Thank You

to all our team members


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    Mason has founded several companies with sustainability at the core. He started Greenling.com, the first local and organic grocery delivery service in Texas. Mason developed Cece’s Veggie Company to help people like his family have a gluten-free way of life while having fun in the kitchen. As a longtime organic activist, Mason drafted legislation and created the Organic Advisory Board to the Texas Department of Agriculture and formed the Organic Association of Texas.  He and his businesses have received over 25 different awards such as “Best Local Food Company” for 9 years in a row.

     

     

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    Genevieve has over 20 years of experience working cross-discipline on four continents in consumer products (CPG), health, wellness, and international experiential education. For over 15 years, her focus was on building & managing plant medicine natural product companies, including Herbal Zap (https://www.herbalzap.com/). From 2016 – 2018 years she led SKU (http://sku.is/), the premier CPG accelerator, and now, with co-founder Dan Graham, she launched Springdale Ventures, (https://springdaleventures.com/) an early stage consumer goods investment fund.
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    Felipe is a leader in the consumer goods and food and beverage communities. Most recently, he founded and principal of IronClad Consulting Services, an accounting/financial advisory service provider.  A philosophy he and his businesses share are simplicity over complexity.

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    Michael is the founder of Michael Angelos’s Gourmet Foods. They make a variety of frozen meals with only using the same natural ingredients you would in a kitchen.

    Though now an empire housed in an industrial kitchen, Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods still has family at its center. The meals — Eggplant Parmesan, Meat Lasagna, Chicken Piccata, Calzones — all started with his mother’s recipes. She still works on recipes at Michael Angelo’s, and Renna’s brother is also involved in the business. Renna’s Italian heritage also plays an important role in the Michael Angelo’s business model. The meals start with fresh ingredients and processes that are usually overlooked in the frozen food industry.”

    The company began over 30 years ago and sold in 2018

     

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    Dan’s specialties have no limits as he has experience in everything that has to do with development and optimization. He and Genevieve Gilbreath co-founded Springdale ventures with the goal to invest in early stage consumer brand companies. He is the founder of Notley, a catalyst company for social innovation unlocking opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. A mission of Dan’s and his companies is to make positive change in the world, and he is motivated by social innovation and entrepreneurial activity.

     

     

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    Trevor Ross is Founder of LIVE Soda and Boundless Nutrition. He is also the CEO of Perfect Keto. He is the Founding Board Member of Naturally Austin and Kombucha Brewers International.

  • Josh is driven to improve and enrich the lives of others creating an environment of positive experience and growth. He believes the time he spends working should be of strategic value and meaning – solving the most important problems faced by the world around him. He curiously pursues new ideas, concepts and problems. Josh is motivated by making his team and the people around him achieve personal and professional fulfillment.

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    Clayton Christopher is the founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea, a company he started in 1998 with a family recipe. Sweet Leaf grew to be a nationally recognized brand, and was then sold to Nestle in 2011. Following his success at Sweet Leaf, Clayton cofounded and served as chairman of the board of Deep Eddy Vodka. Deep Eddy became the fastest growing brand of spirits within the U.S. and was then sold to Heaven Hill Distilleries in the summer of 2015. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Rhythm Super Foods and chairman of SKU, an incubator/ accelerator specifically for consumer brands and their product offerings. Clayton is now co-founder and managing partner of CAVU Venture Partners. In 2006, he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Central Texas and is a recipient of Austin Under 40 – Austinite of the Year Award.

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    Blake is the VP Global Business Solutions for TikTok. Formerly, he was the VP of Global Partnerships for Facebook. 

     

  • With Angela’s 25 years of experience in the natural products industry, she has had the opportunity to build structure, vision, and teams at many levels – as a retailer, board director, community member, and as the leader of a mission-driven vertically integrated manufacturer. As the CEO of Gaia Herbs, she leads growth, strategy, and the building of a world-class team for North America’s top herbal supplement brand. Angela is an advocate for using business as a vehicle to promote positive change for people and planet (as part of an expanded stakeholder model).

  • With a master’s in mechanical engineering and a software engineering background, I love to create products bridging these disciplines. Albert has led projects with companies like Adidas, FOX, and Tiff’s Treats and co-founded multiple funded startups, including MobileTech RX and Sway Water. He is very active in the Austin community and was named 2016 Big Brother of the Year in Central Texas and a Notley Fellow. He is also an angel investor in the Austin and San Francisco community with multiple investments in technology and consumer packaged goods companies.

     

     

  • Bryan has invested in over 45 companies from a wide array of industries, with a special penchant for technology and consumer packaged goods in the Wellness space.  He is highly engaged with the startup community.

     

     

  • Wendy is a seasoned growth leader and investor, skilled in value creation from revenue management, commercial/sales strategy & planning, and business strategy & planning. She has on-the-ground experience in US, Asia, Europe, and Central America. She delivers on financial, strategic, and operational priorities in the short and long term. Wendy builds a culture that drives change and growth, with a track record of developing the next generation of leaders.

     

     

  • Jeremiah is a twenty-six year veteran of the Natural Products industry. During his tenure at Whole Foods Market, he pioneered multiple, industry changing, quality standard initiatives including natural beauty standards, organic labeling requirements for personal care, and the largest ever sustainable packaging guidelines for a major retailer. Jeremiah is also a passionate advocate for and co-creator of Fair-Trade standards that changed the natural products landscape. Jeremiah now oversees Thrive’s private label product development and contributes across the organization in various capacities.

  • Kirstin is the Managing Director of SKU, which accelerates emerging Consumer Product Good brands with a world-class program driven by a thriving community of serial entrepreneurs and industry experts. She is also a commercial insurance broker for Marsh, and specializes in liability and coverage. Kirstin has intense experience dealing with numerous industries such as technology, private equity, healthcare, and retail.

  • Joi is an experienced senior e-commerce software product manager, strategist, and technical program leader with 20 years in setting vision and execution plans for online technologies that achieve business value and high user satisfaction. She has successfully created, delivered, and marketed first-to-market internet applications as well as key technologies that drive the largest e-commerce websites in a wide range of markets.

  • Tracy is the founder of, innovation and brand strategy firm, Bamboo Worldwide. The company facilitates global and multi-national regional innovation pipeline strategic planning, as well as exploration of white space market research and robust ideation of new product and services. With the focus of supporting the growth of innovative cultures, she helps companies invent consumer packaged goods and services. Tracy is motivated with progressing the industry and is always looking for people that are both interested and interesting.

     

     

  • Jennifer is an Executive Brand and Communication Advisor for Fortune 50 company executives and entrepreneurs.  As a female entrepreneur, she thrives on helping others retain their individuality and create a unique connection with people while sharing the compelling story of their company.  She became a coach to redefine the ingredients for storytelling – she instills that it is more than just the company story, it is about the people that make the company unique.

  • Brian is a C-level executive, board member and investor in growth companies primarily in the CPG and Food and Beverage sectors including Deep Eddy Spirits (acquired by Heaven Hill), High Brew Coffee (investment by Dr. Pepper), Epic (acquired by General Mills), Beanito’s, PetPlate, Waterloo Sparkling Water, NurtureMe, BrandProject, Amplify Snack Brands, Nulo, and Kettle & Fire.

  • Jason is an entrepreneur and executive with a passion for upgrading our food industry from the inside. His fortes include conceptualizing disruptive brands and products, and assembling the capability to drive rapid growth. He was founding President of Vital Farms Inc., at one time the #1 fastest growing food & beverage company per Inc. Magazine.

     

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    Matt is a growth-oriented leader with demonstrated ability to unlock and build value in brands. With his background in strategic development, he has a proven track record of building and scaling businesses in the US and abroad. He has acted as the CEO for Lantana Foods, an innovator in spreads, and Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q. Matt currently is honing in on his mentor skills and is acting as a board director for several companies and organizations including Naturally Austin.

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    Mason has founded several companies with sustainability at the core. He started Greenling.com, the first local and organic grocery delivery service in Texas. Mason developed Cece’s Veggie Company to help people like his family have a gluten-free way of life while having fun in the kitchen. As a longtime organic activist, Mason drafted legislation and created the Organic Advisory Board to the Texas Department of Agriculture and formed the Organic Association of Texas.  He and his businesses have received over 25 different awards such as “Best Local Food Company” for 9 years in a row.

     

     

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    Michael is the founder of Michael Angelos’s Gourmet Foods. They make a variety of frozen meals with only using the same natural ingredients you would in a kitchen.

    Though now an empire housed in an industrial kitchen, Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods still has family at its center. The meals — Eggplant Parmesan, Meat Lasagna, Chicken Piccata, Calzones — all started with his mother’s recipes. She still works on recipes at Michael Angelo’s, and Renna’s brother is also involved in the business. Renna’s Italian heritage also plays an important role in the Michael Angelo’s business model. The meals start with fresh ingredients and processes that are usually overlooked in the frozen food industry.”

    The company began over 30 years ago and sold in 2018

     

  • Founders Circle

    Dan’s specialties have no limits as he has experience in everything that has to do with development and optimization. He and Genevieve Gilbreath co-founded Springdale ventures with the goal to invest in early stage consumer brand companies. He is the founder of Notley, a catalyst company for social innovation unlocking opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. A mission of Dan’s and his companies is to make positive change in the world, and he is motivated by social innovation and entrepreneurial activity.

     

     

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    Trevor Ross is Founder of LIVE Soda and Boundless Nutrition. He is also the CEO of Perfect Keto. He is the Founding Board Member of Naturally Austin and Kombucha Brewers International.

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    Clayton Christopher is the founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea, a company he started in 1998 with a family recipe. Sweet Leaf grew to be a nationally recognized brand, and was then sold to Nestle in 2011. Following his success at Sweet Leaf, Clayton cofounded and served as chairman of the board of Deep Eddy Vodka. Deep Eddy became the fastest growing brand of spirits within the U.S. and was then sold to Heaven Hill Distilleries in the summer of 2015. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Rhythm Super Foods and chairman of SKU, an incubator/ accelerator specifically for consumer brands and their product offerings. Clayton is now co-founder and managing partner of CAVU Venture Partners. In 2006, he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Central Texas and is a recipient of Austin Under 40 – Austinite of the Year Award.

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    Blake is the VP Global Business Solutions for TikTok. Formerly, he was the VP of Global Partnerships for Facebook. 

     

  • With Angela’s 25 years of experience in the natural products industry, she has had the opportunity to build structure, vision, and teams at many levels – as a retailer, board director, community member, and as the leader of a mission-driven vertically integrated manufacturer. As the CEO of Gaia Herbs, she leads growth, strategy, and the building of a world-class team for North America’s top herbal supplement brand. Angela is an advocate for using business as a vehicle to promote positive change for people and planet (as part of an expanded stakeholder model).

  • Bryan has invested in over 45 companies from a wide array of industries, with a special penchant for technology and consumer packaged goods in the Wellness space.  He is highly engaged with the startup community.

     

     

  • Wendy is a seasoned growth leader and investor, skilled in value creation from revenue management, commercial/sales strategy & planning, and business strategy & planning. She has on-the-ground experience in US, Asia, Europe, and Central America. She delivers on financial, strategic, and operational priorities in the short and long term. Wendy builds a culture that drives change and growth, with a track record of developing the next generation of leaders.

     

     

  • Manish currently serves as FitJoy’s Chief Executive Officer. FitJoy develops innovative health food snacks that are distributed to over 10,000 retailers in the US and Canada.

    Manish Patel is Co-Owner and former President of Nutrabolt Life Sciences. Nutrabolt is a leading nutritional life sciences company focused on sports nutrition and lifestyle wellness products. Nutrabolt’s products are sold in more than 20,000 retail locations domestically and more than 40 countries around the world including GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World, 24 Hour Fitness, and Costco. Nutrabolt has been a proud member of the Inc. 1000 | 5000 since 2011.

    Previously, Manish co-founded SeedSumo, a mentor-driven seed fund accelerator that helps startup companies achieve Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and raise follow-on financing. Seed Sumo is focused on mobile first technologies and niche based consumer product companies.

    Manish has served as a consultant, educator, and investor within the residential and commercial sectors of the real estate industry. He has significant financial modeling and due diligence experience, with over $5 billion in real estate acquisition, development, and portfolio assignments completed since 2005.

    Manish has conducted advanced level real estate feasibility training workshops at top business schools around the country. He has also advised and trained analyst teams at private equity firms, development groups, and fortune 50 banks.

    Manish holds a Bachelors degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. When Manish is not working he is golfing, playing basketball, or traveling with his wife Seema.

  • Jeremiah is a twenty-six year veteran of the Natural Products industry. During his tenure at Whole Foods Market, he pioneered multiple, industry changing, quality standard initiatives including natural beauty standards, organic labeling requirements for personal care, and the largest ever sustainable packaging guidelines for a major retailer. Jeremiah is also a passionate advocate for and co-creator of Fair-Trade standards that changed the natural products landscape. Jeremiah now oversees Thrive’s private label product development and contributes across the organization in various capacities.

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    With creativity and passion for family, the environment and business, Stephanie has extensive experience in developing start-up and privately held small businesses into multi-million dollar companies. Her experience includes strategic planning and business modeling, corporate identity and brand management, comprehensive client services, consumer products development, D2C/DNVB, ecommerce and digital marketing, software design, social and content marketing, financial, legal and administrative management, research & development, regulatory, manufacturing, and operations.

    She is the Founder | CEO of Wondercide, an industry leader in natural pest protection for pets, homes, and families. Wondercide’s mission is to eliminate unnecessary pesticide exposure and to protect packs of every kind, everywhere.

  • Shari Wynne Ressler is an Austin-based entrepreneur/attorney dedicated to helping people achieve success. Shari is co-founder/Managing Partner of RWR Legal (www.rwrlegal.com), a full-service Legal Consultancy representing and connecting innovators, startups and high-growth companies with vital resources and services for success.

    Shari’s current projects include SAVVY.Business, an insight/consulting company, and CO Retreats, a hotel/retreat concept for exclusive/unique company off-sites and intention-based events.

    Past projects include co-founding SKU (formerly Incubation Station) (www.sku.is) a leading consumer products accelerator that rapidly scales market-validated consumer produce brands and Entrepreneurial Law Bar Association (www.ebaglobal.com), bringing together business counsel worldwide to establish best practices for representing innovators and fostering growth in the new economy.

    Shari is an avid partner, friend, mentor, investor, active participant in the Austin entrepreneurial ecosystem, a past-president of the Austin chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and RISEwomen. She holds a BA from UC Davis and a JD from the UC Berkeley School of La