Richard A. Wright
President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Director
Mr. Wright is former Regional Director of Tax and Financial Planning with one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. He brings over 34 years of experience as a CPA, entrepreneur and senior executive. He has extensive working knowledge of most areas of finance, with a strong emphasis on closely held companies, mergers and acquisitions, transaction planning and international operations. Throughout his career Mr. Wright has consulted on or taken part in over 100 mergers or acquisitions and has consulted with over 500 companies on sophisticated tax and financial planning matters. In 2008, Mr. Wright became the Chief Financial Officer for PCT International. PCT is a leading worldwide developer and manufacturer of last mile and access network solutions for broadband communication networks with manufacturing plants in USA and China and sales in 42 countries. In 2010 (through present), Mr. Wright operates a private tax and accounting CPA firm in Scottsdale, Arizona (Wright Tax Solutions PLC). Mr. Wright also began Wright Investment Group, LLC a small equity participation firm that provides seed capital through micro loans and financial expertise to start-up enterprises. He most recently served as CFO and Treasurer of Alkaline 88 LLC. He graduated Magnum Cum Laude in 1978 from Mount Union University in Alliance Ohio, with graduate level MBA courses at Case Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio.
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.
Mr. Keay has been the President and Managing Partner of Inform Capital Partner, a corporate finance advisory and merchant banking firm, from 2008 to present. He was the Chairman, CEO and director of Inform Resources Corp., a mining company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”), from August 2010 until July 10, 2014. Mr. Keay was the CEO, President and director of IDM Mining Ltd. (formerly Revolution Resources), a mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, from 2009 until January 7, 2015. He was a director of OrganiGram Holdings Inc., an industrial company specializing in the production of condition specific medical marihuana under license from Health Canada listed on the TSXV, from September 14, 2010 until July 17, 2014. Mr. Keay was a director of Plateau Uranium Inc. (formerly Macusani Yellowcake Inc.), a uranium exploration and development company listed on the TSXV, from April 5, 2013 until September 4, 2014. He was a director of Aftermath Silver Inc. (formerly Full Metal Zinc Ltd.), a mineral exploration and development company listed on the TSXV, from February 2011 until December 12, 2013.
Mr. Leitch has been a director of our company since September 8, 2016. During the past five years Mr. Leitch has been actively engaged as a management consultant with respect to business development strategies and overseeing the corporate governance requirements for various private companies. The bulk of his time has been spent as the V.P. Corporate Finance and a Director for Citadel LED Lighting Corp., a private company engaged in the importation of innovative LED lighting products with applications in the retail, hospitality, outdoor lighting and commercial buildings and facilities market sectors.
Mr. Leitch has extensive experience with consumer products companies, and is well versed in all aspects of branding, marketing, cross marketing through strategic relationships, interacting with advertising agencies to create highly focused and effective sales campaigns, along with being very conversant in wholesale distribution networks, logistics, managing multiple channels of product distribution and supply chain management. Mr. Leitch has extensive experience in the capital markets and the securities industry, having worked for several major financial services institutions as well as having been an officer, director and principal of several public and private companies.
National Sales Manager
Frank is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and spent 25 years with Ralph’s Grocery, Kroger’s largest division. At Ralph’s, Frank was Vice President of Advertising & Marketing and went on to spend 14 years at Simon Marketing as Executive Vice President. He has over 10 years of beverage manufacturing experience.
Nick Gagliardi Jr.
National Director of DSD
Throughout his career, Mr. Gagliardi has gained extensive experience in the beverage industry with companies such as: Great Artisan Beverage, LLC, Monster Energy, Liquid Investments and Mesa Distributing. Mr. Gagliardi earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Washington State University. He also completed the Food Industry Management Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.
Alfred A. Marasca
Advisory Board Member
Mr. Marasca comes to The Alkaline Water Company as a 40 year veteran with Ralphs Grocery Company of Los Angeles, CA. He completed his tenure at Ralphs as President and Chief Operating Officer as the culmination of a career that began in Store Operations and Personnel. In 1969, he joined the Marketing Department as grocery buyer/merchandiser and subsequently held positions as frozen food/bakery buyer/merchandiser and Director of Grocery Buying and Merchandising. Subsequently, from 1974 onward, he was appointed Vice President of Personnel/Labor Relations and as Vice President of Marketing in 1976. Promoted to Senior Vice President, Marketing in 1978; Executive Vice President, Marketing in 1985; Executive Vice President, Retail in 1991; President in 1993, and President and Chief Operating Officer in 1994 in which role he remained until his retirement from Ralphs in 1998. In recent years, Marasca has served as Senior Advisor to Stater Brothers Supermarkets, a 4 billion dollar supermarket chain in Southern California, and on the Advisory Board of Haggens Supermarkets, an 800 million dollar supermarket chain in Washington State. Today he operates Chadbourne Communications through which he has also served as consultant to several Sales and Marketing companies throughout the Country. Marasca holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University, a MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern California; graduated from the Executive Program of the UCLA Graduate School of Business, and completed the Dartmouth Institute Program at Dartmouth University. Marasca is a Director, and Past-President of the Western Association of Food Chains, and a former Director of the Food Marketing Institute. His charitable and civic activities include serving as Past-President of the City of Hope Food Industry Circle, and former member of the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University. He was also a Director of the California Retailers Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Roderick is a professional actress and model, a mother of two young boys and a passionate advocate for healthy lifestyles. Professionally, she is most recently recognized for her role as a top four finisher on the second season of NBC’s hit show “Celebrity Apprentice,” and her 2013 appearance on “Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars,” hosted by Donald Trump, where she competed against the likes of Joan Rivers, Dennis Rodman, Khloe Kardashian and Clint Black. She is the founder of two companies, Pantofola D’oro, a designer shoe company partnered with Tommy Hilfiger and Adam Levine, and Fantaz.com, an on-line skill based gaming platform. She authored ‘Bounce Don’t Break’ as an inspirational guide and memoir of her career to-date, and has enjoyed a co-starring role in “Beverly Hills 90210,” plus guest starring roles on “Just Shoot Me,” “Jesse,” and “Love Boat: The Next Wave,” as well as national commercials for Snickers, Mentos and Dr. Pepper. Her career was notably boosted in 2000, when “Baywatch Hawaii” cast her for the starring role which is syndicated to countries across the globe to this day. Subsequently, she enjoyed a supporting role in the hit film “Starsky & Hutch” opposite Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. In 2007, she had a lead role in a production with Snoop Dogg, and a supporting role in the “Nanny Diaries” opposite Scarlet Johansson. Of note, she had a starring role in the independent movie, ‘Out of Control’, which earned her a place in history as the first North American celebrity to star in an all-Indian production.
Advisory Board Member
Mr. Horowitz is President of Co-Sales Southern California (www.co-sales.com/SCAL) and brings over 43 years of experience in the food industry. He is a graduate of Monmouth University in New Jersey with a degree in Business Administration and has substantial industry knowledge and experience in the Southern California market. Steve’s responsibilities and experience include store operations, manufacturer sales, major chain buying and regional broker management alongside food broker sales. Steve has been active on the Retail Board of the Olive Crest Foundation and is a member of the Grocery Board of The City of Hope. In 2007, Steve was honored with the “Humanitarian Award” for his work in the Food Industry by the CCEJ in Southern California.
Advisory Board Member
Frank Lazaran is a 40-year veteran of the retail food industry. He founded Galazarano Consulting and Investments in 2011 and operates the business as a consultant primarily to the grocery industry. In addition, he is Operating Partner in the private equity firm New State Capital. He was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Marsh Supermarkets, Inc., a multi-format regional food retailer based in Indianapolis, Indiana where he led the company in a successful turnaround. Prior to his appointment at Marsh, Mr. Lazaran served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., a publicly traded company and one of the largest supermarket chains in the Southeast. In addition, he was Chairman of the Board of Bahamas Supermarkets Ltd. He was recruited to Winn-Dixie following a successful tenure at Randalls Food Markets. He joined what was then Randalls Food Markets, a family-owned Texas supermarket chain of high-volume locations operating under the Randalls banner in the Houston and Austin markets and the Tom Thumb banner in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He began as Senior Vice President of Sales and Merchandising, his role soon expanded to include logistics and was named President following the acquisition of Randalls by Safeway, Inc. Mr. Lazaran was an integral member of the team that guided Randalls through its 1999 merger with Safeway, managing the integration of technology systems, accounting principles and retail procedures. Under his leadership, the company successfully launched key initiatives that were emerging trends in retailing. Prior to joining Randalls, Mr. Lazaran was Group Vice President of Sales, Advertising and Merchandising for Ralphs Grocery Company in Compton, California, where he began his supermarket career as a sacker. He quickly rose to a senior management position, guiding the multi-billion dollar company's sales, advertising, marketing, store design, bakery and service deli divisions. Mr. Lazaran earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University in 1978. He also attended the Food Institute Marketing Executive Program at the University of Southern California.