Meet the Team

Paul Magnotto

Founder & CEO

Paul Magnotto founded DFI Corporation with Jonathan Stapley in 2005. He is currently the CEO of DFI.

Jonathan Stapley, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Jonathan Stapley is a co-inventor of DFI's patented technologies. After years in the food industry creating and launching new products, Dr. Stapley started DFI with Paul. He has led DFI's innovation and scale up since inception.

Ed Schafer


Ed Schafer served as the 29th United States Secretary of Agriculture from 2008 - 2009. Mr. Schafer also served as the 30th Governor of North Dakota from 1992 - 2000.

Benjamin Sykora

Chief Financial Officer

Benjamin Sykora has been an advisor to the Company since inception. Prior to joining DFI full time in 2014, Mr. Sykora worked in private equity, investment banking, and transaction diligence.

Richard Bellas

Chief Commercial Officer

Richard Bellas has joined DFI as the CCO, after 22 years in various executive positions at PepsiCo in commercialization, global procurement, and leading global center of excellence’s in several categories. He also previously worked at Coke and P&G. Having lived in Hong Kong, China for four years, he gained valuable international experience.

Martin McQuaid

Legal Advisor

Martin McQuaid has practiced business law since 1979. For more than 30 years, Mr. McQuaid has guided companies through startup, development, financing, and long term planning throughout his career and is uniquely suited to help guide DFI to achieve its long and short term goals.

David Genders, Ph.D.


Dr. David Genders currently serves on the Board for DFI and is a co-inventor of it’s patented technologies. Dr. Genders is President of Electrosynthesis Company, where he has 30 years of experience developing electrochemical technologies for synthesis, energy storage & membrane separation processes.

James N. BeMiller, Ph.D.


Dr. James N. BeMiller is recognized world-wide as a leading carbohydrate expert. Dr. BeMiller is a Professor Emeritus of Purdue University, a past president of the American Institute of Chemists, and the International Carbohydrate Organization.

Daniel Rivetti, DBA


Currently Dr. Daniel Rivetti serves on the Board of Directors for Dynamic Food Ingredients, Inc. and is a Finance Professor at the University of San Diego.