Cheryl Preyer

HeadshotPresident, Olek Group, Inc.

Session: The Evolution of Sous Vide: Inception to Commercialization

 

Get to Know Benjamin

Benjamin T. Pasternak is the President of Olek Group, Inc., a food innovation and marketing agency established in 2008 based in Richmond, Virginia. With close to twenty years of experience in the food packaging and processing industry, Mr. Pasternak affords a strong, yet unique, skill set specific to leading, and transforming, sales and marketing efforts.

In 2011, Olek Group, in partnership with DuPont Teijin Films™, launched a research and development center for the Mylar® COOK product line. The 6,000-square-foot innovation center is a combination of restaurant space, meeting space, test kitchen, and thermoforming demonstration center. Under Mr. Pasternak’s leadership, the partnership between Olek Group and DuPont expanded to include Multivac, where in which the global distribution for the Mylar® COOK product line was established. Through this strategic partnership cultivated with Multivac, international product launches occurred in Finland, Germany, France, Poland, Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Brazil, Chile, and New Zealand. While managing the global forecasting of the Mylar COOK® line, the Olek Group, directed by Mr. Pasternak, orchestrated a thorough development process among the key product partners, Multivac, Griffith Laboratories, and DuPont.

Although the partnership between Olek Group and DuPont Teijin Films made a global impact in the recent years, the initial relationship between these two companies began while Mr. Pasternak served as President for Vac Pac, Inc., from 2008 to 2010. During this venture, Mr. Pasternak commenced new product development with DuPont, utilizing the industry technology the Mylar® COOK line currently represents today. Prior to leading the sales and marketing efforts for Vac Pac, Inc., Mr. Pasternak also played a key role in the establishment and growth of Bizerba USA, part of Bizerba Industrial, headquartered in Balingen, Germany. As the Executive Vice President of Bizerba USA, from 2006 to 2008, Mr. Pasternak directed and managed the Industrial Sales & Marketing Division of Bizerba USA. He simultaneously served in the capacity of acquisition manager, advancing and negotiating the acquisition of Mid-Atlantic Label for Bizerba USA.

With all the industry experience and knowledge garnered over the years, his first initial company, as Founder & President of Concept Packaging of Richmond (CPOR), provides clear insight into the unique skill set Mr. Pasternak continues to hone to this day. As President of CPOR, from 1996 to 2006, abilities and capacities for growth such as building a strong vendor network for both sales and service support, developing business distribution and process models, as well as attracting, recruiting, and hiring top industry professionals are all qualities still evidenced today. Interestingly, early in his career, CPOR gained acclaim as Mr. Pasternak was the Fast Growth Company Award recipient and Virginia Finalist in the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® program. The last two decades of personal and professional experience now converge to bring a seasoned, yet pioneering, approach to successfully pacing a company for growth and sustainability.