At Meijer, Erik is responsible for due diligence, remediation, compliance, and environmental sustainability. Erik leads Meijer’s efforts in carbon reduction, food waste reduction, circular economy, and Great Lakes stewardship. He holds a PhD in environmental engineering from The University of Michigan and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He also served as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan, teaching water and wastewater engineering, as well as sustainable engineering principles. Erik has 20 years of experience as an environmental consultant.
Joan attributes curiosity as key to her 30-plus year career as a results-driven market researcher, CPG trade journalist and thought leader. Joan’s thought leadership work regularly serves as a foundation from which IRI teams develop innovative, holistic solutions for clients, and is regularly showcased during top-to-top client meetings, industry conferences and webinars, media, academic and custom studies.
Her motto: Make the shopper the hero.
Senior Scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business
Ms. Kronthal-Sacco currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at GlobeScan. Ms. Kronthal-Sacco holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Emory University and a Master in Business Administration in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Her research has been cited in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, GreenBiz, among others.
CEO at Supply Pilot
Together with the Supply Pilot team, James works to tackle key sustainability and compliance challenges for some of the world’s leading brands. Examples include helping Co-op achieve their goal of 100% RSPO certified palm oil, Walmart achieving a reduction of 20 million metric tonnes of GHG from their supply chain and SC Johnson increasing the material sustainability of their product portfolio. Through a consistent and clear approach to supplier collaboration.
Partner at The Partnering Group Partner
Deena works with both manufacturers and retailers in Private Label and Foodservice industries through expertise in strategic growth and transformation, customer development, and organizational design and requirements for market activation.
She has worked on development and commercialization of Private Label brands and proprietary products for grocery, club, limited assortment, national restaurant chain accounts and foodservice broadline distributors. Recent work includes Sam’s, Kroger, Lidl, Chipotle, Panera, Sysco, US Foods, and Markon. The work includes leadership from insight to commercialization through both a consumer and customer centric view of the business.
Senior Director of Retail Partnerships at Fair Trade USA
Director of Own Brands at Tops Markets LLC
Bill is in constant pursuit of ways to innovate and improve the grocer’s portfolio of Own Brands. He's involved in sourcing, product development/ package design, merchandising, inventory control/supply, and overall item management throughout Tops Markets LLC private label portfolio in both Fresh and Center store departments. Bill is a member of PLMA's Retail Board and holds a BA from Canisius College in Buffalo NY where he resides.
Vice President US Channel Development at Club Coffee
Angelo has built a reputation as a customer-centric, brand and sales innovator with a deep understanding of the private label space. He has worked with leading US retailers and brands to bring innovative sustainable products to life while unlocking sales and profit growth. As the VP of US Channel Development at Club Coffee, and part of the Executive Leadership Team, Angelo is playing a key role in bringing the company’s solutions to drive sustainable growth. With Club Coffee’s launch of the world’s first BPI certified 100% compostable coffee pod, recyclable paper-based roast and ground coffee packaging, and compostable espresso capsules, Angelo and Club Coffee are building partnerships with a diverse array of innovative coffee brands across North America. Angelo holds a BA in Finance and Accounting from Loyola University of Chicago and lives in the Chicago area.
Vice President of Marketing, Shorr Packaging, Aurora IL
Bill has 30 years in the packaging and printing industry with companies such as Diagraph, ITW, EFI , & Domino Printing Technologies.
Bill is an active member and committee member with Sustainable Packaging Coalition – SPC and PMMI. In addition to leading the Shorr Marketing Team he currently serves as Shorr’s Sustainability Strategic Program Leader and as Executive sponsor for Shorr’s Digital Transformation initiative – “Project Ignite”.
Marketing Coordinator, Shorr Packaging, Aurora IL
Riccarda has 3 years in the packaging industry with companies such as Domino Printing Technologies and Shorr Packaging
Riccarda is a curious, creative, and result-driven marketing professional with experience in planning, executing, and managing digital campaigns. She makes continuous improvements in operations while diligently taking and producing results. In addition to her primary role, Riccarda is part of Shorr’s sustainability council, leveraging internal and external subject matter experts to further understanding, education, and initiatives on the subject of sustainability.