Speakers

  • Convene Conference Center, NY
  • September 10, 2019

SPEAKERS

 

Stefanie Katzman
Executive Manager, S. Katzman Produce Inc.

Stefanie Katzman, Executive Manager with S. Katzman Produce Inc., Katzman Berry Corp., Sharkey’s Trucking Inc. and co-owner of MamaMia Produce and Bad Apple. Stefanie started her career in produce the day she was born. As fourth generation in the family business she had a passion for fruits and vegetables all her life. Stefanie officially began her produce career right out of High School in 2001 working summers for the family business in the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx, NY. Upon graduation from Ramapo College with a BA in Economics she began full time and has worked her way up through the ranks learning every position at the company.

Stefanie has experienced it all from pulling a jack in the warehouse, unloading trucks, sales, buying, accounting, operations management, and executive management. Stefanie currently works alongside her father, Stephen Katzman who is President and sole owner of the businesses, continuing to lead the amazing team of about 370 employees that make up the Katzman staff today. Stefanie loves the produce industry and is excited to continue to lead the companies, along with her brothers, brother in-law, and other “practically family members” in key roles in the businesses whom she could not achieve what she does without.

In 2013 Stefanie became co-owner of MamaMia Produce which is a grower distributor of vegetables from the Dominican Republic. MamaMia owns their own farmland in the DR and focuses mainly on Persian Cucumbers, Specialty Tomatoes, and Hot Peppers. In 2018 Stefanie, along with another partner, launched a new company called Bad Apple which does home deliveries of oversupply and out of grade fruits and vegetables. Bad Apple focuses on sustainability and community support and outreach, while delivering fresh fruits and vegetables right to your front door. Stefanie also sits on the United Fresh Wholesaler Distributor Board.

Eric Ottoway
Chief Executive Officer, The Brooklyn Brewery

Since its founding in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery has brewed flavorful beers that enrich the life, tradition and culture of the communities it serves. Its award-winning roster of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers have gained the Brewery notoriety as one of the top craft beer producers in the world. While striving to brew the best beer possible, The Brewery promotes the proliferation of good beer and good food whenever it can. Brooklyn beers are currently distributed in 25 states and 20 countries and exports more beer than any other American craft brewery.

Eric is an alumnus of Yale University and Harvard Business School and is a fellow of the Education Policy Committee of the Culinary Institute of America.

Zak Romanoff
President, OMNI Food Sales

Zak Romanoff is president of OMNI Food Sales, the premier food brand advocate that works with food brands to increase sales and distribution in the Metro New York marketplace. Zak was exposed to the food industry from early on and grew up with a strong understanding of how it operates. From picking orders in the refrigerated warehouse, to making deliveries as a truck driver’s assistant, to gathering with customers at events, Zak understands the priorities of principals and customers. Over many years, Zak observed firsthand from his father and other key mentors, the importance of relationships. Zak graduated from the University of Connecticut and received his Master’s Degree from Manhattanville College. He then worked his way up in the company, learning all the angles of OMNI, from retail to customer service and account management. Zak now runs the day to day operations of OMNI.

 

Moderator

 

James Aspromonti
New York Regional Leader, Food & Beverage Services, Marcum LLP

James Aspromonti is the New York regional leader of Marcum’s Food & Beverage Services group, responsible for directing the accounting and auditing activities for Marcum professionals in this industry.

With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Aspromonti has developed a specific expertise providing business consulting and tax planning services for private, closely-held businesses with multi-state and international locations, with a focus on food & beverage companies and manufacturers.

He has an in-depth background helping companies improve their accounting efficiencies. Mr. Aspromonti is often engaged by clients to review internal controls and procedures and recommend changes to their accounting systems. His extensive experience also includes working with publicly-traded and closely-held companies through the successful completion of initial public offerings, including reverse mergers.