WINTER 2019 | DEC. 4+5 | SANTA MONICA
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BOOT CAMP: EDUCATION TO GET YOU STARTED

Boot Camp is a unique half-day educational session for early-stage food entrepreneurs and industry newcomers. It is held the day before the main conference and is free for all NOSH Live Winter 2019 attendees. If you're just getting started in the natural packaged food industry, these are the benefits of attending:

 

NOSH LIVE

Learning

Come learn the basics of operating a business in the healthy food industry. Topics include product design, sales channels, legal keys for startups, branding, funding and best practices.

NOSH LIVE

Growing

Designed for early-stage food brands, Bootcamp helps lay the foundation for success. Learn the tools and create the connections needed to scale and grow within this competitive industry.

NOSH LIVE

Connecting

Sign up for a healthy dose of 1-on-1 networking. Special roundtable discussions at the end of the program give attending young brands a head start on the NOSH LIVE conversation.








If you're already registered to attend NOSH Live Winter 2019, Boot Camp registration is included. Please visit your attendee portal to reserve your seat.


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PAST BOOT CAMP SPEAKERS

  • Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Kelly Criswell

    Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency

    Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    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.

  • Shane Emmett, CEO, Health Warrior - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Shane Emmett

    CEO, Health Warrior

  • Nick McCoy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Nick McCoy

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital

    Nick McCoy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Nick McCoy

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital

    Nick McCoy is a Co-Founder and Managing Director with Whipstitch Capital. In 2001, he co-founded the investment bank Silverwood Partners. In 2009, Mike Burgmaier joined Nick at Silverwood, together they completed nearly forty transactions for clients such as Blake’s All Natural, KeVita, Cherrybrook Kitchen, Spindrift and Otter Creek Brewing Company. In October 2015, they formed Whipstitch.

  • Beril Ancel, Regional Supplier Development Manager, UNFI - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Beril Ancel

    Regional Supplier Development Manager, UNFI

    Beril Ancel, Regional Supplier Development Manager, UNFI - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Beril Ancel

    Regional Supplier Development Manager, UNFI

    Beril Ancel is the Regional Supplier Development Manager at UNFI which is the largest natural and organic food distributor in the nation. In UNFI’s Next department, Beril is responsible for curating category disruptors and breakthrough brands that are headquartered in the Southwest Region. In this position, she mentors emerging suppliers throughout each phase of their unique growth and development challenges. Prior to becoming a Supplier Manager, Beril gained extensive sales experience by working in various positions as a Regional Sales Manager for Independent Stores, West Region Sales Manager for foodservice, and as the Norcal Account Manager for foodservice in her 10 years at UNFI. Previous to UNFI, Beril owned a sales brokerage company where she represented 13 different brands across the West Coast. She was also a national sales manager for Wild Garden Hummus and Artisana Raw and Organic Nut Butters. Beril holds a marketing degree from UC Berkeley and is fluent in French as well as Turkish, her maternal language. She resides in Carlsbad, California with her husband and her one-year old daughter Mila. In her spare time, she loves traveling and trying as many different food dishes as her stomach allows.

  • Brandon Hernandez, Co-founder & Senior Partner, Whole Brain Consulting - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Brandon Hernandez

    Co-founder & Senior Partner, Whole Brain Consulting

    Brandon Hernandez, Co-founder & Senior Partner, Whole Brain Consulting - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Brandon Hernandez

    Co-founder & Senior Partner, Whole Brain Consulting

    Brandon Hernandez is a high-risk quality and food safety consultant with over 10 years of experience in every aspect of food safety, R&D and sanitation applications. With a B.S. in biology from Colorado State University and experience with Whitewave Foods corporate headquarters (formerly Zateca Foods), Rodelle/Custom Blending and Claremont Foods, Hernandez brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. His depth of knowledge in the food industry includes: USDA and FDA processing applications, flavor and spice blending, snack and bakery manufacturing, vegetable dehydration processing, fresh-cut produce processing, bottling, harvesting practices, GAPs and frozen recipe meal manufacturing. Along with the food safety aspect of manufacturing, Hernandez has worked on numerous R&D projects. His work includes “from scratch” recipe formulation to cost optimization and process improvement and extensive work in sanitation protocols and practices that include working with chemical representation in optimizing and understanding the necessary sanitation processes and practices.

  • Bob Burke, Founder, Natural Products Consulting Group - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Bob Burke

    Founder, Natural Products Consulting Group

    Bob Burke, Founder, Natural Products Consulting Group - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    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.

  • Cassie Nielsen, Vice President of Talent, VMG Partners - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Cassie Nielsen

    Vice President of Talent, VMG Partners

    Cassie Nielsen, Vice President of Talent, VMG Partners - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Cassie Nielsen

    Vice President of Talent, VMG Partners

    Cassie Nielsen is the Vice President of Talent at VMG Partners where she works intimately with founders and leaders of branded consumer product companies on their Talent and People strategies. VMG has worked closely and successfully with brands such as babyganics, Drunk Elephant, Humm Kombucha, Justin's, KIND, Nature's Bakery, Perfect Bar, Pirate's Booty, Pretzel Crisps, Quest, Spindrift, Stone, SunBum, and Vega to name a few. Prior to her tenure at VMG Partners, she did executive search at SPMB and various Operations and Talent roles at Goldman Sachs.

  • Marco De Leon, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Rip Van Wafels - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Marco De Leon

    Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Rip Van Wafels

    Marco De Leon, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Rip Van Wafels - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Marco De Leon

    Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Rip Van Wafels

    Marco De Leon is the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Rip Van Wafels, a high-growth snack food brand pioneering the snack wafel category in the US. A native of Amsterdam, Rip began making snack wafels in his dorm room at Brown University as he couldn’t find his favorite childhood treat in America. In 2012, Marco partnered with his Brown classmate, Rip to scale Rip Van Wafels. Together, they’ve developed an innovative NON-GMO product line of snack wafels, reduced the sugar content by 40% and grown the business from a dorm room to distribution in 12,000 Starbucks nationwide. In 2016, Marco was featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 List. He has a BA in Economics from Brown University and resides in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Tim Pollak, Operating Partner & Head of Strategy, Factory LLC - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Tim Pollak

    Operating Partner & Head of Strategy, Factory LLC

  • Mike Movitz, Founder & Managing Partner, The Movitz Group - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Mike Movitz

    Founder & Managing Partner, The Movitz Group

  • Jeff Stopa, Head of Culinary Innovation, ZoomEssence, Inc. - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Jeff Stopa

    Head of Culinary Innovation, ZoomEssence, Inc.

  • Jeremy Halpern, Partner & Director of Business Development, Nutter - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    Jeremy Halpern

    Partner & Director of Business Development, Nutter

    Jeremy Halpern, Partner & Director of Business Development, Nutter - NOSH Live Winter 2019

    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.

THE DETAILS

When: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 4

Where: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, CA

Format: A half-day program the day before NOSH Live. Presentations followed by round table discussions with speakers and other experts.

Registration: Registration is FREE for NOSH Live attendees and can be accessed through the attendee portal. Seating is limited to 60 attendees.

BOOT CAMP SCHEDULE

  • 12:00 PM
    -
    12:30 PM
    Boot Camp Registration & Networking

    Boot Camp is half-day seminar covering the basics of operating and growing a company in the natural or organic food business.

    ** Separate Registration is Required & Accessed in the NOSH Live Attendee Portal **

  • 12:30 PM
    -
    12:35 PM
    Welcome & Introduction
  • 12:35 PM
    -
    1:50 PM
    Boot Camp Presentations - Part I
  • 1:50 PM
    -
    2:20 PM
    Networking Break
  • 2:20 PM
    -
    4:00 PM
    Boot Camp Presentations - Part II
  • 4:00 PM
    -
    5:00 PM
    Networking and Expert Tables

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR BOOT CAMP

If you're already registered to attend NOSH Live Winter 2019, Boot Camp registration is included. Please visit your attendee portal to reserve your seat. 

REGISTER FOR NOSH LIVE TO ATTEND