CEO & President
Mr. Higashida has served as the Chief Executive Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Company since October 2014, and as Chairman of the Board since April 2013. He previously held the position of President of the Company from October 2014 until August 2017, and CFO from August 2014 until February 2019. Mr. Higashida has founded multiple companies, including a Korea-based financial company and a Singapore-based investment company, and began his career in the financial industry in Nagoya, Japan.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Randell Weaver brings to NuZee over 30 years experience in the manufacturing, distribution, and CPG sectors. His vast experience encompasses three terms as a public company CFO, highlighted by his proficiency in cash management, fundraising, team building and mentoring, performance optimization, growth strategies, and stakeholder relationship management. Mr. Weaver, a CPA (inactive), has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal State University, Northridge and also holds a Master of Arts in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Kurita has served on our Board since March, 2021. Kurita’s background includes serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Restar Holdings Corporation, a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and a manufacturer of semiconductor products, from September 2017 until his retirement in March 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Kurita was the President of Sony China Co., Ltd from April 2012 to June 2016.
KEVIN J. CONNER
Mr. Conner has served on our Board since October 22, 2019. Mr. Conner is currently Managing Director of Conner & Associates, a restructuring & turnaround servicing firm he founded in 1991. Mr. Conner has held senior management and board seats of public & private companies along with being the Chair of the Conner & Associates’ SEC audit practice. Mr. Conner is frequently retained as a qualified expert witness in matters before both Federal and State courts, including both corporate governance and general business matters.
J. CHRIS JONES
Mr. Jones has served on our Board since October 22, 2019. Mr. Jones is currently the Managing Director of Haddington Ventures, LLC, a venture fund manager and advisor Mr. Jones co-founded in 1998, where he focuses on acquisitions, financing and administrative issues of portfolio companies. While at Haddington, Mr. Jones has also served on over 12 boards of directors of portfolio companies, such as Lodi Gas Storage, which was sold to Buckeye Partners, and Bear Paw Energy, which was sold to Northern Border Partners.
DAVID G. ROBSON
Mr. Robson has served on our Board since March, 2021. Mr. Robson has over twenty-five years of operational, finance and accounting experience and has held senior positions with both public and private companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Robson also served on the Board of Directors of Payference, a software business, since February 2020. Previously, Mr. Robson served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Farmer Brothers Co., a publicly traded national distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products from February 2017 to November 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Robson was the Chief Financial Officer of PIRCH, a curator and retailer of kitchen, bath and outdoor home brands; as the Chief Financial Officer of U.S. AutoParts; as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mervyns LLC; and as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Principal Accounting Officer for Guitar Center, Inc. Mr. Robson began his career with the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche Tohmastu.