“SNAC Tank” Pitch Competition with Rohan Oza, March 29, 2022
New and innovative snack creators enter the contest to see who will win the $10,000 prize! The winner will also gain important connections with leading industry mentors to help scale-up, as well as visibility and coverage in industry media. Read more about SNAC Tank’s handpicked judges and leaders in the snack industry below.
Founder and Managing Partner
Rohan Oza has worked for- and with- iconic global food and beverage companies and brands, including Mars, Coca Cola, Vitaminwater, Bai Brands and Bulletproof Coffee. Oza’s current firm, CAVU Venture Partners specializes in taking great brands to the next level and has partnered with Hippeas, Popchips, One Bar, Skinny Dipped, and many more. As a Guest Shark on ABC’s “Shark Tank”, Oza invested in current SNAC International Member Jackson’s Chips. Dubbed “Hollywood’s Brandfather” by The Hollywood Reporter, Oza is a global pioneer in celebrity equity deals, and is known for transforming groundbreaking consumer products into household names.
Founder/Chief Visionary Officer
Quinn Foods LLC
Female-founded Quinn is a leading natural snack brand known for delivering industry firsts using only 100% REAL ingredients and a commitment to transparency and sustainability. Quinn’s ‘Be Better. Do Better.’ initiative is a commitment to support and seek out agriculture partners who are taking steps to improve their practices, thereby improving our food supply and environment. Kristy was chosen by Whole Foods as one of the ‘Women Makers: Raising the Bar’ highlighting women and industry leaders who inspire and motivate others to create new and better products. She was honored as one of the ‘Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs’ by Fortune Magazine, and Quinn Snacks was named ‘Snack Producer of the Year’ by Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery.
Hector De La Barreda
President, Amplify Snack Brands and EVP, New Ventures
Hector de la Barreda leads the Amplify Snack Brands business, an important strategic growth priority for Hershey. De la Barreda is a seasoned senior executive with deep operational and general management experience that he brings to the role as he guides the strategic direction and growth acceleration of these important snacking brands.
His record of success in Hershey’s international markets includes leading the growing Mexico business for many years and most recently leading Hershey Canada, the company’s second largest market, through a business transformation. He also led the company’s International Regional Markets (Latin America, Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa)
Senior Business Development Manager
301 Inc. | General Mills
Johnny is a Sr. Business Development Manager at 301 INC, Venture Capital arm of General Mills. Prior to joining 301 INC, he was a Brand Manager on a number of General Mills’ platforms, including Progresso Soup, Pillsbury, Cereal, and Snacking. Before his time at General Mills, he was a Project Manager in a construction firm by day and a breaking dancing instructor by night. Johnny holds an MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.
Vice President of Sales for Snak King Corp.
Cindy Kuester is Vice President of Sales for Snak King Corp., an innovative snack manufacturer focused on providing solutions to retailers, marketers, and consumers in the food industry. Previous leadership roles have included V.P. of Sales and Marketing, management of Human Resources, and cross functional strategic management of Finance and Operations.
Currently Cindy serves as Co-Chair of the WINS committee for Snac International. Cindy received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri. She and her husband Jamie currently live in Wisconsin and have one son, Gavin (24). She enjoys spending time with her family, water sports, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.
Five (5) finalists will be selected to pitch on the live stage, and five (5) semifinalists will also be selected.
THE LIVE STAGE
5 finalists chosen to pitch their product to a panel of expert industry judges
2-minute pitch, 3-minute Q&A with the panel of judges
Panel of judges and the audience will vote for one brand to take home the grand prize
THE GRAND PRIZE
Mentoring: Connections to leading industry mentors to help winner scale-up.
Media: Profile and visibility in leading trade publications (print and digital package).
Finalists to be Notified: February 28, 2022