Ryan Lewendon is a Partner at Giannuzzi Lewendon, a premier boutique law firm that focuses on the representation of privately-held, high-growth consumer products companies. Prior to joining Giannuzzi Lewendon in 2011, Ryan was an associate at Donovan & Giannuzzi LLP.
Since 2007, Ryan has focused his practice on helping innovative consumer products entrepreneurs grow their companies by navigating both the day-to-day hurdles and the tent-pole obstacles and opportunities a consumer products company must navigate on its way towards an acquisition. Ryan has assisted hundreds of companies structure and negotiate their distributor, broker and supplier relationships, employee incentive programs and advisory networks, and celebrity/influencer endorsements and promotional partnerships.
Ryan has advised clients through financing transactions at every stage of their growth cycle – from angel investments to rounds with institutional investors. He has recently assisted clients in exit transactions with acquirers such as Coke, Pepsi, General Mills, Boulder Brands, Group Danone, Bacardi, General Mills and others.
Ryan grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. He received a M.S in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Tulane University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honors Society’s Sports Law team. When he isn’t busy helping bring emerging brands to the mainstream, he is an avid runner, reader and raconteur. He resides in Manhattan, New York.
Sandro Roco is the founder & CEO of Sanzo, the 1st Asian-inspired sparkling water. Sandro graduated from Villanova University with a degree in chemical engineering and began his career as a nuclear engineer at Exelon Corporation. He previously worked on the credit derivatives trading floor at J.P. Morgan and most recently served as head of growth and then chief-of-staff at Bombfell, an online personal styling service. He launched Sanzo in 2019 with a mission of bridging cultures by connecting people to authentic flavors.
Joel works at Endeavor (WME), a global media and entertainment company that represents many of the most popular actors, musicians, athletes, and models in the world. He focuses on Talent Ventures, structuring and negotiating non-traditional equity partnerships between WME’s key clients and emerging consumer brands. Prior to joining Endeavor, Joel held consumer-focused investment/M&A roles at Aria Growth Partners, Peak Rock Capital, and Moelis & Company. He has also served as an advisor and operator at several rapidly growing CPG/consumer tech companies.
Elly Truesdell is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of New Fare Partners, and Co-Founder of Made by Nacho, premium cat-crafted cat food, with chef Bobby Flay. New Fare is a specialist venture fund with a thesis centered on the modern eater and evolving American palate. Elly has spent her career driving strategic growth in the Natural and Organic Food industry. After nearly a decade at Whole Foods Market as Global Director of Local Brands & Product Innovation, CEO at Canopy Foods, and as Partner at venture fund Almanac, Elly has deep experience across several verticals of the industry, offering expertise in retail strategy, brand development, supply chain, co-packing and product innovation. Elly holds a B.A in Media Studies from the University of Virginia, and sits on the Board of Wellness in the Schools.
Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP (Anchin) is recognized as a top-tier firm nationwide in terms of its quality, management, scope of services and work environment. With a staff of approximately 360 and highly specialized industry and service teams, Anchin provides privately-held businesses and high net worth individuals with a wide range of assurance, tax, and advisory services, including accounting and auditing; tax planning and compliance; tax credits and incentives; growth, transition and exit strategies consulting; outsourced accounting; and litigation support, forensic accounting and valuation services.
Chinola is a Passion Fruit Liqueur produced in the Dominican Republic from real passion fruit and distilled spirits. It is an all natural liqueur (at 21% abv) that mixes well with just about any base spirit or sparkling wine.
Servicing a unique and important part of consumer-driven business, the firm’s tailored experience and resources enable their clients to meet the unique range of legal challenges facing consumer brands such as brand and infrastructure development, raising capital, market implementation, consumer acceptance, and ultimately, selling their business.
The firm’s long-established relationships with investors, manufacturers, distributors, marketing companies and other consultants and advisors, makes the Giannuzzi Group a value-added legal practice.
Since 1993, Nicholas L. Giannuzzi, the firms’ managing partner has focused on the legal representation of small to mid-sized consumer products companies which have become some of the best known and most successful category leaders in the United States.
In 2010, Nick launched the Giannuzzi Group – the premiere law firm dedicated to guiding clients to achieving their business, brand and product development goals.
Lupii is unleashing the power of the small-but-mighty lupini bean to keep you fueled, fed, and running like a boss.
Our hero ingredient, the lupini bean, has 3x more protein than eggs, 3x more fiber than oats, is jam-packed with vitamins, and has all 9 essential amino acids.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, reducetarian, or just plain awesome– eating Lupii is the perfect way to nourish your body, mind, and planet.
Starting in Q4, we’re bringing Lupii bites to the market– delicious, nutritious, protein-packed snacks that are plant-based, vegan, and gluten-free.
Zip to your morning meeting with the zest of of Tahini Lemon Cranberry. Give your lunch some power and crunch with Peanut Butter Cacao. Sail through the afternoon on a wave of Almond Butter Cinnamon Raisin-y bliss.
Still processing it all? We’re not! Our bites are 100% whole food. That means no preservatives and no added sugar.
It’s hard to believe we ever accepted anything less.
Made by Nacho is on a mission to set a new standard in cat care, giving cats everything they need to lead full, nourished lives. Founded by Nacho Flay and his dad, Chef Bobby Flay—Made by Nacho is made for cats, by a cat. After years of watching his dad use only the best ingredients for his recipes, Nacho realized his cat food didn't measure up. That was his a-ha moment: Cats deserve more out of their food than they were getting—and Nacho was the cat to change all that. So Nacho and Bobby got to cooking and got some help from the best in the biz—like his lifelong vet, Dr. Katja Lang, who knows her stuff. Thousands of taste tests later, Made by Nacho was born. We use a culinary approach for our cat-crafted cat food, starting with no-compromise, premium proteins like cage-free chicken, grass-fed, grain-finished beef, and sustainably caught salmon. Nacho's constantly cooking up new recipes to help combat palate fatigue (aka the finickiness humans always talk about.) Every recipe that leaves his kitchen pairs the flavors and textures cats crave with the chef-inspired quality they deserve.
RIND makes unique and crave-able whole fruit snacks powered by the peel. Fruit rinds are a nutritional powerhouse packed with fiber, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Our snackable slices are sweet and tangy and utilize the whole fruit to maximize taste and minimize food waste. The result is a wholesome, clean ingredient snack packed with flavor, texture and vitality. Keep it Real. Eat the Peel!
Vertage makes uncompromising cheeses and other foods without the use of animals. We do this by combining our passion for culinary tradition with deep expertise across the landscape of emerging plant-based and animal-free ingredients, allowing us to create foods that deliver excellent taste, great value, and superior nutrition. It is not our goal to simply imitate foods traditionally made from animals. Instead, we strive to create exceptional culinary experiences - including entirely new textures and flavors - for our customers using the most delicious, healthful, and sustainable techniques and technology available.
Waku is a Boston-based beverage brand creating delicious and nutritious wellness teas using 20+ herbs and flowers from the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. This blend of herbs has been consumed for centuries in the Andean region because of its digestive benefits and amazing taste.
As we keep evolving as human beings and due to the influence of technology and globalization, many cultural traditions are being lost and the bridge with the low-income population around the world keeps increasing. Waku is set on a mission to provide this low-income population of farmers in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador with access to a value-added market for their products. In addition to that, Waku products are based on ancestral traditions from this region which aims to preserve the cultural heritage from our indigenous communities while also preserving the cultivation of medicinal herbs that have been part of our diets for centuries. On the other hand,market-facing, the reason why these herbs have been cultivated and used for centuries is due to their medicinal properties. They contribute to the overall body wellbeing through their anti-inflammatory, digestive and analgesic properties. As life continues to evolve, we are constantly under more pressure and stress –Waku can encourage consumers to live a more balanced life supporting their gut health while providing better opportunities to underrepresented communities in Ecuador.