An enduring expression tells us ‘you can’t put an old head on young shoulders’, meaning we shouldn’t expect someone young to have the wisdom and maturity associated with older folk, but Legacy Ventures International, Inc. (OTC: LGYV) has turned that time-honored saying on its head. The company, indeed, has young shoulders. It was incorporated in Nevada on March 4, 2014, but its management team is full of experience in start-ups, business development, branding, distribution, retail sales and strategic planning. Legacy Ventures is focused on the acquisition of proven and high-potential businesses across a variety of business sectors. Through the strategic provision of capital and oversight to companies that have innovative products, category game changers and established fast growth brands, Legacy Ventures aims not only to add shareholder value, but to make the world a better place to live.
A good example is its first major acquisition, RM Fresh Brands, which holds the rights to distribute Boxed Water in Canada. Boxed Water is a trendy new product that is expected to have an enthusiastic response from green consumers: those who prefer products that have been produced in a way that protects the natural environment. Boxed Water is environmentally friendly. It is packaged in a biodegradable carton that is 76% paper and has less than half the carbon footprint of the now ubiquitous polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle.
Evan Clifford is CEO at Legacy Ventures. Over the last 15 years he has had his fingers in many pies. He has, at one time, managed the careers of singer and songwriter Danny Fernandes, as well as Alicia Josipovic, who played Bianca DeSousa in the Canadian TV series Degrassi. He has been a concert producer. He co-founded Just Sushi, the world’s first 100% sustainable Ocean Wise sushi restaurant, and he was a partner in Cirqus Nightclub, which garnered acclaim as one of the hottest nightclubs and patios in the west end of the Greater Toronto Area. Clifford loves disruptive game-changing technologies. He was an investor in the Zenn Motor Company, a Canadian company that previously developed electric vehicles. ZENN is an acronym for Zero Emissions No Noise. He has been a speaker at the Idea City Conference, which is a sort of North American Davos for artists, authors, cosmologists, designers, entertainers, filmmakers, inventors, musicians, scientists and technologists. He was owner and Creative Director at Toy Box Events, ‘Where Imagination Comes to Life‘. He also served as a director at Golden Cross Resources, which engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in Canada.
Matthew Merson is a director at Legacy Ventures. Merson has spent the last 25 years in senior executive positions at Dannon Yogurt, Sara Lee, Glaceau Vitaminwater, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), and ZICO Beverages. He is currently the vice president of sales at Boxed Water is Better, LLC. For the last decade. Merson has specialized in the start up space for emerging brands that are disrupting the norm or creating entirely new categories. He thrives on building teams that can bring brands to life across all channels of sales, and he has expertise in all functional business areas – including operations, finance, marketing, human resources and international sales.
Mirwan Ferris is the brand broker at Legacy. Ferris, along with his brother Ameen, built the very successful retail chain Healthy’s Nutrition, which they later sold to Planet Organic Health Corp. Ferris then purchased Excel Marketing, later re-named Ex-L Brand Management, which represented and distributed ZICO Coconut Water, Hugo Naturals and many other popular brands. In 2011, he sold Ex-L Brand Management, and started a new brokerage firm, Ferris Brand Management. Ferris has experience in the Canadian retail market and the knowledge and skills to effectively navigate its distribution network.
Ron Patel is president of Legacy’s subsidiary, RM Fresh Brands, which markets Boxed Water. Patel has extensive experience in third party logistics and procurement. Over the years, he has been involved in the sourcing of over 10,000 different products for some of the largest U.S. and Canadian Military Prime Vendors. His focus has been in worldwide sourcing capabilities, purchasing and consolidation. In the last few years, Patel has been working with the Canadian and U.S. product landscapes and has developed alliances with hundreds of distribution, manufacturing and retail operations.
Rehan Saeed is chairman of the board at Legacy Ventures. Saeed has over 10 years of diverse experience across multiple verticals in the banking industry. As the acting CFO of a start-up (UMF), he built and managed a $110 Million real estate portfolio within 2 years. Later, he joined AYA Financial as vice president and brought in over $30 Million in revenue and increased profitability by 25% above the competition. Saeed teaches investments and finance at Centennial College Toronto and acts as a consultant to Bay Street law firms structuring specialty financing contracts for their institutional clients. Saeed has a bachelor’s degree in information technology (BA), a master’s in business administration (MBA) and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Look out for Legacy Ventures. The company’s experienced leadership team is out to change the world.
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