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Our Team

Since 1870, we’ve specialized in quality. Globally, we lead in depth of experience, range of specialized seasonal farms, and number of unique varieties.

What’s our legacy? To us, it’s simple. It’s every dish that features our naturally-grown baby leaves. It’s the soil in which we grow those leaves on our sustainable farms. It’s the people who tend those farms and it’s the people who enjoy our product time and time again.

It’s our continuing commitment to quality in everything that we do. It’s being the best in baby leaves.

Mark DeLeo- CEO

Marks first introduction with B&W dates back to 2001 when he was brought in as a business advisor to help refine the strategy, improve quality and operational performance.

Mark joined B&W’s 3 person advisory board in 2010 and became CEO in Sept. of 2012.

Prior to joining B&W, Mark had a 25 year successful business advisory career working with startups to fortune 100 companies serving in a variety of capacities from a business advisory role to interim management positions of CEO, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer. Mark began his business advisory career in the late 80’s, spending 10 years with Proudfoot-Crosby Consulting, an international leader in productivity and quality management consulting. His focus the past 10 years prior to joining B&W had been working with PE firms and banks, successfully completing over 20 assignments. Mark has ample international experience, having worked in North America, Central America, Asia, and Europe. Mark serves on the Board of Directors/Advisory Board for companies in the healthcare, agriculture and education industries.

 

James McKenna-CFO

James O. McKenna has served B&W as its Chief Financial Officer since April 2015.  Prior to joining B&W, James was employed by Forward Industries, Inc., a NASDAQ listed designer and distributor of mobile device cases and accessories, as its Chief Financial Officer, from 2008 to 2014, and as its Corporate Controller from 2003 to 2008. Prior to that, James was employed as the Assistant Controller with Medallist Developments Inc., a real estate development company, from January 2002 to December 2003.  James was also employed as an auditor with Ernst and Young LLP from September 1996 to December 2001 and is an active Certified Public Accountant.

 

Todd Gosule- Executive VP of Sales & Marketing 

Todd Gosule is currently the Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing at B&W Quality Growers where he has been for the last 5 years. Todd has been in various sales and marketing positions in the produce industry for over 25 years. Early in his career, he was the Director of Sales and National Marketing Manager for Chiquita where he worked for 10 years. After leaving Chiquita, Todd worked as National Director of Sales for CHEP, owned his own company - Gosule Food Service, Inc., National Sales Director for Nurserymen's Exchange and was Regional Sales Manager for Dole Food Company. Todd currently serves on Board of Directors for various produce industry related associations throughout North America.

 

Don Drewel – Vice President of Plant Operations

Don is currently in his 10th year at B&W Quality Growers. Don brings 25 years of food manufacturing experience to the team. From plant management to industrial engineering he has been involved with every aspect of running food operations. A master baker by trade Don expanded his knowledge base by venturing into the dairy and meat industries. Before joining B&W, Don ran a successful consulting business which focused on process improvements, nutritional labeling, gum and starch applications, audit preparedness, recipe development and various other technical services within the food industry.

 

Cesar Rosero - Vice President of Farming Operations

Cesar Rosero is currently the Vice president of Farming Operations at B&W Quality Growers; He has been in the agricultural business for over 16 years and joined B&W in June 2008. Early in his carrier he was the Production Manager for Inflorex, a cut flowers export company where he worked for 7 years. After leaving Ecuador, he worked as a Ground Coordinator for Aramark. Cesar has an Agronomy degree in 1994 from “El Zamorano” in Honduras and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from LSU in 1996.
 

Dr. Steven Rothwell— Advisor

Dr. Rothwell has a 30 plus year career in the watercress and baby leaf business and is a leading expert in this field. Dr. Rothwell has his PhD in nutritional and environmental physiology of watercress. He joined Vitacress in 1983 and remained with the company until his retirement in May of 2014. Dr. Rothwell was actively involved in all facets of the business and helped grow the company from 3m to 50m turnover. He has been actively involved in over 20 research programs centered on crop sustainability, food safety, and nutritional value of watercress to include anticancer properties. Currently sits on numerous boards to include University of Southampton Biological sciences external advisory board, vice chair of NFU watercress Growers Association and Technical Advisory Panel to Conservation Grade Framing. He has published numerous articles on watercress including interviews on the BBC.

 

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