A 40 year food industry veteran with deep experience leading branded and private label companies in all retail and food service classes of trade. More than 20 years of CEO leadership of high-growth, consumer packaged goods organizations in the perishable and non-perishable segments. A visionary, brand builder and new product developer with a passion for customer service excellence. Vast success building and aligning high performance teams able to effectively execute business strategies.
Licensed CPA with 20 years of experience in finance, IT and human resources. Possesses deep knowledge of costing, working capital management, inventory control, product traceability and systems integration. Hands-on, knowledgeable and customer-centric. Earned his undergraduate degree from Montclair State University and MBA from Villanova University.
VP Purchasing and Planning
A food industry procurement, sales and production planning professional. Luca brings Imperial more than 13 years of specific experience in the fruit category and a wealth of knowledge of both domestic and international growers and processors. Exceptionally strong at coordinating procurement of raw materials to support customer demand.
Vice President of Sales
A highly motivated sales executive with 15 years of international food and beverage experience. Alex brings a wealth of knowledge within the retail and foodservice channels having worked for several multinational corporations. He brings a breadth of experience across strategic planning, cross functional sales and key account management.
Laurie Steed, Ph.D.
Director of Technical Services
Food scientist with strong knowledge of food safety/quality assurance and product innovation for a wide range of categories. Passionate about providing delicious, high quality, and safe products that exceed consumer expectations. Additionally committed to meeting or exceeding customer specifications and adding value to their brands. Earned her BS, MS, and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.
Matthew J Kimmel
Vice President of Operations
Matt brings an extensive amount of experience, and industry "know how" to our manufacturing & supply chain operations. Matt's expertise lies in developing an operational game plan for companies facing rapid expansion and organizational development. Matt's 27 years of experience in manufacturing include, directing manufacturing and manufacturing optimization; building supply chain programs, translating concepts into real procedures and products, and growth development and strategies.