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..
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.
Co-Founder and CEO
Kevin started rock bands and pastored churches in various parts of the country before helping found Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) in 2011. He is a professional musician, loves public speaking and leadership and working with and helping people more than anything. He was inspired on his journey to becoming consumed with American hunger by his children, who joined with their friends at school, pooling their lunches to send home food for dinner for other friends in need. Kevin and his family live in Norwalk, CT.
Director for American Furniture Manufacturing, Inc.
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.
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.
President and CEO, Business Journals Inc.
Britton Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of Business Journals Inc (BJI), a fourth generation family-owned and managed business-to-business communications company. Britton joined the Company in 1980.
Business Journals Inc produces 23 events per year at the Javits Center (New York City) and in Las Vegas. BJI’s trade shows include the women’s shows AccessoriesTheShow, Moda Manhattan, FAME, and STITCH, and an upscale men’s wear show, MRket. BJI publishes three trade magazines including MR (Menswear Retailing) and Accessories and also has a 54 magazine custom publishing division, eight web sites, and maintains one of the industry’s largest databases of fashion retailers.
Britton currently serves on the Board of Directors of the CEIR and American Business Media where he is Chairman of their Events Council. Previously Britton was Chairman of the Board of Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) from 2008 – 2010 and served on the SISO Board from 2001 - 2010.
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.
Robert (Buddy) Kretzman
Retired Senior Executive, Revlon
Buddy serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee of Revlon, Inc. (NYSE:Rev). He 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 serves on the Board of Directors of the Palace Theater for the Arts in Stamford, CT and also serves on the board and is Chair of the Committee on Focus and Priorities of the Ignatian Spirituality Center at Fairfield University.
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.
Managing Director, Bank of Ireland
Chris Mangan is a Managing Director of Bank of Ireland’s Leveraged Acquisition Finance Group, based in Stamford, CT. In that role he arranges debt financing for private equity firms and medium sized companies across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland in 2007, Chris was a Managing Director at GE Capital and before that, IBJ Schroder Bank & Trust Company. He began his 30 year banking career at National Westminster Bank USA.
Chris is a Trustee of Saint Francis College and serves on the board of Community Plates (now Food Rescue US). He has previously served on the boards of The Harlem Academy, Illuminated World Publishing, Darien Little League and the Darien Boat Club, where he served as Commodore.
Chris graduated magna cum laude from Saint Francis College in 1983. He was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Captain of the baseball team and was an Academic All-American in 1982. He lives in Darien, CT with his wife and two teenage sons.
Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Organizing Committee, Invictus Games 2016
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 Invictus Games 2016, an international competition for wounded active and retired service men and women to be held in Orlando, Florida May 2016. 500 athletes from 15 countries will compete in 10 adaptive sports to raise awareness for the power of sport in recovery and for the sacrifices that the competitors and their families have made for their countries.
Carol joined Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) to help mitigate widespread hunger in our communities and throughout the U.S.
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.