Team and Board of Directors

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Team Members

Tim Spong

CEO
Executive Director of Supply Chain and Operations Services at Chipotle Mexican Grill From 2007-2018

Tim Spong was most recently Executive Director of Supply Chain and Operations Services at Chipotle Mexican Grill and served in various litigation oversight and executive capacities at Chipotle from 2006 through 2018 and was, previous to that, general counsel to Chipotle from 1993 to 1998 while in the private practice of law, which practice he commenced in 1991. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., Economics, and the University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., Mr. Spong is our Chief Executive Officer.

Darrin D. Badger

President/ Managing Director
President, Focus Commercial Group. Founder, Focus Property Group

Darrin Badger is the President of Focus Commercial Group, a real estate centered brokerage and investment firm founded in 1990. Mr. Badger is one of the founding members of Focus Property Group. Under his guidance, Focus Property Group established itself a national top ten master planned community developer with assets in excess of $2 billion in value.

As a key strategist for the company, he is adept at identifying and qualifying future acquisition and investment opportunities.   Mr. Badger has comprehensive knowledge of real estate investment, finance, planning and engineering. He currently owns and develops real estate assets including multifamily, industrial, assisted living and other real estate-based ventures.

Recently, Mr. Badger has focused on identifying, funding, and managing new businesses in emerging industries centered on disruptive technology, paradigm shifts and innovation.

Board of Directors

Ralf Ludwig

Principal Owner, Chief Executive Officer and Current President of Wolf-tec, Inc.

Wolf-tec was founded in 1977 by Ralf’s father, Wolfgang Ludwig, who moved from Germany to America in 1968 with his wife and two sons. In 1980, Ralf returned to Germany to complete an apprenticeship in machine building. He studied in the German cities of Kiel (North of Hamburg) and Esslingen am Neckar (outside of Stuttgart), received his degree in 1984, and worked with some of the most well-known meat industry manufacturers in Germany and Switzerland before he returned home to the family business, where he started in sales. During the early 1990’s, Ralf took an internal position in the company, organizing systems and departments to meet customers’ growing needs for spare parts, services and support. He took a leadership role in the company in 1993, and, in 1994, Ralf’s childhood dream of designing machinery was realized when Wolf-tec launched its own equipment line and entered the manufacturing market with full control over design and manufacturing. Under Ralf’s leadership, Wolf-tec has become, and remains today, a leader in the meat processing industry.

Thomas W. Giacomini

JBT Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas W. Giacomini was appointed JBT Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2013 and was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2014.
Prior to joining JBT, he served as Vice President (since February 2008) of Dover Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer, and President and Chief Executive Officer (since November 2011) of Dover Engineered Systems. Prior to serving in these roles, Mr. Giacomini served as President (from April 2009 to November 2011) and Chief Executive Officer (from July 2009 to November 2011) of Dover Industrial Products and President (from October 2007 to July 2009) of Dover’s Material Handling Platform. Mr. Giacomini joined Dover in 2003 following its acquisition of Warn Industries, an industrial manufacturer specializing in vehicle performance enhancing equipment. During his 12 year tenure at Warn Industries he held a variety of leadership roles including President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Warn Industries, Mr. Giacomini held various roles at TRW, Inc.
Mr. Giacomini holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan (Dearborn)

Steve Ells

Founder of Chipotle Mexican Grill

Mr. Ells is the founder of Chipotle Mexican Grill, which opened in 1993.  He served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Chipotle from 1993 through 2018 and is currently Executive Chairman of the Board.  Steve’s vision of Food With Integrity served in a relevant environment and accessible to every consumer built a brand that changed the way people think about and eat fast food.  Steve holds a B.A. in Art History for the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Monty Moran

Former President and then Co-Chief Executive Officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill

Mr. Moran was President and then Co-Chief Executive Officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill from 2005 through 2016 and previously served as general counsel from 1998 through 2005. Mr. Moran was previously the CEO of the Messner & Reeves law firm and practiced law from 1994 through the time he joined Chipotle. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., Communications and Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., Mr. Moran serves on a number of boards of directors and is an active investor and advisor.

Dr. James Marsden

Dr. James Marsden has over forty years’ experience in the food industry with a strong background working with government officials, regulators, and for food companies, trade associations and in academia. He advised the White House on food safety and nutrition and testified on numerous occasions to the United States Congress, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). He served as an official adviser to USDA during the development of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Food Safety Regulation and on issues relating to Food Imports and Transportation.

After working for several food companies and technology providers, he served as Vice President for Scientific Affairs at the American Meat Institute and President of the AMI Foundation. In 1994, he became the Regent’s Distinguished Professor of Food Safety and Security at Kansas State University. He has extensive experience as an educator, inventor and researcher. He is the author of numerous scientific publications, books, book chapters and articles on food safety and wrote the popular blog “Safety Zone”.

He is responsible for the development of a number of important antimicrobial interventions and holds several food safety related patents. He was elected into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in 2014.

Dr. Marsden joined Chipotle in 2016 as the company’s Executive Director of Food Safety. He was responsible for directing the food safety programs at Chipotle Mexican Grills, Shop House restaurants and for Pizzeria Locale. He retired in 2019 and joined Nectartek in the position of Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer.

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