Food Retail Veterans Guiding Education
champion council

Food Retail Veterans Guiding Education

Our dedicated team of leading CPG and food retail industry veterans are passionate about helping small food and beverage manufacturers succeed.

The FMI Emerge Champion Council guides program education content and activities to best serve the grocery retail industry and emerging brands.

FMI Emerge Champion Council

Mike Anderson

Business Development, The Factory

A 42-year veteran of the CPG industry. Mike led Natural Specialty Sales, the natural and specialty division of Acosta Sales & Marketing from 2002-2018. He’s worked with hundreds of small companies across every category in the natural channel. Today Mike heads business development for The Factory LLC in Bethlehem, PA. The Factory provides growth capital and industry expertise to brands ranging from $2-$20m in sales.

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Mike Anderson
Business Development, The Factory

Stephanie Bossung

VP Account Services, NewPoint Marketing

Marketing Retail Strategy and Branding Expert. Advises brands with smaller budgets how to optimize marketing plans for ROI.

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Stephanie Bossung
VP Account Services, NewPoint Marketing
Food industry marketing expertise—from retail to food service— is a natural outcome of having deep knowledge in every facet of a business’ operation. With 10 years in branding and business development, preceded by 15 years in mass media and promotions, Stephanie holds an executive-level expertise in sales, marketing, media, and production management. This exceptionally diverse skill set adds value for clients by providing a full complement of perspectives on food-industry brand management endeavors. Wired for a hawkish attention to detail, while also maintaining a high-resolution view of the big picture, Stephanie is uniquely able to provide astute branding direction and simultaneously apply the business principles necessary to squeeze more bang out of every marketing buck.

Bob Burke

Principal, Natural Products Consulting

Industry leader in bringing natural, organic and specialty products to market.

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Bob Burke
Principal, Natural Products Consulting
Bob specializes in bringing natural, organic and specialty products to market. Prior to consulting, Bob was the VP, Sales & Corporate Development with Stonyfield Farm, and has held marketing positions with Colombo, Inc. and Sperry Top-Sider. Bob was named one of the “Top 25 Business Builders of the Natural Products Industry for the last 25 years” by Natural Foods Merchandiser Magazine. Co-author of the Natural Products Field Manual, 8th Edition. www.naturalconsulting.com

Gillian Christie

Founder and CEO, Christie & Co.

Gillian helps ethical national and international companies attain their growth goals for 30+ years. With a background in strategic branding, marketing and finance as well hosting a nationally syndicated green radio talk show, Gillian provides fresh and dynamic insights and strategies to build companies into Iconic Brands. Her greatest passion is to help ethical companies succeed in their efforts to make the world a better place.

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Gillian Christie
Founder and CEO, Christie & Co.

Tim Clark

VP Emerging Brands, Inmar

Tim leads Inmar’s strategy and solution offerings for emerging brands. He has 20+ years of experience building brands and leading strategic growth. His specialties include brand strategy, marketing, channel strategy, promotion planning, product development, pricing, consumer insights and market research. Prior to Inmar, Tim was EVP, Sales & Marketing, for Salem Baking Company, a leading gourmet cookie and cracker brand. He led the company’s expansion into many of the nation’s leading retailers. Tim also previously led a successful food startup.

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Tim Clark
VP Emerging Brands, Inmar
As Vice President, Emerging Brands, Tim is responsible for leading Inmar’s strategy and solution offerings for emerging brands. He brings to this role more than 20 years of experience building brands and leading strategic growth. His areas of focus include brand strategy, marketing, channel strategy, promotion planning, product development, pricing, consumer insights and market research. Prior to joining Inmar, Tim was EVP, Sales and Marketing, for Salem Baking Company, a leading gourmet cookie and cracker company. In this role, Tim successfully led the company's expansion into many of the nation's leading retailers. Tim also previously led a successful food startup after serving as VP, Business Development, for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. www.inmar.com

Betsy Gillette

Founder, Synergy Consulting

Betsy is a 20-year industry veteran, experienced in conventional and natural retail (Jewel Food Stores & Wild Oats). She’s held roles on the manufacturing side, with White Wave Foods and in distribution at UNFI. While at IGNITE Sales Management, most recently as SVP of Sales, she helped emerging and mid-sized Natural & Organic brands gain distribution at retail, develop promotional and trade strategies, solidify channel strategies, and manage broker relationships.

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Betsy Gillette
Founder, Synergy Consulting
Synergy is the sales force for brands that don't have their own. Betsy and her team assist brands with pricing and promotional strategy, broker management, the category review process, and data & analytics. Synergy assigns a lead person to help with overall strategy and to be the core communicator within the team. And we have a team of seasoned CPG sales professionals to manage natural and organic retailers in their assigned territory. Betsy is a 20-year industry veteran having experience in both conventional and natural retail with Jewel Food Stores in Chicago and Wild Oats in Boulder. Additionally she has held positions on the manufacturing side, with White Wave Foods and in distribution at UNFI. For the past 4 years Betsy held key roles at IGNITE Sales Management, most recently as SVP of Sales, where she helped emerging and mid-sized Natural and Organic brands gain distribution at retail, develop promotional and trade strategies, solidify channel strategies, and manage broker relationships. Additionally she managed the IGNITE portfolio of brands at Whole Foods Market, representing over $100MM in retail sales.

Jerry Golub

Vice Board Chairman & Former CEO, Price Chopper, Market 32

Jerry is a focused and strategic thought-leader with 2+ decades of experience leading a multibillion-dollar, privately held regional supermarket chain. He specializes in providing leadership to empower organizations to achieve their goals by streamlining operations, rebranding, re-imagining the possible, and delivering innovative, customer-centric business strategies to drive growth in sales and profitability.

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Jerry Golub
Vice Board Chairman & Former CEO, Price Chopper, Market 32

Tim Hauser

VP & General Manager, MMI-Market Solutions

Tim is a 37-year veteran of the CPG industry, with sales, marketing and Agency expertise. Specialties include: Business development for consumer products, new business formats, product sales expansion into new channels, client relationship management, branding and consumer marketing.

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Tim Hauser
VP & General Manager, MMI-Market Solutions

Daniel Lohman

Strategic Advisor to the Organic & CPG Industry

Dan provides actionable insights and strategic solutions to brands seeking to grow sales. His podcast and courses teach brands what retailers really want, how to get their product on the shelf and how to save valuable time and money. With 25 years of experience, this Category Management expert and thought-leader is passionate about empowering brands and raising the bar in our industry.

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Daniel Lohman
Strategic Advisor to the Organic & CPG Industry
By way of, Brand Secrets and Strategies, Daniel Lohman provides actionable insights and strategies solutions to grow your brand and save you valuable time and money. He advises you on category management. Dan helps healthy brands get their products into the hands of more shoppers by getting onto more store shelves. Save valuable time and money with proven actionable insights and strategic solutions that increase sales and profits is Dan's motto.

John Maggiore

Principal, Maggiore's Sales & Marketing

John founded Maggiore’s Sales & Marketing in 2003 as a Food Brokerage and Consulting firm specializing in Natural and Specialty products. He previously worked for Stop & Shop as the Category Manager of Natural Food. As a Food Broker he represents Natural Food brands to supermarkets in New England. As a consultant John helps companies develop and implement their Sales Strategy.

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John Maggiore
Principal, Maggiore's Sales & Marketing

Betsy McGinn

CEO, McGinn eComm

Betsy provides eCommerce strategy expertise to CPG brands, ranging from launch stage to multi-billion dollar companies. In her experience with Amazon.com and other eCommerce partners, she guides brands through this channel, aligning marketing, finance, OPS, sales and other strategic teams. McGinn eComm has launched, optimized and recalibrated 50+ brands on Amazon.com, increasing their growth, revenue, and overall success.

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Betsy McGinn
CEO, McGinn eComm

Blake Mitchell

Principal, InteractBoulder

Blake is the head of Interact Boulder, a sales-effective, creative agency obsessed with the food & beverage industry, wholly focused on helping brands embrace strategically-led design. Interact has a 25-year history, and has partnered with over 100 food and beverage clients on branding and package design projects.

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Blake Mitchell
Principal, InteractBoulder
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