Sean Zlotnitsky came to the U.S. in the early 1990s after serving in the Israeli military as a lieutenant, where he won awards for writing code to recall reserves to duty during a national emergency. He attended the University of Maryland, where he graduated with a 4.0 as a triple-major in computer science, accounting, and economics. During his time in college, and ever since, Sean has been a problem-solver and product innovator, first for the family-owned wholesale distributorship, Current Companies, which he ran with his brother TJ until its sale in 2009, and ever since with iControl.
Sean believes product innovation starts not with a great idea, but with a great problem. He was the primary architect of several of iControl's most successful solutions, including its Scan Based Trading suite, it’s alcohol payment suite, and its award-winning PayApp solution. A husband for over 25-years and a father of four, Sean’s passions outside of work include joking around with his eldest, Daniel, cheering on his son Tommy in hockey, and his daughter Corinne in soccer, where she is a prolific goal-scoring forward, and driving his daughter Brielle to any one of her numerous activities!
On his first day going to school in America, in 1986, TJ Zlotnitsky wore a Michael Jackson jacket and he’s been rocking and rolling ever since. TJ has spent his entire professional career as an entrepreneur, having previously helped run a family-owned wholesale distributorship, Current Companies, which went from a home office to a 33-state operation servicing tens of thousands of accounts before being sold in 2009.
TJ’s whole career has been about finding creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems, and then inspiring individuals to pull together as a team and make big things happen. An eternally curious and energetic guy, TJ’s personal passions include public policy and social justice, reading, sports (especially baseball, which he played semi-professionally for two seasons), and his awesome wife Maria and three nearly-grown, pretty-awesome-themselves kids, Sophia, Elainey and Jacob.
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Robert has worked in this family business since 1973. In 1988, Robert purchased Lipman Brothers, Inc. to become the company's sole owner. In 1995, he founded R.S. Lipman in order to expand into the non-alcoholic and beer sectors of the beverage industry.
Robert's career spans over 35-years in the beverage industry. He is a former chairman and president of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). In April, 2008 Robert was honored by WSWA with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2014, Robert was inducted into the University of Kentucky (UK) Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. In 2001, he created the Research Fund for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the UK Department of Psychology. He was honored by CommunityNashville as a 2008 Human Relations Award recipient.
Robert is a graduate from the University of Kentucky.
Matt is Founder and Head Coach of G7 Leadership Development and Consulting where he helps organizations drive change and, deliver efficiency. He also serves as a board member, professional public speaker, leadership development coach, and business strategy consultant.
He previously served as a Vice President of Category and Assortment Strategy at Sysco Corporation. Mr. Gutermuth also served as Group Vice President of Non-Perishables, Pricing and Corporate Brands, and as Vice President of Center Store at Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.,. He was Before joining Winn-Dixie, he held several executive roles for Safeway, Inc., as the President and Chief Executive Officer of safeway.com. His responsibilities in this position included leadership of many company functions, including marketing, sales, IT, operations, finance, strategic development, supply chain and human resources. Matt’s career also includes stops at Kraft Foods, Nabisco, and PepsiCo.
Matt graduated from the University of Richmond. He also serves as a board member of Saint Joseph's University.
Ann has been the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC (formerly Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.) since February 15, 2015. She served as a Vice President of Information Technology at Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC since October, 2013.
Ann has 24-years of experience in various leadership roles within the CPG industry. She served as Vice President of Information Technology for Dean Foods where she was responsible for the strategy, design, development and implementation of all IT capabilities. Prior to that, she worked for The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. where she was responsible for the development of commercial and go-to-market strategies that promoted improved collaboration with retail and foodservice customers. She also worked on the development and implementation of eBusiness solutions for large customer accounts.
Ann graduated from University of Georgia - Terry College of Business.
Rohit is founder, president & CEO of Elevondata. Rohit conceptualized and led the development of Elevondata's Big Data / RPA Platforms such as Enterprise Compliance Intelligence Management (ECIM), Audit Robotics Management (ARM).
Prior to Elevondata, he was Oracle’s global product strategist and leader for the Master Data Management suite, and led its North American Data Warehousing/Business Intelligence consulting practice. He has been involved in the Blockchain space since early 2013 when he founded a startup that built a Bitcoin Exchange prototype, and is a Certified Bitcoin Blockchain expert from Cryptoconsortium.
Rohit is a voluntary editor on University of Pennsylvania's Ledger Academic Journal, and a member of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. He currently advises several Fortune 100 CIO’s,CDO’s on data modernization, crypto-mining economics, use case evaluation, ICO's, Ethereum, Bitcoin, Hyperledger etc.
Rohit holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from University of Arizona and a Bachelor's in Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.
Mike’s 30-year career spans a wide range of consumer products and services, and B2B categories, for both domestic and international units. Mike’s assignments at PepsiCo included CEO of Pizza Hut’s International division where he expanded the Company’s presence from 68 to 92 countries; President of Pepsi-Cola East, a $1.5 billion operating company; and CMO for PepsiCo’s beverage sector.
He was most recently CEO of WaterJel Technologies, the global leader in burn care products, and has led four private equity companies as CEO, for Riverside Company, Rutledge Capital, and Pouschine Cook Capital Management.
Mike is Chairman of the Board, Rita’s Franchise Company, where previously he was an Outside Director since the acquisition by Falconhead in 2011. Mike is a Director of CP Kelco.
Mike holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He also holds Masters Accreditations at both the National Association of Corporate Directors, and The American College of Corporate Directors.
Roger is President of Oakton Advisory Group LLC, where he provides strategic consulting services to the investment community on food/drug retail, CPG and private label companies. He is also serves as Board Member & Chief Operating Officer at MaGi Foods, and Mindful Foods
Davidson has extensive experience within the retail food business, including store operations and merchandising. Previously, he was SVP of Global Food Procurement at Walmart. He also served as SVP Marketing and Merchandising at Wild Oats Markets; chief operating officer at SUPERVALU; head of global sourcing for Ahold USA; senior vice president, grocery procurement, merchandising and store brands for H.E. Butt Grocery Company. Roger also spent more than 30-years with H.E. Butt in a number of management and executive positions.
Roger holds an MBA and BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) from The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business.
Todd is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mezrah Consulting. He also serves as Vice President Drawloop Technologies, Inc. which he co-founded, and as a vice president of Drawloop Division at Nintex USA LLC. Todd is founder and principal and co-founder of Az Capital Partners.
He has developed significant efficiencies in document automation for organizations including LinkedIn, Expedia, Citigroup, Dupont, Comcast, CIGNA and Disney/ABC. He has integration relationships with Salesforce.com, Box.net, Docusign, Google and Amazon.
Todd has more than 15-years of leadership experience with document automation and generation. He also has 30 years of intellectual capital expertise in financial services and cloud-based technologies. He serves as a Member of the Advisory Board at IPCP.
He graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Corporate Finance and Investment Management. Mr. Mezrah received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Steve is currently president of Steven Lubin Enterprises, a consulting practice that focuses on new product innovation, packaging and marketing.
He was previously Vice President at Walgreens, where he also held several senior executive positions over a distinguished 43-year career. Steve joined Walgreens in 1970 as a stock clerk in Chicago while attending college. He managed several Chicago-area stores before moving into Walgreens purchasing department in 1980. He was promoted to a divisional merchandise manager in 1988, and to general manager of marketing for Puerto Rico in 2004.
Mike’s career includes both distribution and retail experience since joining SUPERVALU in 1979. During his 26-year career, he has served the company in key assignments. Prior to being named executive vice president, and president of distribution food companies in 2001, Mike served as senior vice president of operations for corporate retail from 1999 to 2001.
Within the industry, Mike serves on the Food Marketing Institute's (FMI) wholesale advisory board, National Grocers Association (NGA) executive committee - board of directors, and the International Grocers Association (IGA) USA board of directors. In the community, Mike also is active in a variety of community roles, including the YMCA Metropolitan Minneapolis board of directors.
Jackson holds a degree in management and accounting from the University of Wisconsin. He has also completed the Wharton School's executive management program at the University of Pennsylvania.