Digital Food & Beverage 2019

July 15 - 17, 2019

Hyatt Regency Austin, TX

Our Speakers

Kenji Gjovig
VP eCommerce Business

Kenji Gjovig is the VP of eCommerce Business for Albertsons Companies.  In this role he oversees the Marketing, Merchandising, and Catalog functions for eCommerce for all Albertsons’ banners across the US.  He has an amazing team based in Pleasanton, CA that is radically changing the way Albertsons partners with Suppliers to drive significant growth in sales and customer loyalty in eCommerce.

Kenji joined Albertsons in 2019.  Prior to this Kenji was a Partner in eCommerce at The Partnering Group, a retail and consumer goods consultancy.  Previously he was the VP of Partnerships & Business Development at Content Analytics, the leader in eCommerce analytics and content management.  Kenji spent 7 years at Walmart in various merchandising roles at Sam’s Club and including Buying an $800M category and leading Supplier Collaboration programs.  He also served in the US Navy’s submarine force for 7 years.

Kenji lives in a Half Moon Bay, CA, a suburb of San Francisco with his wife Bonnie and 4 children.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Oceanography from the US Naval Academy and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Barry Thomas
VP – Global Shopper & Channel Growth
The Coca-Cola Company
Ed Gleich
Chief Innovation Officer
Little Caesars

Ed Gleich is an experienced leader with a proven record of building brands and driving innovation at several of the nation’s largest restaurant chains, including Applebee’s, Arby’s, and Domino’s Pizza. He has unique and proven experience in identifying, executing and marketing incremental revenue growth initiatives by collaborating cross-functionally to deliver superior results. He earned a B.S. in business from Emporia State University and resides in the Detroit area with his wife Cynthia and his two sons. When he isn’t at Little Caesars, you can find him cooking and enjoying a meal with his family.

Guilherme Lebelson
Global VP of eCommerce and General Partner
AB Inbev/ZX Ventures

Guilherme Lebelson leads the eCommerce organization for AB Inbev globally and serves as General Partner for ZX Ventures Technology fund.

In 2015 he co-founded ZX Ventures, AB Inbev’s disruptive growth and innovation arm, through which Lebelson and his team developed the Company's digital footprint in over 20 countries in five continents by establishing partnerships with more than 150 online retailers and investing, building or acquiring startups in the Data, Digital Marketing, and eCommerce spaces.

ZX eCommerce ecosystem includes companies like: Beer Hawk, Saveur-Bière,, Master of Malt, Emporio da Cerveja, Beerhouse, Craft Society, Casa de la Cerveza, Ze Delivery, Booze Bud, Ratebeer and TMall Flagship Stores.

Lebelson has 18+ years of experience in the FMCG industry. Prior to his current role, he held several senior positions in ABI ranging from general manager of large business units to strategic roles in sales, marketing and organizational transformation.

Carolyn Littlefield
Head of eCommerce, North America

Carolyn Littlefield is the Head of eCommerce, North America for Anheuser- Busch. In this role she oversees the company’s strategy and relationships with all retailers selling beer online in the US and Canada. She has a dedicated eCommerce team, based in New York City, who work directly with each of their eRetail partners, such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, FreshDirect and Drizly, on Joint Business Planning, category management, and marketing strategy.

Carolyn joined Anheuser-Busch in 2011. In her prior role, she was the lead for US ePartnerships at Anheuser-Busch, overseeing and developing relationships with on-demand alcohol marketplaces and delivery companies like Drizly, Minibar, Saucey, and In the past two years on these platforms, both the beer category and Anheuser-Busch sales have more than doubled, so brand marketing and consumer experience is extremely important as eCommerce alcohol sales continue to grow.

Carolyn grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and currently lives in New York City with her Fiance Brandon. She graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.

Meenakshi Nagarajan
VP, Head of Marketing
Ellen Duncan
Group Director, Digital Platforms
The Coca-Cola Company
Ellen is Group Director, Digital Platforms for Coca-Cola North America. In this role, she is responsible for developing marketing solutions that empower all of Coca-Cola’s brands – from Simply to smartwater to Sprite– with the ability to deliver connected, personalized, and real-time brand experiences across touch points.  Previously, Ellen was a digital transformation lead at Accenture Digital where she oversaw global marketing accounts such as General Motors and Southwest Airlines.  Ellen is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and proud mom to two young girls.

Tim Madigan
Vice President eCommerce
Tyson Foods

Tim is responsible for driving Tyson Foods online sales and share through visionary leadership, operational execution, business strategy development, and outstanding collaboration with trading partners and agencies.  Tim is leading eCommerce through the development of new capabilities and new business models across Tyson’s Retail and Foodservice businesses. 

Tim began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1997 as a Sales Account Manager.  Throughout his 17 years at P&G, his experience included key customer account management, including Walmart and Sam’s Club, headquarter market strategy and planning, brand management, and eCommerce.  In 2009, he established the P&G eCommerce relationship with Walmart, earning three Supplier of the Year awards from Walmart.

Tim joined SC Johnson & Son in May 2014, as the Director of eCommerce, North America, and a year later expanded responsibility as the Director of Global eCommerce.  Tim was responsible for developing the eCommerce strategies, capabilities and infrastructure across the entire portfolio of SCJ products and markets.

In August 2016, Tim joined Tyson Foods as the Vice President of eCommerce.  

Tim holds a BS from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business. He resides in Winnetka, IL.

Rich Rodriguez-Mahe
US Group Lead, Drinkfinity
Rich is passionate about reinventing beverages. He does this by leading Drinkfinity's US business, a PepsiCo Venture that encourages people to “Peel, Pop and Shake” to create personalized beverages for every lifestyle at any time of day.

An MBA by training, he thrives in the intersection of Marketing and Innovation. Skilled in design of new-to-the-world brands, product development, brand building, creative and content development, strategic planning, insights and commercial relationships.

Prior to his current role Rich spent a decade in varied PepsiCo businesses in Global and LATAM both in Purchase, NY and Miami, FL.
Beverly Stotz
Chief Marketing Officer
illy caffe North America
Ramesh Reddy
SVP - Digital and IT
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
James T. McLaughlin Jr.
CEO & President
Intelligentsia Coffee

James McLaughlin is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Intelligentsia Coffee, a company that pioneered the ideals of exceptional quailty, transparency, and innovation in the coffee industry. Before becoming CEO in 2014, McLaughlin served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Green Coffee, Quality Control and Roasting.

McLaughlin’s focus is to grow the Intelligentsia brand while remaining true to the company’s core values of directly sourcing quality coffees, building partnerships with farmers, and delivering exceptional quality coffee and an unparalleled experience at the company’s coffeebars. Alongside his team of passionate and knowledgeble professionals, McLaughlin develops and executes Intelligentsia’s growth stategy: expanding into new markets and establishing the brand through the coffeebars, building robust wholesale, grocery, and eCommerce businesses, and encouraging the creativity and innovation that make Intelligentsia an industry leader.

Prior to joining Intelligentsia, McLaughlin spent three-and-a-half years in Brazil with his wife, turning a family farm into a thriving business. Together, they created a high-quality organic roasted coffee brand that continues to thrive in the Brazilian market and is carried in upscale resorts, restaurants, and boutiques. McLaughlin also increased the farm’s exports of green coffee to Japan by 160%. He managed day-to-day operations of the farm, created an informal cooperative with local farmers in the region, forged relationships with key stakeholders and clients, developed all company platforms and executed marketing initiatives.

Before entering the coffee industry, McLaughlin worked as an attorney at the firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, where he represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts across the United States, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Benson E. Legg, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Maryland. McLaughlin earned his JD from Northwestern University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from University of Florida. He currently sits on the boards of World Coffee Research and the Chicago-based non-profit, Ladder-Up. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

Stephen Koven
Vice President of Digital Experience
Hormel Foods

Stephen Koven is the vice president of digital experience at Hormel Foods. In this position, he leads the company’s digital experience group, which oversees for the global enterprise digital marketing, shopper engagement, digital strategy and innovation, and digital data analytics and insights. Koven has extensive digital, marketing, sales and brand management experience from companies including The Clorox Company and The Dial Corporation (Henkel). He also spent time at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture. Koven received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. His Master of Business Administration is from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., with concentrations in Marketing, Management and Strategy, and Technology Industry Management.

Ivonne Kinser
Head of Digital Marketing
Avocados from Mexico

My approach: A holistic approach to digital marketing that is channel agnostic and goals focused.  I leverage my knowledge, experience and expertise on SEO, paid search, display/mobile, social media, CRM, e-mail marketing, digital content strategies, technology and web development, to drive digital transformation and to create winning omni-channel campaigns and platforms that accomplish and exceed business goals.

Melody Conner
SVP of Sales

Melody Conner is the SVP of Sales at Soylent and a veteran sales executive with demonstrated expertise in rapidly growing, consumer product goods companies. She joined the Soylent team in September of 2017 after most recently holding the role of Executive Vice President at DRY Soda Company, where she was the driving force for their explosive revenue growth. She was an early employee at CytoSport, the makers of Muscle Milk, and was critical to the company’s tremendous success. As their VP of Retail Sales she guided CytoSport through their acquisition by Hormel Foods and then went on to be the VP of the US Club Channel at Hormel.

In her first year at Soylent, Melody successfully transitioned the brand from a direct-to-consumer company to a brand sold at more than 13,000 retail locations including Walmart, Target, 7-Eleven. In addition to managing our growth into traditional retail she also oversees our sales strategy on Amazon globally. Melody works to find win-win solutions for retail and ecommerce customers and end consumers driving a true Omni-channel approach. This strategy, along with her ability to lead highly engaged, prolific teams, has attributed to Melody’s success.

Due to her success at DRY Soda, Melody was given the honor of becoming a “Windsor Entrepreneur Fellow” in 2015.  As a part of this fellowship, she worked with leaders from all over the world at Windsor Castle in the UK in order to bring business innovation to cross-cultural dialogues. In 2016, Melody was named as a “40 Under 40” Honoree by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

You may assume Melody spends every waking moment transitioning startups into industry leaders, but she spends just as much time with her two children Madelyn and Jake in Seattle, Washington. She also occasionally finds time to go skiing and fishing with her husband Rob, as well as volunteer with Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Rob O'Donnell
VP of e-Commerce & Digital Marketing

I’m a digital marketer focused on bringing the Applegate vibe and culture to our customers. I am proud to be a part of a marketing team that is doing fun, effective and breakthrough work. I am even more proud to lead a digital marketing team that continues to define excellence in online sales, digital and social engagement and customer service.

The foundation of my experience is in Operations and Information Technology. Helping to develop and grow the Applegate culture along with its business and information systems has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. They are designed to be open, accessible and transparent, which is also how I operate.

I’ve spent nearly my entire career at Applegate. Why? It’s a great company with a strong culture. We’ve got great products and we’re making a difference. Also, over the years I’ve had the opportunity to develop and manage nearly every area of the business. This has given me a breadth and depth of experience that I feel very fortunate to have.

I am at my best and happiest in the deep end.

Linda Crowder
Media Monetization Lead
Peapod Digital Labs

Linda is responsible for the development and optimization of strategic partnerships for Peapod, the internet grocery chain of Ahold-Delhaize. She leads the Peapod Preferred Partners program which develops shopper marketing strategies and programs targeted for the eCommerce grocery business. 

Prior to joining Peapod, Linda worked at S.C. Johnson as Director of Shopper Marketing where she led the creation of the national shopper marketing division for that company. In addition, Linda worked for Kraft Foods where she advanced through various roles of increasing responsibility including leadership of North American Promotions, Collaborative Customer Marketing and Multicultural Marketing.

Linda has an undergraduate degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and received an MBA from Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University.  

Liza Maschi
Director of Business Development
Robert Welsh
Director, Digital & E-Commerce
GIANT Food Stores
Jie Cheng
Head of Digital & eCommerce, Campbell Snacks
Campbell Soup Company

Jie Cheng is the Head of Digital & eCommerce, Campbell Snacks, where she is responsible for digital commerce strategy & marketing for Pepperidge Farm business (Goldfish, Milano, Farmhouse, etc.) and Snyder's-Lance business (Snyder's of Hanover, Lance, Cape Cod, Kettle, Late July, etc.). In her role, Jie also leads digital learning agenda and serves as business lead for Enterprise Data and MarTech initiatives for the Snacks division. 

Jie is a well-regarded digital leader who, during her 15-year digital journey, left digital footprints for many iconic brands in the global markets. Prior to joining Campbell in 2015, Jie spent 4 years at The Hershey Company and led digital marketing and capability building for its International Markets. She was also the first digital hire at Danone North America where she led the digital strategy and campaign for Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt launch in 2011.

Karen Mizell
Director, Digital & eCommerce Sales
E&J Gallo Winery
Matt Van Gilder
Director of Ecommerce Operations
SpartanNash Company

Matt started his career bagging groceries during high school. He has since worked in store management, advertising, loyalty marketing, and now has the privilege of driving omni-channel commerce at SpartanNash. He received his Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his Fiancée Courtney.

Dana Klion
Senior Category Manager, Meat & Seafood

Dana is the Senior Category Manager for Meat & Seafood at, responsible for product sourcing, merchandising, marketing and financial performance. Her background includes over 10 years in the industry working on both the manufacturer and retailer side holding positions in Brand Management, Product Development, Marketing, Sales, Shopper Insights and Retail Analytics.

Dana received her B.S. at Cornell University from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Mike Spindler

Successful, inventive solutions executive experienced as CEO, CMO and Chief Customer Officer in startup, developmental and corporate environments working with and for Nielsen, P&G,, Kroger and many others. 

Re-imagining the ancient and opaque seafood business to enable a new and better way to buy the best seafood. has built information systems, catalogues, processes, digital properties and a full backend warehouse system mirroring the unique needs of this most perishable product. We enable the availability of the bounty of safe, sustainable and fresh seafood to the 98% of Americans who have not access to a coastal fisher. Seafood, the healthiest of all proteins in important ways, is not only delicious but can be delivered to your door, the day it crosses our docks. Whether you are a consumer or a food service professional who serves discerning customers, you have never had this variety and freshness at your fingertips and doorstep. 

Martin Lines
Vice President, Category Marketing
Nestle Professional Beverages North America
Max Dresse
Director of Retail

Max Dresse is the Director of Retail at Freshly, a wellness brand that delivers nutritious, fully-prepared meals that makes eating healthier easier. Dresse has specialized in launching e-commerce, direct-to-consumer businesses in brick-and-mortar retail over the course of his career.

In his role at Freshly, Dresse is responsible for exploring opportunities in retail footprints including everything from the full PnL responsibility, new product development, and more. Prior to joining Freshly, he was the Associate Director of Product Innovation at HelloFresh, leading its retail business. He had the full PnL responsibility for HelloFresh’s retail vertical and established the meal kit company as the market leader in the offline space. Before HelloFresh, Max served as the Director of Business Development at Aloha, a DTC supplements company. In this role, he built Aloha’s omni-channel business through partnerships with more than 20,000 retail outlets including Target, Starbucks and GNC. He also established brand partnerships for Aloha with Urban Outfitters, Donna Karan, Bobbi Brown, and more.

Dresse holds a Bachelors of Science degree from WHU in Germany and currently resides in New York City.

Joe Heitzeberg
Co-Founder, CEO
Crowd Cow
Eric Karp
Head of Global Licensing

Eric Karp is Head of Global Licensing at BuzzFeed, the world's leading tech-powered media company, with a cross-platform news and entertainment network. He creates licensing opportunities with BuzzFeed’s marquis brands like Tasty, the world’s largest social food network; Goodful, BuzzFeed’s wellness brand; as well as BuzzFeed’s post, quizzes, lists and more. Karp is building BuzzFeed’s licensing organization, leveraging the company’s  massive audience scale and content to create innovative partnerships. Prior to BuzzFeed Karp was GM of licensing at Crayola, and has held a number of top licensing positions with MGM Studios, Fox Family, Chorion and Mind Candy.

Evan Holod
Michel et Augustin
Kerrie Lopez
Head of Merchandising Marketing
Thrive Market

Kerrie Lopez is the Head of Merchandising Marketing for Thrive Market, leading all shopper marketing efforts to connect brands with the company's highly engaged members. Kerrie previously worked as a category lead for the fresh business at, focused on dairy, beverage, and cross-category initiatives such as managing the artisanal and local food assortment. She was also part of the original team to bring Jet's first private brand to market. Prior to joining Jet, Kerrie managed makeup and private brands at Birchbox, strategically sourcing samples for the monthly beauty subscription box, negotiating full-size product for the rapidly growing e-commerce site, and overseeing marketing plans for beauty powerhouses like LVMH and The Estée Lauder Companies. She started her career in subscription marketing at Time Inc. Kerrie currently resides in LA with her husband and dog — and she is excited to bring her passion for e-commerce and healthy living to this year's Digital Food & Beverage Conference!

Jeff Wells
Senior Editor
Grocery Dive

Jeff Wells covers the grocery industry for Grocery Dive. He is a former reporter with Supermarket News, and his writing has appeared in a variety of trade and consumer publications, including Library Journal, Smithsonian, Health, Mental Floss and Modern Farmer. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.

Madeline Haydon

Madeline Haydon is the Founder & CEO of Green Grass Foods Inc., the plant-based food company behind nutpods, the best-selling dairy-free creamers made from a blend of almonds and coconuts. Launched with a successful Kickstarter campaign in late 2013, Madeline developed nutpods based on a personal need:  a rich and creamy, dairy-free coffee creamer without artificial ingredients or sweeteners.  nutpods was launched via Seattle-area retailers and on in mid-2015 and since that time nutpods has become the #1 plant-based creamer on Amazon and the fastest growing brand in natural and conventional retail with a footprint that includes Whole Foods, Sprouts, Kroger, Publix and others.

nutpods selection as “Editor’s Pick” at the Natural Products Expo in 2015 and subsequent online sales success has garnered Madeline speaking engagements at the Specialty Food Association Conferences, Natural Products Expo West, Natchcom and others.  Her approach to seeding brands and nutpods’ success has been covered in publications including Forbes, Seattle Business, Food Navigator, and One Green Planet. Madeline holds a BS from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University.  

Hema Reddy
Crafty Counter Brands

Hema Reddy is the founder and CEO of Crafty Counter, a consumer packaged foods brand, dedicated to making taste forward, nutritious and convenient foods for flexitarian families that want to eat more vegetables. Their signature product is Wundernuggets, that's driving innovation in the frozen nuggets category via their chicken based and lentil based nuggets. Prior to her CPG entrepreneurial ventures, Hema was Program Director for Worldwide Systems Marketing at IBM. Hema also produces and hosts the oldest running CPG podcast in the industry, called Food Startups Podcast, featuring experts and entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry. She has spoken at conferences globally, and occasionally volunteers her time teaching cooking classes in the Austin culinary circuits. Hema has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Science. She lives in Austin, TX with her two toddler kids and husband. 

Jim Simon

JiMMYBAR is a clean protein bar company based in Chicago and distributed throughout the US and Canada.

Chad Petersen
Senior E-Commerce Director
Lowes Foods, LLC

Mr. Petersen is an eCommerce and omni-channel marketing professional with 18 years of experience leading organizations focused on enterprise-class digital innovation. His passion is building “intrapreneurial” teams that use class-leading technology to develop exceptional omni-channel shopping experiences for their customers.

Chad currently leads the eCommerce and omnichannel business units for Lowes Foods, LLC, a super-regional grocer operating stores throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. His organization is responsible for the digital guest experience, omnichannel innovation projects, and in-store operations (fulfillment, delivery, logistics, and related infrastructure) that supports their well-known “Lowes Foods To Go” online grocery and catering services.

Rick Wion
Senior Director of Consumer Engagement
Kellogg Company

Rick leads digital and social storytelling for Kellogg’s through the platform that engages with customers around nutrition, sustainability and philanthropy.


Previously Rick was the first-ever Director of Social Media at McDonald’s where he built the social function from the ground up, transforming the brand from a digital laggard to the most talked about non-technology company. Rick also worked as Vice President of digital and social media for GolinHarris in Chicago, where he implemented digital-communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies including Johnson & Johnson, Dow Chemical, BP and General Mills among others.


A frequent speaker, Rick has appeared at SXSW, Blogworld, iStrategy and international business forums. In 2013, Rick was named to the AdWeek 50, recognizing the top digital executives.

Jill Rourke
Manager, eCommerce, North America
Kellogg Company

Jill Rourke is the Manager eCommerce, North America for Kellogg Company. In her role, Jill oversees the Company’s marketing strategy and relationships with Amazon, developing innovative solutions to connect consumers to Kellogg’s iconic brands.  From Cheez-It to Pringles to Special K, Eggo and beyond, specialized and well-defined focus placed on developing and maintaining unique occasion based solutions and eRetailer measurement to continually drive sales growth, while providing education and visibility for internal adoption.  Jill is a key component and partner in a dedicated eCommerce team whose responsibilities span across digital shelf, supply chain, forecasting in a dynamic marketplace and data-driven Shopper Insights.

Prior to joining Kellogg, Jill spent 7 years at Amazon, where she was one of the first Account Executives hired to develop and scale the CPG business.    Jill collaborated with Fortune 500 CPG companies to help build their eCommerce strategy from retail partnerships, product development, marketing, retailer and shopper analytics.

Jill is a graduate of Ferris State University where she received her BS degree in International Business.   She resides in Michigan with her husband of 27 years and two daughters and is a closet Candy Crush fan.  

Robin Gabel
National Account Sales Manager
Yogi Tea
Jamie Sullivan
Director of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs

Jamie Sullivan is the Director of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Soylent.  She joined the company in the summer of 2018 and oversees philanthropy, government affairs, and corporate affairs.  Jamie comes to Soylent with more than 15 years experience in the non-profit sector where she spent the bulk of her career in hunger relief and education.   She has lead fundraising, public policy, communications, programing and volunteer efforts for multi-million dollar organizations.  Jamie’s expertise is in strategically addressing food insecurity and gaps in basic needs supports for students from underserved populations.  Jamie was previously the Chief Development Officer at United Friends of the Children (Los Angeles, CA)  which followed her time as the Vice President of External Affairs at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (Cleveland, OH).

Jamie has raised more than 100 million dollars through private philanthropy over the course of her career and additionally has worked on state and national government policies which provided tens of millions of dollars to organizations that fight food insecurity and educational injustice.  “Woman of Distinction”, “Mover and Shaker”, “Top 25 under 35”, and “Hunger’s Hope” are all titles and awards that Jamie has received throughout her career. 

In making the jump from the nonprofit sector to the corporate sector, Jamie saw an opportunity for great societal impact at Soylent. She has the role of helping the growing company deepen their commitment to their founding mission of addressing the challenge of feeding an exploding population, sustainably.  She is thrilled to bring her talents to the food and beverage world, to which she is no stranger, as she was raised in West Virginia by parents who were Coors beer distributors.

She lives in Glendale, CA a suburb of Los Angeles with her partner of nine years, Derrick, their two cats Gus Gus and Atreides, and their dog Hoggle. (Yes, those are Cinderella, Dune, and Labyrinth references!)

Peter van Stolk

Peter van Stolk is the CEO of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery or™, the largest pure play online grocer in Canada. is focused on creating meaningful relationships with Canadians around the benefits of local, organic food within the $100 billion annual Canadian grocery market. operates in 4 markets and utilizes proprietary technology. This allows the company to provide free delivery throughout the 4 Western Canadian cities it services. With 400 employees, is building community among its customers both online and off with a unique omni-channel strategy of hyper-local small markets through its retail brands, Be Fresh Local Market and Organic Acres Market. van Stolk believes: “Food will have the greatest impact on our generation. How we think about food, how we buy food, and how we consume food will change, and we are excited to be a part of this transformation”.

As founder of Jones Soda Company in 1987, van Stolk served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors until 2007. Jones Soda was one of the first consumer branded companies that recognized the potential of Social Media in creating emotional connections with its consumers. Jones Soda invited its followers to participate and interact with the brand through proprietary custom labelling and unique flavour development.

van Stolk has been recognized for his business savvy and innovative branding strategies in various publications such as The New York Times®, CNN®, Wall Street Journal®, Fast Company™, Inc.Magazine™ and People Magazine®. Peter has received numerous business awards including Price, Waterhouse, Coopers’ 40 under 40, Brand Week’s Top 100 Marketer, and was chosen as one of Canada’s Top One Hundred Canadians by MacLean’s Magazine®.

He continues to speak internationally, challenging various audiences on a broad range of marketing and business topics including: How to compete in today’s market place, relating and remaining relevant to an apathetic and fickle consumer, and creating market demand and brand loyalty in a difficult economy. Through the contribution of all proceeds from his speeches, van Stolk is directly responsible for building numerous schools in developing countries, as well as countless donations to organizations that focus on women, children, and cancer research. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vitamin Angels© from 2013 to 2016, a non-profit global organization that provides vital nutrition to 48 million children annually throughout the world.

Randy Browne
Director of Analytics & Insights
C. Mondavi & Family

Randy is the Director of Analytics & Insights at C. Mondavi & Family, a fourth generation Napa Valley wine producer.  Since joining the company in 2017, Randy has been scaling the Analytics & Insights function within the company.  In his current role, he is focused on expanding and enhancing the company’s data insights tools, creating success metrics for the Direct-to-Consumer & eCommerce portion of the business, and helping change the company’s overall analytics & insights DNA.

Prior to C. Mondavi & Family, Randy has over 15 years of analytics, research, strategy & insights experience with Brown-Forman Corp., Campari Group - US, Atkins Nutritionals, OtterBox, and IRI.  Randy holds a MBA from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business and a BBA from Adrian College in Michigan.

Chris Lowrey
Brand Manager
Austin Eastciders

Chris is Brand Manager for Austin Eastciders, a growing Craft Cider company based in Austin, TX. In this role, Chris leads planning and development for national programming, innovation, data management, and loads of other stuff popping up in a startup.

Prior to Austin Eastciders, Chris held marketing roles in brand and innovation at Amplify Snack Brands and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Before diving into the world of CPG, Chris received his MBA from UNC – Chapel Hill and was a high school science teacher in Charlotte, NC through Teach for America. Chris is a 5th generation Texan who loves good coffee and sending kind e-mails to customer service teams. 

Matt Lichtfuss
Director of E-Commerce and Web Development
Espresso Services Inc.

Matt is the Director of E-Commerce, Web Development and Systems Administrator for a specialty coffee and equipment importer in Minneapolis, MN called Espresso Services Inc. Matt's role includes defining and executing e-commerce and technology strategies, with a focus on B2B. Under his direction, projects have included full ERP and e-commerce platform deployments that require executive-level participation and key processes stakeholder buy-in. These project touch points have included accounting, inventory management, supply chain, field service, sales & marketing, data integrations, and security. 

Jordan Silbert
CEO and Founder
Q Drinks
Jamie Koval
Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer
Cooler Screens, Inc.

Jamie Koval is an award-winning designer, marketer, business and brand builder. He is Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer of Cooler Screens. A technology company creating the world's largest point of sale media platform by transforming retail cooler surfaces to deliver new merchandising and marketing opportunities for consumers, retailers and brands. 

Prior to Cooler Screens, Jamie was President and Founding Partner of the internationally recognized agency VSA Partners. Jamie was instrumental in the growth, visibility and design leadership of the 350 person agency for 27 years. During his tenure, VSA served such leading brands as Allstate, AB InBev, Chicago Cubs, Coca-Cola, Google, Harley-Davidson, IBM, Nike, P&G and RH. 

Jamie is a frequent lecture and the recipient of more than 200 design awards. His work is in the permanent collection at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Jamie currently serves on the Board of the Design Museum of Chicago as well as the Advisory Board of the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design. Jamie is a former Board member of AIGA National.

Alice Francis
EVP, Operations
Fred Killingsworth
Founder and CEO
Hinge Global

Fred Killingsworth is the founder and CEO of Hinge Global, the industry leader in Amazon channel management. With roots in the military, Fred’s career also spans leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, World Pay and Amazon. Fred regards his time in the service as one of the most influential periods in his life and was inducted into the Audie Murphy Club, an esteemed award for soldiers who demonstrate exemplary leadership and character. He continues this legacy by weaving his lessons of leadership, service, and teamwork into his life and business practices today.

Stephanie Leffler
Stratton Cherouny
The Office of Experience

Stratton Cherouny is the co-founder of The Office of Experience, the Chicago-based digital design and innovation firm. As the leader of OX’s design and strategy disciplines, Stratton brings a unique balance of emotional and rational thinking to bear on behalf of OX’s diverse clients. Stratton believes that the intersection of art and technology is the key to creating transformative experiences and competitive value for businesses, brands and the people whose worlds they inhabit.

Stratton co-founded OX in 2014 after nearly 15 years working with digital and branding agencies in New York and Chicago. His client experience ranges from boutique brands in the lifestyle and apparel space to multinational leaders in consumer products, financial, insurance and industrial manufacturing and other industries. Throughout his career, Stratton has been at the forefront of innovation in brand transformation, design thinking and digital innovation. He is a frequent guest lecturer and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Design Museum of Chicago.  

Andrew Mandzy
Senior Client Partner
Oracle Data Cloud

Strategic consultant and experienced analyst with a proven track record of solving a wide variety of client business issues. Over fifteen years of experience, specializing in market research, marketing analytics, and delivering actionable insights. Strong communicator and extremely effective presenter. Have worked with Fortune 500 clients across several industries, including retail, CPG, Food, and Healthcare.

Elizabeth Scherle
Co-Founder and President

Elizabeth Scherle is the Co-Founder and President of Influenster, the digital destination where millions of consumers research and review products, and where brands can target and connect with highly-engaged, empowered shoppers. With a community of more than 5 million members, these digital influencers have written over 30 million reviews on 2 million+ products, offering their honest opinions and helping spread the word across their social media networks.

A pioneer in her understanding of the power of consumer influence even seven years ago when the company was founded, Scherlesaw the potential to connect people eager share their feedback with companies interested to hear directly from their publics. As trust in traditional advertising continues to decline, and as mega-influencers and social superstars are largely compensated for their endorsements, the ability for both consumers and brands to tap into authentic, unbiased opinions is more important than ever. By building a connected community and offering them a platform for creating and socializing hyper-relevant content, today Influenster is poised to revolutionize the ways in which consumers discover and ultimately shop for products.

In the past year, the company has launched a number of exciting new offerings to even further enable brands to connect with the right people, at the right time, with the right message; and for consumers to have their voices heard. To name a few, ReviewSource helps brands improve sales conversion by syndicating reviews written on Influenster to brand- and retail-dot-coms; Review Ads improve click-thru and interaction rates by populating responsive digital and social ad units with UGC; and Influenster Cash Back offers cash back rewards for purchasing products discovered via Influenster.

Originally from Henderson, IA, Elizabeth received her B.A. in Marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Peter Cassidy
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

After spending years as a journalist, editor, and content strategist for brands, Peter Cassidy understands the inner workings, strategic importance, and, crucially, the challenges in creating truly great content. After a move into product management, he saw how tech was personalizing and scaling all aspects of marketing – except content. In 2012, he set out to change all that and co-founded Stackla. As Chief Product Officer of the social content marketing platform, Peter helps the world’s leading marketers put their customers’ enthusiasm at the heart of their marketing. Peter is responsible for Stackla’s product and marketing vision, and its technology is used by more than 300 brands people love, including McDonald's, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Heineken, Nestle and Dominos. 

Peter V.S. Bond
VP of Retail & CPG Strategy

Peter V.S. Bond in VP of Retail & CPG Strategy at PowerReviews. Bond brings experience with CVS Health, where he leveraged customer behavior insights to benefit over 70 million loyalty ExtraCare members, as well as CVS and its suppliers, through targeted digital and traditional marketing media. Prior to CVS Health, Bond's customer-centric solutions at dunnhumby advanced new product development and customer relationship marketing, driving revenue growth and deepening brand loyalty for eminent CPG manufacturers and top retailers, including Coca-Cola and The Kroger Company. He also has significant CPG market research experience working at IRi and SPINS.

James Horey
Founder and CEO
Sean Bisceglia

For the past 15 years, Sean Bisceglia has specialized in accelerating growth and establishing leadership positions for companies in the HCM industry, with a focus on launching disruptive technologies. He found and led four companies that achieved rapid market acceptance and global distribution of their products and services. He has currently entered a new field and is focused on investing in innovative technologies and services within the sensory and consumer insights industry by serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Curion.

Cliff Sharples
Founder and Co-Ceo

Currently, I am Co-CEO and co-founder of Fexy, a food focused content and technology company. Fexy Technology offers publishers, retailers, cpg brands and consumers premium technology for a better digital food experience. Fexy Brands get more than 20 million unique visitors monthly and include—Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, The Food Lab, Roadfood and Relish. Fexy Studios is a full service digital video content production studio focused on creating and distributing lifestyle content with wide editorial placement across all digital platforms including connected TV.

In 2016, the company announced a first-to-market integration with Amazon's Prime Now delivery service, creating shoppable recipes that enable customers to buy all the ingredients they need to make dinner, delivered in 1-2 hours. In addition, we have partnered with Amazon Media Group to offer digital shopper marketing services that enable brands to integrate their products throughout the entire path to purchase journey.

Recently, we just announced the launch of the Relish Network, a web app that allows recipe publishers to add features like saved recipes, menu planning, scalable shopping lists and shoppable recipes integrated with multiple grocery delivery services, including Amazon Fresh.

Erik Archer Smith
Marketing Director, ABM
Arm Treasure Data

Erik Archer Smith is a data-driven marketing and sales professional at Arm Treasure Data with 10+ years experience helping companies scale during phases of hyper-growth. Erik got involved with tech early and built the first social media site in Japan using open source technology in the early 2000s. When not working, he enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and dog, and obsessing over his automated, indoor garden to finally grow the perfect habanero pepper.

Scott Johnston
Vice President of Client Services
As VP of Client Services at Numerator, Scott Johnston builds our CPG and Retailer client relationships by creating value with our data.

Prior to joining Numerator, Johnston directed the Target business for Retail Solutions, developing it from a small user base to one of RSi's largest retail channels. Before that, he led client services for LumiData, a retail data analytics provider based in Minneapolis, and spent several years in merchandising at Target. Outside of the office, Scott loves spending time his wife, young daughter, and neurotic black lab. He also enjoys time outdoors on Minnesota's lakes, boating in the summer and hockey in the winter.

Jason Young
Chief Marketing & Media Officer

Jason Young is Quotient’s Chief Marketing & Media Officer and is responsible for overseeing media, including media-related data strategy, product, and engineering. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Media and General Manager of Crisp Mobile. He leads Quotient’s media business and brings more than 20 years of digital advertising experience.

Mr. Young joined Quotient as part of the company’s acquisition of Crisp Mobile in 2017, where he was CEO. He was previously CEO and founder of Smart Device Media, a premium mobile ad network company that was acquired by Crisp in December 2011. Prior to Smart Device Media, he spent nearly two decades at Ziff Davis, as part of the executive team that led Ziff from print to a digital. He served as President of the internet division from 2001-2007 and as CEO of the company until 2010.

Mr. Young received his BA from Tufts University.

Krishna Patel
Program Director
Digital Food & Beverage

Krishna has held four of the following five jobs (one is something she decided at age 7 was the ultimate dream job): wildlife rescuer, Renaissance Fair wench, comic book store clerk, lawyer, and National Geographic photographer.  Which one is the fake, and why did she choose working on eTail Canada above all else?  Feel free to reach out and ask – that, and any other questions you may have!

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