Izba is a boutique Supply Chain & Operations consulting and outsourcing firm located in the Greater NYC area.
We specialize in building startups between their seed round and Series B by leveraging Fortune 500 experience to bring excellence into growing ventures.
Our goal is to scale companies quickly while freeing founders up to focus on other aspects of their business.
Aaron Alpeter, CPIM
Principal and Founder
Aaron is a graduate of Unilever’s prestigious Supply Chain Management Program where he spent 5 years gaining direct experience working in planning, manufacturing, international logistics, and continuous improvement. He was brought on as the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Hubble Contacts to design an international supply chain from the ground up and run the customer service teams. Most recently Aaron was COO at Sustain Natural where he redesigned their operations to be fully scalable while significantly improving Gross Margin. He's been a consultant and adviser to several other NYC based startups including Keepers.co, Zesty-Z, and The Farmer’s Dog.
Aaron, along with his wife and daughter, lives in Northern New Jersey.
Aaron’s passion is in building companies and teams and he is always open to sharing experiences and helping others.
Chief Development Officer
Warren is responsible for the development of people, processes and strategic client management at Izba. Most recently Warren was Sr. VP, of Global Marketing and Communications at Phibro where he designed marketing strategies, assessed competitive positioning, established pricing, promotion and routes-to-market for major new products. Prior Warren was with Eli Lilly in a variety of global executive roles across marketing, business development, operations, compliance and business alliances. He has managed operations in the U.S., South America, Asia, Europe, South Africa and Australia. During his career, Warren has lived and worked for more than a decade in Europe, Asia and Latin America and has traveled and worked in 50+ countries. Through this experience he has developed a strong international business and cultural perspective, and broad overview of the global legal and regulatory landscape.Adept at building long-term relationships, he has developed an extensive network through his engagement with U.S. and international embassies, multinational companies and local and global professional associations to advance business agendas. Warren is passionate about developing people and growing businesses, and looks forward to working with you and your business team.
Warren is a cowboy at heart and lives with his wife in New Jersey.
Prior to joining Izba, Anisha began her career at Unilever, where she held a variety of positions across R&D and Supply Chain as part of the Future Leaders management training program. Complemented by her educational background in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Anisha's strengths include personal care product formulation, manufacturing scale-up, and supply chain planning.
Anisha's passion for sustainability encouraged her to seek a Masters degree in Sustainability Management at Columbia University's Earth Institute, which she completed in May 2019. While pursuing her degree, she led manufacturing and operations development for a New York City-based agriculture startup which is focused on creating organic nutrient technologies from food waste. Anisha is an avid believer that establishing supply chains sustainably is the most efficient and cost-effective strategy for long-term growth.
Anisha lives in Chicago along with her senior rescue dog, Kelsey.
Keaton is a former Unilever Supply Chain leader where he spent 6 years in varying pillars mastering simplification and financial savings techniques with a priority in building impactful relationships.
His areas of expertise include transportation, planning, international logistics and procurement efficiencies. Keaton has a deep passion for procurement and has a proven track record for improving performance. In addition, Keaton worked in a food manufacturing site where he led a team of 6 people, managing materials and production schedules. He holds a Logistics & International Business degree from The University of Tennessee and currently resides in Southeast Missouri with his wife.
Outside of work, Keaton has a passion for traveling and being immersed in new situations and cultures.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Molly started her career in the Nestle Purina PetCare Management Development Program. She worked in all factory departments prior to becoming a Process Engineer in R&D. She then moved to Reno, NV to work for Tesla in Gigafactory 1 as Project Engineer for Model 3 operations and then as a Production Manager for Energy Products. Molly and her husband decided to move to their current home of Minneapolis, MN where she took a role as a Production Manager for Boston Scientific.
Molly is passionate about process improvement, project management, and new product development. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her 3 dogs (Ted, Minnie, and Ace), hike, and try out new restaurants.
Jonas Busse - International Trade
Jonas has spent the last 10 years fully immersed in international trade. Originally from Denmark, he began his career in Europe managing the inland freight moves for imports and exports. After moving to the US, he continued in operational air freight roles between the US and Europe working with both public sector, Military, and corporate clients for freight as diverse as temperature controlled shipments to exotic cars. For the past several years, Jonas has worked on the sales side of freight forwarding for companies such as Kuehne + Nagel and Mainfreight where he has interacted with countless startups of all sizes and across all verticals.
Board of Advisors
Mike Smith - Manufacturing
Mike draws upon 30 years of world-class Foods manufacturing experience in general management, large-scale transformation, leadership performance, organizational development, employee engagement, labor relations, technology innovation, and operational excellence. He started with Unilever in 1985 as a production supervisor and rose through the ranks to manage several factories and hundreds of employees in Unionized environments. Mike was also an integral part of the largest infrastructure investment in the history of Unilever’s Foods business consolidating 4 factories into one. Mike retired from Unilever in 2015 and continues to advise companies across industries as an advisor to C-level decision makers. He is currently leading an innovative pilot to bring augmented reality to manufacturing which will improve safety & efficiency for line workers.
Ted Narozny- Manufacturing, S&OP & Vendor Relations
Ted brings over 20 years of global CPG experience across all product categories. He has managed multiple factories and warehouses, led planning and procurement organizations, and is currently the S&OP lead for a $10B North American business. Ted has led the supply chain due diligence of potential acquisitions including the identification of synergies to drive savings and the overall integration/improvement of the supply chains of acquired companies.
While living in Europe, he was the Global Director of 3rd Party Manufacturing where he was involved in negotiating and launching product groups as diverse as food and toothbrushes in international markets for both traditional retail and ecommerce ventures.