Fernando “Oswaldo” Leonzo - CEO
John “JC” Romagosa - President
Robert Gunther - COO
Joe Rolston- Comptroller
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Fernando “Oswaldo” Leonzo
Fernando is a Founder and the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of HISP. Prior to HISP, Mr. “Oswaldo” Leonzo has worked in the food & beverage industries for 14 years with several major import and distribution companies ranging from gourmet foods to ethnic food products. Mr. “Oswaldo” Leonzo has established long standing relationships with food & beverage manufacturers, contract packagers, raw material vendor sources (both in the U.S. and in Latin America), as well as a solid clientele base of distributors throughout the U.S. in the Ethnic Food Distribution industry. Previously, he spent a decade in the financial services industry, initially as a sales executive with regional financial firms and later for a major clearinghouse on Wall Street. He earned his undergraduate degree (B.A.) from New York University (NYU) in International Relations.
John “JC” Romagosa
John is a Founder and President of HISP. Mr. Romagosa is currently the managing director and founder of Latin Sales & Marketing, LLC. LSM facilitates the emergence of major Latin manufacturers and US manufacturers. Mr. Romagosa was the managing director and partner of Falcon International Distributors, LLC, a leading ethnic foods distributor on the East Coast. Mr. Romagosa helped build that company from $9 million in revenues to over $100 million in revenues during his tenure before successfully selling the business in 2011. He has received Chamber of Commerce awards in New York and New Jersey, and has been responsible for the contribution of over a million pounds of donated products to food banks.
Robert is a Founder and COO of HISP. Robert Gunther has over 25 years’ experience in manufacturing, marketing, and sales both in consumer goods and the construction industry. Mr. Gunther has extensive expertise in client needs analysis in the development of new, innovative products. He has developed a large portfolio of accounts in both the retail and apparel industry. His proven track record in guiding sizeable teams is supported by a history of outstanding customer and vendor relationships, while ensuring quality customer service. Most recently, he has led his own import/export business specializing in the textile industry. He was previously Senior Account Executive, Vice President of Premier Narrow Fabrics, where he was responsible for millions in sales for major accounts.
Bassam Damaj, PhD
Dr. Damaj is currently is the President and CEO of Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB:INNV) Prior to joining Innovus Pharma, Dr. Damaj served as President and CEO of Apricus Biosciences, Inc. from December 2009 to November 2012. Dr. Damaj was also co-founder of Bio-Quant, Inc, where he was CEO, Chief Scientific Officer and director from 2000 until its acquisition by Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:APRI) in December 2009. Dr. Damaj has proven international experience in drug development, commercial sales, over $1 billion in commercial partnerships completed, strategy development, operational management and people skills, financing and financial management, and stakeholder communications in public and private life sciences/biotechnology companies. Dr. Damaj holds a PhD. in Immunology/Microbiology from Laval University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship ion Molecular oncology from McGill University.
Mr. Berholtz was in private practice with law firms in New York and San Diego. Mr. Berholtz is a member of the Board of Directors for Larada Health, Inc. and is a Senior Advisor to Mesa Verde Ventures, a venture capital firm. Mr. Berholtz received his B.A. from Cornell University, his M.Litt. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, his J.D. from Yale University and his M.B.A. from the University of San Diego.
Steve Anaya – Director of Sales California
Mr. Anaya’s career expands over a decade in the beverage industry, in Northern California, managing accounts for companies like Crystal Geyser, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, as well as Marquez Brothers. Mr. Anaya is a results-driven Branch Sales Manager with extensive experience in sales, management, and employee development. Experience ranges from outside sales, managing P&L, forecasting demand, account management. Proven record of accomplishment in exceeding sales goals and delivering results.
Recognized for exceptional collaboration and leadership skills, developing teams to grow targeted revenue and maximize bottom-line profitability.
Dr. Greg Cheng – Director of Research & Development
Dr. Cheng has a doctorate and over 20 years of senior executive management experience in the food industry. His experience spans Research & Developments (R&D), Quality Assurances (QA), Food Sciences (FS), and technology management. Dr. Cheng’s multiple categories of experience include dairy, cheese, protein, nutritional RTD (Ready to Drinks), juices, canned, cupped fruits, and baked mixes. He is an IFT Certified Food Scientist, an Advanced SQF Practitioner, and HACCP/HARPC. He holds three patents and several Better Process Control Certifications. Dr. Cheng has held executive positions with Bongrain North America (subsidiary of the 3 Billion Euro French dairy company Bongrain SA), Raskas Foods, Inc., General Mills, and Kraft Foods.