Dan Krause is the Managing Director at Bradmer Foods and leads the consulting practice. He is a specialty and grocery industry expert with over 30 years of corporate experience at McCormick, General Mills and Zatarain’s. His extensive background in traditional grocery as well as in natural and specialty products makes him a wealth of information and knowledge to his client base. Dan began his career as a Financial Analyst at General Mills, then moved to Consumer Foods Sales where he called on major grocery chains in Central Florida representing Cheerios, Yoplait, Nature Valley, and Betty Crocker. At Zatarain’s of New Orleans, he called on specialty food distributors and partner retailers. With the sale of Zatarain’s to McCormick, Dan became Director of Specialty Sales and helped integrate Zatarain’s products with McCormick’s Old Bay and Golden Dipt branded products. As Director of Sales Operations at McCormick, Dan led a team of cross functional Managers that supported field sales in technology, key performance indicators, merchandising and trade promotion systems. Dan was named as a Consumer Goods Technology Magazine Visionary in 2002. Dan holds a BS in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and is a Certified Coach.
Adam Borden is the founder and a Partner at Bradmer Foods. He leads the investment efforts of Bradmer Foods and is a nationally-recognized food entrepreneurship expert who has spoken professionally at the Fancy Food Shows, the New England Culinary Institute and the Ross School of Business on the topic. Adam also has been quoted in national news outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and on National Public Radio. Adam previously worked as the Marketing and E-Commerce Manager for Petrossian, the Paris-based luxury food importer and distributor, where he co-managed the direct-to-consumer business and overall marketing for the firm. At the same time, he served on the James Beard Foundation Programming Committee, organizing many fundraising dinners with chefs from across the country. Adam has an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a BA Phi Beta Kappa in art history from Wesleyan University.
Dr. Christopher Papagni is a Partner in Bradmer Foods and a leader in culinary leadership and business development. With 17 years of experience in the culinary field, Chris has managed a diverse portfolio of responsibilities for international, national, and local clients. As Executive Vice President of New York’s International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute), he led the expansion of the school into new cuisines (Italian, Spanish), locations (Campbell, California, Parma, Italy and various locations throughout Spain). In addition, Chris developed various new programs such as restaurant management, hospitality services, entrepreneurial studies, and recreation courses. Chris managed all academic departments, L’Ecole (the restaurant of the ICC), compliance, student affairs, the Italian study abroad program, and the school’s 501(c)3 (The Friends of FCI–a formidable culinary scholarship foundation). Chris led the school through three successful re-accreditations; with the school receiving numerous Excellence awards. While there, he co-authored Love What You Do: Building a Career in the Culinary Industry with food visionary Dorothy Cann Hamilton and educational consultant Lisa Cornelio. Chris has been quoted in numerous news outlets including Crain’s New York, The Bangor Daily News, The Portland Daily Sun and Maine Today. Throughout his career, Chris has remained active in a number of charitable and professional organizations including serving as a trustee on the IACP Culinary Trust Board of Trustees, a member emeritus of the James Beard Foundation’s Program Committee and an Advisory Committee member of Spoons Across America. He has a PhD from New York University, a Master’s from The University of South Carolina and a BA from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.