Gemini Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Mr. Michael Finamore is the CEO of Gemini Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a contract manufacturer of both dietary supplements and OTC pharmaceuticals. With his strategic stewardship, Gemini enjoys robust growth, standing as one of only a handful of manufacturers with global accreditation including dual US FDA registration (drugs and dietary supplements), NSF International GMP certification, TGA (Australia) registration and certification, Health Canada registration, among others. Emphasizing solid dose R&D and product development, Gemini produces more than 12-billion unit doses of dietary supplements and OTC drugs annually for more than eighty countries worldwide.
Additionally, Mr. Finamore has been selected as the inaugural Chairman of the Governance Board of the GRMA (Global Retailer & Manufacturer Alliance). The GRMA is a member-based organization chartered to strengthen quality and safety throughout the supply chain, comprised of more than 30 major retailers, quality certification bodies and manufacturers. GRMA has since published an ANSI-accredited public standard and audit scheme (NSF/ANSI 455), which is recognized as the premier GMP audit for inspecting providers of OTC Drugs, Dietary Supplements and Cosmetics.
Mr. Finamore also has been named to the Board of Directors of the Council of Responsible Nutrition (CRN), recognized as the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry.
Previously, Mr. Finamore was an Assistant District Attorney for the State of New York (Suffolk County), handling both high-profile cases and numerous jury trials, and he continues to be admitted to the NYS Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court. Moreover, Mr. Finamore is a standing member of the American Bar Association as well as the NYS Bar Association, Food and Drug Law Committee.
Mr. Finamore also is the executive editor of key industry white papers and frequent expert contributor to important industry publications, such as Natural Products INSIDER.
AGMM Product Safety/Quality Assurance/Environmental Compliance
Director of Technical Services
First Quality Consumer Products, LLC
Non-Food Quality Assurance Manager
Wegmans Food Markets
Betsy has over 40 years of retail experience and is currently the Non-Foods Quality Assurance Manager at Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Her responsibilities include managing all aspects of Quality, Safety and Legal Compliance relating to Non-Foods Products sold in Health & Beauty and General Merchandise at Wegmans.
Prior to joining Wegmans, Betsy spent 30 years at Meijer, Inc. During that time Betsy worked in non-food quality assurance for 11 years, was a merchant in various general merchandise departments for 15 years as well as time in HR and Store Management. Before Meijer Betsy worked at Dream House Furniture.
Betsy is a graduate of Davenport University with a degree in Business Management.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in 6 states in the northeast. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.
United Exchange Corp
Eugene Choi is the CEO of United Exchange Corp (UEC), a consumer package good provider specializing in sales, marketing, and distribution of health and personal care products to food, drug, and mass retailers.
He currently serves as the board of trustees at UCI Foundation to support the broader UC Irvine’s mission of excellence in teaching, research and public service. He is also a member of the Chief Executive Roundtable at UC Irvine.
He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and M.B.A. from UC Irvine and an M.S. in Computer engineering from USC.
Manager, Own Brand Quality Assurance
Sr. Product Safety and Quality Analyst
Global Quality Assurance
Whole Foods Market
Ella has over 20 years of retail experience and is a Senior Product Safety & Quality Analyst for Global Quality Assurance at Whole Foods Market. Her current responsibilities include managing the testing and compliance of select Exclusive Brand (private label) categories including body care, household essentials, and high-risk foods.
Prior to joining Whole Foods Market, Ella spent 13 years with HEB Grocery Company’s Quality Assurance department and 2 years as an SQF Auditor for NSF International. Ella holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University.
Whole Foods Market Inc. specializes in selling organic and natural products. It has 494 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. Its Global headquarters is located in Austin, Texas.
Norma Jean Despain
Manager of Quality Assurance – Nonfood
Norma Jean DeSpain is a product quality and safety professional with more than 20 years retail experience and 8 years focused experience in the field of consumer products. She is currently the Manager of Quality Assurance at H-E-B, a San Antonio-based regional retailer in Texas and Mexico. Among her responsibilities are developing and working with suppliers to meet with H-E-B standards.
Her main area of focus includes the cultivation of a team of product quality and safety professionals that work collaboratively with their business areas in providing technical support, regulatory expertise and meet with operational excellence.
Norma Jean holds a Bachelor of Science from UTSA and Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University