Lee Richter is a successful business leader who many top entrepreneurs call a Renaissance woman. Lee was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of their Top 100 Women Business Leaders in 2019. She has launched a dozen successful businesses in the financial, education and lifestyle sectors. Since 1984, Lee’s company, Richter Communications has helped strategy and public relations campaigns with companies such as Autodesk, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and many more. Some of her companies include Richter Design Group, Richter Communications, the Event Planner Association, Holistic Veterinary Care, a Veterinary Hospital which she ran with her husband Dr. Gary Richter, and MyPetthrives.com online community and many more. She is a co-founder of MyPetThrives.com which is a free resource for people who love their pets and want to get the latest information on health and education. Lee also finds time as the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Pet & Wildlife Fund, which donates veterinary services to pets and wildlife in need. Her claim to fame is being Abbey’s mom – Abbey has done two TED talks before she was 14 and published her first book by age 9.
Ari Sherman is a co-founder of Evo Hemp. He is a sales and marketing executive with experience in the natural products industry. Ari also co-founded Hemp Health LLC.
[Sweet and Snack Show Series] Understanding Your Market with Jeff Schmidgall Co-Founder of Bubba’s Foods
Jeff Schmidgall is the co-founder of Bubba’s Foods. Since 2014, Bubba’s Foods has been at the head of a natural health food revolution where smart, healthy choices finally meet big, bold flavors. Run by gourmet chef Jared Menzel and his brother-in-law, former CrossFit trainer and health coach, Jeff Schmidgall, they’re satisfying your naughty and nice cravings with every wholesome green banana they peel, dash of chipotle they sprinkle, and nourishing handful you munch.
[Sweet and Snack Show Series] Making the Most of An Opportunity with Mark Sarafa Founder of Pop Daddy Popcorn
Mark Sarafa is the founder of Pop Daddy Popcorn. Seeking a healthier way for his family to enjoy snacking, one day Mark bought a large popcorn machine and started experimenting with different kernels and flavors in his basement, passing out his popcorn to friends, family, and neighbors. Following his successful experimentation, in 2013, Pop Daddy became Mark’s full-time job and the business has only kept growing from there!
[Sweet and Snack Show Series] Developing Sustainable Sugar-Free Candy with Kenney Joyal Founder of Snowflakes Candy
Kenney Joyal is the founder of Snowflakes Candy. Snowflakes Candy is dedicated to making delicious, uniquely-crafted candies that are satisfying, sweet, simple, and sugar-free. They made their debut with a line of a hand-crafted, artisanal candies, which are now available in stores nationwide. Snowflakes Candy remains dedicated to using high-quality, sustainably-sourced ingredients that our customers love for the sheer fun of eating guilt-free candy.
[One Question] Creating Healthy Snacking Options with Benjamin Bartley and Tom van Lambaart Co-Founders of Chum
Benjamin Bartley and Tom van Lambaart are the co-founders of Chum, a healthy snack food brand. The fruit products created at Chum are 100% wild, and 100% natural, they don’t use fake stuff. Chum takes real fruits as nature intended, and they carefully turn them into delicious bites. No artificial ingredients and no added sugars or colors.
Gino Wickman is the founder of EOS Worldwide, an organization that has helped over 70,000 companies use and implement EOS tools – the entrepreneurial operating system. They have built up an international team of over 300 professional and certified EOS Implementers. Gino is the author of many books including Traction, Rocket Fuel, How to be a Great Boss and many more. His latest creation is called the Entrepreneurial Leap: Do you have what it takes to become an Entrepreneur? Geno created it to help entrepreneurs-in-the-making get a huge jump-start on taking their entrepreneurial leap.
[One Question] Creating a Competitive Edge with Anita Akrishnan and Nalini Mehta Co-Founders of Route to India
Anita Akrishnana and Nalini are the co-founders of Route to India – a health brand focused on inspiring and guiding individuals in feeling their best through food, Ayurveda and holistic lifestyle.
Sean Magennis is the President and COO of YPO — (formerly Young Presidents’ Organization) a global community of chief executives dedicated to becoming Better Leaders. The YPO platform has more than 27,000 members in more than 138 countries. YPO is arguably one of the most powerful groups in the world. To qualify a member has to have at least 10million dollars in annual sales. Sean began his career in South Africa at one of the country’s largest producers of agricultural chemicals. He founded an Organizational Development Consulting business and Executive Search business. Currently an advisor of 2 companies – Nuooly – gig economy business for independent attorneys and Rem brothers which is a hospitality and food services business – 3 concepts near Purdue and Dallas.
Michael Pan is the founder of Pan’s Mushroom Jerky. When Michael was traveling throughout Malaysia visiting extended family he was offered a rich, savory snack that he thought was pork-based. He discovered that it was a family recipe featuring shiitake mushrooms, and the idea for Pan’s Mushroom Jerky was born.