Dean has 30 years of experience in the F&B industry with large CPG and small emerging companies. As an R&D and Quality leader, he has helped develop and commercialize many products across a wide array of categories. Dean has a wealth of experience working with cross functional partners and customers to launch products into the marketplace.
What area(s) of focus would you most like to address with your mentees?
Ensuring product quality through scale-up, ideation of product ideas, consumer quality needs, selecting/qualifying co-manufacturers, and product/package design.
How do you plan to structure your monthly meetings?
Group input on agenda topics, discussion with industry experts on topics, followed by Q&A for guest speakers.
Finally, who would be an ideal mentee for you in this program, given your areas of expertise and experience?
Someone who is thirsty for knowledge and willing to be flexible in how they approach their problems. Someone who is hungry enough to show up and participate with others.