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About Us

Zest Labs is a company of passionate problem solvers. Our solutions reflect our goal of improving food quality, reducing waste, and benefiting the environment by modernizing the food distribution and delivery system. 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 Mehring is the CEO and a co-founder of Zest Labs, and is also the President of Zest Technologies (OTCQX:ZEST) and serves on its Board of Directors. He brings extensive experience in engineering, operations and general management at emerging companies and large enterprises. Peter has led the Zest Labs’ efforts in pioneering freshness management solutions for the cold supply chain. The company’s Zest Fresh solution improves food quality, reducing waste, and benefiting the environment by modernizing the food distribution and delivery system. He was formerly Vice President of the Mac hardware group at Apple Computer, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Echelon, and founder, General Manager and Vice President of R&D at UMAX. Peter has a BSEE from Tufts University and holds 17 US patents.

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.

Scott Durgin

Chief Technology Officer

Scott has over twenty five years’ experience in the high technology field across enterprise, consumer, and early-stage ventures. He was founder and Chairman of Aligned Global, 440labs’ predecessor. He was Founder & CEO of Buyjacker, a real-time showrooming marketplace with a social commerce twist and was SVP Products & Operations at AdessoSystems, a Carlyle-backed venture in the distributed mobile application space. Previously he was CTO at GotuitMedia where he and his team broke new ground in consumable time-shifted, online video services, and before that was CTO at iCast, a first-of-its-kind consumer-based interactive entertainment portal for both commercial and user-generated content. Scott spent ten years at IBM/Lotus where he co-created Sametime, the fastest revenue-growing product line, and headed up the Product Management team for Lotus Notes, what was then a $680M product line.

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.

Kevin Payne

Vice President of Marketing

Kevin heads up marketing for Zest Labs. He has successfully directed marketing teams at startup and mid-sized technology companies. Most recently Kevin ran global demand generation programs for [24]7, a SaaS customer engagement and artificial intelligence company. He has also led corporate marketing, branding and PR programs at Intelleflex, Evault, and Portal Software. Kevin holds a BA in Marketing Management from San Jose State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

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.

Advisory Board

Craig Miller
President, Western Precooling Systems
Western Precooling Systems has been the partner of choice for over 70 years for growers and shippers to get fresh, healthy produce from the field to their customers. The company is at the forefront of precooling processes and systems, leading the industry and supporting its customers in providing the best produce possible throughout the world. At over 100 sites throughout the West's primary growing regions, Western Precooling and its associated companies deliver the experience, services, equipment and peace of mind that growers and shippers need.
Gary Pasquinelli
President, Pasquinelli Produce Company
Gary Pasquinelli is a second generation farmer of fresh vegetables and melons in Yuma, Arizona. Pasquinelli Produce has been a grower-shipper for more than 50 years, harvesting 9,000 acres of winter vegetables, including iceberg, red leaf, green leaf, butter and romaine lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, fennel and spinach. The company has grown vegetables for Dole Fresh Vegetables, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc. and Steinbeck Country Marketing since 1993. It also grows winter vegetables for Ippolito and Growers Veg. Express. In addition, the company grows, harvests and markets its own line of seedless watermelons.

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.

Zest Labs is proud to be an Ecoark company.


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 Zest Labs is an equal opportunity employer.


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