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Dr. Al Baroudi, Ph.D.: Consultant
Dr. Temple Grandin: Advisor
Mr. John Varnau: Advisor
Mr. Bill Kies: Consultant
Mr. Arnold Mikelberg: Consultant
Dr. Mark D. Aronson, M.D.: Consultant
Dr. Meghan M. Dierks, M.D.: Advisor
Mr. Craig Enenstein: Advisor

 

Dr. Al Baroudi, Ph.D.: Consultant
Dr. Baroudi has extensive experience in the food industry as a quality assurance executive for both operating companies and the Food Safety Institute. Before becoming a consultant, Dr. Baroudi was a vice president & chief quality officer at the Food Safety Institute where he advised YUM Brands and implemented several health, nutrition, and food safety initiatives. At the Food Safety Institute, Dr. Baroudi directed programs for various international governments and corporations with a focus on food research and development, and quality assurance. Dr. Baroudi has also held executive quality assurance positions with The Vons Companies, Inc. and Borden, Inc. Dr. Baroudi holds a Ph.D. in Food Processing and Technology / Regulatory from Ohio State University and a M.Sc. Food Science and Technology / Microbiology from the University of California-Davis.

Dr. Temple Grandin: Advisor
Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and an Associate Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.

She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare. Other areas of research are: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures, and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.

She obtained her B.A. at Frankin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behaviour and facility design at Colorado State Univeristy and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, and has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and Time Magazine. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She has also authored over 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of "Thinking in Pictures", "Livestock Handling and Transport," and "Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals."

Mr. John Varnau: Advisor
Mr. Varnau has extensive experience in the security and remote video industries. From 1996 to 2003 he served as Vice President of Operations for Westec Interactive. At Westec, Mr. Varnau was instrumental in taking the company from concept stage to $15 million in annualized revenues with customers such as YUM Restaurants, Darden Restaurants, 7-Eleven, Albertsons, Wendy's, Waffle House, McDonald's, and Zales. From 1994 to 1996 Mr. Varnau was president & CEO of Premises One Corporation, a nation-wide network and telecommunications installation services company. Prior to Premises One Corporation, Mr. Varnau worked for Auto-Graphics, Inc., Bluebird Systems, Imagebase Technologies and Calcomp (a Lockheed company). He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Industrial Management.

Mr. Bill Kies: Consultant
Mr. Kies is the former president and COO of IGA, Inc. Mr. Kies is the principal of Kies Consulting, LLC, a premier consulting practice specializing in the supermarket industry. At IGA, Mr. Kies oversaw the largest banner group of independent supermarkets with over 4,000 stores serviced by 24 wholesalers in 20 countries. Annual sales of IGA exceeded $20 billion -- ranking the company in the top 10 grocery chains in the world and number one in private label brand sales. In addition to his other accomplishments at IGA, Mr. Kies created a nation-wide private label broker advisory council. In other food industry work experience, Mr. Kies was a senior vice president for the Food Marketing Institute where he worked for 15 years as part of this international trade association for the supermarket industry.

Mr. Arnold Mikelberg: Consultant
Mr. Mikelberg is a consultant to the food manufacturing and processing industries. Prior to founding his own consulting company, A.S. Mikelberg Associates, Mr. Mikelberg served as president at ConAgra Refrigerated Foods Specialty Processed Meat and Armour Swift-Eckrich. ConAgra's Amour Swift division has 36 plants and annual revenues of $2.4 billion. His career in the food industry began in 1958, and since that time, Mr. Mikelberg has worked in many capacities at various meat processing companies and facilities. Mr. Mikelberg received a BS in Animal Science from Michigan State University.



Dr. Mark D. Aronson, M.D.: Consultant
Dr. Mark Aronson is the Vice Chair for Quality, Department of Medicine, Associate Chief, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care and Chief of the George Kurland Firm at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Aronson and other members of this group serve as core faculty on the Department of Medicine inpatient service and are major educators of both medical residents and students. Dr. Aronson also directs the Stoneman Center for Quality Improvement. The Stoneman Center has focused on improving medication safety within the Medical Center, creating an innovative procedure service and has worked to develop a quality improvement curriculum for all medical residents.

Dr. Aronson serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Hospital Medicine and on Harvard's Risk Management Foundation. He is Deputy Director of Clinical Issues in Primary Care Medicine for one of Harvard's premier CME courses, Pri-Med, a course given in 5 cities throughout the country annually. He is also Co-Editor in Chief of the Adult Medicine and Primary Care Section of Up-to-Date in Medicine - the most widely used electronic medical textbook. His research has centered on areas of cost effective medical care as well as quality improvement in the care of the hospitalized patients.

Dr. Meghan M. Dierks, M.D: Advisor
Meghan M. Dierks, M.D., FACS, is Director of Clinical Systems Analysis at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Research Affiliate in the Clinical Decision Making Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Mr. Craig Enenstein: Advisor
Mr. Enenstein has been an advisor to Arrowsight since 2000. Mr. Enenstein is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Corridor Capital, LLC. Corridor Capital focuses on lower middle market private equity and late stage growth venture capital investing. Prior to founding Corridor Capital, Mr. Enenstein was the Chief Investment Officer of Omninet Capital where he was active across investments in private equity, venture capital, real estate and asset management. Mr. Enenstein also served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Liberty Digital, Inc., a diversified new media company with investments in media, interactive television technology and Internet infrastructure. While at Liberty Digital Mr. Enenstein was responsible for $400 million of new investments across 24 venture capital and buyout transactions, achieving roughly a 25% annual return on capital. He also built numerous strategic and financial investment consortia through extensive work in the broadband infrastructure venture capital space. Mr. Enenstein has experience working for Michael Milken at Knowledge Universe and served as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and LEK Consulting. Mr. Enenstein holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley.

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