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04/29/16 Marquette University
Entreprenuer of the year
05/30/16 Fuqua School of Buisness
07/04/16 Univ of Chicago
Triple bottom line entrepreneur
Mark Rampolla, Founder and CEO of ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, demonstrates the all-natural vitality his products represent.
“Early on, I knew I wanted to be in a position to put all the pieces of a company together, rather than be in one functional silo within a bigger company,” Rampolla said. “I also realized that could take years to achieve working in the U.S. with a large conglomerate. So my plan was to go overseas where I could run a whole business, even if a smaller division, to get a grip on all the elements that make up a company. Getting experience as an ‘intrapreneur’ definitely helped prepare me to become an entrepreneur.”
A bottle of Zico offers more potassium than a banana.
On the advice of a mentor at International Paper, Rampolla agreed to run one of the company’s beverage packaging plants in El Salvador. Rampolla and his wife made the move to Central America, where he ran a $10-million unit.
Rampolla enjoyed working in a setting in which the focus was not on competition among peers but rather on the business itself.
“If you can find an opportunity that no one else wants,” he said, “you have an excellent environment to prepare yourself for bigger challenges.”
Mark inspires individuals and corporations to seek, find and deliver products and systems in humane and sustainable ways
Rampolla Ventures puts its money where its mouth is by investing in companies that are committed to making a profit while making the world a better place.