About Us

Zest Fresh was developed by Zest Labs, a company of passionate problem solvers. The Zest Fresh solution reflects our goal of improving customer business performance by empowering workers, while delivering a positive environmental impact. We strive to deliver best-in-class solutions by addressing the science at the core of the problem, then provide the tools that make it easy to do “the right thing” every time.

“The opportunity is to dramatically improve the quality consistency of perishable food for consumers and retailers worldwide… all while significantly reducing the massive 30% post-harvest waste, improving food safety and supply visibility… delivered with a positive cash flow solution.”

– Peter Mehring, CEO, Zest Labs


Management Team

Peter Mehring

Chief Executive Officer

Peter brings extensive experience in engineering, operations and general management at emerging companies and large enterprises. As CEO of Zest Labs, he has led the company’s efforts in pioneering on-demand data visibility and condition monitoring solutions for the fresh produce and pharmaceutical markets. He was formerly Vice President of the Macintosh hardware group at Apple Computer, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Echelon, and founder, General Manager and Vice President of R&D at UMAX.

Russell Shikami

Senior Vice President of Operations

Russell has extensive experience in operations and engineering management at both emerging and large enterprises. He was formerly Vice President of Engineering and Materials at Echelon Corporation, Vice President of Operations at Philips Electronics for Flat Display Systems, and Vice President of Operations and Engineering at UMAX.

Todd Clayton

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Services

Todd has been successfully selling hardware, software and services into large organizations for over fifteen years. He has experience in building teams from scratch and growing revenue from zero dollars to hundreds of millions. Todd’s background in the Navy SEALs equipped him well for learning quickly, adapting, and moving aggressively to grow business. He was formerly Vice President of Worldwide Strategic Sales at Minerva Networks, Vice President of North American Telecommunication Sales at Pace, and Vice President of International Sales at 2Wire.

Tom Reese

Vice President, Business and Program Management

Tom has comprehensive experience in market development, sales and engineering from start-ups to large enterprises. Prior to Zest Labs, Tom led Motorola’s Cold Chain Market Development and supported other industries including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, retail, transportation and logistics. Prior to Motorola, Tom founded a CRM software solutions company in the hospitality market.

Sameer Dekate

Director of Reader Software

Sameer brings over 23 years of software leadership and development experience to Zest Labs. He was previously Director of Software at Cavium Networks and Software Manager at PlasticLogic and successfully managed system software development for numerous hardware and software platforms. He has held key software development positions at Palm/HP, Aruba Networks, LeCroy, 3COM, DEC and Silicon Graphics. Mr. Dekate has a B.S. in Computer Science from IIT Bombay and M.S. from Louisiana State University.

Dean Kawaguchi

Director of Technology

Dean has 29 years of wireless communication systems, protocol standards, and signal processing algorithm design experience and leads Zest Labs’ standards, reader architecture, signal processing design, and solutions engineering programs. Dean spent 12 years in various design/management roles at Symbol Technologies designing wireless LANs and 10 years at TRW developing satellite communication systems. He also chaired the Physical Layer sub-group of IEEE 802.11 for 4 years.

Zest Labs is proud to be an EcoArk company.


Board of Directors

Randy May


As Chairman, CEO and founder of EcoArk, Inc. Randy brings over 25 years of supply chain and retail experience, with executive leadership roles in marketing, operations and merchandising, from small start-ups through Fortune 500 companies. Randy has held a number of management positions with Walmart Stores, the world’s largest retailer, culminating with divisional management responsibility for one of the company’s specialty divisions, including all aspects of strategic planning, finance, and operations for more than 1,800 stores. Randy had complete P&L responsibility for more than $4.0 Billion dollars of sales.

Peter Mehring


President & CEO of Zest Labs. Formerly VP of Macintosh hardware group at Apple Computer, Sr. VP of Engineering at Echelon, founder and GM & VP (R&D) at UMAX, as well as engineering positions at Sun Microsystems and Wang Labs.



Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to bring innovative, high-performance solutions to market? We are consistently looking for creative and experienced professionals to join our team. Zest Labs is located in Santa Clara, California in the heart of the Silicon Valley. We offer competitive salaries and benefits including generous stock options. Zest Labs is always interested in meeting with exceptional candidates.

Current Opportunities

Zest Labs does not currently have any positions available. For any inquiries or to apply please contact us at (408) 200-6500 or hr@zestlabs.com. Zest Labs is an equal opportunity employer.


All recruiters must enter into a signed agreement with Zest Labs prior to consideration of candidate submission. Candidates received prior to the agreement will be considered unsolicited and entered into our general database, and therefore ineligible for referral fees. Interested vendors should send a profile of the firm to hr@zestlabs.com.


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