Board of Advisors
Michael Booth is a Partner at Calvert Street Capital Partners, a Baltimore-based lower middle market private equity and mezzanine investor, where he assists in managing their three private equity funds. Previously, he spent two years with Ernst & Young in the Mergers and Acquisitions Due Diligence Group, primarily serving private equity clients that targeted lower middle market companies. Michael also worked for three and one-half years in Ernst & Young's Auditing and Accounting Group. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Towson University.
Ned Churchill worked for H.J. Heinz Company for 32 years in a number of different positions: General Manager of USA Marketing, Vice President of Corporate Planning, Executive Vice President and CEO of Heinz Canada, and President and CEO of Heinz Australia. Ned retired from Heinz and returned to the U.S. to found WesCap Holdings, a leveraged buyout firm with an interest in food companies where he successfully liquidated his investment portfolio. He now serves on several boards of directors and is involved in angel investments. Ned earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
Mo Frechette founded Zingerman's Mail
Order in 1994, a $10 million specialty-food catalog and website in
Ann Arbor, MI. It offers nationwide direct shipping of artisan
cheeses, estate olive oils, and other traditional foods, including
bread, pastries, cheese and coffee made in Ann Arbor by other
members of Zingerman's Community of Businesses. Zingerman's Mail
Order employs 50 full time and 400 seasonal employees. Mo is
responsible for strategy, food development and marketing. He has
extensive experience in Toyota's Lean Manufacturing principles,
which he used to lead the transformation of his business'
Bonnie Henry is the President and founder
of DKH Enterprises. She works with early stage companies and their
management teams to clarify strategy, accelerate growth, and
position for exit. Bonnie has 28 years of entrepreneurial and
leadership experience across multiple industries, thirteen of which
with P&L responsibility. She founded in 1995 Hellas International, a
Greek specialty food company, which she sold in 2004. She has worked
with both large and early stage companies including: Frito-Lay,
Pillsbury, Estée Lauder, Ross Stores, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
Massachusetts, and Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. Bonnie earned
an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and holds
a BS degree in Business and Communications from SUNY, Plattsburgh.
Tom Ponder is the Vice President of
Corporate Strategy at Acosta Sales and Marketing. Acosta provides a
range of outsourced sales, marketing, and retail merchandising
services to effectively move products off shelves and into shoppers’
baskets, ensuring clients are achieving their true sales potential.
Previously, he worked at Coca Cola as Market Unit Vice President,
Director of Cold Drink Operations, and Corporate Manager of
Strategic Initiatives. He has twenty years of notable
accomplishments leading operations and sales teams in multiple
industries and is experienced in launching multiple startup
operations in large and small corporate environments. Tom has an MBA
from Stanford University and a BA from Millsaps College.
Josh Resnik is the CEO of Wild Idea
Buffalo, a specialty meat business that sells 100% grass-fed, free
roaming, humanely-raised buffalo. Prior to Wild Idea, Josh spent
over 13 years in various marketing roles at General Mills on brands
including Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Cheerios, and Nature Valley. He
has a passion for new products, and successfully launched the Warm
Delights line that won the Prepared Foods Magazine Innovation Award.
Josh is an enthusiastic supporter of local foods: he serves on the
boards of Mill City Market and Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis,
writes a restaurant guide to the Twin Cities, and helped start the
first Taste of the Nation hunger relief event in the Twin Cities. He
has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Carleton