Vivian Glueck was born in New York, but spent her early childhood in Argentina during the time her father founded both Citromax S.A.C.I. and Fritzsche SAICA. After earning a BA from Barnard College in physics and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in astrophysics, Vivian went to work for NASA. After two years at NASA, she came to work for her father at Citromax, taking over as acting head of the company in 1997. Vivian was officially named President of the family of Citromax companies in 2001. A married mother of four, Vivian devotes her spare time to charitable work and serves on the Boards of several venerable New York institutions.
Elaine Kellman-Grosinger is a flavor industry hall-of-famer who began her career at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) as a flavor trainee. From there she moved to Fritzsche D&O as a flavor chemist, then Felton/F&C, where she ran the company’s East Coast division, followed by Givaudan and H&R/Symrise, before joining Citromax in 2005 to head the company’s newly formed flavor division. Elaine has a BS from Brooklyn College and a Master’s from NYU. When she’s not creating the tastes of tomorrow, she can be found playing the piano or perfecting her Downward-Facing Dog.
Zeynep is a creative marketer with an educational background both in Design and Marketing. Zeynep has been involved with the CPG industry first as a designer which had led her to pursue her MBA at NYU Leonard Stern School of Business and a career in Marketing. For the last 5 years, Zeynep has been focusing on innovation, market trend research and consumer data analyses in Foods & Beverages. Before joining Citromax Flavors, Zeynep was working with prominent natural foods retailers on the development and sales of Natural & Organic beverages. In her spare time, Zeynep likes to spend time with her family and browse recipes and cookbooks for new flavor experiences.
Glen is a native Californian based in Southern California having joined Citromax Flavors in May, 2009. He has over 14 years sales experience with Citromax Flavors, Sensient Flavors and Flavors of North America (FONA). Glen is the West Coast Sales Manager managing Citromax Flavor Accounts from the Mountain States to the West Coast. Glen has a Bachelor Degree in Enology from California State University, Fresno. Glen also has over 25 years of Product Development/Technical/Technical Management experience in the development of products for the Wine, Dairy, Food, Food Service and Quick Service Restaurant Industries. Glen is married with two adult children. Glen is a Professional Member of the Institute of Food Technologist active since 1979.
Michele DiStefano has over 25 years in procurement experience in the Flavor, Fragrance and Consumer Products Industry. Michele truly loves the Flavor Industry and her vast industry experience, sourcing skills, knowledge of Flavor Ingredients, Citrus, Essential Oils, along with her good working relationships with Suppliers keeps Citromax cost competitive in an ever changing market. In her free time, Michele most enjoys cooking and being surrounded by her family.
Joe Clark gives new meaning to the words loyalty, commitment and growth. He began working for Citroil upon his graduation from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1977, where he received both a BS and MS, and is responsible for QA / QC for all of the company’s products. Citromax is truly a family-oriented company, and we are proud to have Joe’s daughter Lindsey as part of our QC team as well! When he’s not applying strict and rigorous controls to ensure that every product that leaves the New Jersey facility meets the Citromax excellence guarantee, he enjoys reffing youth soccer and playing with computers and ponds.
Marcel has 25 years of food industry experience working with ingredients, flavors and beverages. Through her career, she has also developed strong knowledge of plant equipment, safety rules and regulations. Since joining Citromax Flavors as R&D Manager and Senior Principal Scientist, Marcel has been leading the lab in ensuring that all projects meet & exceed our standards, and those of our customers, while never losing the sight of the market. Outside of work, Marcel runs a Sunday school youth program all year long in her church including both educational and summer activities. She is an active member of the Choir and leads a sisterhood meeting as well.
Donna McGeough is a flavor veteran, having been in the industry since 1988. After working at several flavor companies in New York and New Jersey, she joined Citromax in 2005, and has been sweetening clients’ lives ever since.
Lisa has been contributing to the many aspects of the flavor food application field since she graduated from University of Rhode Island with a BS in Food Science. When she is not creating the next flavor food and beverage trend at Citromax Flavors, you will find her relaxing at the beach, gardening and sharing time with her family.
Holly is a long time flavor industry professional. Prior to joining Citromax in 2011 she worked in various aspects of flavor application at Bush Boake Allen and Symrise. Holly holds a BS degree in Foods and Nutrition from Montclair State University. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, reading, and dabbling in the culinary arts.
Kristy resides in New Jersey with her husband and 4 children and has worked in the flavor industry for the past 15 years. She has a BS in Food Science from Montclair State University and an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Kristy has product development experience in both sweet and beverage applications. She enjoys working with food and loves that she can be creative in her role as a scientist. Before joining Citromax Flavors in 2010, Kristy worked at Takasago, Chr. Hansen, Symrise and Dragoco. When she’s not wearing her lab coat, Kristy enjoys cooking, cake decorating, singing and spending time with her family.