Ken is a business executive, entrepreneur, consultant and food and beverage industry expert who founded in 1992, and sold in 2004, a marketing and sales consulting firm to WPP. Ken has been chairman of a food company that sold to Mondelez in 2015 and has now started another consulting firm, Cadent Consulting Group in 2013. Cadent focuses on growth platforms for small ($5 – $50 Million revenue) consumer product companies, large food and beverage companies and healthcare providers in the marketing and sales space.
His first consulting firm, Cannondale Associates, created analytical tools to help manufacturers better understand – and take action against – initiatives in merchandising, assortment, shelving and pricing in the retail environment. In his tenure as a Partner at Cannondale and now at Cadent, Ken is an author, frequent speaker at industry functions and frequently quoted industry expert for publications like the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes Magazine and USA Today.
Prior to his entrepreneurial business ventures, Ken held marketing and sales positions of increasing responsibility at the Coca-Cola Company, where he began his career, Jacobs Suchard Confection Company (now a division of Mondelez, International) and Glendinning Associates, a marketing and sales consulting firm that was the predecessor to Cannondale Associates. He has been an active angel investor, board member, and advisor to many food, beverage and media companies. He serves on the Boards of the largest food supply chain and logistics company in the U.S, the fastest growing small bank (under $2 Billion) and a number of food and beverage companies.
Areas of Expertise
Marketing, sales, strategy, technology and analytics in the food, beverage and consumer space.
University of Michigan, BA