CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, FOOD RESCUE US
FOUNDER & CEO, NXT EVENTS MEDIA GROUP
Britton Jones was the driving force in building the BJI Fashion Group, the Trade Show Division of Business Journals Inc., into one of the world’s leading trade show organizers. Under Britton’s leadership the BJI grew explosively from one show in 1997 to running 27 events annually by 2015, becoming one of the largest users of the Javits Center in NYC (21 events per year) and 6 events per year at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. In 2016, after selling Business Journals Inc to United Business Media and Leftfield Media (a company he co-founded in 2014) to Clarion Events, Britton founded NXT Events Media Group, an innovative, boutique event organizer dedicated to producing experiences beyond expectations. Britton has consistently worked to give back to the exhibition industry. Britton currently serves on NYC & Co's Trade Show Council and has served on the Boards and as the Chairman of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and American Business Media (ABM)Trade Show Council. In 2015, Britton was awarded the Trade Show News Network Industry Icon Award for industry innovation and service. In 2016, Britton also received the industry’s top award, the Robert L. Krakoff Leadership Award. Britton Joined the Board of Food Rescue US (then Community Plates) in 2013 and has served as Board Chairman since 2015.
Chief Executive Officer
While Carol’s career includes work in the for-profit, not-for-profit and public sectors, her passion is helping mission driven organizations do more and do it better. For thirteen years beginning in 2001, she worked at AmeriCares, the global health and emergency response organization where she held senior leadership positions. In 2015 she joined Military Adaptive Sports Inc., the non-profit set up to plan and execute the Orlando 2016 Invictus Game, an international competition for wounded active and retired service men and women. Founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the Games raise awareness for the power of sports in recovery.
Carol joined Food Rescue US as a director in 2015. She became CEO in April 2018. She is committed to working alongside all our stakeholders to reduce widespread hunger and food waste in the U.S. She believes fervently in the Food Rescue US “simple and smart solution” to these two serious crises.
Executive Chef/Owner The Whelk, Kawa Ni and Jesup Hall
By the age of 33, Chef Bill Taibe had received three “Excellent” ratings from The New York Times. He is a leader among a community of chefs who source and support local farms and distributors.
Bill’s love for food began early on while working at the local butcher shop. As a young chef, both at Two Moons in Port Chester, NY and Wildfire in Greenwich, CT, he quickly advanced from Sous Chef to Executive Chef. In the years to follow he would help to develop, design and run many successful restaurants in Fairfield County, including G/R/A/N/D, Napa & Co., and his own, Relish in Norwalk before settling in Westport and opening LeFarm in 2009. In 2012, he partnered with Massimo Tullio to open The Whelk and Kawa Ni in 2014, both located in Saugatuck. The newest addition to the group, Jesup Hall, opened in the early spring of 2017.
His success has led to appearances on The Martha Stewart Show, The Today Show and Moveable Feast. He is featured in Harvest to Heat cookbook. Bill was named a James Beard-Best Chefs in America: Northeast Semi-finalist in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He is heavily involved in the
Westport/Weston community supporting many local organizations. He currently sits on the board of Food Rescue US and is the President of the Westport Farmer’s Market. Over the past 10 years, Bill has mentored dozens of Weston youth through his involvement with the Weston Little League.
Founding Director of Neighbors Link Stamford (now Build OneCommunity)
Retired Vice President Global Operations for Readers Digest, Inc.
Responding to the Stamford, CT strategic plan for immigrants, Bruce founded Neighbors Link Stamford with several volunteers to engage its immigrants and community into enhanced integration. Koe was also instrumental in founding Loaves and Fishes, a church group of some 100+ adults interested in feeding-the- hungry. The confluence of immigrants in need of English Learning, Employment, and Hunger, formed a bridge between these outreach organizations and Community Plates to address food insecurity….all at their organizational foundings In 2009. In prior years, Koe was Chairman of the Board of Red Cross in Kansas City and a leader in the United Way Campaign and Boy Scouts.
Professionally, Bruce is retired from Readers Digest where he was Vice President of Global Operations.
Prior he was an executive at Banta Corporation (now part of RR Donnelley), Western Publishing, and Hallmark Cards. He is a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate from University of Illinois and Masters in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University. Residing in Stamford and married to Linda, they have two children and four grandchildren living in the Midwest.
Director of Compass Diversified Holdings
James Bottiglieri has served as a Director of Compass Diversified Holdings (“CODI”), a NYSE listed company, since December 2005. Jim was CODI’s Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President from 2005 to 2013. Previously, Jim was the Senior Vice President/Controller of WebMD Corporation. Prior to that, Jim was with Star Gas Corporation and a predecessor firm to KPMG LLP.
Jim serves as a Director for American Furniture Manufacturing, Inc., a subsidiary of Compass. He also serves on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the audit committee of Horizon Technology Finance Corporation, a NASDAQ listed company. Jim is a graduate of Pace University and resides in Mamaroneck with his wife.
Jeff began his career as an aspiring actor in NYC and during that time worked in the restaurant industry as actors often do. The emerging "dot-com" scene inspired Jeff and in 2000 he jumped into the tech world and spent the next several years designing and developing enterprise software. In 2005, Jeff started his own company. PeachWorks is a software company that focuses on creating simple and innovative enterprise management solutions for the restaurant industry. Jeff is currently the Chief Product Officer.
.Jeff was always passionate about giving back to the community and after years of experiencing first hand food waste in the restaurant industry, he was motivated to take a deeper look at the problem. In 2011, he founded Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) with Kevin Mullins to simplify food rescue by using technology to connect donors, volunteers and receiving agencies. Jeff lives in the Charlotte, NC area with his wife and two daughters..
President, CEO, Abigail Kirsch, Catering Relationships
Jim Kirsch developed a passion for food as a child by watching his mother, Abigail, teach cooking classes out of the family kitchen. Working both after school and during college, he quickly learned every aspect of the family-run business. With a desire to broaden his knowledge of the culinary industry, Kirsch went on to work in other aspects of the restaurant business, including cooking in various Los Angeles restaurants, managing Bloomingdale’s New York restaurants, and launching the equipment rental division for Design Cuisine, a leading Washington D.C. caterer. In 1988 Jim rejoined Abigail Kirsch as the Company’s Director of Sales. Since assuming the CEO position in 1994, the Company has more than quadrupled in size. Today, Kirsch with Partner and Chef Alison Awerbuch are the driving force behind the firm’s development and expansion. Jim resides in Stamford CT with his wife Gayle and has two daughters.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, NE REGION, THE NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY
John joined the Food Rescue US Board of Directors in September 2018. He is currently Managing Director and Senior lender for the Northeast Region at The Northern Trust Co. Prior to Northern Trust Co., John held executive positions at Wells Fargo Private Bank, HSBC Private Bank and Citigroup Private Bank. He holds certifications in Financial Planning and Private Banking, Wealth Management. John was a close friend of Jeff Schacher, co-founder of Food Rescue US, and followed the development and success of the organization from its early days. He early on decided that this was an organization and a mission that he would support. John graduated from Purchase College, State University of New York and The Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania. He lives with his family in Greenwich, CT
Robert (Buddy) Kretzman
Retired Senior Executive, Revlon
Buddy retired as Chief Administrative Officer in 2013 after a 25 year career at Revlon serving in various senior executive officer capacities including Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer. While at Revlon, Buddy served as counsel to the Board of Directors and its committees. Buddy also served as a Member of the Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee of Revlon, Inc. from 2013 through 2019.
Buddy serves on the Board of Directors of and is Chair of the Committee on Focus and Priorities of the Ignatian Spirituality Center at Fairfield University and serves as a mentor and coach for young professionals.
Buddy graduated magna cum laude from St John’s University in 1974 and from St John’s University School of Law in 1977. He enjoys fitness, surfing, classical music, movies, gardening, taking courses and most of all family time. Buddy and his wife, Clare Attura Kretzman, live in Stamford, CT and have two adult sons and two grandchildren.
Founding partner of Northview Hotel Group
Simon Hallgarten is one of the founding partners of Northview Hotel Group, a fully-integrated hotel operating partner, and oversees all aspects of Northview’s day-to-day operations. Simon has more than 25 years of experience in hotel and residential operations, feasibility, development, construction, and asset management in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
Simon began his career working as a chef and hotel manager before working first with KPMG and Deloitte and then Westin Hotels & Resorts where he remained as a VP of Development during the sale of the company to Starwood Capital and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Most recently, Mr. Hallgarten worked as a consultant for The Bridgetown Group, The Alpha Group, and as West Coast Vice President of Development for Hardin Capital.
Simon holds a BA Hons. from Bristol University (England), and a post graduate degree in hotel management from Manchester University’s Hollings Faculty.
Editor in Chief & Founder, CT Bites
In some ways, Stephanie has been preparing for her current role at CTbites her whole life. Born and raised in NYC by parents who design restaurants for a living, she developed a passion for finding out of the way gems during weekly trips to the depths of Chinatown and frequent trips abroad.
Professionally, she began her career as a photo editor in the magazine industry and then migrated to the world of new media consulting and web site building during the first dot-com wave in NYC. She led strategy, brand development, site architecture and content development assignments for top consumer brands. A 7-year excursion to Seattle exposed her to a casual yet innovative approach to food that hadn't yet made it to the East Coast. When she relocated back to CT, she made it her quest to find great food, and support a community of eaters that live for their next meal.
Technology & Engineering Consultant
Jim is an experienced Chief Technology Officer (CTO)/Vice President of Engineering (VPE) with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Food Rescue US in a volunteer capacity and joined the Board of Directors in November 2019.
Jim has more than 30 years of experience across a range of industries and product categories (web, mobile, desktop, embedded systems). Leading organizations ranging from small VC-backed startups to public companies, he has been responsible for small single-product teams of five, as well as global teams of more than 100 engineers building a portfolio of products. He was formerly VPE at DivX and Clarifai, and CTO at HyperScience.
Jim received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and his Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University.
Executive Chef, Terrain Cafe & Regional Head Chef, Amis Trattoria
Jes Bengston began her culinary career from a passion for food, but without any formal training. Despite her humble beginnings, Jes worked through the culinary ranks beginning in her home town of Westerly, RI and later throughout the East Coast. Her career, now more than 15 years in the making, includes her time spent working at the likes of The White Star Line, Two Steps and more recently, the opening of Granola Bar in Westport, CT.
After receiving the 2015 Greenwich Food & Wine: Most Innovative Chef, Jes joined the culinary team at Terrain Cafe’s Westport, CT location where she showcases her passion for healthy eating and inspires her team with her culinary mindfulness. In 2019, she was invited to cook at The James Beard house for chef Jeff Michaud, and invited back a second time to host a dinner for herself. After several years of successfully leading her team at Terrain Cafe, Jes was recently promoted to help oversee the culinary direction of nearby Amis, located in Westport’s Bedford Square.
Through her work and personal life, Jes has become an integral thread in the fabric of Westport’s culinary community. When she’s not at the helm of her two kitchens, you can find Jes regularly perusing the Westport Farmers Market for fresh produce and supporting local vendors and farmers.
Head of Footlick Media Group
Robbyn Footlick is a multiple Emmy Award-winning media veteran with expertise in content development, production and strategy.
She is the head of Footlick Media Group, which along with Elland Road Partners, is a multi-platform content strategy group with clients including Hearst, Turner, Related, Tennis Channel, ESPN and many non-profit organizations including Robin Hood Foundation in NYC. Her work includes strategic external and internal multiplatform content strategy, development and production as well as editorial management consulting.
Until 2011, Robbyn served as executive editor of ESPN the Magazine and ESPN Insider, the network's subscriber-based digital platform. Before joining the magazine, she was an executive producer overseeing long- and short-term features for ESPN shows including College GameDay, NFL Countdown and E:60. She is the recipient of seven sports Emmy Awards and three Edward R. Murrow Awards. Robbyn’s early career was spent as a reporter and editor for several newspapers, the last being the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she served as Sports Editor and launched the newspaper's sports website.
She is a graduate of Duke University and serves on the editorial board of the university’s alumni magazine. Robbyn also is an advisory board member of Global Girl Media.