SUMMER 2019 | JUNE 10+11 | NEW YORK, NY
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A TWO-DAY CONFERENCE FOR THE NATURAL FOOD INDUSTRY

 These industry leaders will take the NOSH Live stage.

  • Walter Robb, Former co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; Principal, Stonewall Robb Advisors - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Walter Robb

    Former co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; Principal, Stonewall Robb Advisors

    Walter Robb, Former co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; Principal, Stonewall Robb Advisors - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Walter Robb

    Former co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; Principal, Stonewall Robb Advisors

    An investor, mentor and advisor to the next generation of American food companies, former co- CEO of Whole Foods Market Walter Robb has a long and varied entrepreneurial history, ranging from natural food retailer to farmer to consultant. Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010 was named co-CEO along with John Mackey, at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to his role as a passionate advocate for greater food access in underserved communities, serving as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. Robb also serves on the Board of Directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven, HeatGenie and Apeel Sciences.

  • Laura Rush, Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Frozen Foods, Walmart - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Laura Rush

    Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Frozen Foods, Walmart

    Laura Rush, Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Frozen Foods, Walmart - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Laura Rush

    Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Frozen Foods, Walmart

    Laura Rush currently serves as Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Frozen Foods for Walmart Stores, Inc. Laura has been with Walmart since 2010. She began her career as the Sr. Director of TV, Home Audio Video & iPod/iPad business. In 2013 she moved to the Fresh Services Bakery Department as the Sr. Director on that team. She stayed there four years, and was most recently promoted to VP/DMM of Frozen Foods in Feb. 2017. Prior coming to Walmart, Laura worked for Sears Holdings (2008-2010), CompUSA (1996 – 2008) and Game Stop. She was always in electronics merchandising for those companies.

  • Jaime Athos, President & CEO, The Tofurky Company - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Jaime Athos

    President & CEO, The Tofurky Company

    Jaime Athos, President & CEO, The Tofurky Company - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Jaime Athos

    President & CEO, The Tofurky Company

    Jaime Athos is a visionary and passionate leader in the plant-based foods industry. With more than 14 years of experience building and supporting its growth, Athos is energized by the ever-increasing opportunity and adoption of plant-based foods worldwide. Prior to his current role as President and CEO at The Tofurky Company, Athos held a variety of other positions within the brand that is also his family’s business, from a college summer job making tempeh to roles in quality assurance, research and development, and operations. As a category leader Tofurky serves a purpose beyond the plate, acting as an engine for global change. Athos exemplifies and manifests this change by way of plant-based political activism, eco-friendly manufacturing, and pursuit of food innovation that helps people to make better choices for farm animals, the environment and health. Athos holds a Doctoral degree in neurobiology and behavior from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in fish biology from the same. He is a founding member of the Plant Based Foods Association, where he currently serves as president of the Board. The association aims to ensure a fair and competitive market place for all businesses selling plant-based foods, promoting policies and practices that improve opportunities for the industry, and educating consumers.

  • Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Jeni Britton Bauer

    Founder, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

    Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Jeni Britton Bauer

    Founder, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

    Jeni Britton Bauer is an American ice cream maker and entrepreneur. A pioneer of the artisan ice cream movement, she introduced a modern, ingredient-driven style of ice cream making that has been widely emulated across the world but never duplicated. Jeni opened her first ice cream shop, Scream, in 1996, then founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. Her first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won a coveted James Beard Award in 2012. It quickly became the de facto bible for anybody making their own ice cream or thinking about opening a new-style ice cream shop. Her second cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts (2014), took ice cream to the next level with an array of incredible plated, layered, and piled-high ice cream-centric desserts. Today, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is a Certified B Corporation with 34 scoop shops, an online shop at jenis.com, and distribution in top grocery stores across the country. As Founder, Jeni remains the beating heart of the company and is in charge of all creative output—from the ice cream itself to the supporting details that enhance the experience of eating it. Jeni is a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow and has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business today.

  • John Lowe, CEO, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    John Lowe

    CEO, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

    John Lowe, CEO, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    John Lowe

    CEO, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

    John Lowe believes the world has too many know-it-alls and self-proclaimed experts. And way, way too many guys who were born on third base and think they hit a triple. John is on a mission to bring a level of humbleness and humility - what some call Midwest Kindness - to business leadership. John left a Fortune 4, GE, to join a four shop ice cream company, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams - based on his belief that Jeni Britton Bauer was a once-in-a-generation talent with whom he could partner to build a company capable of being a force for good. Today the Company is a Certified B Corporation with 1,200 employees who carry out the company’s two-part mission of making the best ice creams the world has ever known and bringing people together. Jeni’s has 34 scoop shops from LA to DC, ships ice cream to homes across the country and is available on the shelves of all Whole Foods Markets, Publix and more than 2,000 of America’s finest retailers. John has appeared on Bloomberg, MSNBC and CNN, but generally remains behind the scenes in favor of the Company’s founder, who remains its creative driving force. John is as an outside director of White Castle Company, Watershed Distillery and Acre Farm-to-Table-To-Go. He is a founding board member of Conscious Capitalism’s Columbus Chapter, and has served on the Columbus Chamber of Commerce board for the past six years. He is a graduate of GE’s famed Manager Development Course, the Human Performance Institute’s Corporate Athlete training program, and Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. Most importantly, John, along with IceMiller partner Catherine L. Strauss, is co-owner of a circus featuring three clowns: Jack, 13, Alex, 10 and Luke, 8.

  • Gail Becker, Founder & CEO, CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Gail Becker

    Founder & CEO, CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods

    Gail Becker, Founder & CEO, CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Gail Becker

    Founder & CEO, CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods

    Gail Becker is the Founder and CEO of CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods. Already well known in professional circles, Gail’s career reached the highest levels of media, politics and business - including executive roles at Warner Bros., The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Edelman. But as a mom of two boys with celiac disease, Gail was not happy with the gluten-free options available to her family. Who wants pizza that’s full of sugar and chemicals, or doesn’t taste anything like pizza, or takes 90 minutes to make? Seeing that the food industry offered no nutritious solutions for busy, foodie families to enjoy together, Gail took matters into her own hands and launched CAULIPOWER in early 2017. CAULIPOWER disrupted one of grocery’s most stagnant categories and is now the #1 gluten-free pizza and #1 fastest growing pizza brand in the U.S., with availability in over 17,500 stores. In 2018, Gail launched a new mother brand, Vegolutionary Foods, as a platform for innovative, approachable and convenient meal-hacking products, including the world’s first superfood toast, Sweet PotaTOASTS. Gail is a passionate advocate for new entrepreneurs, women in business and making vegetable nutrition accessible and delicious to all - especially kids.

  • Arthur Sevilla, Head of CPG Strategy, Pinterest - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Arthur Sevilla

    Head of CPG Strategy, Pinterest

    Arthur Sevilla, Head of CPG Strategy, Pinterest - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Arthur Sevilla

    Head of CPG Strategy, Pinterest

    Arthur Sevilla (@arthursevilla) is Pinterest's CPG vertical strategy lead. Committed to inspiring brands to think beyond media metrics and value the context of consumer engagement, Arthur is a passionate brand builder. Before joining Pinterest, Sevilla spent a decade at Kraft Foods and Mondelez International, in global equity and innovation roles within the grocery and confectionary categories. Most recently he was a Director of Global eCommerce where he set the strategic roadmap for the 2020 ambition of $1B in revenue and executed Oreo Colorfilled, the first DTC activation for the iconic brand. He lives in NYC with his wife and currently is saving ideas about dinner party recipes and a Southeast Asia trip.

  • Sarah Alderson, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Sarah Alderson

    Divisional Merchandise Manager, Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart

    Sarah Alderson, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Sarah Alderson

    Divisional Merchandise Manager, Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart

    Sarah has spent the last 10 years in the food business at Walmart. During this time she has held roles in private brands, sustainability as well as various buying roles in merchandising. She’s currently leading the refrigerated buying teams to cultivate a new shopping experience. She is passionate about growing American entrepreneurs and creating new models for growth.

  • Megan Bent, Founder and Managing Partner, Harbinger Ventures - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Megan Bent

    Founder and Managing Partner, Harbinger Ventures

    Megan Bent, Founder and Managing Partner, Harbinger Ventures - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Megan Bent

    Founder and Managing Partner, Harbinger Ventures

    Megan Bent is the Founder and Managing Partner at Harbinger Ventures. A lifelong investor and entrepreneur with deep expertise in consumer brands, Megan has spent the past decade working to identify and scale high-growth, early-stage companies in the consumer sector serving as a lead director, problem solver, operator, strategic thinker and confidant to emerging entrepreneurs. In launching Harbinger in 2016, Megan began also leveraging a model that emphasizes female leadership and fosters close collaboration among entrepreneurs and investors to accelerate value creation. Prior to founding Harbinger in 2016, Megan served as Managing Director of Revelry Brands, where she demonstrated the viability of the unique investment model that now serves as the basis for Harbinger Ventures.

  • Jane Miller, CEO, Lily's Sweets - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Jane Miller

    CEO, Lily's Sweets

    Jane Miller, CEO, Lily's Sweets - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Jane Miller

    CEO, Lily's Sweets

    Jane Miller has 30-years of executive experience in the food industry. She has worked with both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. She is also the founder of Janeknows.com, a career advice website geared towards young leaders starting their careers. Jane is the author of Sleep your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success), a sassy business book targeted at Millennials. Jane is currently the CEO of Lily’s Sweets and has held several other CEO roles in the natural and organic industry, including Rudi’s Bakery, ProYo High Protein Ice Cream, and HannahMax Cookie Chips. Over the course of her career Jane was part of an executive team that brought Hostess out of bankruptcy, worked for HJ Heinz as the Chief Growth Officer and then the President of the UK & Ireland Division. She also ran the Western division of Bestfoods Baking. Jane spent the first fourteen years of her career at PepsiCo, where she rose to be the President of the Central division of Frito-Lay. Jane currently serves as a board member at the University of Colorado Leeds Business School and Eldorado Springs Artesian Water. In 2013 the Denver Business Journal named Jane the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for her work mentoring young professionals and start-ups. Her other honors include the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Women Who Light the Community Award in 2015 and the Naturally Boulder Industry Leader Award in 2016. In 2015, Jane established the Jane Knows Scholarship Fund at Leeds supporting students who are the first in their family to go to college. In 2018, Leeds recognized Jane with a non-alumni service award. Jane has a degree in Russian Studies from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where she received a 2017 Alumni Achievement Award. She earned her MBA degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

  • T.J. McIntyre, CEO, Bobo's - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    T.J. McIntyre

    CEO, Bobo's

    T.J. McIntyre, CEO, Bobo's - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    T.J. McIntyre

    CEO, Bobo's

    T.J. McIntyre joined Beryl Stafford and Bobo’s as CEO in December 2015 with the mission of building the Bobo’s business and brand into a leading natural foods company that bakes simple, nourishing food. T.J. was previously the Executive Vice President over natural brands at Boulder Brands where he oversaw the acquisition and management of Udi’s, Glutino and Evol and grew the portfolio from $20M to over $400M in 6 years. Prior to Boulder Brands, he served as Brand Manager of Silk at White Wave Foods, leading up to its acquisition by Dean Foods. From 2005 through 2009, he pursued entrepreneurial endeavors in specialty tea and coffee, including co-founding Pekoe Sip House, a regional tea-coffee chain in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. McIntyre holds a BA degree from Michigan State University, and an MBA with a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Oregon.

  • Doug Munk, Director of New Business Ventures, Nestle - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Doug Munk

    Director of New Business Ventures, Nestle

    Doug Munk, Director of New Business Ventures, Nestle - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Doug Munk

    Director of New Business Ventures, Nestle

    Doug Munk has spent 15 years driving innovation and growth within Nestlé. Today he leads the company's New Business Ventures group, through which Nestlé looks to both cultivate and incubate employee innovation ideas and build partnerships with promising food and beverage brands to generate and scale healthy solutions for consumers. His experience includes leading the Nestlé USA Innovation Center of Excellence, driving platform-based food and beverage innovation, while also training the broader employee base on how to better innovate in this new consumer reality. Prior to this, Doug has lead marketing and innovation across several core Nestle brands including Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Coffee-mate, and Nesquik. Doug has recently moved to the D.C. area from Los Angeles with his wife and two boys.

  • John Durant, Founder, Wild Ventures - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    John Durant

    Founder, Wild Ventures

    John Durant, Founder, Wild Ventures - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    John Durant

    Founder, Wild Ventures

    John Durant is the founder of Wild Ventures, an influencer-based venture fund focused on consumer health. John was a pre-launch advisor to Thrive Market, Kettle & Fire, Magic Spoon, and part of the only funding round in Primal Kitchen (recently acquired by Kraft Heinz). John runs Wild Ventures out of Thrive Market's headquarters in Los Angeles, where he recruited the earliest health influencers to invest in the company’s seed round and designed an influencer strategy that drove 20k+ paid members four months after launch with $0 media spend and helped the company achieve a $100M ARR 16 months after launch. Wild Ventures deals include top health & wellness influencers, such as Wellness Mama, Melissa Hartwig Urban (Whole30), Thrive Market co-founders, and Mark Sisson (Primal Kitchen). More than just “influencers” – now a buzzword – Wild Ventures works with authentic leaders who are domain experts, have significant digital platforms, and love helping founders build a better future. John is also the New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Manifesto and Spartan Fit! with Joe De Sena, the founder of Spartan Race. He has been featured in the New York Times and The New Yorker, interviewed on The Colbert Report and NPR Morning Edition, and has been rated one of The 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness. He studied evolutionary psychology at Harvard under Steven Pinker. John loves barrel saunas, ice baths, bone marrow, and thinks intermittent fasting is still underrated.

  • Heidi Traore, Business Development Manager, National Co+op Grocers - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Heidi Traore

    Business Development Manager, National Co+op Grocers

    Heidi Traore, Business Development Manager, National Co+op Grocers - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Heidi Traore

    Business Development Manager, National Co+op Grocers

    Heidi Traore has been a passionate member of the natural products industry since the late 1980s and currently serves as business development manager for National Co+op Grocers (NCG), a business services and purchasing co-op with $2.1 billion in annual sales serving 145 US retail food co-op members. An established sales and marketing professional, Heidi worked with NCG’s category management team on solidifying a fact based business approach through targeted bi-annual business planning events that have enhanced business relationships and created efficiencies for her organization and its partners. Under her leadership, NCG promotional program revenue grew 69% over a four-year period. Through collaborations within cooperative supply chains, Heidi has been instrumental in bringing exclusive products produced by co-ops or made with cooperatively sourced ingredients to market at retail food co-ops. In her current role, she introduces new and emerging brands to NCG and works to promote the vital role that food co-ops play in the natural products industry. Heidi strives to be an agent of change and is a fervent supporter of inclusivity in society. When she’s not at work, you may find her on the floor of a West African or Latin based dance class, or roller skating with her daughter and grandchildren.

  • TJ Varecka, Principal, KMG Group - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    TJ Varecka

    Principal, KMG Group

    TJ Varecka, Principal, KMG Group - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    TJ Varecka

    Principal, KMG Group

    Mr TJ Varecka is currently Principal at KMG Group. Prior to entering the broker business, Mr Varecka was a senior executive at Target, moving through various positions in brand management, negotiations, buying and operations. At KMG, he works closely with Brands to navigate the Mass Channel, providing hands-on guidance to launch, develop and thoughtfully grow at both Target and Walmart. His group is focused on the rapidly growing categories within natural, organic, socially responsible, eco-friendly and healthy-lifestyle that continue to disrupt and gain market share.

  • Tracy Miedema, VP of Innovation and Brand Development, Presence Marketing - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Tracy Miedema

    VP of Innovation and Brand Development, Presence Marketing

    Tracy Miedema, VP of Innovation and Brand Development, Presence Marketing - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Tracy Miedema

    VP of Innovation and Brand Development, Presence Marketing

    As Vice-President of Innovation and Brand Development, Tracy Miedema leads business development and investing at Presence Marketing, the nation’s top brokerage agency for the natural products trade. She also heads up Presence’s burgeoning portfolio of cannabis-hemp food, beverage and supplement companies and currently sits on the US Hemp Roundtable Board of Directors. Additionally, she is an operating partner in BIGR Ventures. From start-ups to Fortune 50 food & beverage, she works closely with brands to optimize their growth, profitability, and positive impact on people and the planet. During her 20-year career in natural products, Tracy has also worked for Earthbound Farm/ WhiteWave and for General Mills’ organic brands. In the service arena, Tracy leads graduate student projects at the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia and served for 5 years on the US Federal regulatory advisory committee for organic, the USDA National Organic Standards Board, including Chair of the Board. She lives with her family in rural Oregon where she makes craft wine and hunts for mushrooms.

  • Tregg Brown, Chief Sales Officer, Team Direct Management - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Tregg Brown

    Chief Sales Officer, Team Direct Management

    Tregg Brown, Chief Sales Officer, Team Direct Management - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Tregg Brown

    Chief Sales Officer, Team Direct Management

    Tregg is Chief Sales Officer for Team Direct, the leading Sales & Marketing agency in Bentonville, AR, and has been calling on Walmart since 1989. He is 36 years young in the ever-evolving CPG industry, having held various sales and marketing roles with industry stalwarts such as P&G and Revlon. Tregg joined Team Direct 10 years ago as Chief Sales Officer with a mission to disrupt categories with great brands and lead a “Best in Class” multi-functional customer team. Team Direct has a 15+ year history of bringing innovative and disruptive brands across food, beverage and other categories to Walmart and SAM’S Club ahead of their inflection point in a manner that delivers on the brand’s equity and ensures the best opportunity for success.

  • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Jeffrey Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Jeffrey Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    As Editor-in-Chief of BevNET, Jeffrey Klineman oversees the organization's reporting across all of its web sites, as well as BevNET Magazine. Jeffrey is also responsible for developing the content for conferences like BevNET Live and Food and Beverage University (FBU). Jeffrey previously worked as a newspaper reporter for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, the Boston TAB and the Metrowest Daily News, and has freelanced for publications like Slate, Boston Magazine, Self, George, Commonwealth, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Jeffrey is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A frequently-cited expert on the beverage industry, Jeffrey has also been named in Forbes as one of the 25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail Companies. He is still trying to live that one down.

  • Carol Ortenberg, Editor, NOSH - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Carol Ortenberg

    Editor, NOSH

    Carol Ortenberg, Editor, NOSH - NOSH Live Summer 2019

    Carol Ortenberg

    Editor, NOSH

    Carol is the Editor of NOSH, BevNet’s media property focusing on Natural, Healthy, Sustainable and Organic food products. Carol previously worked and consulted for several consumer goods companies, many within the food space. She also was on the marketing team for Whole Foods Market in the North Atlantic region. Prior to focusing on the food industry, Carol worked at several tech companies, including HubSpot, and served as a consumer researcher at AMP Agency. A graduate of Brandeis University in Journalism, Cultural Anthropology and Theater Arts, Carol is passionate about the food, agriculture and beverage industries.

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IMMERSE YOUR BRAND IN TWO DAYS OF
NAVIGATION, AWARENESS, NETWORKING AND PARTNERSHIP

The natural products space is booming at close to $150 billion dollars annually. Investment is extraordinary with million dollar raises becoming common-place.

The playbook for brands is ever-changing. Big shifts in retail and new players entering the traditional, club and direct-to-consumer channels are causing brands to ask big questions. Come to NOSH Live and immerse your brand in two days of industry navigation and networking to find partners that can help you execute your vision.

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INDUSTRY STARS SPEAK ON LESSONS LEARNED & THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY

Speakers from established and up-and-coming brands inspire action through topics your business can apply now, like: lessons in growth, branding and marketing, how to raise and use capital, navigating the ever-changing state of retail, harvesting and harnessing customer insights and using data to make decisions. Industry experts share knowledge on innovation, the investment climate and the future of the industry.

You’re running a business. Our on-stage content is curated for co-founders, CEOs, CMOs, COOS, revenue leaders and decision makers from across your organization.

SUMMER 2019 AGENDA

  • 11:30 AM
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    12:00 PM
    Boot Camp Registration & Networking

    Location: The Green Room 42 within the Yotel Hotel, just 1/2 mile from the Metropolitan West. The meeting space is on the 4th floor.

    570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

  • 12:00 PM
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    12:05 PM
    Welcome Remarks
  • 12:05 PM
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    12:30 PM
    Brand Design
    • Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency
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      Kelly Criswell

      Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency

      Kelly Criswell is a visionary and creative leader, shepherding The GRO Agency as the Chief Creative Officer based in the Los Angeles office. With a fierce love of beverage branding and a 16+ year career in CPG brand development and packaging design, Kelly will relentlessly push brands to the next level for success on shelf. Over her career she has worked with such notable brands as Dunkin’ Donuts, Nestlé, Premier Nutrition, Diageo, and Red Bull. Her latest modus operandi is harnessing her extensive experience in CPG to help entrepreneurs and start-ups launch their brands. Her current passion project is Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea- she has teamed up with the founder Martin and helped him position, brand, package, and develop go-to-market strategy for a 2018 launch. When she’s not obsessively taking photos in grocery stores (say hi if you see her!) she’s painting or hiking with her two kids.

    • Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency
  • 12:30 PM
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    1:00 PM
    Your E-Comm Toolkit
    • Betsy McGinn, Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting
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      Betsy McGinn

      Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting

      Betsy is the co-author of The Amazon Roadmap: How Innovative Brands are Reinventing the Path to Market, the quintessential start-to-finish guide for brands who want to launch, recalibrate, or optimize their business on Amazon and ensure continued growth on this powerful platform. As Seventh Generation’s first eCommerce channel director, Betsy pioneered the company’s innovative eComm strategy and created a thriving multimillion-dollar partnership with Amazon and other key online retailers. Since founding McGinn eComm in 2014, Betsy has worked with hundreds of natural and specialty brands to establish and strengthen their presence on Amazon. From product development and profitability analysis to guiding organizational change, McGinn eComm leads clients through every step of this complex channel, helping to ensure a successful and profitable online businesses. With more than a decade of eCommerce experience, Betsy is a thought-leader and regular speaker at workshops and conferences globally. Visit Betsy at mcginnecomm.com

    • Betsy McGinn, Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting
  • 1:00 PM
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    1:30 PM
    Understanding Cap Tables & Finance
    • Jeremy Halpern, Partner & Director of Business Development, Nutter
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      Jeremy Halpern

      Partner & Director of Business Development, Nutter

      Jeremy Halpern is a partner and co-chairs and serves as the Director of Business Development for Nutter’s Emerging Companies Group. Jeremy’s practice focuses on emerging companies, private equity, venture capital and angel financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, executive and team compensation matters, and general start-up support. Serving as the firm’s entrepreneur-in-residence, Jeremy often works on strategy and corporate development matters with companies, investors, and executives in technology, life sciences and the food and beverage industry. Jeremy is an active angel investor and is a member of the board of The Capital Network, a Boston based non-profit serving entrepreneurs seeking high growth capital. Jeremy serves on the Advisory Board and the Executive Education Committee of the MBI Health Program and on the Advisory Board of Pintley, a MassChallenge 2011 finalist company providing marketing solutions to the craft brewers and bars. He continues to serve as a mentor at MassChallenge and LearnLaunch, an expert advisor at the Innovation Hub at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and as a speaker, reviewer, judge or mentor for MIT HackingMedicine, HackingPediatrics, the Mass Tech Transfer Center, the Mass Life Science Center, M2D2, BranchFood and Startup Institute. Previously Jeremy served on the Board and Investment Committee of MassVentures, an early stage venture capital fund funding technology companies in Massachusetts. Jeremy taught entrepreneurial leadership at Tufts University for nine years and cofounded a company in the mobile technology synchronization space. Jeremy received his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

    • Jeremy Halpern, Partner & Director of Business Development, Nutter
  • 1:30 PM
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    2:00 PM
    The Entrepreneurial Life
    • Robert Jakobi, Founder & CEO, BOU
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      Robert Jakobi

      Founder & CEO, BOU

      Robert is a food entrepreneur. He is the CEO and Founder of BOU and the former CEO and Co-owner of Metcalfe’s skinny and Metcalfe’s Food Company. In May 2017 Robert launched BOU which is a better-for-you range of bouillon and gravy cubes with the aim of disrupting categories in the food industry that have not seen innovation in years. BOU recreates timeless kitchen staples by packing better for you ingredients into easy to use cubes that never compromise on flavor or quality. By innovating a stale category, they were able to grow into a national company overnight by securing major retailers such as Amazon, Fresh Direct, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods and over 4,000 other retailers. Their current range of bouillon and gravy cubes are convenient and hassle-free and never sacrifice on taste or quality. They also just launched an exciting and innovative instant, better for you range of soup cups. All their products are non-GMO, made with no artificial ingredients, and have less sodium than leading brands.

    • Robert Jakobi, Founder & CEO, BOU
  • 2:00 PM
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    2:30 PM
    Networking Break
  • 2:30 PM
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    3:00 PM
    Sales Channel Priorities
    • Ian Kelleher, Sales & Strategy Consultant,
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      Ian Kelleher

      Sales & Strategy Consultant,

      Ian Kelleher co-founded the pioneering brand Peeled Snacks when healthy food wasn't yet cool. As part of a generation of mission-focused food entrepreneurs, he helped lay down industry groundwork and standards for an ever-improving food-landscape we can luckily now take for granted. With a hand in every aspect of the business, he grew Peeled Snacks from a cute-idea-hatched-at-the-breakfast-table into a multi-million dollar manufacturer of organic snacks with coast-to-coast distribution. Since his successful exit in 2017, he's helped dozens of food companies large and small navigate the industry's ever-shifted seas. An expert in sales, hiring, and corporate strategy, Ian is a mentor, coach, board member and investor. He lives with his wife and two shockingly wonderful children in Brooklyn, New York.

    • Ian Kelleher, Sales & Strategy Consultant,
  • 3:00 PM
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    3:30 PM
    Company Structure
    • Bob Burke, Founder, Natural Products Consulting Group
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      Bob Burke

      Founder, Natural Products Consulting Group

      As a consultant since 1998, Bob Burke provides assistance in bringing natural, organic and specialty products to market across most classes of trade. This includes work in strategic planning, growth strategies, writing sales, marketing and business plans, budgeting, pricing, building distribution, broker selection and management, organizational development, strategic options, branding and trade spending management. He is also the co-author and co-publisher of the Natural Products Field Manual, Fourth Edition and The Sales Manager's Handbook. Prior to consulting, Bob was with Stonyfield Farm Yogurt for 11 years as Vice President, Sales & Corporate Development and Vice President, Marketing & Sales. He has held marketing positions with Colombo, Inc. and Sperry Top-Sider. He received an MBA from Babson College.

    • Bob Burke, Founder, Natural Products Consulting Group
  • 3:30 PM
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    4:30 PM
    Networking & Expert Tables
    All speakers listed above will have small group table discussions.
  • 7:30 AM
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    9:00 AM
    Breakfast, Registration & Networking
    Location: Metropolitan West @ 635 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
  • 9:00 AM
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    9:10 AM
    Welcome Remarks
    • Carol Ortenberg, Editor, NOSH
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      Carol Ortenberg

      Editor, NOSH

      Carol is the Editor of NOSH, BevNet’s media property focusing on Natural, Healthy, Sustainable and Organic food products. Carol previously worked and consulted for several consumer goods companies, many within the food space. She also was on the marketing team for Whole Foods Market in the North Atlantic region. Prior to focusing on the food industry, Carol worked at several tech companies, including HubSpot, and served as a consumer researcher at AMP Agency. A graduate of Brandeis University in Journalism, Cultural Anthropology and Theater Arts, Carol is passionate about the food, agriculture and beverage industries.

    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET
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      Jeffrey Klineman

      Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

      As Editor-in-Chief of BevNET, Jeffrey Klineman oversees the organization's reporting across all of its web sites, as well as BevNET Magazine. Jeffrey is also responsible for developing the content for conferences like BevNET Live and Food and Beverage University (FBU). Jeffrey previously worked as a newspaper reporter for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, the Boston TAB and the Metrowest Daily News, and has freelanced for publications like Slate, Boston Magazine, Self, George, Commonwealth, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Jeffrey is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A frequently-cited expert on the beverage industry, Jeffrey has also been named in Forbes as one of the 25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail Companies. He is still trying to live that one down.

    • Carol Ortenberg, Editor, NOSH
    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET
  • 9:10 AM
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    9:45 AM
    Retailers, Brands, and Shared Missions
    • Walter Robb, Former co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; Principal, Stonewall Robb Advisors
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      Walter Robb

      Former co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; Principal, Stonewall Robb Advisors

      An investor, mentor and advisor to the next generation of American food companies, former co- CEO of Whole Foods Market Walter Robb has a long and varied entrepreneurial history, ranging from natural food retailer to farmer to consultant. Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010 was named co-CEO along with John Mackey, at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to his role as a passionate advocate for greater food access in underserved communities, serving as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. Robb also serves on the Board of Directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven, HeatGenie and Apeel Sciences.

    • Walter Robb, Former co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; Principal, Stonewall Robb Advisors
  • 9:45 AM
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    10:15 AM
    Influencers, Tribes, and Brand Building
    • John Durant, Founder, Wild Ventures
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      John Durant

      Founder, Wild Ventures

      John Durant is the founder of Wild Ventures, an influencer-based venture fund focused on consumer health. John was a pre-launch advisor to Thrive Market, Kettle & Fire, Magic Spoon, and part of the only funding round in Primal Kitchen (recently acquired by Kraft Heinz). John runs Wild Ventures out of Thrive Market's headquarters in Los Angeles, where he recruited the earliest health influencers to invest in the company’s seed round and designed an influencer strategy that drove 20k+ paid members four months after launch with $0 media spend and helped the company achieve a $100M ARR 16 months after launch. Wild Ventures deals include top health & wellness influencers, such as Wellness Mama, Melissa Hartwig Urban (Whole30), Thrive Market co-founders, and Mark Sisson (Primal Kitchen). More than just “influencers” – now a buzzword – Wild Ventures works with authentic leaders who are domain experts, have significant digital platforms, and love helping founders build a better future. John is also the New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Manifesto and Spartan Fit! with Joe De Sena, the founder of Spartan Race. He has been featured in the New York Times and The New Yorker, interviewed on The Colbert Report and NPR Morning Edition, and has been rated one of The 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness. He studied evolutionary psychology at Harvard under Steven Pinker. John loves barrel saunas, ice baths, bone marrow, and thinks intermittent fasting is still underrated.

    • John Durant, Founder, Wild Ventures
  • 10:15 AM
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    10:45 AM
    Going All In -- And Fast
    • Gail Becker, Founder & CEO, CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods
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      Gail Becker

      Founder & CEO, CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods

      Gail Becker is the Founder and CEO of CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods. Already well known in professional circles, Gail’s career reached the highest levels of media, politics and business - including executive roles at Warner Bros., The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Edelman. But as a mom of two boys with celiac disease, Gail was not happy with the gluten-free options available to her family. Who wants pizza that’s full of sugar and chemicals, or doesn’t taste anything like pizza, or takes 90 minutes to make? Seeing that the food industry offered no nutritious solutions for busy, foodie families to enjoy together, Gail took matters into her own hands and launched CAULIPOWER in early 2017. CAULIPOWER disrupted one of grocery’s most stagnant categories and is now the #1 gluten-free pizza and #1 fastest growing pizza brand in the U.S., with availability in over 17,500 stores. In 2018, Gail launched a new mother brand, Vegolutionary Foods, as a platform for innovative, approachable and convenient meal-hacking products, including the world’s first superfood toast, Sweet PotaTOASTS. Gail is a passionate advocate for new entrepreneurs, women in business and making vegetable nutrition accessible and delicious to all - especially kids.

    • Gail Becker, Founder & CEO, CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods
  • 10:45 AM
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    11:30 AM
    Networking Break & Livestream Studio
  • 11:30 AM
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    12:00 PM
    Building and Buying Innovation
    • Doug Munk, Director of New Business Ventures, Nestle
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      Doug Munk

      Director of New Business Ventures, Nestle

      Doug Munk has spent 15 years driving innovation and growth within Nestlé. Today he leads the company's New Business Ventures group, through which Nestlé looks to both cultivate and incubate employee innovation ideas and build partnerships with promising food and beverage brands to generate and scale healthy solutions for consumers. His experience includes leading the Nestlé USA Innovation Center of Excellence, driving platform-based food and beverage innovation, while also training the broader employee base on how to better innovate in this new consumer reality. Prior to this, Doug has lead marketing and innovation across several core Nestle brands including Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Coffee-mate, and Nesquik. Doug has recently moved to the D.C. area from Los Angeles with his wife and two boys.

    • Doug Munk, Director of New Business Ventures, Nestle
  • 12:00 PM
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    12:30 PM
    The Inspired Consumer: A New Digital Shopper
    • Arthur Sevilla, Head of CPG Strategy, Pinterest
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      Arthur Sevilla

      Head of CPG Strategy, Pinterest

      Arthur Sevilla (@arthursevilla) is Pinterest's CPG vertical strategy lead. Committed to inspiring brands to think beyond media metrics and value the context of consumer engagement, Arthur is a passionate brand builder. Before joining Pinterest, Sevilla spent a decade at Kraft Foods and Mondelez International, in global equity and innovation roles within the grocery and confectionary categories. Most recently he was a Director of Global eCommerce where he set the strategic roadmap for the 2020 ambition of $1B in revenue and executed Oreo Colorfilled, the first DTC activation for the iconic brand. He lives in NYC with his wife and currently is saving ideas about dinner party recipes and a Southeast Asia trip.

    • Arthur Sevilla, Head of CPG Strategy, Pinterest
  • 12:30 PM
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    2:00 PM
    Lunch & Livestream Studio
  • 2:00 PM
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    2:30 PM
    Partnering with Specialized Venture Capital
    • Megan Bent, Founder and Managing Partner, Harbinger Ventures
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      Megan Bent

      Founder and Managing Partner, Harbinger Ventures

      Megan Bent is the Founder and Managing Partner at Harbinger Ventures. A lifelong investor and entrepreneur with deep expertise in consumer brands, Megan has spent the past decade working to identify and scale high-growth, early-stage companies in the consumer sector serving as a lead director, problem solver, operator, strategic thinker and confidant to emerging entrepreneurs. In launching Harbinger in 2016, Megan began also leveraging a model that emphasizes female leadership and fosters close collaboration among entrepreneurs and investors to accelerate value creation. Prior to founding Harbinger in 2016, Megan served as Managing Director of Revelry Brands, where she demonstrated the viability of the unique investment model that now serves as the basis for Harbinger Ventures.

    • Megan Bent, Founder and Managing Partner, Harbinger Ventures
  • 2:30 PM
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    3:00 PM
    Launching and Growing in the Co-Op Channel
    • Heidi Traore, Business Development Manager, National Co+op Grocers
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      Heidi Traore

      Business Development Manager, National Co+op Grocers

      Heidi Traore has been a passionate member of the natural products industry since the late 1980s and currently serves as business development manager for National Co+op Grocers (NCG), a business services and purchasing co-op with $2.1 billion in annual sales serving 145 US retail food co-op members. An established sales and marketing professional, Heidi worked with NCG’s category management team on solidifying a fact based business approach through targeted bi-annual business planning events that have enhanced business relationships and created efficiencies for her organization and its partners. Under her leadership, NCG promotional program revenue grew 69% over a four-year period. Through collaborations within cooperative supply chains, Heidi has been instrumental in bringing exclusive products produced by co-ops or made with cooperatively sourced ingredients to market at retail food co-ops. In her current role, she introduces new and emerging brands to NCG and works to promote the vital role that food co-ops play in the natural products industry. Heidi strives to be an agent of change and is a fervent supporter of inclusivity in society. When she’s not at work, you may find her on the floor of a West African or Latin based dance class, or roller skating with her daughter and grandchildren.

    • Heidi Traore, Business Development Manager, National Co+op Grocers
  • 3:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    Sampling Experience + Expo
    The NOSH Live Sampling Experience + Expo, powered by PINATA, is a two-hour networking and sampling session where the industry tries foods, catches up, talks shop and speaks with experts in the industry.
  • 6:00 PM
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    8:00 PM
    NOSH Live Afterparty Powered by ForceBrands

    Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036 (next door to the conference venue)

    All registered NOSH Live Summer 2019 attendees are invited to attend. A conference badge and valid ID are required for admittance.

  • 8:00 AM
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    9:00 AM
    Breakfast & Registration
    Location: Metropolitan West @ 635 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
  • 9:00 AM
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    9:10 AM
    Welcome Remarks
    • Carol Ortenberg, Editor, NOSH
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      Carol Ortenberg

      Editor, NOSH

      Carol is the Editor of NOSH, BevNet’s media property focusing on Natural, Healthy, Sustainable and Organic food products. Carol previously worked and consulted for several consumer goods companies, many within the food space. She also was on the marketing team for Whole Foods Market in the North Atlantic region. Prior to focusing on the food industry, Carol worked at several tech companies, including HubSpot, and served as a consumer researcher at AMP Agency. A graduate of Brandeis University in Journalism, Cultural Anthropology and Theater Arts, Carol is passionate about the food, agriculture and beverage industries.

    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET
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      Jeffrey Klineman

      Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

      As Editor-in-Chief of BevNET, Jeffrey Klineman oversees the organization's reporting across all of its web sites, as well as BevNET Magazine. Jeffrey is also responsible for developing the content for conferences like BevNET Live and Food and Beverage University (FBU). Jeffrey previously worked as a newspaper reporter for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, the Boston TAB and the Metrowest Daily News, and has freelanced for publications like Slate, Boston Magazine, Self, George, Commonwealth, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Jeffrey is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A frequently-cited expert on the beverage industry, Jeffrey has also been named in Forbes as one of the 25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail Companies. He is still trying to live that one down.

    • Carol Ortenberg, Editor, NOSH
    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET
  • 9:10 AM
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    9:45 AM
    Leading and Embracing Change
    • Jane Miller, CEO, Lily's Sweets
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      Jane Miller

      CEO, Lily's Sweets

      Jane Miller has 30-years of executive experience in the food industry. She has worked with both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. She is also the founder of Janeknows.com, a career advice website geared towards young leaders starting their careers. Jane is the author of Sleep your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success), a sassy business book targeted at Millennials. Jane is currently the CEO of Lily’s Sweets and has held several other CEO roles in the natural and organic industry, including Rudi’s Bakery, ProYo High Protein Ice Cream, and HannahMax Cookie Chips. Over the course of her career Jane was part of an executive team that brought Hostess out of bankruptcy, worked for HJ Heinz as the Chief Growth Officer and then the President of the UK & Ireland Division. She also ran the Western division of Bestfoods Baking. Jane spent the first fourteen years of her career at PepsiCo, where she rose to be the President of the Central division of Frito-Lay. Jane currently serves as a board member at the University of Colorado Leeds Business School and Eldorado Springs Artesian Water. In 2013 the Denver Business Journal named Jane the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for her work mentoring young professionals and start-ups. Her other honors include the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Women Who Light the Community Award in 2015 and the Naturally Boulder Industry Leader Award in 2016. In 2015, Jane established the Jane Knows Scholarship Fund at Leeds supporting students who are the first in their family to go to college. In 2018, Leeds recognized Jane with a non-alumni service award. Jane has a degree in Russian Studies from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where she received a 2017 Alumni Achievement Award. She earned her MBA degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

    • Jane Miller, CEO, Lily's Sweets
  • 9:45 AM
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    10:15 AM
    Launching and Innovating in Walmart
    • Sarah Alderson, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart
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      Sarah Alderson

      Divisional Merchandise Manager, Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart

      Sarah has spent the last 10 years in the food business at Walmart. During this time she has held roles in private brands, sustainability as well as various buying roles in merchandising. She’s currently leading the refrigerated buying teams to cultivate a new shopping experience. She is passionate about growing American entrepreneurs and creating new models for growth.

    • Laura Rush, Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Frozen Foods, Walmart
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      Laura Rush

      Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Frozen Foods, Walmart

      Laura Rush currently serves as Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Frozen Foods for Walmart Stores, Inc. Laura has been with Walmart since 2010. She began her career as the Sr. Director of TV, Home Audio Video & iPod/iPad business. In 2013 she moved to the Fresh Services Bakery Department as the Sr. Director on that team. She stayed there four years, and was most recently promoted to VP/DMM of Frozen Foods in Feb. 2017. Prior coming to Walmart, Laura worked for Sears Holdings (2008-2010), CompUSA (1996 – 2008) and Game Stop. She was always in electronics merchandising for those companies.

    • Sarah Alderson, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart
    • Laura Rush, Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Frozen Foods, Walmart
  • 10:15 AM
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    10:45 AM
    Founders & CEOs
    • Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
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      Jeni Britton Bauer

      Founder, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

      Jeni Britton Bauer is an American ice cream maker and entrepreneur. A pioneer of the artisan ice cream movement, she introduced a modern, ingredient-driven style of ice cream making that has been widely emulated across the world but never duplicated. Jeni opened her first ice cream shop, Scream, in 1996, then founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. Her first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won a coveted James Beard Award in 2012. It quickly became the de facto bible for anybody making their own ice cream or thinking about opening a new-style ice cream shop. Her second cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts (2014), took ice cream to the next level with an array of incredible plated, layered, and piled-high ice cream-centric desserts. Today, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is a Certified B Corporation with 34 scoop shops, an online shop at jenis.com, and distribution in top grocery stores across the country. As Founder, Jeni remains the beating heart of the company and is in charge of all creative output—from the ice cream itself to the supporting details that enhance the experience of eating it. Jeni is a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow and has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business today.

    • John Lowe, CEO, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
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      John Lowe

      CEO, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

      John Lowe believes the world has too many know-it-alls and self-proclaimed experts. And way, way too many guys who were born on third base and think they hit a triple. John is on a mission to bring a level of humbleness and humility - what some call Midwest Kindness - to business leadership. John left a Fortune 4, GE, to join a four shop ice cream company, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams - based on his belief that Jeni Britton Bauer was a once-in-a-generation talent with whom he could partner to build a company capable of being a force for good. Today the Company is a Certified B Corporation with 1,200 employees who carry out the company’s two-part mission of making the best ice creams the world has ever known and bringing people together. Jeni’s has 34 scoop shops from LA to DC, ships ice cream to homes across the country and is available on the shelves of all Whole Foods Markets, Publix and more than 2,000 of America’s finest retailers. John has appeared on Bloomberg, MSNBC and CNN, but generally remains behind the scenes in favor of the Company’s founder, who remains its creative driving force. John is as an outside director of White Castle Company, Watershed Distillery and Acre Farm-to-Table-To-Go. He is a founding board member of Conscious Capitalism’s Columbus Chapter, and has served on the Columbus Chamber of Commerce board for the past six years. He is a graduate of GE’s famed Manager Development Course, the Human Performance Institute’s Corporate Athlete training program, and Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. Most importantly, John, along with IceMiller partner Catherine L. Strauss, is co-owner of a circus featuring three clowns: Jack, 13, Alex, 10 and Luke, 8.

    • Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
    • John Lowe, CEO, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
  • 10:45 AM
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    11:30 AM
    Networking Break & Livestream Studio
  • 11:30 AM
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    12:00 PM
    Channel Lens: Brokers on the State of Retailing
    • TJ Varecka, Principal, KMG Group
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      TJ Varecka

      Principal, KMG Group

      Mr TJ Varecka is currently Principal at KMG Group. Prior to entering the broker business, Mr Varecka was a senior executive at Target, moving through various positions in brand management, negotiations, buying and operations. At KMG, he works closely with Brands to navigate the Mass Channel, providing hands-on guidance to launch, develop and thoughtfully grow at both Target and Walmart. His group is focused on the rapidly growing categories within natural, organic, socially responsible, eco-friendly and healthy-lifestyle that continue to disrupt and gain market share.

    • Tregg Brown, Chief Sales Officer, Team Direct Management
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      Tregg Brown

      Chief Sales Officer, Team Direct Management

      Tregg is Chief Sales Officer for Team Direct, the leading Sales & Marketing agency in Bentonville, AR, and has been calling on Walmart since 1989. He is 36 years young in the ever-evolving CPG industry, having held various sales and marketing roles with industry stalwarts such as P&G and Revlon. Tregg joined Team Direct 10 years ago as Chief Sales Officer with a mission to disrupt categories with great brands and lead a “Best in Class” multi-functional customer team. Team Direct has a 15+ year history of bringing innovative and disruptive brands across food, beverage and other categories to Walmart and SAM’S Club ahead of their inflection point in a manner that delivers on the brand’s equity and ensures the best opportunity for success.

    • TJ Varecka, Principal, KMG Group
    • Tregg Brown, Chief Sales Officer, Team Direct Management
  • 12:00 PM
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    12:30 PM
    When to Risk It
    • Jaime Athos, President & CEO, The Tofurky Company
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      Jaime Athos

      President & CEO, The Tofurky Company

      Jaime Athos is a visionary and passionate leader in the plant-based foods industry. With more than 14 years of experience building and supporting its growth, Athos is energized by the ever-increasing opportunity and adoption of plant-based foods worldwide. Prior to his current role as President and CEO at The Tofurky Company, Athos held a variety of other positions within the brand that is also his family’s business, from a college summer job making tempeh to roles in quality assurance, research and development, and operations. As a category leader Tofurky serves a purpose beyond the plate, acting as an engine for global change. Athos exemplifies and manifests this change by way of plant-based political activism, eco-friendly manufacturing, and pursuit of food innovation that helps people to make better choices for farm animals, the environment and health. Athos holds a Doctoral degree in neurobiology and behavior from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in fish biology from the same. He is a founding member of the Plant Based Foods Association, where he currently serves as president of the Board. The association aims to ensure a fair and competitive market place for all businesses selling plant-based foods, promoting policies and practices that improve opportunities for the industry, and educating consumers.

    • Jaime Athos, President & CEO, The Tofurky Company
  • 12:30 PM
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    1:45 PM
    Lunch & Livestream Studio
  • 1:45 PM
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    2:25 PM
    Pitch Slam 6 Presented by 301 Inc.
  • 2:25 PM
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    2:55 PM
    Cash is Like Oxygen
    • T.J. McIntyre, CEO, Bobo's
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      T.J. McIntyre

      CEO, Bobo's

      T.J. McIntyre joined Beryl Stafford and Bobo’s as CEO in December 2015 with the mission of building the Bobo’s business and brand into a leading natural foods company that bakes simple, nourishing food. T.J. was previously the Executive Vice President over natural brands at Boulder Brands where he oversaw the acquisition and management of Udi’s, Glutino and Evol and grew the portfolio from $20M to over $400M in 6 years. Prior to Boulder Brands, he served as Brand Manager of Silk at White Wave Foods, leading up to its acquisition by Dean Foods. From 2005 through 2009, he pursued entrepreneurial endeavors in specialty tea and coffee, including co-founding Pekoe Sip House, a regional tea-coffee chain in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. McIntyre holds a BA degree from Michigan State University, and an MBA with a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Oregon.

    • T.J. McIntyre, CEO, Bobo's
  • 2:55 PM
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    3:00 PM
    Pitch Slam 6 Winner Announcement & Conference End

A DISTINCT FOCUS ON BRAND AWARENESS AND INDUSTRY EXPOSURE

The NOSH Live experience is about the community getting acquainted, learning about what’s next and accelerating. Some brands are just starting and looking for capital and awareness while others are established and have something to teach. Some companies are in discovery mode, looking for brands to add to an incubator or to spot their next product opportunity. Others want to gain an advantage with their production or marketing. Enter Pitch Slam and the Sampling Experience + Expo.


NOSH LIVE SAMPLING EXPERIENCE + EXPO

NOSH Live is a show about natural foods and we take the experience of trying natural foods seriously. Our Sampling Experience + Expo gives brands a chance to be the sampler in a structured networking setting where everyone can try new, hot and trendy single-serve and prepared foods with opportunities to get down to businessand interact with suppliers, service providers and experts who can help you with growth at scale.

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PITCH SLAM VOLUME 6: YOUR BRAND CENTER STAGE

We put the hottest new brands in the spotlight in our annual Pitch Slam contest.

Up-and-coming startup brands prepare their best presentation for the NOSH Live mainstage. Founders receive instant feedback from a group of expert judges of top retailers, brands, investors, designers, the NOSH community and the world via our livestream. The winner achieves the distinction of being champion along with a digital industry awareness package on NOSH that will give them more valuable exposure to the broader community.

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COLLABORATE, OPEN DOORS, PLUG-IN

The vibe of NOSH Live is highly collaborative. The event attracts a group of decision makers, including founders and CEOS from established and new brands who are ready to learn, innovate and grow, along with top experts from investment, retail, supply, distribution and services.

If you want to walk up to your favorite investor to have a conversation, you will have time. If you want to sit with thought leaders to discuss opportunities that have been puzzling you or that you are ready to kick off, the opportunity is there to seize.

The NOSH and BevNET edit teams and staff will be there to help you make connections and talk about coverage.

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BOOTCAMP IS VITAL FOR INDUSTRY NAVIGATION

Experts making an industry change and fresh faces alike find that an industry primer ahead of the main event is a great gut check for newbies to the massive natural products space. Learn how to choose the right investor and capitalize your business. Get tips on designing your package. Learn the ins and outs of legal and accounting. Hear story-telling and buzz creation advice from experts in marketing and public relations. Sit down with the pros after the presentations to ask your own specific questions in an environment paced for learning and discussion.  

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A DEEP DIVE INTO A HOT EMERGING CATEGORY


The massive interest in -- and approaches to -- the incorporation of Marijuana, Hemp, THC and CBD as functional ingredients in food and beverage brands is shared by new companies and existing brands alike. Nevertheless, there is still much to understand. Food and beverage professionals are invited to navigate an ambiguous cannabis market and explore how it could impact their businesses at the one-day forum.

Hosted on June 14th, the Friday after NOSH Live and BevNET Live, attendees of either conference will receive special rates to the forum.

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