Here are the Pythons for 2016
Longo’s Spokesperson and Chair of the Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation
As Longo’s Spokesperson and “Chief Eating Officer”, Rosanne brings the voice of Longo’s to the forefront in TV, radio and public speaking engagements. While innovation has been the cornerstone of Longo’s entrepreneurial spirit since their humble beginnings in 1956, Rosanne speaks with an authentic voice that represents the heart of their culture which is first and foremost about treating you like family.
Celebrating 60 years in business, Longo’s was founded by three brothers and continues to be a family-owned and operated fresh food retailer that has grown to employ over 5,000 team members. Longo’s proudly serves customers across the GTA with 29 stores and delivers fresh groceries to your door through GroceryGateway.com.
Rosanne often speaks to groups about the role of purpose and passion and how success is strongly rooted in their connection. Her purpose is to connect and inspire healthy families and communities through shared values, a love of good food and philanthropic leadership.
Rosanne graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (BA) from Wilfrid Laurier University.
President and CEO, Blazing
From humble beginnings 20 years ago, Blazing has grown to an award-winning full service Marketing and Advertising firm with an impressive product portfolio and a long list of clients throughout North America, each with revenues starting at $5,000,000.
Like many entrepreneurial journeys, business began in a residential basement, but Blazing grew rapidly due to the clear vision, sheer determination and passionate leadership of founder, President and CEO Michele Bailey. Today, the company considers its core competencies to be Branding & Strategic Communications, Trade & Consumer Promotions, Business≠ to-Business Marketing, and Mobile & Digital Campaigns.
“It’s simple. Work hard. Give back. It’s what we’re all about:” emphatically explains company founder Michele Bailey. The agency invests 100% in each client’s business, and in the community in which they live.
Retired business owner
Started in the business world as a turnaround specialist for privately owned manufacturing companies that were heading toward serious problems, the objective was to put them back on their feet and move on.
I did this with several manufacturing companies over the years whose main product line stretched from adhesives and sealants to plastics, paints, duvets and foam gasketing.
The last company I was asked to get involved was the foam parts company called Jacobs and Thompson inc
After completing my mission here I decided to stay on as President. Over the next 20 years myself and my Operations manager worked as a team to increase revenue by 300% after which we purchased the company and doubled these sales over the next 5 years
We turned this company around to be the largest and most successful of its type in Canada and ranked in the top 3 in North America.
We have plants in Burlington, Barrie, Toronto and Kentucky
I sold my part of the company to my business partner Dec 31 2015
Founder - Arthur's Fresh Smoothies
Founded Arthur’s Fresh Smoothies in 1997. Under his leadership Arthur’s gained national distribution and grew to become the #2 brand in the refrigerated section of the premium fresh juice and smoothies segment and has won numerous awards for innovation and product excellence. Heinz Canada purchased 100% of Arthur’s in 2009 and Travis continued to consult with Heinz Canada until 2011. Prior to this Travis was the Vice President of Sales for Acosta (previously Thomas Large & Singer) and contributed 8 years to Nabisco Brands through a progression of sales, logistics and marketing positions. In 2015 Travis got back into the healthy, fresh juice business when he, along with a select group of investors acquired a position in the US West coast organic, cold-pressed juice brand BUDA Juice. He put into place a plan to launch BUDA Juice in Canada and is now actively managing this innovative, on-trend juice to develop and grow its market presence with a launch in the GTA (www.BudaJuice.ca ). Travis graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business to add to his 25 years of Food Industry knowledge.
President of Hans Dairy Inc.
Sarab Hans is the President of Hans Dairy Inc. Located in Toronto, the family business processes milk products that are focused towards the South Asian community. Since joining, Sarab has been charge of developing and manufacturing ethnic dairy products that provide a flavour of home.
Prior to joining Hans Dairy, Ms. Hans worked in the finance sector for 6 years with ING Group. At ING she worked in Corporate Strategy and Business Change Department in the Netherlands, Securitization team in Japan, and investment banking team in New York..
She has a B.A. from University of Western Ontario and a M.B.A. from McGill University.