LEADERSHIP

JOHN CASTILLO

President and Partner

John Castillo is an expert project manager with over 25 years of experience in corporate operations, leadership, management, and training. John’s leadership style emphasizes team building, mentoring, and cross-functional alignment at both the lab and plant levels. His extensive background runs the gamut of corporate manufacturing operations, with a broad spectrum of corporations ranging from small entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. He has worked full time and/or consulted for the United States Army, Boston Scientific, Malt-O-Meal, Post Consumer Brands, and Angie’s Boomchickapop. John’s expertise includes manufacturing startups; research and development platforms; FDA-regulated manufacturing; quality assurance; and training for both skills development and team building.

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ASA BIELENBERG

Managing Partner

Asa has more than a decade of engineering experience in food and beyond. He developed and commercialized products with Post, led capital projects for pea protein producer PURIS, and has experience in industrial automation and robotics. After spending thousands of hours in dozens of plants at varying maturity levels, Asa built a unique skill stack. He brings these diverse perspectives to FoodOps and approaches his clients’ challenges with positive pragmatism.

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THE TEAM

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JIM COSTELLO

Founder / Advisor

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DAN DEVENPORT

Quality Specialist

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KRISTA HEILMAN

Lead Technician

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BILL LONG

Sr. Project Manager / Engineer

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LILY SCHIMKE

Food Scientist

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ERIN SEIDL

Food Scientist

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NAYAN SHUKLA

Sr. Project Manager

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CRAIG VANDERWAAL

Food Science Advisor