Pulse has assembled an outstanding management team of beverage industry executives that have successfully launched and/or managed the distribution for more than 25 major brands over the 20 years and have strong relationships with distributors and buyers who supply thousands of retail outlets, supermarkets, convenience stores and mass merchants.
Robert Yates - President and CEO
Mr. Yates is a seasoned business executive with experience in growing and managing businesses. Mr. Yates has been involved in the beverage industry for over 20 years. During this time, he generated approximately $50 million in annual sales and managed the most successful master licensee for Clearly Canadian Beverage Company through much of Canada and the U.S. His distribution portfolio included; Monster Energy Drink®, AriZona® Iced Tea, Rock Star Energy Drink®, Vitamin Water®, Perrier®, Everfresh® Juices, Ocean Spray®, Miller® Beer, Honest Tea® and Fiji® Water. He has been involved in all aspects of the beverage industry including: new product and label development, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing.In addition, Mr. Yates successfully launched his own brand, Kwencher, which he built into a 2 million case brand in two years. Mr. Yates completed a management course at Ogelthorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, and has an associate’s degree in business administration from Highland Park College, in Highland Park, Michigan and completed a Professional Personnel Management Course with the US Air Force.
Ronald Kendrick - Chief of Product Development
Mr. Kendrick has been involved in the beverage industry for more than thirty years. Between 1989 and 1999 he served as VP of Operations and Product Development for Clearly Canadian Beverage Company where he managed both supply and logistical operations during a time when Clearly Canadian sales grew from zero to $180 million. Mr. Kendrick was instrumental in designing and developing new products and packages for Clearly Canadian, improving its marketing capabilities and lowering its production costs. Mr. Kendrick then founded Catalyst Development Inc. and has created products for a host of beverage companies including Baxter Healthcare where he played a pivotal role in the development of the Pulse® product line. Mr. Kendrick is the past President of the Canadian Bottled Water Association and a member of the Institute of Food Technologist, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Society of Beverage Technologies.
Parley (Paddy) Sheya - Director and National Sales Manager
Mr. Sheya brings over twenty-nine (29) years of international executive sales and distribution management experience in the beverage industry. He has a proven and successful track record in the development of brands and in building beverage brand sales and distribution systems from the ground up to multi-million case sales. A notable example includes leading Clearly Canadian® from nil to 4.8 million cases in less than 3 years as he administered 125 distributers and co-ordinated sales programs for all master distributers. He managed Kwencher® sales from nil to 1.7 million cases in less than 2 years along with bringing Blue Ox Energy Drink from nil to 850,000 cases and opening 122 distributors nationwide for what was then a new and unknown product. Mr. Sheya also managed a vast mix of beverage brands including: Jolt Cola®, Hires Root Beer®; Crush® Soda; Bubble-Up®; Country Time Lemonade®; Hansen’s Natural Sodas and Juices; New York Seltzer® and Evian Water®. Mr. Sheya, through Sheya Bros. Distributing, built a brand called Old San Francisco Seltzer which was the West’s answer to New York Seltzer. Sheya sold this brand to Cable Car Beverage Corp., owners of Stewarts Root Beer, a nationally recognized brand. During his career he has enjoyed excellent relations with major retailers such as Sam's, Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Costco, Walgreen's, CVS, Valero's, Public's, Win Dixie, Rainbow Foods, Safeway, Albertson's, 7-11, Circle K, Smith Foods, Kum-n-Go, Casey's, Sheetz, White Hens, Speedway, GNC, Conoco, Whole Foods, UNFI Rocky Mountain and West Coast, Sunflower Markets, Price Chopper Food Markets, Quik Trip and Vitamin Cottage and has further worked extensively with major distributors across the US as well as in Canada, Mexico, Ireland and the UK. Most recently he was the key account manager for New Leaf Brands, Inc. developing national sales for Inspiration Beverage and Bing Energy Drink. Mr. Sheya was educated at Eastern New Mexico University where he received a Bachelor of Science, Education with a Minor in Sociology. He was awarded an Athletic Scholarship (football) and Inducted into the ENMU Hall of Fame in 2005.
Bruce Horton - Advisor
Mr. Horton is a seasoned businessman and principal advisor to the Pulse management group. Over the years Mr. Horton has provided counseling to many international and domestic businesses in many industries. Mr. Horton began his career as a partner in a regional accounting firm where he specialized in tax planning, corporate restructuring, refinancing and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Horton co-founded Clearly Canadian Beverage Company where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Director from 1987 to 1997. During his ten year tenure Clearly Canadian’s sales grew from zero to $180 million and it became one of the nation’s leading suppliers of New Age Beverages. Since 1997, Mr. Horton has been a managing partner of the Calneva Financial Group, a consulting firm that specializes in helping companies in need of management or financial advice, and a boutique investment banker focusing on venture capital opportunities in Asia.