Private Equity Private Equity Team

Our Team

Ryan Kuo
Director of Private Equity

Ryan oversees all aspects of the Private Equity Division for our current and future partner companies. This includes all prospecting and due diligence activities as well as the management and growth strategies for companies we acquire. Ryan has more than 15 years of experience leading teams, guiding strategy, and growing businesses, including his roles leading International Sales and developing Corporate Strategy at Kraft Foods and then the Kraft Heinz Company. Ryan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy as well as an MBA from the University of Louisville.

Benjamin Levy
Private Equity Manager

Benjamin identifies, pursues, and closes corporate acquisitions in the food and beverage industry. He is responsible for due diligence and post-acquisition strategic plans for portfolio companies. Ben also serves as Vice President of Echo Capital Group, CIG’s venture arm, where he directs investments for the firm, and advises partner companies on marketing and business planning through board service. Ben received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mike Crawford
Corporate Quality Assurance

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Bob Pankey
Corporate Research & Development
Ken Williams
National Sales Manager

Ken is responsible for the oversight of the CPG sales within Funky Chunky and Caesars Pasta. He manages the sales teams both Retail, Foodservice, Private label, Co-Pack and Industrial etc., and is directly responsible for the day-to-day strategic sales direction for the CPG businesses. Ken brings a proven track record of success to the CIG’s private equity business, helping to grow Funky Chunky and Caesars Pasta into predominance. Prior to joining CIG, Ken worked for Associated Associated Wholesales Grocers, Smithfield Foods (Farmland Foods), and Reinhart Foodservice.  Ken has an MBA and a Ph.D. in Business with a marketing emphasis from California Coast University.

Ryan Kuo
Director of Private Equity
Benjamin Levy
Private Equity Manager
Mike Crawford
Corporate Quality Assurance
Bob Pankey
Corporate Research & Development
Ken Williams
National Sales Manager