President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
Frank Lazaran is a 40-year veteran of the retail food industry, who brings decades of commercial and c-suite experience in scaling organizations, optimizing operations, and driving innovation in the retail sector. He has a solid track record for delivering operational excellence with balanced growth to companies facing unique challenges and complex situations. He was most recently the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Marsh Supermarkets, Inc., a multi-format regional food retailer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Under his leadership, he led the company through a successful turnaround. Prior to Marsh, Mr. Lazaran served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and director of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., which was a publicly traded company and one of the largest supermarket chains in the Southeast. In addition, he was the President of Texas based Randalls and Tom Thumb Supermarkets. He is currently a Senior Industry Partner for the private equity firm, New State Capital Partners and also serves as an advisor to the retail industry through his consulting practice, Galazarano Consulting & Investments.
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Treasurer and Director
Mr. Guarino currently holds a bachelor of science in accounting and a masters of accountancy from the University of Denver. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Guarino was President and a Director of Kahala Corp, a worldwide franchisor of multiple quick service restaurant brands with locations in 49 states and over 25 countries. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Guarino was President of HTI International Holdings, Inc., a technology company focused on forward osmosis water filtration technology. From 2015 until April, 2017, Mr. Guarino has been a consultant to our company.
Chief Marketing Officer
Tom Hutchison is a highly experienced marketing executive with a rare combination of deep experience in both the art and the science of marketing, which he complements with expertise in technology, data, and analytical skills. A veteran of the retail and CPG industries, he most recently served as the Vice President of Marketing and Customer Engagement at Sprouts Farmers Market, a Fortune 500 rapidly growing grocery retailer. Prior to that, within the grocery retail industry, he served in roles that delivered high-performing long-term and immediate growth strategies for mid-size ($3B) retail and wholesale. Before the grocery industry, Tom led global shopper and retail customer insights and analytics for Brown-Forman, the adult beverage company that owns Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, and other brands.
Tom’s passion is in continual evolution and growth towards excellence, and his career focus is on developing customer and marketing strategy, combining the art of creativity with the science of advancing data availability, systems, and neuroscience towards truly superior results.
Supporting his business and technical acumen, Tom has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from the same, and post-graduate in Nuclear Engineering with the US Department of Energy and US Department of Defense. He served as an active-duty Officer in the US Navy from 2000 to 2005 and a reservist until 2017.