Ronnie 'Tsunami' Gandiza - Chief Executive Officer
Ronnie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Plant-Based Network, a lifestyle and entertainment cable TV and online network that promotes the plant-based lifestyle and its benefits for improving people's health, creating a more sustainable planet, and encouraging compassion for others. Previously he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for PlantPure, Inc.
Prior to his career in marketing, Ronnie was in the training and education space for over 25 years, and his learning solutions have been implemented in more than 10,000 academic institutions, non-profits and enterprise organizations around the world including Microsoft, the US Air Force, and LETS Empower. In addition, he has helped to build online and local support communities with millions of members in over 400 cities around the world in the fields of information technology, business, and health and wellness.
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Ronnie stated his career in Information Technology serving in the US Air Force, as well as Lead Network Engineer for the Secretary of Defense, and Director of Information Services for the Congressional Commission on Veterans Affairs.
In addition to attaining multiple certifications in IT and project management, Ronnie earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University.
Steven A. Littlefield - Director of Business Development
Steven brings a solid financial background to every endeavor. With more than 25 years in executive level positions within the banking industry, his expertise lies in identifying people’s talents and capitalizing on them to create mutually beneficial relationships while expanding the strength and value of the team. Steven believes his successes are based on more than just finding out what people are capable of doing, but identifying what they love to do.
In the late 1980’s Steven successfully grew a mortgage brokerage company from $3 million in monthly production to $35 million in 18 months. He was instrumental in developing a reproducible marketing campaign and referral program as well as formal loan officer training school. His consistent improvements lead to increasing annual sales from $50 million to $600 million in two years. Steven has proven himself an authority in researching new opportunities and methods to increase productivity while reducing operational expenses.
In 2002, Steven founded Absolute Results as a consulting firm and continues to develop new business initiatives utilizing innovative approaches to fill the needs of his clients.
In 2017, Steven’s first book The Business of Gratitude was published. He continues to serve the mortgage industry as the founder of Infinite Fundings where he teaches mortgage loan originators how to grow their businesses by showing exemplary manners, gratitude and appreciation by following up.
Paul DeBellis - TV Producer
Paul DeBellis has over 30 years of experience in marketing, technology, and video production both behind and in front of the camera. He has helped to launch several successful companies in multiple industries such as food & beverage and digital marketing.
Paul is also a motivational speaker and author, and his book, Brain Transfusion, deals with removing roadblocks in your subconscious mind preventing you from living your best life now. Brain Transfusion is captivating readers and changing lives for the better allowing people to realize their full potential in life.
Paul now focuses his extensive background and skills in digital marketing, including search engine optimization, search engine marketing, web development, and video marketing, to help plant-based businesses succeed by bringing forth their message to the world through the Plant-Based Network.
Joanna Gustafson, M.S., M.Ed. - Content Manager
With a BS in Earth Science and a Masters in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Joanna worked as an earth scientist and engineer for a number of years, but then her first husband died of a heart attack at a young age. At that point she became passionate to try to help others get healthier, and earned a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as numerous health and fitness certifications. She became an author and health consultant, created her own fitness and wellness programs, and also worked as a wellness director for a large corporation. In 2004, as the Director of Membership for a global community organization, she helped to grow the organization from 12 groups representing 12,000 members to 800 groups around the world representing over 2 million members.
Joanna completed Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition training program from eCornell. She is also a certified Zumba senior exercise instructor, certified life and health coach, and a certified SCUBA diver.
Mike Knight - Sales Manager
Mike has been a Sales Manager for more than twenty (20) years. He has hired and trained Sales Agents in a variety of industries including Investment Real Estate, Automotive, Insurance Restoration, Construction and Software Services. Mike thrives at educating customers on products and allowing them to see the benefits versus trying to just "sell" something and he trains his Sales Agents the same way. Mike believes strongly in building engaged and authentic relationships with people and believes this is crucial to retention and referrals. Mike has also taken his love for educating and spreading knowledge to others to his Podcast that he created: Plant-Based Tour Guide. Mike thrives at being a part of building and scaling a business and also defining procedures and best practice methods.