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Edible Garden Appoints 3 Industry Executives To Board Of Directors

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From left to right: Matthew McConnell, Tracy Nazzaro and Ryan Rogers

Belvidere, New Jersey-based Edible Garden AG Inc. has appointed three new independent members to the company’s board of directors as of May 4: Mathew McConnell, Tracy Nazzaro and Ryan Rogers.  

McConnell has served as CEO of Marco Polo Securities Inc.’s MPS Chaperone and Distribution business since March 2020. In this position, he oversees international equities, trading and capital markets processes for this U.S. broker-dealer, offering cross-border regulatory and distribution solutions to a network of local securities firms across the world.

From 2018 to 2020, McConnell served as managing director, head of equity capital markets of Tellimer, including as a member of its U.S. executive committee. Prior to Tellimer, McConnell was head of capital markets at Auerbach Grayson from 2014 to 2018.

Nazzaro is the president, CFO and general manager for Trader’s Hill Farm, a greenhouse farming operation in Hilliard, Florida, that produces specialty leafy greens. She joined Trader’s Hill Farm as CFO in late 2015.

Prior to joining Trader’s Hill Farm, Nazzaro was a certified business analyst with the University of North Florida SBDC, where she provided strategic advisory and financial consulting services to businesses in Northeast Florida. Nazzaro is also the executive director of the RWB Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization providing financial assistance and operating guidance to small agriculture businesses in Florida.

Rogers spent nearly two decades working in the food retail industry in merchandising, sales and sourcing positions. After 18 years at Target Corp., where he held various senior buying and sourcing roles within its produce and grocery divisions, he joined FDM Sales in 2021 to help guide and sell emerging brands into retail. In 2022, as an effort to develop small and start-up consumer brands, he founded Retail Optics, a consulting firm focused on navigating complex problems within the retail space.

“I am pleased to welcome Mathew McConnell, Tracy Nazzaro, and Ryan Rogers to our board of directors,” said Jim Kras, CEO of Edible Garden. “They each bring tremendous experience in their respective fields, which will be invaluable as we implement our growth strategies to establish Edible Garden as a leader in the controlled environment agriculture farming sector. 

“Mathew’s success on Wall Street will be instrumental in supporting our growth objectives. Tracy brings both agricultural and CEA experience, as well as a background in corporate finance. Ryan brings a proven track record in big box retail and brand management within the food industry. In addition to leveraging their collective experience and relationships, we believe these appointments reflect our commitment to maintaining sound corporate governance.”

For more information, visit ediblegarden.com.

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