Management Team

Jim Kras, Chief Executive Officer.

Jim’s leadership in sustainability, eco-friendly products and socially responsibly sets the tone at Edible Garden.

 With over 25 years of experience in consumer products, Jim leverages his expertise to deploy a customer and consumer centric model.

 Prior to Edible Garden, Jim‘s achievements include turning around the sports nutrition division of Nature’s Bounty including brands - MET-Rx, Body Fortress and Pure Protein. At Ajinomoto, Jim structured the company’s core North American CPG practice by focusing on retail partners & new products. Jim started his career on Madison Avenue at Dentsu/Carat and Grey Advertising.

 

Stacey Eng, Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics.

Ms. Eng has served as the Vice President of Logistics for us since inception and our predecessor company since March 2016. Ms. Eng previously worked as the Director of Operations for Inergetics, where she was responsible for developing the company’s supply chain and vendor relationships.

Ms. Eng’s accomplishments include building an integrated supply chain to service a complex network of greenhouses throughout the United States while constantly streamlining our business. She has continually ensured that all deliverables were met on time for any size project, reduced lead-time for delivery in conjunction with implementing cost-cutting measures that drove gross margin improvements. Ms. Eng holds B.S. in Supply Chain Management & MIS from Rutgers University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

 

Michael James, Chief Financial Officer. 

Mike has served as Chief Financial Officer since our inception. In addition to this role, Mike served as CFO of Terra Tech Corp. from June 2010 until March 2020. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer and CFO of Inergetics, Inc..

Mike has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Nestor Inc.. He has held senior leadership roles at premier investment management firms including Moore Capital, Kuekenhof Capital Management and Buffalo Partners.

 

Scott Prendergast, Chief Data Officer.

Scott has served as Chief Data Officer since June 2020. Prior to joining Edible Garden, Scott served as VP of Technology for Springbok Energy Partners and Director of Digital Strategy & Analytics for Moroch Partners.

He started his career after graduating Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. Aerospace Engineering with a position with Bechtel Corp in the Nuclear Piping Analysis department, working on refueling and NRC compliance at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant and Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant.

 

 

 

Nick Simons, Production Manager. 

Mr. Simons joined our predecessor company in 2019 at the flagship Belvidere facility, where he currently supervises over 40 employees. Mr. Simons immediately impacted our results by overseeing improvements that lead his team to break major milestones in case counts we shipped out. With a passion for sustainability, he strives to have our facilities surpass what was previously thought possible.

Prior to joining Edible Garden, Mr. Simons worked for Georgia-Pacific where he oversaw and taught Performance Standard Qualification training to production operators, resulting in a decrease in maintenance personal during the shift by over 35%. He also led the night shift to be the first in Dixie’s 85-year history to produce 4.0 million cases during a 12-hour shift. Mr. Simons is a certified 5S Process Leader, has been trained in FDA, cGMP, ISO, ICH Q7 regulations and standards and is Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Mr. Simons holds B.A. from DeSales University and earned his MBA from East Stroudsburg University.