Robert Smith PhD, CEO & President
Dr. Smith brings over 20 years' experience managing research and development programs in both academia and the private sector, and developing product and business opportunities for botanical ingredients and plant-derived molecules in the agricultural, human and animal nutrition, and pharmaceutical industries.
Previously he served as Director of Business Development at HerbalScience Group, a leader in the development of evidence-based functional ingredients from botanicals. Dr. Smith has also directed research and development programs at Global Protein Products Inc. and PhycoGen Inc., and has led research projects at Dekalb Genetics, a Monsanto Company.
Dr. Smith served as Research Assistant Professor at the AgBiotech Center at Rutgers University and did Post-Doctoral work in Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Smith holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology, both from the University of Chicago
J. Dale Belt, Chief Financial Officer
J.Dale Belt, CPA brings over thirty years of experience in finance and accounting including strategic planning, due diligence, cash flow analysis, financial forecasting, and SEC reporting issues. Prior to joining RiceBran Technologies on June 15, 2010, Dale was the Managing Director of Sierra Consulting Group’s restructuring practice based in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that he was a Director and Managing Director in the restructuring practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers and FTI Consulting, Inc., respectively.
Before beginning his consulting career as a turnaround and restructuring professional, Mr. Belt spent over fifteen years in the private sector where he held various senior management positions including treasurer, CFO and president. His significant industry experience includes, among others, heavy manufacturing industries, wholesale/retail food manufacturing and beverage marketing and distribution.
Mr. Belt has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Kentucky, as well as a Certified Turnaround Professional and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor. He is a current member of the Turnaround Management Association and served as the Arizona Chapter President in 2007 and 2008. He is also a member of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.
Michael Goose, President of Ingredient Sales & Marketing
Michael Goose brings over 13 years of consumer package goods experience as a new product innovator and leader. He has worked on numerous industry leading categories, including snacks, meat alternatives, packaged produce, crackers, kosher and poultry.
Mr. Goose has held a variety of positions at the Hain Celestial Group, the latest being Director of Marketing for strategic brands. In 2007 he was also general manager and founder of the Kosher Valley Poultry, a joint venture between Hain Celestial and Pegasus Capital. Mr. Goose was instrumental in brand development, sales strategy, production planning and the overall startup of Kosher Valley. In 2009 Kosher Valley was acquired by Empire Kosher.
Mr. Goose graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Robert DePaul, Vice President, Operations
Mr. DePaul comes to RBT with 22 years of food processing, distribution and inventory management. In addition serving nearly seven challenging years with RBT with supply chain, procurement, logistics and operational capacities.
Mr. DePaul previously served at Plumose USA owned by Danish Crown, Copenhagen, mainly in the food service and retail meat business, last capacity as VP of Inventory and Supply Chain management.
He attended Middlesex County College for Marketing and Distribution and has experience in operating his own businesses.