The Fermentation Association (TFA) was established in 2017 to bring together and support food, beverage, and supplement producers who work with fermentation, with the mission of getting more people to enjoy more of those products.
The TFA Team
Neal Vitale is a veteran of the events and information industries, and most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of 1105 Media, Inc., an integrated business-to-business event, information, and media company predominantly targeting specialized technology-oriented markets. Previously, Mr. Vitale was President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Marketing Group, America’s largest privately-held firm providing integrated marketing and promotional services; President and Chief Operating Officer of Petersen Publishing, a special-interest consumer publisher; and held a variety of management positions and was a member of the Executive Committee at Cahners Publishing Company (later Reed Business Information), a division of Reed Elsevier. Mr. Vitale has been involved in several industry associations; he is a former Chair of American Business Media (now part of SIIA) and Director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO). He also is on or has served on several private company and not-for-profit Boards of Directors. Mr. Vitale received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married with one daughter (and three dogs), resides in Studio City, California, and is a dedicated food and wine enthusiast (as well as a lifelong Boston sports fan).
A former newspaper reporter, Amelia is an accomplished freelance writer with a diverse writing portfolio. Her articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and social channels. A big foodie, Amelia loves researching and writing about the fermentation industry for TFA
Chris Nemchek is a 30-year veteran of the International Exhibition and Global Commerce Industries. He spent 22 years at the Specialty Food Association (SFA) and is well recognized for his role in leading and developing the Fancy Food Shows into North America’s premiere specialty food marketplace. As Senior Vice President at SFA, Nemchek oversaw the departments responsible for developing and driving the strategic direction of the Fancy Food Shows, all revenue generation for the SFA enterprise and member success. His work included development and execution of membership growth and advancement programs. He enjoys building relationships and partnerships with domestic and international trade associations, governmental agencies and trade show organizers from around the world. Following his years at SFA, Nemchek was named General Manager of the newly launched Plant Based World Conference & Expo in August of 2019, where his role was to oversee the future growth of the event and expansion of the brand. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Nemchek’s industry leadership includes Board of Directors of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and their NY Chapter (NYIAEE). He is also past chairman of IAEE’s MATSO Council advancing the interests of the US’s largest trade shows.
David Myers has been in the event marketing, operations and management industry for over 40 years, including serving as Vice President, Events for the Petersen Publishing Company and Vice President, Event Operations for 1105 Media, Inc. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wabash College, Class of 1972. He and his wife, Mimi Hirata, reside in Venice, CA.
Margaret joined Katalina Holding Company in April 2015. Prior to joining Katalina she served for 7 years in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer for a charitable Foundation and private School. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, all accounting functions and financial reporting. Margaret’s professional experience include 29 years managing the accounting and financial reporting functions for three area financial institutions. She attained a Certificate in Business Accounting from the University of Santa Barbara.
Debbie Barbieri has more than two decades of event management experience wherein she has developed a keen expertise in all things related to events. She has worked in every aspect of event production for various industries and, thanks to her turnkey style and organizational prowess, a trail of wildly successful (and expertly executed) events from tradeshows to corporate conferences, to consumer expos, to intimate meetings lies in her professional wake.
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