Vice President in Commodities & Logistics, Brown Brothers Harriman
Brandon Jackson is a Vice President in the Commodities & Logistics group at Brown Brothers Harriman. In this role, he manages a team of lenders responsible for structuring and managing senior secured revolving credit facilities for brokers/traders/distributors of metal, energy, and agricultural commodities. His responsibilities include relationship management, deal structuring, underwriting, and credit analysis.
Brandon joined BBH in 2008 in its Investor Services division. After being admitted into the firm’s Banking and Finance Training Program, he joined the Commodities & Logistics group. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Coffee Association. Brandon graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 2008 with a B.S. in business administration, triple majoring in finance, marketing and international business.
Frank Gaviña, Jr.
Green Coffee Buyer, F. Gavina and Sons, Inc.
Frank Gaviña, Jr., is a Green Coffee Buyer at F. Gavina and Sons, Inc., a family-owned company for four generations. He attended University of Southern California and Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University. Frank also serves on the Green Coffee Association Board of Directors, and is a Commissioner of the Vernon Housing Commission in California. He currently lives in the greater Los Angeles area.
Director of Commodities Procurement, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee
As a fourth generation member of her family’s coffee and tea business, Colleen has a deep-seated passion for coffee. Colleen is excited to exercise this passion as a member of the NCA Next Generation Council, and is committed to giving back and supporting the growth and health of the coffee industry.
Colleen is currently responsible for all green coffee, tea, soluble and cocoa procurement to service Mother Parkers’ 4 manufacturing facilities in North America, as well as co-leading on Mother Parkers’ Sustainability strategy.
Colleen brings a wealth of leadership experience including strategic supply chain and budget management, an in-depth knowledge of the coffee trade including coffee agricultural practices and challenges, sustainability expertise, and an understanding of succession planning.
In addition to coffee-specific experience Colleen has a strong background in marketing and communications, holding prior positions as Marketing Director at We Are Tea, a boutique tea brand based in London, UK, and Communications Manager at the Lawn Tennis Association, the governing body for tennis in the UK. Colleen also sits on the Young Leaders Council for the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto.
Regional Account Manager, BUNN-O-Matic Corporation
With over 10 years of experience in the coffee industry, Zach has a strong passion for the business. He started his foodservice career 15 years ago as a fine dining server at a country club in East Lansing, MI.
Those early experiences in turn, helped provide an added perspective for this industry . Zach holds a Bachelors of Science in Food Industry Management from Michigan State University where he continues his involvement as a volunteer, participating in several speaking engagements throughout the year. From 2007-2015 he worked in various professional sales roles for a regional coffee roaster, spending half of those years living in Chicago. In January 2015 he started working as a Regional Account Manager for BUNN and moved back to his native state of Michigan.
In his free time he enjoys hiking with his wife, Jessica, golfing, and playing tennis with friends. He is proud to be involved with the NCA and thankful for any opportunity to make a positive impact through an industry that has provided for him and his family.
Coffee Futures Specialist, Morgan Stanley
Chris Hampson started in coffee on Citigroup’s institutional sales desk in 2006. In early 2008 he moved on to Coex Coffee, where he ultimately ran the robusta book and developed the company’s presence in Vietnam, establishing an export company, upstream presence, and representative office.
At the end of 2014 he returned to the brokerage world due to family commitments, rejoining his previous team that had been sold to Morgan Stanley in the interim. He is currently responsible for developing new business and derivatives execution for the firm.
Coffee Trader, Balzac Brothers & Company, Inc.
Samantha Keane is a coffee trader at Balzac Brothers & Company, Inc. She received her BA in Art History, Criticism and Conservation at College of Charleston, before beginning her career in coffee in 2011 as a fourth generation Balzac at her family business, Balzac Brothers & Company, Inc.
Bringing a new level of organization to the business, Samantha pioneered, and is in charge of, the CQI certified cupping lab at Balzac. Staying true to her family’s heritage she is also a member of the Green Coffee sales and sourcing team, working alongside her two brothers to further the Balzac family Coffee legacy. Samantha completed her Q-grader certification in 2014. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.
Green Coffee Trader, COEX
Joseph Masucci has served as a Green Coffee Trader in Miami, FL based COEX Coffee International, Inc. since his return to the company in 2014. Originally from Staten Island, New York, Joe gained his early experience in the coffee industry with his family business RPM Warehouse, Inc. Inspired by the opportunities that this fast growing business has to offer, he began gaining insight into the fundamentals of trading as an intern at COEX in 2010. He eventually found his first opportunity to join the sales and trading team with Mitsui Foods, Inc., where he was a key member of their sales and quality control teams. During his time at Mitsui, Joe completed his certifications and he is now one of the few members of the industry to hold both a Certified Q and ICE Exchange Grader licenses.
Joseph has been attending NCA events since the beginning of his career and was a member of the task force which helped establish the Next Generation Council. Joe attended Wagner college, and now lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with his wife Katherine, son Joseph and they are expecting a baby girl in a few months. Joseph enjoys volunteering in his community, which includes coaching his son’s basketball, baseball and soccer teams.