ANTHONY ZOLEZZI BIOGRAPHY
Anthony Zolezzi is CEO of Twinlab Consolidated Holdings, Inc., a leading nutritional supplement company. A San Diego native, Zolezzi has spent his career focusing on ways that biotech breakthroughs can enhance consumer health and wellness. Zolezzi is also Strategic Advisor for Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private asset management company focused on sustainability and wellness sectors. As a serial entrepreneur, Zolezzi has dedicated his career to the well-being of both people and the planet, co-founding businesses that provide potential solutions to both health concerns and key environmental issues. Zolezzi joined the Twinlab Board of Directors in May, 2018.
Zolezzi is a former board member of Vitamin Angels, a non-profit focused on providing nutritional support in impoverished countries. He also co-founded and is a former board member of the Organic Center for Education and Promotion, and a former member of the Organic Alliance Board of Directors.
Zolezzi currently also serves as an advisory board member with the Menus of Change program, a joint venture between The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, and the Keurig Corporation.
In 2014, as a member of the board of directors of Wild Oats Marketplace, Zolezzi facilitated the democratization of organics, and brought this respected brand into Wal-Mart stores. Zolezzi shepherded this influential organic retailer, increasing market share and consumer awareness of the availability of lower-priced, healthier-for-you organics.
Code Blue Recycling, which Zolezzi co-founded in 2007, was created to further plastics reclamation and recycling goals. Zolezzi and his team ultimately filed 19 patents on unique recycling technologies, tailored for Nestlé, PepsiCo and Whole Foods Market. Code Blue Recycling was sold to Waste Management in 2009, becoming Greenopolis Recycling. Zolezzi continued to lead the Greenopolis team until it was again sold to RecycleBank in 2012, as one of the most technologically advanced recycling systems in the U.S.
In 1994, after seeing the movie Forrest Gump, Zolezzi was instrumental in bringing together Paramount Pictures, Meridian Products seafood company and the Rusty Pelican restaurant chain to create the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Through this venture, Zolezzi helped shepherd two successful turnarounds: The Con Agra purchase of Meridian Products seafood, and the re-branding of Rusty Pelican into the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., which now produces nearly $400 million in annual revenue.
Zolezzi has built and co-founded a number of other businesses ranging from the New Organics Company line of low-priced organic foods for mass retailers (such as Wal-mart) to Pet Promise pet food, which was created to provide better pet nutrition while helping to sustain organic family farms, to TruCost, a 1998 venture seeking to help restaurant retailers track produce hard costs.
Once developed and nurtured, most of these businesses were sold to larger concerns with the resources to make them even more effective. Zolezzi believes that we will not see significant change in environmental issues if we do not engage big companies as the solution.
Zolezzi has authored and co-authored six books, including:
- Chemical-Free Kids: the Organic Sequel (ASM Books, 2008)
- Do Something: Leave Your Mark on the World (ASM Books, 2008)
- How Dog Food Saved the Earth (ASM Books, 2005)
- The Detachment Paradox: How an objective approach to work can lead to a rich and rewarding life (ASM Books, 2004)
- Chemical-Free Kids; How to Safeguard Your Child’s Diet and Environment ( Kensington / Twin Streams, 2003)
His specialities include: Investment and Growth Strategies, Management Strategies, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Organic Product Marketing, Natural Channel Marketing and Sales, Brand Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Turnarounds, Business Strategy, Motivational Speaking, Sustainability, Material Recovery, Energy Saving Technologies