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Team Members


 
 

David G. Burke

Chief Executive Officer of Tierra Nueva

Burke has been a leader in the food and beverage industry for more than 30 years, with successes at Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Primo Water, and most recently as the executive vice president of Birmingham, Ala.-based Red Diamond Coffee & Tea.

Burke led a comprehensive turnaround at Red Diamond Coffee & Tea. He also helped accelerate startup Primo Water through a significant IPO as its president and COO, and served as the functioning head of marketing, consumer insights, North American sales and customer capability for The Pepsi Bottling Group. 

Earlier in his career, Burke held responsibilities in various leadership positions inside Coca-Cola’s operations, sales and general management divisions, including at both Coca-Cola USA and its North American bottling system. 

He received an honors bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina. He is also a board member and past president of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s North Carolina chapter.

 

Board Members


 
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Christopher D. Ramonetti

Chairman of the Board of Tierra Nueva

He is also CEO and managing partner for private equity firm ProspEquity Partners. Most previously, he was Executive Director of Spaulding Group Inc. of Tampa, Fla.

Over the course of a dozen acquisitions exceeding $2 billion,  Ramonetti was the driving force behind strategic operations and change management at Clean Harbors Environmental Services.  Now a public Fortune 1000 company with more than 14,000 employees and 600 locations, Clean Harbors utilized its homegrown technology and innovational processes to become North America’s industry leader across Environmental, Energy and Industrial, Oil and Gas, Emergency Response, Field and Technical Services.  

From designing, installing and leading product roll-outs of Medical Devices such as MRI, CT and Fluoroscopy products, to overseeing the $100M+ Service Operations and P&Ls serving 100+ locations for General Electric, Ramonetti understands the importance of organizational alignment and commitment.  While working to improve his Lean and Six Sigma methodologies through numerous champion roles, he helped improve GE’s industry penetration, drive contracted service revenue, reduce operational costs, improve overall product designs and guide the company through Global-Star Certification.

 

 
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Patrick Worsham

Partner and CFO of ProspEquity Partners

He is noted for his skills in developing world-class financial reporting systems and internal control structures, identifying and developing outstanding people, and leading effective, cross-functional teams.  Worsham served in senior financial leadership positions during his 20-year career with The Coca-Cola Company  As Director of Internal Audit, he authored Coca-Cola’s Code of Business Conduct and administered the business ethics program, reporting directly to the audit committee of the board of directors. Worsham later became Vice President and Controller, responsible for the management and external financial reporting processes and systems, strategic planning processes, and operational and capital budgeting.  He then became Senior Vice President and CFO of Coca-Cola North America.

During his career with Coca-Cola, Worsham served on the boards of directors of the French and German bottlers, led M&A activity exceeding $1 billion and was involved in what was then one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history when the company took its largest U.S. bottler public.

Worsham began his career with Ernst & Young.

He has served on the board of advisors of the business schools at both the University of Illinois and Georgia State University.  Worsham currently serves on Board of Fellows at the University of Tampa. He is a past board member of the Georgia Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.

 

 
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Dr. Deryck J. van Rensburg

Dean of the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University in California. 

He has 32 years of global business experience with The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever PLC. Recently at Coca-Cola, he was President of Global Ventures, reporting to their Chairman and CEO. He was also President of Venturing and Emerging Brands, responsible for identifying and developing businesses with $1 billion potential via entrepreneurial partnering, corporate venture capital investment, intrapreneurial incubation, and acquisition. In this capacity, he operated as member of the North American Executive team. His work has been featured as a part of the 2009 CNBC Original documentary titled “Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing”.

Prior to this, Dr. van Rensburg was President of the Germany & Nordic division based in Berlin, member of the European executive leadership, and President of the Southeast Europe & Gulf division in Athens, Greece spanning 20 countries. He has general management experience in a wide range of markets, including modern established markets, as well as developing and emerging economies. He started his career working for Unilever in South Africa and England holding increasingly senior brand and marketing management roles within their foods and personal care businesses at the operating unit and corporate headquarter levels.

Dr. van Rynsberg holds a DBA from the University of Manchester, an MBA with distinction from the University of Bath, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University in South Africa. He has completed Executive Management Programs at Ashridge, Berkeley, Harvard, HEC Paris, Emory, and Wharton Business Schools.

 

 
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Ahmet Bozer

Former Executive Vice President (EVP) of The Coca-Cola Company

Ahmet Bozer was Executive Vice President (EVP) of The Coca-Cola Company until his retirement in March 2016, serving as the president of Coca-Cola International, where he was responsible for all units outside North America. 

Bozer joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1990 as a financial control manager in Atlanta, and moved to his native Turkey in 1992 as region finance manager. He joined the Coca-Cola Bottlers of Turkey in 1994 as finance director, and was named managing director in 1998. In 2000, Bozer rejoined The Coca-Cola Company as president of its Eurasia Division. During his time there, his responsibilities expanded from nine to 90 countries as president of the Eurasia and Africa Group, including Africa, India, Russia, the Middle East and Eurasia. 

Bozer has led various business councils during his career, including U.S.-Brazil, U.S.-Pakistan and U.S.-Turkey business councils, and he is a founding member of The Coca-Cola Turkey Life Plus Foundation. He is committed to a variety of initiatives around youth development, and currently serves as president of the American Turkish Friendship Council, is a board member at the Turkish Philanthropy Foundation in New York, and holds various advisory board membership positions at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business,  where he acquired a master’s degree in business information systems.

 

 
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Neil Dorfman

Currently Provides Operational Guidance for ProspEquity Partners.

He completed a 24-year career as operations and manufacturing head for multi-plant business units supporting the Nestle Professional North America and Nestle USA Retail Beverage business units, as well as the manufacturing organization for Nestle Canada. As a member of their leadership teams, he directed manufacturing, engineering, quality management, capital planning, supply chain, and product development.

Dorfman gained a reputation for strong leadership as well as solid strategic business thinking and, after retirement, continued to provide support to the Nestle Professional business in developing its long-term business planning process and aiding the strategic plan for its manufacturing capabilities.

Prior to Nestle and after graduating with highest honors from Drexel University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Dorfman gained significant experience in operations and manufacturing management, beginning his career at Procter & Gamble in processing, packaging, and distribution in the soap, food, and juice product categories. 

He then joined three others at Red Cheek, a small juice company in Pennsylvania, and helped orchestrate a management buyout of the company and operated as a co-manufacturer of juice products for leading national branded companies.