Meet the Team


 

Co-Founder- Charlie Trupo (he/him)

Charlie lives in Scotland where he's getting his BSc in Environmental Science. He has always had a connection with animals, which is why he became a vegetarian at 7 years old and a vegan at 15 years old. Although Charlie currently focuses on advocating for animal rights, he cares about all social justice issues. Outside of class and work, he enjoys exploring the outdoors, discovering new music, reading, and filmmaking/photography.

 Co-Founder- Brian Trupo (he/him)

Brian recently graduated from the University of Florida with his Master of Science in Entrepreneurship degree. He loves to visit animal sanctuaries and visit junk food vegan restaurants (yum). His dream is to make a vegan eco-city that uses renewable energy, has vegan restaurants, electric cars and electric bikes for transportation, and is self-sustainable. He also is very into working out, reading books that teach wisdom, and of course anything to do with entrepreneurship.
 
Chief Strategy Officer- Jan Sussman (he/him)
Has over 30 years' experience in F and B management and operations, most recently in the plant based, health and wellness and natural/specialty categories. After selling his prepared food business in 2017, he's worked with startups, turn-a-rounds, and mid-size F and B companies to build and execute successful growth strategies, improve manufacturing/ co-pacer profitability, increase top line sales, and maximize company EBITDA. Jan has a BA from Washington University and an MBA from Wharton, U of Pennsylvania.
Chief Operations Officer- Colt Ridgeway (he/him)
Colt has a Master's degree in international business and undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Florida. Professionally, Colt worked for one year with Deloitte Consulting while in graduate school, while simultaneously working as a start-up consultant with the University of Florida Innovation Hub. After graduating, Colt started a job with Fidelity National Information, the world's largest financial technology firm, as a project manager. He is involved with Trupo Treats as an equity partner, serving as the Chief Operations Officer, overseeing general production, co-manufacturer logistics, and day-to-day operations.
Director of Sales and Outreach- Kaytie Kellaway (she/her)
Kaytie Kellaway was born in The South Shore of Massachusetts. She is the second youngest of four, with three brothers. Kaytie excelled in the arts at a young age. She knew from age 6 that she wanted to be an actress, and began acting in local theaters, singing in school choir, and spending summers in NYC in film camp. Kaytie was discovered as a child by an agent in Boston, where she began her career commercial modeling. There she fell in love with life in front of and behind the camera. After graduating high school, She moved to Los Angeles to attend Whittier College, where she earned a BA in global marketing in a scholars program. Kaytie spent her days singing in ensembles between classes, and sneaking off to Hollywood to perform improv and attend acting school at night. It was clear through her dedication to the performing arts that she was destined to be an actor. Now represented by Model Club Inc, she most recently appeared in a national commercial and in the upcoming feature, Vault, and has great things ahead in her future. Kaytie is a devout vegan activist and loves promoting the plant-based lifestyle.