Super Mentors: Experienced professionals dedicate substantial time & resources to GFA and its Fellows, working one-on-one with their mentee to provide high-level, strategic guidance throughout the duration of the program.

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Michael

Shopin

Michael Shopin

Biography coming soon.

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Daniel

Caballero

Daniel Caballero

|Co-Founder and President of Sofrito Foods

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Hank

Adams

Hank Adams

|CEO at Leeward Farms

Experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of starting and growing technology companies.

Skilled in Digital Strategy, Team Building, Fundraising, Management, and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Strong business development professional with a MBA focused in Finance from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. Values contributing back to the entrepreneurial community as a long-term Board Member of 1871 and YPO as well as Family Farmed, which is bringing good food to every table.

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Gregg

Baker

Gregg Baker

|Senior Advisor of Artisan Food Networks

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Bob

Dekker

Bob Dekker

|Co-founder & Managing Director at Insight Advisory Partners, LLC

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Adam

Degroot

Adam Degroot

|President at DeGroot Logistics, Inc.

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Donna

Rockin

Donna Rockin

|Business Advisor at Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Chicago

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Greg

Christoff

Greg Christoff

|Managing Director at Abbey / APCI Investments

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Greg

Keller

Greg Keller

|General Management for Premium Grocery Marketers

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Joel

Warady

Joel Warady

|General Manager, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Enjoy Life Foods

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Christine

Tzumas

Christine Tzumas

|Owner, Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Michelle

Calcagni

Michelle Calcagni

|Managing Director at PhoneBox Group

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Bob

Gillespie

Bob Gillespie

|CEO at Conference Software Solutions, Financing & Innovation Strategist at Good Food Accelerator

Bob Gillespie is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in technology, leadership and operations. He believes that the ability to build great teams is the most important factor for success. Companies Bob has founded have gone on to raise over $60M in venture funding with an enterprise value of over $150M. In an advisory role, he has worked extensively with over 100 companies in an accelerator program, with his mentorship and network connections leading to new customers, partnerships and venture funding for the participating companies.

Bob has his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Finance.

Bob loves baseball, is an avid reader, and a passionate traveler. His favorite activity is coaching his son is basketball and baseball. He hopes to visit at least 100 countries in his lifetime. He lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of the greatest city in world.

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Reese

Schroeder

Reese Schroeder

|Managing Director at Tyson Ventures

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

Curriculum Presenters : Experts are invited to conduct industry-specific lectures, presentations, and workshops for our fellows during our 6mo curriculum at 1871.

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Reed

Evans

Reed Evans

|Founder, Scale it Up! Sustainability Training for Women Entrepreneurs

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Charlotte

Flinn

Charlotte Flinn

|President, Flinn Consultants (Board Chair)

Charlotte Flinn is co-founder and president of Flinn Consultants, a 25-year-old consulting firm assisting industrial, service, professional, academic, government and not-for-profit clients to achieve and sustain optimum levels of business, leadership and organizational effectiveness. Consulting strengths include strategic planning, leadership and management development and executive coaching. She is Chair of FamilyFarmed board and has been associated with the organization for some 15 years. Charlotte is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in Philosophy from Queens College in New York and a graduate in Organization Development from the Center for Organization Development at Loyola University in Chicago. Her leadership with environmental firms, sustainability and urban agriculture initiatives supports her long-standing interest in the environment in a sustainable economy. Flinn Consultants is best known for its long-term client relationships and its ability to partner with owners, entrepreneurs and senior executives. She lives with her husband Bob in Chicago.

Anu

Goel

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Jim

Jaffe

Jim Jaffe

|Chief Operating Officer - Lionfleet

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Vivek

Jayaram

Vivek Jayaram

|Founder + President Jayaram Law, Inc. (Chicago / NY / Miami)

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Scott

Mandell

Scott Mandell

|President at Cannabistry Labs

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Kathy

Nyquist

Kathy Nyquist

|Principal, New Venture Advisors

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Mark

Palicki

Mark Palicki

|President at Fortune Fish & Gourmet

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Andrew

Bluestein

Andrew Bluestein

|Managing Partner, Bluestein & Associates

Andrew Bluestein leads Bluestein and Associates, developing the firm’s investment strategy, sourcing new deals, conducting due diligence, providing advisory services to portfolio companies and serving on B&A’s investment committee. In addition to his work at B&A, Andrew serves on the steering committee of the FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator and serves as a community mentor to entrepreneurs at Chicago’s 1871 business incubator. Previously, Andrew spent more than seven years as a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte, completing a wide variety of projects in corporate, competitive marketing and organizational strategy with a diverse set of retail, CPG, hospitality and business service clients. During his later years in consulting, Andrew focused on the intersection between growth strategy and strategic change.

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Will

Madden

Will Madden

|Co-Founder at Whole Brain Consulting, Author

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Stephanie

Lind

Stephanie Lind

|Founder and Chairman of the Board of Elohi Strategic Advisors

Stephanie Lind, Elohi Strategic Advisors Founder and Chairman of the Board, established the company in February 2015. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University and her MBA in Marketing from DePaul University, Stephanie began working in the food and beverage industry. She spent 25 years working in the retail and foodservice space for Fortune 500 companies like PepsiCo, Campbell’s Soup, Nabisco and Sysco before launching her own firm. Stephanie loves helping entrepreneurs move their brands into the foodservice channel profitably and productively, as well as working with the entertaining and impressive Elohi sales team. Stephanie is a member of the Womens’ Presidents Organization (WPO), and serves on the Board of Directors for The Blessing Basket, a nonprofit dedicated to helping artisans around the world. She recently guided Elohi through the WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) certification process. Outside of work, Stephanie and her husband enjoy spending time with their two dogs and four cats, and volunteering.

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Jan

Van Marwijk Kooy

Jan Van Marwijk Kooy

|Chief Executive Officer at Goat Partners International

Biography profile available on LinkedIn.

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Laura

McCord

Laura McCord

|Ex. Director Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility at KeHE Distributors

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Natalie

Smulik

Natalie Smulik

|CEO at The Hatchery Chicago - Food Business Incubator

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Natalie

Slater

Natalie Slater

|Digital Content Creation | Social Media Strategy | Product Development

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Johanna

Wilberg

Johanna Wilberg

|IP Litigator at Quarles & Brady LLP

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Kimberly

Bentz

Kimberly Bentz

|Supplier & Product Management

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Anna Maria

Viti-Welch

Anna Maria Viti-Welch

|President at Guy Viti Insurance Agency Inc.

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Tyler

Lowell

Tyler Lowell

|Managing Partner at C.A. Fortune, LLC.

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Tera

Johnson

Tera Johnson

|Founder, Wisconsin Specialty Protein and teraswhey™ protein products

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Kim

Kleeman

Kim Kleeman

|PivotUp! Champion, CEO, Founder

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Ashley

Hartman

Ashley Hartman

|Principal at Bluestein & Associates

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Patrick

Nycz

Patrick Nycz

|Founding President, NewPoint

Main
Quoted in the New York Times, USA Today and Adweek, Patrick Nycz is the author of Moving Your Brand Up the Food Chain: Marketing Strategies to Grow Local and Regional Food Brands. He is the Founding President of NewPoint Marketing, a full-service food industry marketing firm focused on emerging food companies.

Connected to Patrick on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter @PatrickNycz or email him at Patrick@NewPointMarketing.com.

Book
Patrick is the author of Moving Your Brand Up the Food Chain: Marketing Strategies to Grow Local & Regional Food Brands, a business & marketing “how-to” book for the food industry that uses trends (local food) and research (retail food buyer interviews and surveys) to support sales growth.

Moving Your Brand Up the Food Chain addresses numerous topics aimed at helping local, smaller, and regional food brands increase market share and grow their business and has received numerous 5-Star reviews from business book reviewers like Kirkus and Clarion.

Conference
In 2017 Patrick and his team held the 1st Annual NewPoint Emerging Food Brands Forum in partnership with Purdue University and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Indiana Grown. This event featured a Retail Buyer’s Roundtable, NewPoint marketing and Purdue Food Science classes and a sampling event where 80+ food companies met with over a dozen buying groups.

NewPoint
Patrick’s vision for NewPoint emerged from his team’s success using this proven model for food industry clients and is fueled by NewPoint-funded food buyers and food manufacturers research around tracking consumer, industry, and ongoing food trends.

Other
His name, pronounced “nice,” is not really an acronym for New York City Zoo. He just says that so people remember how to spell it. That’s a branding communications mind at work.

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Julie

Blubaugh

Julie Blubaugh

|Local and Competitive Coordinator, Whole Foods Market Midwest

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Chris

Cain

Chris Cain

|https://www.linkedin.com/in/chriscain/

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Bob

Gillespie

Bob Gillespie

|CEO at Conference Software Solutions, Financing & Innovation Strategist at Good Food Accelerator

Bob Gillespie is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in technology, leadership and operations. He believes that the ability to build great teams is the most important factor for success. Companies Bob has founded have gone on to raise over $60M in venture funding with an enterprise value of over $150M. In an advisory role, he has worked extensively with over 100 companies in an accelerator program, with his mentorship and network connections leading to new customers, partnerships and venture funding for the participating companies.

Bob has his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Finance.

Bob loves baseball, is an avid reader, and a passionate traveler. His favorite activity is coaching his son is basketball and baseball. He hopes to visit at least 100 countries in his lifetime. He lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of the greatest city in world.

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Sabrina

Marll

Sabrina Marll

|Director of Analytics of Solid Gold Pet

Biography and profile available via LinkedIn.

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Andrew

Sykes

Andrew Sykes

|Adjunct Lecturer of Executive Education at Kellogg Executive Education

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.