Kari Armbruster, Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Program Manager, joined Kroger in 2013 and was promoted to her current role in 2018. In her new role, she develops objectives, strategies, and metrics to support the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan. This includes working closely with key external stakeholders and partners and launching and managing projects to help achieve Kroger’s goal to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025. Kari sits on the board of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.
Scott is a tenured leader with more than 25 years of organizational leadership experience. He has served in organizations ranging from the United States Army, to small boutique data warehousing consulting firms and large enterprises with diverse roles including Marketing, Operation, Business Systems, and Sales. Through these experiences he has honed and gained a diversity of skills including: strategic and sector operations; marketing, marketing research and competitive intelligence; enterprise planning and organizational development; business modeling and strategy; product development and delivery; and strategic business sales. He serves as the EVP & COO at Aimpoint Research.
Currently, Vice President of Marketing, Limoneira Company, a 126-year old California based global agribusiness and real estate development company. John has more than 30 years of marketing, brand development, and communications experience with global multinationals and was the former head of ABB Asea Brown Boveri’s External Communications Department. He lived and worked in Europe for 8 years and has provided marketing solutions for clients in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia and Latin America. John also has entrepreneurial experience as the owner of Père Marquette Development, a real estate development company that successfully completed multi-family residential real estate projects in Santa Barbara and Ventura California. Additionally, John began Aficionado European Snack Foods in 1995 in Santa Barbara and Westwood California and sold Aficionado’s snack products throughout the United States before selling the Company in 2002. John is the Head of the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Sustainability Committee and is a member of United Fresh’s marketing committee. He is a board member of VCEDA (Ventura County Economic Development Association), the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Santa Clara Valley. He was a former member of the City of Santa Paula’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, and the Dean’s Leadership Council, Cal State University Channel Islands. He has an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University and a B.B.A. from Grand Valley State University. John speaks German and Italian.
Roland Fumasi is a vice president, senior analyst & manager for Rabobank’s RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group. Headquartered in Fresno, California, Roland is responsible for covering and analyzing the U.S. and North American fresh fruit, vegetable and tree nut industries, general California agriculture, and leads the Fresno research team. He combines a background in agribusiness research with international market development and finance experience in the agriculture industry. Prior to joining Rabobank, Fumasi served as a senior executive in the equipment industry beginning in 2008. From 2005 to 2008, Fumasi served as a Research Associate for the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, where his research focused on specialty crops and alternative energy (bio-fuel) production. Roland completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University in 2013. Prior to Texas A&M, Roland was an active researcher at the California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops at the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), where he produced an award-winning thesis related to specialty crops. Roland received both his B.S. and M.S. in Agribusiness from Cal Poly. From 1998 through 2003, Fumasi served as a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley in Visalia, California, where his business focus was comprehensive financial planning for agricultural families. As a Marketing Director for various firms during the 1990’s, Roland was responsible for building distribution networks for the animal health industry in three countries.
Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms, a media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori worked in the supply chain and sold fresh produce to over 300 retail accounts. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Lori’s work has been featured on Oprah.com, Huffington Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori has received numerous recognitions for her work and innovation with The Produce Moms, including Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, Produce Business Magazine Forty Under 40, and several keynote speaking engagements. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, two sons, and their Great Dane. She serves as a member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Wellness Committee, community partner of the Indiana Department of Education Office of School & Community Nutrition, is a lifestyle morning show contributor on WISH-TV’s IndyStyle, is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, and is a member of United Fresh Produce Association’s Marketing & Merchandising Council.
Barry Rogers, President of Rogers Agro Inc, has been active in the produce industry for 31 years. In his previous position, he served as President of the Sweet Onion Trading Company for 18 years in which he managed the distribution of sweet onions from around he globe. He also served as sales manager for Bland Farms, DNE World Fruit and Seald Sweet Growers International. Since he started his career in produce, Barry’s focus and passion has been quality. “I learned in my first few months as a salesperson, nothing mattered more than quality. If you have quality, everything else takes care of itself.” Rogers carries this philosophy forward in working with G&R Farms whose very strict quality control standards are integrated into the company’s blueprint for both their Vidalia and Peruvian sweet onions. “G&R is one of the leaders in the US market and for good reason. Their attention to detail is unsurpassed in the competitive sweet onion industry.” G&R has become a leader in sustainability because they have a passion to do the right thing. This includes ensuring the safety and well-being of their farm workers, a commitment to environmental stewardship and philanthropy. ” Two years ago, G&R tasked me to develop and manage their Rainforest Certification Program. In just our second year we have been able to increase the program by 30%. Better onions and a better world. It’s a win-win.”
Hugo Hays is Global Director of Compliance and Food Safety in Fyffes. He has his Diploma in Farm Management and MSc Diploma in Business Management in Food and Agriculture Industries at the Royal Agricultural College, UK. He was brough up on a farm in Uruguay and has since worked as a farmer, crop consultant, management consultant, food safety auditor, and standards development and capacity building expert in the UK, Spain and Portugal. He was Technical Director at EurepGAP from 2002, and then in 2008 to 2012 his family lived and worked in Southern Africa on a regional EU funded Sanitary and Phytosanitary Capacity Building project in collaboration with governments of 15 SADC member countries. Since 2013 he has managed a great team at Fyffes in Costa Rica and the region covering compliance in Food Safety, Compliance and Sustainability, with global responsibility within the company for these subjects. He also represent farmers in the Americas on the industry elected GlobalG.A.P. Board, since 2015.
Michael Schutt’s passion for produce has been evident since beginning his career with Raley’s back in 1986. He has worked as a produce clerk, produce manager, produce quality control and currently as a produce buyer. With a special interest in organics, Michael pioneered Raley’s program in the 1990s. As a produce buyer, his top measure for success is flavor, explaining, “That’s what the customer will remember and what will bring them back.”
Mark Koppang serves as Raley’s Director of Sustainability. In this role, Mark focuses on exploring and further expanding Raley’s commitment to sustainability with actions that are most meaningful to their team members, customers and communities. Mark works daily with individuals across the organization who contribute to Raley’s climate and sustainability driven efforts by helping to define, execute and measure opportunities for further impact. Prior to joining Raley’s in July 2020, Mark accumulated 25 years of experience as a corporate leader, with a background in packaging and recyclables.