OUR TEAM

The HeatGenie team—a results-oriented group of inventors, entrepreneurs, CPG veterans, scientists, engineers, and technicians—draws from years of creative and technical experience. Our team has extensive knowledge of product R&D and consumer brand launching, allowing for the introduction of HeatGenie technologies to the RTD food and beverage industry.  

Management and Board of Directors

Mark Turner
President and CEO
Mark is a serial entrepreneur with 30 years of experience growing and scaling consumer-facing companies in the CPG, services, advertising/marketing and restaurant spaces. His experience includes conceptualizing, building, managing, and streamlining businesses with full operations, branding and P&L responsibility. Turner has repeatedly produced revenue and EBITDA growth across multiple businesses within start-up, turnaround and rapidly changing environments. His extensive and varied work experience includes working with companies such as GTE/Verizon, The Richards Group, Dell, NASCAR, Lone Star Beer, Whataburger restaurants, Alamo Drathouse, Wyndham Hotels and SEIKO.


Walter Robb
Board of Directors
Walter Robb served as co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and held leadership roles with the company for more than 25 years.  In 2017, Robb transitioned to his current role as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. Robb also serves on the Board of Directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store and Food Maven and dedicates time as a mentor and educator to other entrepreneurs.  


Joe Canterbury
Board of Directors

Joe Canterbury has spent over two decades helping expand great consumer brands around the world, including 11 years as a senior executive with Starbucks Coffee International.  He presently is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Pacific Springboard, a platform company that helps bring hot US consumer concepts and supporting technologies into China and Asia.  He is also President of Chaucer Investments, through which he invests in and actively advises multiple emerging consumer companies and brands. He has also served as SVP for Appconomy, a China-focused mobile commerce and marketing innovator and serves on the board of Appconomy Asia, a HK based JV

Canterbury’s tenure with Starbucks included many years as VP of Global Business Development , where he led the expansion of Retail businesses across Europe, Latin America and Asia and also helped launch CPG products in numerous countries.  He also served as VP of New Business for Starbucks EMEA, based out of Amsterdam, and Managing Director of Starbucks Germany.  Prior to Starbucks, he worked for Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) in Germany and Singapore. Canterbury brings expertise in International Retail, Food Service, Consumer Goods and Mobile Technology. Canterbury has lived and worked in seven countries.


Matt Gase
Board of Directors
Matt Gase is CEO of Lantana Foods, a fast-growing specialty food company that markets Lantana hummus.  Prior to Lantana, Gase was President and Chief Executive Officer at Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q, the leading premium Bar-B-Q sauce, marinade and spice rubs brand in the US.  Before stepping into to the Stubb’s Bar B-Q leadership role, Gase held General Management and Vice President Positions with Commemorative Brands Inc., ConAgra Foods and Ralston Purina. He holds a BGS, Business/Communications from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.


Advisory Board

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Danny Stepper
Advisory Board
Danny is co-founder and CEO of L.A. Libations and a widely recognized brand creator, beverage entrepreneur and business driver, having served in growth positions with leading beverage brands including The Coca-Cola Company and Icelandic Glacial. Stepper is also CEO and founder of Globestepper Entertainment, bringing innovative marketing, production and entertainment expertise to the team


Brian Goldberg
Advisory Board
Brian is Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, and formerly CFO, of Amplify Snack Brands (NYSE: BETR), owner of the SkinnyPop Popcorn and Tyrells Crisps brands. He was formerly COO/CFO of Sweet Leaf Tea through the sale of the business to Nestle and has served as an advisor to and investor in other high-growth beverage brands including Deep Eddy Spirits, a flavored-vodka brand, and High Brew Coffee, a ready-to-drink cold brew coffee brand.  Goldberg has also been involved as a mentor with SKU, a consumer products accelerator in Austin, TX.


Jason Buechel
Advisory Board
Jason serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Whole Foods Market, now part of Amazon, where he manages digital business, which includes ecommerce, mobile, web and emerging technology. Prior to joining Whole Foods he served for 12 years as Managing Director and Partner in Accenture’s Retail Operations practice. 


James Tonkin
Advisory Board
James was the founding board member and investor at Zico Coconut water and brings deep experience in the natural beverage space to his role on the HeatGenie advisory board.  He was a founding finance aggregator at Suja Juice, managing director of Arnold Palmer Ice Tea and is an active investor in more than 30 functional food and beverage companies. Tonkin is also founder and president of HealthyBrandBuilders where he advises food and beverage brands in the building and design of national infrastructures to support business growth providing cross-functional support from product development and branding to marketing, sales and distribution.