COO, "Strategy and Operations Guy"
Richard A. Sun, CFA, is the founder and owner of Sun & Co. and has been involved in 30 startups and early-stage companies as an advisor, investor, executive, founder or member of the board of directors.
He is Co-Founder and Head of Jackson for Mississippi Coding Academies and Entrepreneur in Residence at Innovate Mississippi; he is on its Board and Executive Committee and has been Chair and on the Investment Committee of its Seed Funds.
From 1972 to 1992, he was an investment banker with Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank), Goldman Sachs, First Boston (now Credit Suisse) and UBS (once Swiss Bank Corporation).
From 1994 to 2001, he was a director with a private equity investor with Emerging Markets Partnership, a $6 billion firm backed by AIG, the World Bank and the Government of Singapore. He has arranged, advised on or made over $11 billion of private debt and equity investments.
Rich earned a BA from Princeton University with High Honors and an MBA in finance and international business from New York University. He is Entrepreneur in Residence at Innovate Mississippi; he is on its Board and Executive Committee and has been Chair and on the Investment Committee of its Seed Funds.
Todd Stauffer is the co-founder, publisher and president of Jackson Free Press, Inc., an award-winning media company based in Jackson, Mississippi, and the principal in its subsidiary, JFP Digital Services, a web design and digital marketing firm.
Todd is the author or co-author of more than three-dozen books on computing and the Internet, an award-winning magazine writer and a former television and radio host.
Todd is chairman of TeamJXN, Inc, a non-profit organization designed to promote and encourage progress in the city of Jackson in the form of small businesses, new urban infill development and business incubation and entrepreneurship. TeamJXN runs the Coalesce Coworking space, through which Todd is a sponsor and organizer for 1 Million Cups Jackson.
Todd graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Management Information Systems.
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First, it’s really important to me that you know how amazing Bilal and his team are. Bilal is kind, caring and humble. That’s right, you read it here first. Humble? Sure, his name is on everything EasyKale. That’s because we (the team) believe Bilal represents all the best qualities people should be and all the qualities of EasyKale.
Personally, I hate cooked Kale...However, Bilal introduced me to EasyKale and I introduced EasyKale into my cooking, and really liked it. That’s how I grew to understand, like Bilal and his team, what EasyKale could do in the caring hands of people with a common goal and purpose…to make eating healthier a little easier for you, me and those less fortunate.
John has 25+ years of design and creative consulting experience spanning print, and multimedia for over 20 national brands and over 120 regional businesses. John is an accomplished designer & manager specializing in creative execution of Retail Branding, Marketing, Training & Communications Collateral, Advertising, POP/POS with multiple Retail Package Design awards including 2x Popular Mechanics Award Winner and 3x AAPEX Best Package Awards. Creative management positions include, Carlson Companies, Leo Burnett Advertising, Maritz Communications.