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Mingle: Daphne Mazarakis, Local Coho

March 13, 2020 @ 8:30 am 10:00 am

Join us for the March 13 Friday Morning Mingle

Guest speaker is Daphne Mazarakis, Strategic Advisor, Local Coho

Admission: Free, no pre-registration needed

Daphne Mazarakis is a consumer packaged goods executive and two-time food entrepreneur who now is an advisor and investor in early stage food and agriculture businesses. She spends much of her time as an advisor to Local Coho, which produces Coho salmon in pristine, land-based environments that address the sustainability and health issues associated with ocean farming and wild-catch fishing. (Local Coho is a portfolio brand of Grow Forward.)

Other Grow Forward brands include Local Foods Distributor & Grocer, MightyVine tomatoes, HandCut Foods, and Carbon Green Bioenergy.

Previously, Daphne was CEO of FairAcre Traders LLC, a start-up working with farms to market and distribute local, farm-identified produce to large-scale buyers. Daphne led the launch of FairAcre Traders in 2014 and sold its operations in 2017. 

Like many veterans of the industry, Daphne’s experience began in Big Food. She started with Kraft Foods in 1999 and spent eight years in brand management there, leading several of their largest businesses, including Kraft American Cheese and Kraft Salad Dressings. She then founded Tula Foods, Inc., a company dedicated to bringing healthier foods to the marketplace, and in 2009, her company was awarded as the most innovative new company by the Illinois Department of Commerce.

Daphne is a passionate supporter for entrepreneurs and for the career advancement of women and girls. Daphne has co-authored and taught a mindfulness-based leadership curriculum to entrepreneurs.



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