Board of Directors
Mr. Gordon has been working for Coffee Holding since 1983. His involvement with the business began in sales and he’s been responsible for green coffee procurement and head trader since 1985. He became V.P. in 1991 and President in 1997 and has served in that capacity until the company went public in 2005. Mr. Gordon received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Emory University. He is the brother of David Gordon. He now serves as President, CEO and Treasurer as well as a director on the board. Through his experience as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, as well as his over 31 years of service with the Company, Mr. Gordon has demonstrated the requisite qualifications and skills necessary to serve as an effective director. We believe Mr. Gordon’s extensive experience with, and institutional knowledge of Coffee Holding and the industry is an integral contribution to Coffee Holding’s current successes and its ability to grow and flourish in the industry.
Mr. Gordon has been working for Coffee Holding Co. since 1983. Starting as Assistant Plan Manager and launched the Specialty Green Coffee segment of the business. He travels extensively to both Central and South America as well as Asia to visit coffee cooperatives that Coffee Holding has built partnerships with as well as traveling to our two other plant locations in the US (Brecksville, OH and La Junta, CO). He oversees all facility management and plant production. He now serves as Executive Vice President as well as Secretary on the board. Mr. Gordon attended Baruch College in New York City. He is the brother of Andrew Gordon. Throughout his 34 years of service with the Company, Mr. Gordon has demonstrated the requisite qualifications and skills necessary to serve as an effective director. We believe Mr. Gordon’s extensive institutional knowledge and leadership are invaluable to Coffee Holding’s current and future successes. Mr. Gordon’s leadership, as demonstrated by the launch of Specialty Green segment of the business as well as a founding member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), is a valuable resource for Coffee Holding’s business development and future strategy.
Mr. Dwyer has served as a director of Coffee Holding since 1998. Mr. Dwyer has been a senior coffee trader at Rothfos Corporation, a green coffee bean supplier, since 1995 and is now the CEO. Mr. Dwyer is responsible for our account with Rothfos Corporation. We paid Rothfos approximately $31.9 million, $31.2 million and $17.5 million for green coffee purchases in fiscal years, 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively. All purchases are made on arms’ length terms. Mr. Dwyer serves on the board of directors of the National Coffee Association. We believe that Mr. Dwyer’s experience with the coffee industry will enable him to provide the Board with beneficial insight for Coffee Holding’s business development and strategy. Mr. Dwyer’s relationship with Rothfos has helped to foster a beneficial relationship between Rothfos and Coffee Holding.
Mr. DeCapua has served as a director of Coffee Holding since 1997. Mr. DeCapua has had his own law practice in Rockville Centre, New York since 1986. Mr. DeCapua received his law degree from Pace University. We believe that Mr. DeCapua’s legal experience brings significant knowledge regarding legal issues Coffee Holding faces and provide him with the skills and qualifications to serve as a director.
Mr. Knepper, CPA, has served as a director of Coffee Holding since 2005. From July 2004 to the present, Mr. Knepper has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of CFO Business Solutions, a management consulting firm. Mr. Knepper was the Chief Financial Officer for TruFoods Corporation, a multi concept franchiser from April 2001 through June 2004. From January 2000 through March 2001 he was the Chief Financial Officer of Offline Entertainment, an early stage television and motion picture production company. From 1982 through 1999 he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Unitel Video, Inc., a publicly traded nationwide high tech service company in the television, film and new media fields. We believe that Mr. Knepper’s diversified financial, accounting and business expertise provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Mr. Rotelli has served as a director of Coffee Holding since 2005. Mr. Rotelli has over 32 years of experience in the coffee industry and is currently Vice President of L.J. Cooper Company, one of the largest green coffee brokers and agents in North America. He is also on the board of the Green Coffee Association. Mr. Rotelli’s industry and business experience provides the Board with valuable experience within the coffee industry as well as beneficial relationships that can help form new beneficial relationships for Coffee Holding.
Mr. Thomas has over 35 years of domestic and international corporate business experience in top management positions. Since February 2007, Mr. Thomas has served as a Principal at Radix Consulting Corporation, a consulting firm which provides specialized advice in the field of electronic payments. From 1981 through 2007, Mr. Thomas served in a number of positions at The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C., a limited liability company which operates electronic payment systems. Since 2007, Mr. Thomas has served as a director of eGistics, Inc., a provider of cloud-based document and data management solutions which was acquired by Top Image Systems, Ltd. (NASDAQ: TISA) in 2014.