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Ted Allen

Ted Allen

Host, “Chopped” & “All-Star Academy”

Ted Allen is host of the hit primetime Food Network series Chopped, which received two James Beard Awards--one for the show itself, the other for Ted as host. He also the host of Food Network's All-Star Academy and a frequent contributor to The Best Thing I Ever Ate. His latest cookbook, In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks, came out in May 2012. Since 1997, he has been a contributing writer for Esquire. Ted also writes for such publications as Bon Appétit, Epicurious and Food Network Magazine. Previously, Ted was a judge on the first four seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking Bravo series Queer Eye, which was nominated twice for an Emmy Award and took the prize in 2004. He is author of The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes, a collection of vibrant, all-natural dishes, and co-wrote the New York Times Best Seller Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better.
 
Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner

National Geographic Writer; Renowned Explorer; Author of Blue Zones

Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and New York Times bestselling author. He discovered the five places in the world – dubbed Blue Zones – where people live the longest, healthiest lives. His articles about these places in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic are two of the most popular for both publications. Buettner now works in partnership with municipal governments, large employers, and health insurance companies to implement Blue Zones Projects in communities, workplaces, and universities. Blue Zones Projects are well-being initiatives that apply lessons from the Blue Zones to entire communities by focusing on changes to the local environment, public policy, and social networks. The program has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to date. His books, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, and The Blue Zones of Happiness were all national bestsellers. Buettner has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah, NBC Nightly News, and Good Morning America, and has keynoted speeches at TEDMED, Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative, and Google Zeitgeist. His speech in January 2018 at the World Economic Forum in Davos was chosen as “one of the best of Davos.”

Kent Shoemaker

Kent Shoemaker

CEO, Lipman Family Farms

Kent is the first non-family member to run the 4th generation family owned company. He has the honor of leading over 4000 people who make Lipman an industry leader.  Based in Immokalee, Florida., Lipman is the largest open field tomato grower in North America, providing dependable year-round fresh produce through an integrated network of research & development, farming, processing, and repacking. Thousands of acres of farms in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, California and Mexico, along with hothouses in Canada and Nebraska, and Value-Added operations in 12 states, allow Lipman to grow and ship fresh produce 365 days a year.  Kent graduated from Florida State University.  In addition to working with Lipman, Kent serves on the boards of The Schostak Companies in Michigan and Joseph Phelps Vineyards in California. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100. Kent is proudest of being married since 1984 to his wife Lynn. They have two grown children and one amazing grandson. Kent spends his free time salt water fishing.  
Doug Bohr

Doug Bohr

Executive Director, CGT and SVP, PMA

Doug Bohr recently came to the Center for Growing Talent with extensive experience in public programming in the nonprofit sector. Since 2017, Doug has served as a Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Philadelphia Zoo and previously spent 12 years at The Pew Charitable Trusts. His experience in fundraising, strategic planning, and public engagement to drive mission-based organizational goals are essential to CGT’s ability to advance its efforts to attract and develop talent across the global produce and floral supply chains.
Michael Buononato

Michael Buononato

Senior VP, Creative Food Solutions

Michael Buononato is Senior VP at Creative Food Solutions, a collaborative company that merges product design with food marketing. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Mike has over 25 years of experience in the development of products from inception to commercialization. Currently, his focus is on developing recipes and food products that are craveable, on-trend and scalable for foodservice clients. Mike loves a challenge in product design and holds a patent for the flavored encapsulation of salt. 
Timothy Childs

Timothy Childs

CEO and Co-Founder, Treasure8

Timothy Childs is the CEO/Co-Founder of Treasure8, a company simultaneously tackling global food waste & insecurity by utilizing proprietary technological methods. A serial entrepreneur, he comes from a background of taking systemic approaches to big problems, particularly in the food industry. Previously, as Founder of TCHO Chocolate, Timothy shook the cacao industry through a technology-driven approach to chocolate making and created TCHO, a vertically integrated flavor-driven supply chain engineered for cost-effective supply premiumization and a scalable model to improve the livelihoods of its stakeholders. In partnership with USAID, it has been used for sustainably focused programs for farmers in South America, Africa, and beyond. Prior to working in the food space, Timothy founded a company that developed machine vision solutions for NASA’s Space Shuttle program, worked in computer graphics, co-founded early VR companies, the nonprofit community building organization VeRGe (Virtual Reality Education Foundation) in 1991, RoundUP at SIGGRAPH. His approach to innovation has been honed over 25 years using a Silicon Valley lean startup mentality along with multi-award-winning innovation skills.
Jeff Elder

Jeff Elder

Managing Director, North America, Oritain

Jeff Elder recently joined Oritain – a world leader in verifying the origin of products. Using forensic science and data analysis, Oritain analyses naturally-occurring chemical properties within products to trace them back to their true origin, from any point in the supply chain. Operating globally, they work with some of the world’s largest food, textile and pharmaceutical suppliers. Jeff joins Oritain after 21 years with J.G. Boswell Company, one of the largest agricultural producers in the country, where as Vice President, Marketing, he oversaw the sales and marketing of the company’s agricultural products. He has been active in and served on the boards for many agricultural organizations. Jeff is past president of the Cotton Warehouse Association of America and a past chair of the Supima organization. He is currently the Chair of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, recognized as the premier leadership program in its niche. 
Jessica Foust

Chef Jessica Foust, RDN

VP of Culinary Innovation & Nutrition, The Food Group & Creative Food Solutions

Chef and Registered Dietitian Jessica Foust is the Vice President of Culinary Innovation & Nutrition for The Food Group & Creative Food Solutions. In this role, she provides creative culinary and nutrition leadership while working directly with culinary, agency associates and client services to invoke a food innovation culture at all levels of the organization. As lead for the Chicago culinary innovation center, she and her team provide research & development expertise to food companies of all sizes from concept to commercialization. Over the last 15 years of her career in the foodservice industry, she has provided culinary and nutrition direction in restaurants, hotels, manufacturing, health care and spa settings across the country. Most recently, Chef Jess has led menu strategy and development as Culinary Director for Farmer’s Fridge, a rapidly growing startup working to redefine dining and convenience by increasing 24-hour access to fresh food.  Prior to Farmer’s Fridge, she served as the Director of Culinary Innovation for McDonald’s USA where she led culinary development for menus across all 15,000 US restaurants.
Ben Lee

Chef Ben Lee

Director of Culinary Services, The Food Group, Creative Food Solutions

Chef Ben has held his own in the most storied restaurants throughout the United States. He has worked up the latter in Philadelphia and New York landmarks such as Osteria and Marea, plus completing a stage in Italy’s Ristorante Loro. This ultimately led him to make his own impact in the restaurant scene once he took over as the Executive Chef at A Voce Madison, receiving both Michelin and New York Times nods. After 20 years of experience as a foodservice operator, his passion for cooking led him wanting to impact the food scene on a bigger scale. He joined the culinary division of The Food Group at Creative Food Solutions, bringing a deep understanding of consumer palates and global flavors. From sourcing ingredients and tracking profitability to orchestrating kitchen teams and developing menus, his deep knowledge has made him an invaluable resource to his clients. Ben continues to be driven by his passion for educating consumers on how to think about and eat food.
Frank Pica

Frank Pica

Co-founder and Co-CEO, NATIVE

Frank started his career in Missouri as a founding member of the tech company, LockerDome, widely considered to be one of Missouri's "Best Tech Startups". He headed business development and product innovation. In 2014, he expanded the company by opening the New York City office. In addition, Frank is CEO of Cardinal Hill Media where he has consulted for both west coast and east coast technology companies ranging from digital advertising to computer vision. In 2017, he joined the global advertising and technology company, Adyoulike. He has since successfully led the expansion of Adyoulike in the United States and played a role in the company’s M&A strategy which has included acquisitions from places such as YCombinator. 
Sarah Sanders

Sarah Sanders

Co-founder and Co-CEO, NATIVE

Sarah began her career working in hospitality at the Tavern Restaurant Group, a family-owned business started by her father. Sarah’s passion for the food & beverage industry has been apparent since a young age, but during graduate school Sarah began to focus on technology and sustainability. Upon completing her MBA in 2014 she joined Rubicon Global, a cloud-based platform for waste and recycling services now valued at $1B, where she worked for the CEO managing investor relations efforts through multiple rounds of fundraising. After tremendous company growth she transitioned to recruiting to build Rubicon’s first SMB sales team. In 2017 Sarah joined Toast, a cloud-based point-of-sale system now valued at $1.4B. She relocated to New York City to aggressively grow Toast’s market share in the iconic Manhattan restaurant scene. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Kentucky and her MBA in International Business from Xavier University.
Ed Treacy

Ed Treacy

Vice President, Supply Chain Efficiencies & Sustainability

With more than 35 years of senior management experience in logistics and supply chain management, the last 9 years he has been PMA’s expert in developing supply chain practices to lead the produce and floral industries forward and is leading PMA’s efforts to inspire the industry to implement sustainable business practices. A citizen of Canada, the U.S. and Ireland, Treacy has spent his career working with major Canadian retail chains, including Loblaw Companies Ltd., Shoppers Drug Mart and Sobeys Inc., where he was the Senior Vice President of Logistics and Engineering. Treacy monitors and forecast trends related to supply chain efficiencies and sustainability, designs related products, services and educational events for PMA members. He serves as staff lead to the industry-wide Produce Traceability Initiative and leads all data and standards initiatives for PMA, is a board member of the International Federation for Produce Standards,  a member of the coordinating council for the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC), a member of the Global Food Traceability Center Advisory Council and an advisor to the IBM Food Trust network. Treacy has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, and Professional Engineer and Professional Logistician designations.
Diane Wetherington

Diane Wetherington

CEO, iFoodDecisonSciences

Diane is CEO of iFoodDecisionSciences, a leading provider of paperless, easy to use cloud-based solutions for data entry, reporting and analysis for the specialty crop industry supply chain. The Software as a Service products handles food safety, crop input management, product quality and related processes. Ms. Wetherington has been working with growers, shippers, harvesters and processors on software solutions since 2013. Her work typically involves evaluating commodity-specific best practices, characterizing processes and designing software for cost-effective process improvements. She has also worked with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, the Northwest Horticultural Society, the Center for Produce Safety and Western Growers since 2006 on various risk assessment and science and technology projects for the specialty crop industry. Previously Ms. Wetherington held leadership positions with AT&T and MasterCard, where she specialized in applying new technologies to information processing businesses and risk modeling applications. Diane holds three patents. She is a member of Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Produce Safety, Science and Technology Committee.
Dr. Bob Whitaker

Bob Whitaker, PH.D.

Chief Science & Technology Officer, Produce Marketing Association

Dr. Whitaker oversees PMA’s efforts on food safety and technology for the produce supply chain. He also sits on the Center for Produce Safety advisory board and executive and technical committees. Working as a scientist and biologist in the produce and agricultural industries since 1982, Dr. Whitaker has been involved in food safety, security and quality, vegetable research and development, product and process innovation, and grower and industry outreach.

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