We have a highly experienced management team of consumer goods industry executives that have successfully launched and/or managed the distribution for more than twenty-five major brands over the past twenty years. They have strong relationships with distributors and buyers who supply thousands of retail outlets, supermarkets and convenience stores. The team has a proven record of entrepreneurial success and innovative business strategy. They are listed below in order of seniority.
Richard Damion – Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Damion is a seasoned business executive with over 30 years of public company experience in the food and beverage industry. He has been involved in all aspects of the industry, including new product and label development, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing. He was the founder of several successful companies including Margaritas-To-Go. He was the brainchild of the first RTD (ready to drink) margarita partnering with all of the leading Tequila brands including Jose Cuervo and Sauza. Mr. Damion was the founder and CEO of International Food & Beverage, the developer of “Mamma Mia” pizza, which became one of the largest institutional pizza makers in the country. He was the CEO of Pacific Snacks Inc., the creator of “Kettle Classics” potato chips, “Pacific Lites” and several other innovative snack food offerings.
A.R. Grandsaert – President
A.R. “Bud” Grandsaert also brings over thirty years of executive sales and distribution management experience in the packaged goods business to the company. He has an extensive track record in the development of brands and in building beverage brand sales and distribution systems from the ground up. Early in his career, Bud was on the Development team with Proctor & Gamble for the introduction of Pringles, the most successful extruded potato chip in history. Progressing through a number of managerial positions he became the National Sales Manager for Gallo Wine Company directing a national sales force and distribution team to introduce over 40 new wine brands and types. He was then recruited by the John Morrell Meat Company to become the Vice President of Sales. Later, he teamed with Richard Damion at Pacific Snax in the development of several innovative snack brands with national distribution.
William Lindberg – Chief Financial Officer, Director
Mr. Lindberg is responsible for the Company’s financial planning, accounting, capital allocation, procurement, internal audits and SEC audits. His prior experience includes serving in executive financial positions at both public and private companies. Early in his career, Mr. Lindberg was a Certified Public Accountant at Arthur Anderson & Co. assigned to its offices in the United States, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, and Santiago.
Katherine West – Chairwoman, Executive Vice President, Secretary
Mrs. West provides leadership to the board of directors and is a direct liaison between the board and the Company’s outside auditors and securities counsel. She has extensive knowledge in executive management and public company experience having served on the Board of Directors and compensation committees. She has also held the titles of President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to serving on the board of Amaize Beverage Corporation, Mrs. West served as Chairwoman and CEO of SnackHealthy and Healthient.