ABT: Advanced Beverage Technologies
World Leader in Flavor & Alcohol Management Services

ABT Management Team

Anthony C. Dann

President and Executive Chairman of the Board

Before entering the California wine industry in 1984, Tony Dann held a series of senior marketing and CEO positions with the international divisions of several major multinationals (including British-American Tobacco and Chesebrough Ponds, Inc) in the consumer packaged goods field, with particular emphasis on Latin America.

Jerome Eckert-Nathan

Chief Executive Officer

Jerome is a graduate of the University of Paris II, School of Law and brings more than 30 years of finance experience to ConeTech. His career includes executive positions at successful high growth companies such as Tekelec and Centellax. He also worked in various capacities for international companies such as Tekelec-Airtronic (France), Sinar Mas Group (Indonesia), Dusit Thani (Thailand) and Kempinski (Germany). Jerome joined the company in 2015.

Debbie Novograd

Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Chief Marketing Officer

Debbie gained over 20 years marketing and business development experience in the retail food and beverage industry, with two major corporations. With Starbucks Coffee Company she rose through several positions including Regional Food & Beverage Manager and National Category Manager to become Category Director / International Marketing. With ARAMARK she had a similar progression through several marketing roles to become Vice President of National Business Development. Debbie joined ConeTech in 2015.

Katie Shannon-Ricci, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Katie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Accounting from Sonoma State University. She began her career in public accounting with a focus on audit and taxation after which she became licensed by the State of California as a Certified Public Accountant. She has gained over 25 years of finance experience with a focus on technology start up companies such as Calix and Ciena (formerly Cyan) as well as Microsemi, Inc. (formerly Centellax). Katie joined the company in 2015 as Controller and took on the position of CFO in January, 2019.

Gaspar Roby

Vice President of Operations

Gaspar graduated as an Agricultural Engineer at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and earned a Master of Science in Horticulture and Agronomy from UC Davis. Gaspar began his career as a Vineyard manager working at Resero Vineyards, Colinas Farming, and Beckstoffer Vineyards. In 2008 Gaspar joined Diageo where he held multiple leadership positions including Director of Winemaking, Director of Operations and Head of Manufacturing at Bodegas Navarro Correas in Mendoza Argentina, and Director of Operations at Diageo Chateau & Estates in California. Gaspar was General Manager for Beaulieu Vineyard & Provence with Treasury Wine Estates prior to Advanced Beverage Technologies as Vice President of Operations in 2018.

Larry Wu

Vice President Innovation and R&D/General Manager & Co-Founder SpiriTech Global

Lawrence Wu, Jr. graduated with a Food Science Degree from the University of Washington and received an MBA from Bellamine University. Larry has over 30 years experience in the food and beverage industry working in the areas of product ideation, development and commercialization. Larry has held multiple leadership positions within Research & Development at Starbucks, Brown-Forman, Campbell Soup, Kraft Foods and Bossa Nova Beverages, Iconoculture and Sky Valley Foods. Larry originally joined ConeTech as a consultant in the area of Business Development and is now the Vice President Innovation and R&D with Advanced Beverage Technologies, and General Manager and Co-Founder of SpiriTech.