Founding Team

Working on EVC Technology and markets for over 4 years • Strong leadership experience • Deep eco-system contacts • Technical and manufacturing expertise • Accomplished in IP creation and strategy • Extensive culinary skill sets

John Field

  • 30 years in Engineering – Technical, Sales & Marketing
  • Executive Management Experience in Public and Private Companies
  • Large Company & Start-Up Background

Mark Linder

  • 4 Decades in Ag & Culinary Leadership Roles
  • Culinary Institute of America (CIA) – Ag Liaison for the last 18 years
  • Founder “Ag in the Classroom” and Co-Founder “America’s Heartland” TV Series

Richard Gillespie
Technical / Manufacturing

  • 30 Years Tech Equipment Engineering (Mech/System/Controls) & Vacuum
  • Field Service & Customer Support Technical and Management Background
  • BS Degree Electronic Engineering & a Military Veteran

Core Advisors

Operations & business planning experience • Culinary brand strategy expertise •  FoodTech & AgTech immersion • Culinary operations expertise • Early-stage management perspective

David Shao
Equipment / Technology

  • Multiple decades with Vacuum & Vacuum Cooling Technology
  • Experiences in both Ag and Prepared Food Rapid-Chill
  • Contributes Know-How and Vacuum Design Expertise

Howard Roeder
Large Scale Ops

  • World Wide Farms – Ag Company CEO
  • Former President – Dole Food Company

Paul Noglows
Ag & Food Tech

  • Former “Best on the Street”  Wall Street Analyst and co-head of the Internet Research Group at H&Q
  • Former Executive Director, ForbesLive; creator and Executive Producer of the Forbes AgTech Summits in Salinas and Indianapolis
  • Active angel investor
  • Currently Founding Partner & Executive Producer of Crusonia Food Is Health Forums

Brad Barnes
Brand Strategy

  • President, Pure Food Consulting
  • Former, Senior Director CIA Consulting
  • Certified Master Chef (CMC) and Brand Strategy expert

Devry Boughner-Vorwerk 

  • Former Corporate Office at Cargill and Corp VP Global Corporate Affairs
  • Former Executive Leadership at Grubhub
  • Internationally recognized and networked business leader in Food & Agriculture
  • Recognized industry leader in Sustainability and ESG

Martin Dudley

  • CEO Agshift – Skilled in idea-to-profitable-venture execution
  • Industries: Technology, Infrastructure Technology, Financial Services, Ag-tech

Culinary Council

Broad experience base across all culinary disciplines • Representatives from the entire chain of FoodTech: concept and flavor
design, through production and customer service • Strong focus on food safetycompliance

Greg Fatigati
Chair, Culinary Council

  • R&D Executive Chef– Bon Appetit / Food+
  • Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Liaison and former Associate Dean
  • Large scale food service operations

Kyle Connaughton
Upscale Culinary

  • Owner of 3-Michelin Star farm-to-table restaurant in Sonoma County
  • Culinary Institute of America Professor Emeritus
  • Internationally known high-end chef

Breann Montz
Food Safety

  • Food safety compliance and management systems (BRC, GFSI, HACCP)
  • Strategic planning and program management


John Mitchell
Kitchen Design

  • Commercial kitchen and restaurant design for retail food stores (Whole Foods)
  • Food service manufacturing and innovation
  • Plant-Based, Regenerative, Organic Food & Beverage Industry advisor

Judy LaCara
Culinary, Marketing

  • 25 years in high technology; process engineering, management, and marketing
  • Culinary school graduate, catering, fine dining prep cook
  • Recipe development, food and nutrition research

Richard Rosendale,  CMC
Culinary Entrepreneur

  • Youngest Executive Chef in The Greenbrier Resort’s history
  • One of the 70 U.S. Certified Master Chefs

Technology Council

High tech industry veterans • Technical and manufacturing expertise

Ed Poe
Solid Systems

  • Deep expertise with product design and development, control systems, business development, and manufacturing disciplines
  • CEO of several start-ups within the high tech ecosphere

Chris Choffat

  • 32-year veteran of the semiconductor industry and owner of FourPAC
  • Automation, machine design, control systems, process engineering and vacuum technology

Paul Shufflebotham, PhD
Technology Executive

  • 33 years of capital manufacturing equipment development in semiconductor, solar and other emerging technologies.
  • Sr management roles across the capitalization range, from small tech startups to S&P500 corporations.
  • Executive experience with both privately held and VC-funded, high growth, technology startups.

Dr. George Cheng

  • Inventor with over 40 US Technology Patents
  • Expert on IP Strategy & Industry Transformative Technology and Models
  • Fellow, ISA & Senior Member, IEEE

Dr. Sang Park
Busch Vacuum

  • Deep expertise in Vacuum Technology
  • Accomplished industry veteran and acknowledged expert in the space

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