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 Global Product Safety/Quality Assurance/Environmental Compliance
Christine is the AGMM of Global Product Safety, Quality Assurance, and Environmental Compliance for Costco Wholesale Corporation. Costco Wholesale Corporation operates over 750 membership warehouses world-wide that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco is a global leader when it comes to product safety and all suppliers must meet their strict compliance requirements.
Christine has over 30 years of experience in product safety and quality, and in her role with Costco, Christine establishes product quality and safety policies and practices and assures supplier compliance to these policies. Christine and her group also help develop and oversee regulatory compliance programs for all company owned facilities along with oversight of supplier product quality and safety testing programs and Supplier Facility Auditing.
Prior to working for Costco, Christine worked in various manufacturing roles. Christine holds a BS in Food Science and Technology from University of California at Davis, an MS in Food Science from Kansas State University, and an MS in Quality Assurance from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Director of Technical Services
First Quality Consumer Products, LLC
Allyn Shultis is the Director of Technical Services for First Quality Consumer Products, LLC, a manufacturer of Medical Devices, Cosmetics, and Consumer Products. His technical responsibilities cover a global supply chain for both retail and healthcare markets.
Previously he held various Quality and Regulatory positions within First Quality and also has years of experience with Pharmaceutical Formulation and Packaging Operations. Allyn graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Chemical Engineering and minors in both Economics and Mathematics.
Additionally, he is an absorbent taskforce member with the National Association For Continence, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with incontinence.
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.
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
Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in medical device industry. His responsibilities have been in the areas of quality systems, quality assurance, compliance and regulatory affairs. He currently serves as the Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for Ranir in Grand Rapids Michigan. Ranir is an oral self-care company that develops and manufactures oral healthcare products for private label. The Ranir portfolio includes medical devices, cosmetics, OTCs and consumer goods. Ranir services over 200 retail and D2C customers world- wide.
Prior to Ranir Michael has held quality and regulatory positions with Hill-Rom, Ethicon and Medtronic and spent 10 years with a medical device start-up.
Michael has a B.S from The Ohio State University. He resides in Grand Rapids Michigan with his wife and two children.