Our People

DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

David J. Rowntree

Chairman

Mr. Rowntree is the founder and Managing Director of Highland West Capital Ltd., a Vancouver based merchant bank. Prior to founding Highland West, Mr. Rowntree co-founded and co-managed for 18 years Tricor Pacific Capital, a private equity investment firm. Mr. Rowntree is legally trained and spent over 16 years as a practicing lawyer both in public practice and as in-house counsel. In addition to serving as Chairman of Ten Peaks, Mr. Rowntree is a board member of CPI Card Group, a publicly listed company, and is the Past Chair of the Board of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Mr. Rowntree obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario.

Frank Dennis

President & CEO | Director

Mr. Dennis leads Ten Peaks and SWDCC with over 20 years of experience in the coffee industry. His background is in packaged goods marketing with Braun Canada and Kraft Foods Canada. Mr. Dennis led the $300 million Kraft coffee portfolio in the late 1990s and was responsible for the sale of the Swiss Water Division to private equity interests in 2000. As President and CEO of SWDCC, he has led the growth of the business and the brand as well as the extended development of the chemical free decaffeination category. Mr. Dennis is highly involved in the specialty coffee industry and is also currently the President of “Grounds For Health” a charity dedicated to reducing cancer in women living in coffee-producing regions. Mr. Dennis earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, and a M.B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Diane Fulton

Director

Ms. Fulton is Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer of the Vancouver Foundation. Previously, she was Executive Director of Investments for the University of British Columbia’s Faculty Pension Plan. In addition, she spent 11 years at Scotia McLeod Inc., most recently as Director and Vice President of Corporate Finance. Ms. Fulton is a director of the University of British Columbia’s Investment Management Trust, and serves on the Trust’s audit committee. Ms. Fulton is also an advisor to the investment committees of Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and Pacific Blue Cross, and is a member of the investment committees of the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia and the Real Estate Foundation. Ms. Fulton is also a director and member of the audit committee for CP1 Card Group, a publicly listed company. She holds an honours B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A. from York University. In 2008, she completed the Directors Education Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors and earned the ICD.D designation.

Richard T. Mahler

Director

Mr. Mahler was Executive Vice President and CFO of Finning International Inc., the world's largest Caterpillar dealer, from 1990 to 2003. He is Chair of the Board of the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation which manages $130 billion of pension assets for over 550,000 public service workers in the province. Mr. Mahler is past Chair of Partnerships BC and the VGH/UBC Hospital Foundation and was Vice Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade. He was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for Distinguished Service in 2002. He holds a BSc from the University of Waterloo and a MBA from McMaster University.

Donald B. Schroeder

Director

Mr. Schroeder spent 20 years at the TDL Group (the parent company of Tim Hortons) and most recently was its President and Chief Executive Officer, until his retirement in May 2011. As the CEO of a public company, Mr. Schroeder gained considerable experience in executive compensation matters. Prior to joining the TDL Group, he enjoyed a 20-year career as a private practice lawyer in Hamilton, Ontario. Following his retirement from the TDL Group, he continued his association with Tim Hortons as a consultant to the Board of Directors until May 2014, and continued as a member of the Board of the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation until January 2016.

Roland W. Veit

Director

A native of Switzerland, Mr. Veit is the principal owner and Chairman of Paragon Coffee Trading Company Ltd. (Paragon), a large US green coffee trading house. He has been involved in the coffee business since 1972, when he started his career at Nestle's world headquarters in Switzerland. In 1978, Mr. Veit left Nestle to work as a coffee trader in Johannesburg and New York, before co-founding Paragon in 1986. He served as a board member of the Green Coffee Association of New York (GCA) from 1998 until 2007, including two terms as Chairman. Mr. Veit serves as a quality and technical arbitrator for the GCA, and the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). Previously, he was the Chairman of the SCAA’s International Relations Committee.

Sherry Tryssenaar | CPA, CMA

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of Ten Peaks and SWDCC, Ms. Tryssenaar is responsible for the corporate finance, external financial reporting, compliance and risk management, and investor relations functions of the companies. Ms. Tryssenaar is an experienced financial executive and a Chartered Professional Accountant. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (first class honours) from Simon Fraser University, and an MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, which she attended as a Commonwealth Scholar. Ms. Tryssenaar is past Chair of YWCA Metro Vancouver, and a director of Unit Electrical Engineering, a privately held corporation. In May 2011, Ms. Tryssenaar was recognized as BC’s “CFO of the Year” in the Small Public Company category.

Barry Close

Vice President | Operations

Heavily focused on achieving operational excellence, Mr. Close is responsible for the quality/productivity of operations and the health/safety of employees at SWDCC. Mr. Close brings more than 35 years’ experience with technical processes in the manufacturing industry to SWDCC, where he has worked for the past nine years. He initially joined SWDCC as the Plant Manager in 2007 and was promoted to VP Operations in 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Close worked in the premium speciality coated paper manufacturing industry where he managed various aspects of paper manufacturing operations. Mr. Close has completed technical training at Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University) in Kamloops, BC and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Additionally, he has trained as an Electrical Technologist and on Six Sigma methodologies with Lean Kaizen process, which promotes everywhere improvement, everybody improvement and everyday improvement.

David Kastle

Vice President

Based in Seattle, WA, Mr. Kastle is responsible for SWDCC’s coffee sourcing and sales. Specifically, he directs our Trading team on all aspects of coffee purchasing including forecasting, supplier relations, quality control and quality assurance, and manages sales to the matrix of importers, brokers and dealers who distribute to specialty coffee roasters worldwide. He also works directly with SWDCC’s largest customers to assure their needs are met and sales potential is realized. Prior to coming to SWDCC, Mr. Kastle spent 12 years as a specialty coffee importer, co-founding the specialty trading house Zephyr Green Coffee on behalf of Louis Dreyfus Commodities. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the beverage industry, working mostly in coffee but also with wines and spirits. Mr. Kastle is a lead instructor for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and a member of the Roasters Guild, an official trade guild of the SCAA that promotes quality as the principle standard for success. He earned a B.A. at San Francisco State University, with additional studies at Wesleyan University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Lund (Sweden), and Portland State University (Oregon).