Board of Directors
Ira Goldfarb - Founder and Executive Chairman
Ira Goldfarb is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Sow Good Corp. Mr. Goldfarb previously founded Prairie Dog Pet Products, LLC in 2012 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2020 when he sold the company to Kinderhook Industries. Prairie Dog Pet Products is a leading freeze-dried pet food and treat manufacturing company based in Grand Prairie, Texas. Previously, Mr. Goldfarb was CEO of PGT Holdings from 2010-2012 and founder and Chief Executive Officer of DS Retail Holdings, LLC from 2006 until 2013. In 2009 Mr. Goldfarb co-founded and funded Operation Ava Inc., the second largest dog and cat rescue group in Pennsylvania. Operation Ava saved over 2,000 animals each year from euthanasia. Mr. Goldfarb has extensive experience in both the retail and manufacturing industries spanning over 30 years; he first specialized in the leather fashion industry then in the pet food industry with a focus on dehydrated and freeze-dried products. He has also founded, developed, and sold numerous companies to public and private groups
Claudia Goldfarb - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Claudia Goldfarb is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sow Good Corp. Born in Mexico City and immigrating to the United States in 1977, Mrs. Goldfarb’s passion for nutrition and growth drives her commitment to ensuring Sow Good Corp produces the highest quality products with a dedication to sustainability, the environment, and our communities. Mrs. Goldfarb previously served as Prairie Dog Pet Products, LLC’s President from 2016 to 2020 and COO from 2012 to 2016. During Mrs. Goldfarb’s tenure at PDPP she was responsible for managing four food manufacturing facilities with over 300 employees and 200,000 sq. feet of manufacturing space. Mrs. Goldfarb’s expertise in product research and development is underscored by her successful launch of over 200 unique products. She has also served as COO of the pet apparel company, PGT Holdings, from 2010-2012. Mrs. Goldfarb co-founded and served as the CEO of Operation Ava, Inc. Previously, Mrs. Goldfarb served as a Project Development Consultant for the North American Development Bank, specializing in infrastructure development and financing on the US-Mexican Border. Mrs. Goldfarb has spent the last 10 years specializing in freeze-dried pet food manufacturing, product development, and implementing best-in-class quality food systems. She is eager to translate this knowledge to the better-for-you foods and snacks category.
Bradley Berman - Independent Director
Bradley Berman has been a director of Black Ridge Oil & Gas since our inception and began serving as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in November 2010. Under Mr. Berman's stewardship, Black Ridge Oil & Gas accumulated our initial 10,000 net mineral acres in North Dakota & Montana’s Bakken & Three Forks play. Having successfully launched the company into the oil & gas business, Mr. Berman recruited a seasoned energy executive, Mr. Ken DeCubellis, to take his place as Black Ridge Oil & Gas' new CEO in November 2011. Mr. Berman’s introduction to the industry came by way of his role as a board member of Ante4, Inc. (previously, WPT), a position he held since 2004. Mr. Berman was instrumental in navigating Ante4 into a merger with Plains Energy, which resulted in the creation of Voyager Oil & Gas, Inc. Mr. Berman served on the board of Voyager until he assumed the role of CEO at Black Ridge Oil & Gas in November 2010. Mr. Berman is President of King Show Games, Inc., a gaming development company he founded in 1998. Between 1992 and 2004, Mr. Berman worked in various capacities at Grand Casinos, Inc. and then Lakes Entertainment, Inc., achieving the position of Vice President of Gaming. Mr. Berman is a fourth generation entrepreneur - his family has launched successful businesses in a variety of opportunistic industries.
Greg Creed - Independent Director
Greg Creed was Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Brands from January 2015 to December 2019 and served as a Director of the Board from November 2014 to May 2020. Mr. Creed retired after a successful 25-year career with the Company. He has more than 40 years of extensive global experience in marketing and operations with leading packaged goods and restaurant brands.
Previously, Mr. Creed was head of Taco Bell, the nation’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bell in early 2011 after serving as President and Chief Concept Officer and was responsible for driving overall brand strategy and performance of the business in the U.S. and internationally. He has held various roles with the Company including Chief Marketing Officer at Taco Bell where he spearheaded the “Think Outside the Bun” campaign and new product introductions that generated strong sales and profit growth for five consecutive years, as well as Chief Operating Officer for Yum!.
Creed earned a business degree from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, was named the 2014 QUT Alumnus of the Year, was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2019 and currently serves as President of The Friends of QUT in America Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors for Whirlpool Corporation where he Chairs the Human Resources Committee, Aramark Corporation, NetBase Quid and Girls Inc. He is also a member of the American Society of Corporate Executives (ASCE).
Chris Ludeman - Independent Director
Chris Ludeman is Global President of Capital Markets for CBRE, the world’s leading commercial real estate services firm and one of the largest U.S.-based public companies. Mr. Ludeman drives the company’s advisory business for investors, including responsibility for equity sales, debt and structured finance and real estate investment banking, both globally and in the Americas. He serves as a member of the Global Operating Committee and the Americas Operations Management Board.
During his more than three decades in the real estate services industry and with CBRE, Mr. Ludeman has served in several key management roles, including serving as the president of various businesses including Brokerage, Transaction Management and Global Corporate Services. In these roles, Mr. Ludeman was responsible for all transaction units in the Americas as well as corporate outsourcing functions such as facilities management, project management, lease administration, transaction management and research and consulting. Prior to his national and international roles Mr. Ludeman served in several regional and local market leadership positions across the United States.
Joseph Lahti - Independent Director
Joseph Lahti is a Minneapolis native and leader in numerous Minnesota business and community organizations. As principal of JL Holdings since 1989, Mr. Lahti has provided funding and management leadership to several early-stage or distressed companies. Mr. Lahti currently serves Chairman of the Board of PokerTek, Inc., a publicly traded company, and as an independent board member of AFAM/Innealta. Within the past five years Mr. Lahti served on the board of directors of Zomax Inc. and Voyager Oil & Gas, Inc., and more than five years ago Mr. Lahti served as the chairman of the board of directors of Shuffle Master, Inc. Through his public company board experience, he has participated on, and chaired, both audit and compensation committees. Mr. Lahti graduated from Harvard University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, After graduating, Mr. Lahti completed a 12-month commercial lending training program at First Bank Minneapolis before working with Syncronamics, Inc., where he specialized in scheduling and staffing-level consulting at Hughes Aircraft and Pac Tel. He joined CIGNA Financial Services as a financial counselor in 1985 and left to become president of McQuillan Lahti and Associates in 1989. At both firms, he advised business owners in the areas of tax, investment, insurance, and succession planning strategies and related product selection. From 1993 to 2002, Mr. Lahti held the positions of chief operating officer, president, chief executive officer, and chairman at Shuffle Master, Inc., a company that provides innovative products to the gaming industry.
Lyle Berman - Independent Director
Lyle Berman is a 1964 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Administration. Mr. Lyle Berman began his career with Berman Buckskin, his family's leather business. He helped grow the business into a major specialty retailer with 27 outlets. In 1990, Mr. Lyle Berman participated in the founding of Grand Casinos, Inc. Mr. Lyle Berman is credited as one of the early visionaries in the development of casinos outside of the traditional gaming markets of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. In less than five years, the company opened eight casino resorts in four states. In 1994, Mr. Lyle Berman financed the initial development of Rainforest Cafe. He served as the Chairman and CEO from 1994 unti1 2000. In October 1995, Mr. Lyle Berman was honored with the B'nai B'rith "Great American Traditions Award." In April 1996, he received the Gaming Executive of the Year Award; in 2004, Mr. Lyle Berman was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame; and in 2009, he received the Casino Lifetime Achievement Award from Raving Consulting & Casino Journal. In 1998, Lakes Entertainment, Inc. was formed. In 2002, as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Lakes Entertainment, Inc., Mr. Lyle Berman was instrumental in creating the World Poker Tour. Mr. Lyle Berman served as the Executive Chairman of the Board of WPT Enterprises, Inc. (now known as Emerald Oil, Inc.) from its inception in February 2002 until July 2013. Mr. Lyle Berman also served as a director of PokerTek, Inc. from January 2005 until October 2014, including serving as Chairman of the Board from January 2005 until October 2011