OUTSTANDING ADVISORY BOARD

Axiom Foods has been fortunate to attract key individuals in various, complimentary areas of research, manufacturing, business development and distribution.  Each brings unique yet complimentary knowledge bases that result in propelling Axiom Foods to the next level.  Click on the name for their bio explaining why each individual stands out in their respective areas of expertise.

David Janow, CEO & President, Axiom Foods

David Janow has arrived to the position of CEO and President of Axiom Foods after an extensive education and work experience that makes him uniquely qualified.  He received a B.S. degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Miami, followed by a JD then MBA from Pace University School of Law and Lubin School of Business. His education culminated with an LLM from Fordham University in New York.  After passing the New York, Connecticut, and California Bars, he worked for Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft on Wall Street. Next, David joined his mother and father in the family business, helping grow New York’s Citadel International Corporation’s commodities distribution network. After designing and setting rice ingredient manufacturing standards that are still followed today, he became solely focused on the untapped possibilities of WGBR fractions.  A sought-after industry advisor and speaker, David is continuing to set new standards while dedicating himself to the creation of better foods through rice, for all stages of life.

Thomas D. Aarts, Founder, Nutrition Business “Journal of Record”, Investment Banker & Nutrition Company Advisor

Thomas D. Aarts has more than 20 years experience in management consulting, M&A transactions, investment analysis and market research. In the nutrition industry, Aarts successfully managed the sale of Nutrition 21, a $20 million company, and has advised many leading companies in the Nutrition, Food and Pharmaceutical industries.  These include GNC, Rexall, Nestle, Bayer, and Cargill. He co-founded the Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ), the “journal of record” in the nutrition and natural products industry. Aarts is also the Founder and co-chair of the NBJ/Newport Summit, the premier executive retreat in the Nutrition Industry (www.newportsummit.com). Prior to NBJ, Tom was a founding Partner with Health Business Partners (HBP), one of the leading investment banking and consulting firms in the Nutrition Industry. Thomas D. Aarts is currently Managing Director of Nutrition Business Advisors, LLC (NBA), a strategic advisory firm.

Robert Orr, President & CEO, Ocean Nutrition Canada

Since 1997, Orr has expertly managed the startup, financing and growth of Ocean Nutrition Canada – the creators of Omega 3. His 20 years of senior management experience in the Natural Product, Marine Biotech, Food Retailing, Wholesaling and Advertising industries have helped make us Canada’s fastest-growing marine biotechnology and natural product ingredients company. This experience includes the creation and management of several startup companies, and responsibility for large multinational corporate division operations. It has also allowed Robert to assemble a sizeable, extremely accomplished, multidisciplinary team – the cornerstone of our business strategy, and a major contributing factor to our revenue growth.

Matt Pearson, President, Marron Foods

In 2002, Matt Pearson established Marron Foods, which manufactures and packages powdered products, such as non-fat dried milk, whey protein concentrates, and various food additives. He is one of the leaders in the process of instantizing powdered products, including calcium citrates in multiple juices.  Using his own resources, he has funded the development of proprietary manufacturing equipment that allows the company to do more specialty work.  Pearson’s professional philosophy is to stay focused and maintain profitability while preparing for the inevitable change in life and business cycles.  He attributes his success to problem-solving experience and creating a team of extremely dedicated employees.

Donald K. Thorp – President, Prinova

Don Thorp attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and received a B.S. degree in Business Finance. He has more than 20 years experience in the Food and Beverage Industry working along side his father, Richard Thorp, who started Greenfield Thorp Co. – a broker company, along with partner Aaron Greenfield in 1978. Since that time, he had worked directly in every aspect of the business from customer service to accounting and sales. In 1992, with his father, brother and uncle, he established Prinova (formerly Premium Ingredients) to expand the food ingredients business. Currently residing as President and CEO, Don actively manages the day to day global business. He also is an active member of the IFT (Institute of Food Technologists), DCAT (Drug, Chemical & Allied Trades Assoc.), YPO (Young President’s Organization), and TAB (The Alternative Board).

Ed Lim – CFO

Ed Lim has been in the corporate entertainment industry and finance for over two decades. As an executive consultant, he has worked as a stand-in finance executive for various entertainment companies; Universal Music Group, Capitol EMI, Shout Factory and Jon Peters Entertainment as current and past clients. Prior to starting his own consulting company, Ed ran his own division for Universal Music Group and worked corporate finance for UMG, EMI, Warner Music Group and USA Networks. He expanded his expertise to the natural products industry over five years ago.

Donald J. Snyder – Partner, Green Hasson Janks

Donald Snyder has over 25 years experience in public accounting and chairs the Firm’s Assurance and Advisory Department, the Quality Control Department, and the Firm’s Food and Beverage Practice. He is a well-known business consultant in the food distribution, food processing and manufacturing industries. A popular industry speaker, Don also writes for the firm’s CPA Food Bites blog and hosts a number of food and beverage networking groups. Don is involved in assisting clients with designing and assessing their internal accounting controls and has been a frequent lecturer in this area. He has also written several articles on the subject of fraud prevention and detection in the work place. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Don is a competitive master swimmer

David Horwich – Managing Partner, JK Murphy Advisors

David Horwich has worked as an investment banker and advisor to public and private businesses for 23 years. His clients range in size from lower middle-market businesses to those with hundreds of millions in revenue across a wide variety of industries. His work has provided him with expertise in all facets of transactional activity, including raising capital, and buying and selling businesses. This experience provides him with the foundation to improve his client’s financial profile as a strategic advisor. Horwich holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Vice President of his class. he also holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.