With over 100 combined years of knowledge and expertise, our distinguished Advisory Board includes executives and entrepreneurs from the fruit and vegetables, logistics, plastics and retail industries.

  • Ray Aspiri - Member

    Ray Aspiri expresses more pleasure for the jobs he helped create rather than for the business successes he has achieved. As a career entrepreneur, Ray has launched and helped grow a dozen companies in varying industries for over a half-century.

    He served as the Chairman of the Board at Tempress Technologies, Inc., a privately held research and development company that specialized in high-pressure fluid dynamics for the oil and gas industry, a technology used to develop RipeLocker’s vacuum system. And as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Tempress, Inc., a privately held company specializing in thermoplastic, thermoset, and mold making technologies for heavy-duty truck, marine, sporting, and shipping containers for distribution, aided in the mold design of the RipeLocker container.

    His investment in Redmond-based Physio, opened opportunities to be involved with the leaders in the medical instruments industry, leading him to become a major investor and board member at Woodinville’s Quinton Medical, the largest U.S. provider of cardiac stress testing systems and cardiac rehabilitation equipment. Ray expanded his medical industry portfolio and is an investor in and has served on the board of publicly traded Omeros for 18 years, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company.

    Aspiri's investments extend to his community involvement where he helped found the Catholic Fund to sponsor scholarships for private Catholic education in Western Washington.

    He intends "to make selective investments in the future that can improve the quality of life for people," – a motto he passionately abides by as one of RipeLocker’s board members.

    Ray and his wife Edith have been married for over 60 years. They live in Seattle and are extremely close to his 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. His favorite fruit is the apple.

  • Jed Bothell - Member

    In 1993, Jed and his father Dick Bothell started Atlas Technologies, a manufacturer of proprietary custom ultra-high vacuum and metal products and solutions for nuclear, agriculture, cryogenics, spectroscopy, semiconductor, and other sciences industries. Jed is the Vice President and Director of R&D at Atlas. He is also intensively involved in research and product development.

    In 2010, Atlas Technologies delivered its first vacuum chamber, custom-built using a 40-foot steel shipping container initially directed at the fresh flower business to keep them fresher after postharvest without chemical treatments. Atlas was instrumental in helping RipeLocker with the design and development of its patented technology.

    Jed is scientifically minded, full of energy and passion for science, and it shows through his dedication to Atlas and his partnership with RipeLocker.

    Jed is an active father of three boys and enjoys spending time with them boating, skiing, and tinkering.

    His favorite fruit is cherries.

  • Reggie Griffin - Member

    Reggie Griffin retired from The Kroger Co. as the Corporate Vice President of Produce and Floral, Merchandising, and Procurement, a job he held for 10 years, where he was instrumental in shaping the vision and strategy of Kroger’s Produce and Floral Departments. The Kroger Co. is the largest operator of supermarkets in the United States. His passion for “fresh” has been evident during his 42-year career with The Kroger Co.

    Today his company, Reggie Griffin Strategies, LLC, works with both national and international clients in the Fresh Produce and Floral industry to better connect with the ultimate customer. RGS works with their clients to specifically tailor programs and presentations to help the clients’ organizations become more consumer-centric and grow their revenues.

    Reggie also serves on the Ocean Mist Farms Board of Directors, and the Advisory Boards for The Grapery, Generation Farms, and Agralogics.

    He has served on several boards in the Fresh Produce Supply Chain in addition to consulting on key projects in our industry. He is a Past Chairman of the United Fresh Produce Association, a past board member of the Produce Marketing Association, and past Chairman of Produce for Better Health Foundation.

    Reggie and his wife of 30+ years, Sandra, have four children (Angela, Joel, Paul, and Brian) and 10 grandchildren. They currently live near Hilton Head, SC. And his favorite fruit? Raspberries.

  • David Krause - Member

    David has lived in the Central Valley of California all of his life, working in agriculture from an early age. He is a third-generation farmer, bringing a lifetime of knowledge and experience to RipeLocker.

    Today David is the CEO of Frutura, a sales and marketing network committed to supplying global customers with premium fruit 365 days a year. Frutura was created in 2021 with the acquisition of several business units, Agricola Don Ricardo a grower packer, and exporter located in Ica Peru, Dayka and Hackett an importer seller with distribution to all major customers in the US market, Citricola Saltina in Uruguay, and Subsole a grower packer exporter located in Chile.

    On January 1st, 2020, David stepped down as the President of Wonderful Citrus, he had been with the company for 21 years. He first held the position of Chief Operating Officer and was named President in 2001. Wonderful Citrus is the largest integrated grower, packer, and shipper of citrus in North America and perhaps the World. Wonderful Citrus owns and farms approximately 60,000 acres in various locations throughout California, Texas, and Mexico.

    David served as a Director of Sunkist Growers, Inc from 1996 until 2006, and was its Chairman in 2005 and 2006. He served as a Director of the United Fresh Produce Association and its Chairman from May 2012 to April 2013. In 2011 David was named an Honorary Fellow by the Ag Leadership Foundation and in 2012 he was named The Packer Magazine’s “Produce Man of the Year”.

    David has been active in the citrus industry most of his adult life holding various roles in other organizations but recognizes the need to give back to non-profits as well. He was a Trustee on the Board of Children’s Hospital Central California located in Madera for over 10 years, two as its Chairman. Being a believer in the Ag Industry and the need for future leadership, he was a Director of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation from 2007 to 2012.

    David has an AS Degree in Plant Science from Reedley College, California. He and his wife Lisa currently live on their ranch in the Orange Cove area. They currently farm Citrus in both Fresno and Tulare Counties of California, as well as South Texas. His favorite fruit is mandarin oranges.

  • Scott Masingill - Member

    Scott Masingill brings over three decades of transportation and logistics industry experience from Prime, Inc. to RipeLocker. Prime Inc. is a leading truckload/intermodal carrier in the USA to provide food processors, fresh produce shippers, retailers, and foodservice providers with superior transportation solutions.

    Scott is an avid competitive golfer. He was All American at OSU, 9 times Idaho State Champion, and a former Champion's Tour player. His successful golfing career earned him numerous accolades including numerous titles and honors as a player over the past four decades.

    He is a member of the Idaho Hall of Fame, Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame, and Payette HS Hall of Fame. He’s also sat on the PNGA Board and was on their Executive Committee as a Vice President.

    Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oregon State University. He lives in Payette, Idaho with his wife Laurie and border collie Lily. He enjoys spending time with his 5 children and 7 grandchildren living in Boise. His favorite fruits are blush cherries and red pears.

  • David Orem - Member

    Entrepreneur J. David Orem spent much of his professional career in business development, marketing, and operations positions in the restaurant industry. He brings over 25 years of leadership in the restaurant franchise business to RipeLocker. David served as CEO of privately held Northwestern Restaurants, Inc. from 1990 to 2015, a company recognized for its operational excellence of 37 Taco Bells. David also negotiated the franchise rights to bring three Sonic Drive-Ins to the Pacific Northwest in the early 2000s.

    He delights in serving on boards of small, locally owned companies. Along with serving as an advisor to RipeLocker, he also is on the board of a small aerospace firm in Tacoma, Washington.

    David is an alumnus of Purdue University and USC. In his spare time, he volunteers weekly serving the sick and the poor in Seattle. He’s been married to his wife Peggie for 33 years and has three adult children. His other children are a 12-year-old Shih Tzu, and a 3-year-old rescue cat.

    His favorite food is mango, with Sumo citrus as a close second.