Behind the machine

Meet the team

Executive Team

Kevin Szakacs

CEO, Co-Founder, Co-Inventor

With 15+ years in the hospitality industry, Kevin brings strategic insight on how to improve efficiency, safety, and the bottom line. Involvement in multiple ventures has given him a wealth of experience with manufacturing, import/export, brand development, marketing, logistics, direct sales, distribution & start-up growth.

Barrie Mann

Co-Founder, Co-Inventor, Board Member

Senior corporate manager and entrepreneur with multiple business start-up successes in the foodservice industry. Barrie has extensive experience in sales, product development, production, engineering and manufacturing processes.



Bob Erra

Board Member

Mr. Erra brings extensive experience in leadership in healthcare corporations and as an active member in a number of professional organizations and serving on the boards of multiple organizations, private, and public companies.

Chris Nykolaishen

Board Member

An entrepreneur and angel investor with a background in Agriculture and Agri-business. Chris has experience in sales, administration, accounting, finance, management and leadership.

Susan McGannon

Advisory Board Member

Area Executive VP, Finance & Administration for Gallagher's Human Resources & Compensation Consulting. Gaining significant experience in pre and post-acquisition engagements, financial audits, process improvement, and IT audits. Susan has been instrumental in leading the efforts in integration, alignment, compensation redesign, cost reduction, and systems and process improvement.

Tom Becker

Advisory Board Member

Over 45 years of experience in healthcare and a degree in electrical engineering. Tim served as Senior Vice President with Integrated Healthcare Strategies. He held the post of Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic.

Richard Wagoner

Advisory Board Member

Entrepreneur and business owner with 19 years of logistics and supply chain management combined with 12+ years of design, manufacturing and distribution experience. Business passion; Brand/business building, growth and streamlining processes for maximum profitability

Michelle Rouillard

Advisory Board Member

Business owner and entrepreneur with a design background and over 30 years of experience growing businesses through direct sales and networking by creating personalized solutions for customers. Michelle's business passion - sales driven business development through team building and creative networking.

Advisory Board


Leanne Parsons

Advisory Board Member

A seasoned professional with over 25 years as an accounting and finance leader. Leanne has served as Chief Financial Officer for over 15 years, with experience in manufacturing, wholesale, service and the mining sector. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with experience in private and public companies, most recently as CFO for K + S Potash Canada.  Responsibilities include operational and financial strategy, M&A, fiscal governance and risk management.

Kevin Tindall

Advisory Board Member

Kevin holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation along with a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential. He specializes in financial controllership of private companies, but also has a varied background that includes operations, public accounting, personal and corporate tax, and restaurant and hospitality management.

Tim Gordon

Advisory Board Member

As an experienced restauranteur, Tim opened his first restaurant at 24 years of age and never looked back. Almost 20 years later the farmer, turned restaurateur is still at it, operating 16 locations across four concepts concentrated mainly in Northern Alberta, Canada. Tim credits having early experience in both a family-owned farming operation and a multi-national corporation for helping develop his leadership style and business acumen.

Caitlin Mann

Advisory Board Member

Founder and lead designer at Pebble Creative, focusing on building memorable brands and conversion-driven websites. Over 15 years of experience working with small and large companies on projects ranging from branding, packaging, web development, e-commerce, content creation, social media, and marketing strategy.