JOHN PHELPS | CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER
Founded the successful all natural consumer pet nutrition company, Freshpet. Freshpet pioneered refrigerated meals for pets and disrupted the accepted dry ad canned consumer pet food market. Prior to that, John was in multiple senior management positions around the world with Nestle.
DAN PITTS | CEO
25 years in the pet food industry, including a number of leadership roles at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, both domestic and international. Because of his own food allergies and having pets with allergies, Dan is passionate about the purity of foods for healthy life for all.
DR. DECARLO | PRESIDENT
Dr. Anthony DeCarlo was the co-founder and CEO of the RBVH Veterinary Healthcare Network which includes Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, one of the country’s premier privately-owned veterinary hospitals located in Tinton Falls, as well as the RBVH Physical Rehabilitation Center, RBVH Cherry Hill, RBVH Hillsborough, and RBVH Linwood. In addition to being active in the veterinary community and past president of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. DeCarlo is a trustee for The Seeing Eye Foundation, on the advisory board for Project Animal International, and a proud volunteer for the Ronald McDonald Cancer Camp for Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County.
STEVE KIRTON | MARKETING
Steve earned his insights through many years of hard work in the healthcare industry, beginning with hands-on bench work as a clinical microbiologist. During an 11-year tenure with an international medical diagnostics company based in the UK, Steve rose from Sales Representative to Director of International Sales and Marketing. He then moved to the US and held a role as Business Unit Manager for Centocor, a leading biopharmaceutical company. His corporate experience was followed by several years as an ad agency executive, not only at his own companies, but also at New York-based Euro RSCG Life.
COLE AHLVERS | DIRECTOR- PRODUCT SUPPLY
Key manager at one of the most respected dry pet food manufacturers in the USAduring their growth years, as well as leadership roles in new product innovation companies, such as Rubicon Scientific. Cole has extensive relationships with industry suppliers and develops the quality partnerships so important for Rayne.
MERLIN DAVIDOVIC | DIRECTOR- LOGISTICS
Over 15 years experience in business development and global supply chain strategies with Fortune 500 firms. Track recordin designing, implementing and managing innovative supply networks for start up companies, including freshpet.
CHRIS HERSEY | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - SPECIALIST
Chris Hersey was born and raised in Dallas, TX where he grew up with a passion for animals. That passion led him to the pet food industry in 2005. His goal has always been to work with companies that focus on quality ingredients and are on the leading edge of pet food nutrition. He enjoys the challenges and creativity that comes from building a small company.