Board of Directors
Salvatore “Sam” Galletti has served as President and CEO of Ittella Parent since it was founded in 2009 as Stonegate Foods, Inc. Mr. Galletti has over 35 years’ experience in the food industry including prior operational and investor roles at Ittella, Sonora Mills, Good Karma Foods, and others, where he gained experience manufacturing a variety of products including seafood, breaded vegetables, grilled chicken and other organic foods. Through these prior roles, he has established key relationships with many of the retailers who now carry Ittella Parent’s products.
Mr. Galletti founded Ittella Parent primarily as an importer of Italian vegetables and other products, having realized the quality of produce from Italy surpassed that of available comparable produce from the U.S. Following Ittella Parent’s entrance into private label production and manufacturing of frozen products in its own facility, the name was changed to Ittella International in 2015.
Bryan Rosenberg has held executive management positions within food and beverage companies for over 15 years. Mr. Rosenberg is the President and CEO of Thai Union North America, the world’s largest producer of shelf-stable tuna products with annual sales exceeding $4.1 billion. He is responsible for its two key North America operating companies, Chicken of the Sea International (COSI) and Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF). Prior to his current role, Mr. Rosenberg served as President and CEO of COSFF since he established the Company in 2006 in partnership with Thai Union. Under Mr. Rosenberg’s leadership, COSFF has become the largest importer of shrimp, lobster, and crab meat in the US, selling into all channels of trade with annual revenue approaching $1 billion. Mr. Rosenberg also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Department of Economics at University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is a Magna Cum Laude graduate with a B.A. in Business Economics.
Paula Ann Ciaramitaro is a seasoned financial executive with more than 25 years of experience in the food industry. She has served as the Controller for J&D Seafoods, Inc. since 1994 and has extensive experience managing accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory and trading, product sourcing and creation, developing trading strategies in a very competitive seafood market, and much more. Prior to her position with J&D Seafoods, she founded her own travel agency, M.A.P. Travel, Inc., which she operated from 1982 to 1987. Through June 30, 2020, Ms. Ciaramitaro served as the President of USC Town and Gown, which is the largest USC alumni organization in existence and oversaw a $46 million budget for the organization. She currently serves as an advisor to the Board of Town and Gown. She has been highly involved with philanthropic and fundraising efforts for the University and was instrumental in working with the USC Board of Trustees to coordinate a $6 billion fundraising effort for the University. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1985 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in June 2010.
Ed Gelfand has over four decades of combined legal experience involving business and securities regulation. Mr. Gelfand specializes in public and private securities offerings and syndications, securities compliance and transactions, public company filings, merger and acquisitions, as well as other related practices. Mr. Gelfand is an active member of the State Bar of California, and is a partner in the law firm of Gartenberg Gelfand Hayton LLP and also serves as of counsel to the law firm of Gundzik Gundzik Heeger LLP. Mr. Gelfand has served and continues to serve as corporate securities counsel for several SEC-reporting public companies, including QS Energy, Inc., Rightscorp Inc., Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, PBC (Regulation A+), Massroots, Inc. and PPOL, Inc. He also serves as corporate counsel to numerous private companies and individuals. Mr. Gelfand has experience across a wide range of industries, including broker-dealers, investment advisers, restaurants, film distribution pro boxing, renewable energies, aeronautics, auto racing, and real estate. Mr. Gelfand has been engaged in private and government practice since 1976. He has previously served as a staff attorney, special counsel, and as a Chief, Branch of Enforcement, in the Los Angeles Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He has also served as an arbitrator for the NASD, now Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and been appointed as a receiver by numerous federal courts. Mr. Gelfand received a B.A. from Roosevelt University in 1970, and a J.D. from the University of San Fernando Valley College of Law in 1976.
Daniel J. Williamson is the President and CEO of Aspen Medical Products LLC. He is responsible for their global operations with offices in United States, Mexico, Germany and Scotland and founded Aspen Medical Products in 1993. He owned the business until it was sold to the Cortec Group in 2019. Under his leadership, Aspen Medical Products became the premier leader in Spinal Bracing. Prior to founding Aspen Medical Products, Mr. Williamson was the COO and CFO for California Medical Products from 1988 to 1991, and the General Manager for Laerdal Medical California from 1991 to 1995, to whom California Medical Products was sold in 1991. Mr. Williamson began his career in 1978 at American Hospital Supply Corporation, which subsequently merged with Baxter International. He has held positions in operations, finance and accounting for multiple divisions of both companies. Mr. Williamson won the EY Entrepreneur Award for Orange County CA in 2017 for his innovative leadership at Aspen. Mr. Williamson also serves as the Chairman of Alger Precision Manufacturing, Reflections Holdings and Deep Roots Bible Curriculum. He is also on the Board of Focal Point Ministries and The Premier Christian Education Group. Mr. Williamson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Miami University in Ohio and holds a CPA.
Jennifer Fellner is a veteran communications consultant with 25 years of broad public relations experience helping a wide range of clients from start-ups developing brands to Fortune 500 companies successfully communicating with stakeholders across industries spanning consumer products, technology, food and politics. With 28 years of experience at Access Communications, she has been privileged to work with brands such as Apple Computer, Annie’s Organics, Brinker International, Clif Bar, ESPN, Hasbro, Horizon Organic, Intuit, LeapFrog Toys, LUNA, Lundberg Family Farms, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Polycom, Revo, SEGA, Safeway, Seiko and Toys “R” Us. Dedicated to delivering fresh ideas, measurable results and strategic insights, Jennifer has managed some of the longest client relationships at Access. Jen had a thirteen year relationship with SEGA, creating a deep experience in the fastest growing segment of the entertainment industry — video games — and encouraged her team to embrace social media and web 2.0 strategies to connect SEGA to its key audiences. She also led the Corporate Communications effort for 18 years supporting Intuit’s Corporate Communications function. Jennifer’s focus on Reputation Management and Sustainability gives her deep experience in financial communications, executive communications and speechwriting, as well as crisis communications and issues management, counseling clients with challenges ranging from exploding toys, food tampering to online financial fraud.
Ryan Olohan is the managing director of Food, Beverage and Restaurants at Google. Ryan started his career at Google in 2007, first overseeing the consumer packaged goods industry and has spent the past seven years as a thought leader in healthcare as the Managing Director of Google Healthcare. He leads the teams responsible for developing and managing Google’s relationships with the foremost innovators in the food, beverage and restaurant space. Mr. Olohan’s teams partner with the largest restaurant advertisers in the world to build their brands though utilizing Google’s vast search, display, mobile, online video, and other platforms. As head of the Food Industry team, Ryan is responsible for driving the teams’ strategy, industry and consumer insights, operational excellence, and thought leadership.
David Boris has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Forum I from its inception in November 2016 until Forum I’s business combination with ConvergeOne and served as a member of ConvergeOne’s board of directors from the business combination until ConvergeOne’s acquisition by CVC in January 2019 at $12.50 per share. He has over 30 years of Wall Street experience in mergers and corporate finance and has been involved in approximately 20 SPAC transactions as an advisor, investment banker and/or officer or board member, including ten business combinations totalling over $5.0 billion. Mr. Boris was a Director of Pacific Special Acquisition Corp. from July 2015 until August 2017. From November 2010 to May 2013, Mr. Boris served as Chairman of Primcogent Solutions LLC, leading the board during the period of the company’s preparation to seek reorganization by way of a voluntary bankruptcy petition, which was filed in 2013. Mr. Boris served as Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Pali Capital, Inc., an investment banking firm, from 2007. Mr. Boris served as President of Ladenburg Thalmann Group Inc. from 1999 to 2000, and was also Executive Vice President and Head of Investment Banking at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. from 1998 to 2000. In addition, he was a co-founder, director, and a principal stockholder of Brenner Securities Corporation and its successors. Prior to Brenner, Mr. Boris was at Oppenheimer & Company Inc., as a Senior Vice President and Limited Partner. Mr. Boris began his career as a member of the Business Development Group of W.R. Grace & Company, from 1984 to 1985. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, an organization with over 25,000 members who are in the top position of a qualifying company or division and are directly responsible for all operations of such business or division. Mr. Boris received a M.B.A. from Columbia University Business School and a B.A. from Vassar College, cum laude. We believe Mr. Boris is well qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his wide range of experience in capital market activities as well as his activities in special purpose acquisition companies and asset management, including his experience as an executive officer and director of Forum I and Forum II.
Marie D. Quintero-Johnson will be joining the post-combination company’s Board of Directors having over 30 years of combined food and beverage experience. Currently, she serves as Vice President, M&A, Insights, and Corporate Real Estate for The Coca-Cola Company, a role she has held since 2002. In her current role, Ms. Quintero-Johnson supports the development and implementation of Coca-Cola’s global strategy through various growth, efficiency, and scale initiatives. During her tenure, the Coca-Cola Company has completed more than $40 billion worth of transaction in over 100 countries, and has significantly increased the number of brands under its corporate umbrella. Prior to joining the Coca-Cola Company in 1992, Ms. Quintero-Johnson began her career at Coopers & Lybrand (k.n.a PricewaterhouseCoopers). Ms. Quintero-Johnson currently sits on the Board of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Coca-Cola Bottling of Egypt, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and Cristo Rey Atlanta high School. She received her M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, and her B.S. in Accounting and International Business from Georgetown University. Ms. Quintero-Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant.