Business Development Specialist
Ed is a Business Development Specialist, with the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY.
Ed joined the team at the Center in 2019 and is a 40-plus year veteran in food manufacturing, serving both large and small companies in technical and operations management roles. Before forming a consulting group, FLX Research, he spent 5 years with start-up Cheribundi, Inc. as VP Operations, growing the top line 10x and relocating the manufacturing and distribution hub to a large, high efficiency facility. Prior to that he was Corporate Director of Quality Assurance for BeechNut Nutrition. Ed served as VP Operations and Strategic Development at LiDestri Foods, after 14 years with Quaker Oats in their Richardson-Snyder-Ardmore Foodservice division, holding several positions including Plant Manager of their flagship facility, and Director of Technical Services. Ed completed his studies at Clarkson University and Elmira College, earning his BS in Chemistry and Mathematics, while working in The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company’s mega-plant in Horseheads, NY, as a production shift supervisor, and eventually, Chief Candy Chemist. Ed sits on the Cornell University AgriTech advisory council. Ed and his wife Teresa live in Fairport, NY and have three children with successful careers, spread throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.