As a child, I wanted to grow up to be an inventor
  • I've tried a cheesecake made with camel's milk and it was delicious
  • I used to work in a cheese cave under Bleeker Street
Melissa
Traverse
Director of Brand Growth
two truths and a lie
  • I spent a summer as a deckhand on a fishing boat in Bristol Bay in Alaska
  • I was a Pan Am flight attendant and flew DOD charters to Gitmo
  • A flock of chickens once cost me my job at an organic farm
Sarah
Casagrande
Director, Retail Sales Strategy
two truths and a lie
  • I hate to bake but love to cook
  • I was a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and used my "phone a friend"  to call my high school English teacher.
  • I have eaten ice cream (Cherry Garcia, to be exact) with Ben and Jerry, at Jerry's house in VT.

Zach
DeAngelo
CEO/Founder
two truths and a lie
  • My Grandmother is an award-winning mystery author
  • I was born in Dallas Texas and had a wicked drawl
  • I once tried to re-create the majestic journey of James and the Giant Peach and got stuck in an oversized gourd
Sheldon
Dsouza
Senior Director, Process Development
two truths and a lie
  • I dressed as a waiter to infiltrate the premier party for Bourne Supremecy and stood next to Matt Damon
  • I have a twin who is 10 minutes older
  • In the course of a year, I kitesurfed the west coast from Washington to Baja
James
Mannering
Chief Financial Officer
two truths and a lie
  • I swam in the Amazon River
  • I've lived within 10 miles of where I was born my entire life (including college)
  • I once caddied for Luke Wilson
Melissa
Traverse
Director of Brand Growth
two truths and a lie
  • I spent a summer as a deckhand on a fishing boat in Bristol Bay in Alaska
  • I was a Pan Am flight attendant and flew DOD charters to Gitmo
  • A flock of chickens once cost me my job at an organic farm
Sarah
Casagrande
Director, Retail Sales Strategy
two truths and a lie
  • I hate to bake but love to cook
  • I was a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and used my "phone a friend"  to call my high school English teacher.
  • I have eaten ice cream (Cherry Garcia, to be exact) with Ben and Jerry, at Jerry's house in VT.

Zach
DeAngelo
CEO/Founder
two truths and a lie
  • My Grandmother is an award-winning mystery author
  • I was born in Dallas Texas and had a wicked drawl
  • I once tried to re-create the majestic journey of James and the Giant Peach and got stuck in an oversized gourd
Sheldon
Dsouza
Senior Director, Process Development
two truths and a lie
  • I dressed as a waiter to infiltrate the premier party for Bourne Supremecy and stood next to Matt Damon
  • I have a twin who is 10 minutes older
  • In the course of a year, I kitesurfed the west coast from Washington to Baja
James
Mannering
Chief Financial Officer
two truths and a lie
  • I swam in the Amazon River
  • I've lived within 10 miles of where I was born my entire life (including college)
  • I once caddied for Luke Wilson
Rob
Maxwell
Chief Operating Officer
two truths and a lie
  • I once chased a burglar through Boston while driving a Mustang
  • I've had dinner with the former President of Iceland at his residence
  • I observed a riot in the streets of London from a rooftop where the London Police had snipers positioned
Melissa
Traverse
Director of Brand Growth
two truths and a lie
  • I spent a summer as a deckhand on a fishing boat in Bristol Bay in Alaska
  • I was a Pan Am flight attendant and flew DOD charters to Gitmo
  • A flock of chickens once cost me my job at an organic farm
Annie
Anthony
Operations Engagement Manager
two truths and a lie
  • I won a college scholarship from Little Caesars after being nominated as one of the fastest pizza makers in the country
  • I've graced the cover of a Japanese Cat Magazine
  • I've met the Queen of England
Salar
Bin Javaid
Senior Operations Analyst
two truths and a lie
  • I can speak three languages
  • I was an engineer on an Airbus A321 test flight and helped fix the electrical systems when it was grounded
  • I rappelled off a five story building five times in the middle of a desert
Sheryne
Castuera
Operations Associate
two truths and a lie
  • I don't like Chocolate
  • I was interviewed on the news once
  • I have over 100 selfies on my phone but have never posted any of them on social media
Sheldon
Dsouza
Senior Director, Process Development
two truths and a lie
  • I dressed as a waiter to infiltrate the premier party for Bourne Supremecy and stood next to Matt Damon
  • I have a twin who is 10 minutes older
  • In the course of a year, I kitesurfed the west coast from Washington to Baja
Kriszel
Peneiro
Operations Associate
two truths and a lie
  • I can't stand the smell and taste of cinnamon
  • I have driven 8 hours non-stop to buy a rare plant
  • When I was a kid, I almost burned myself alive when my angel wings made of cotton caught flame from a lit candle