IFYA Experts

IFYA’s distinguished panel of frozen yogurt experts are on hand to answer all your questions about frozen yogurt. IFYA experts provide informative blog posts on their areas of expertise. If you have a question for one or more of our experts, please send it to info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com

IFYA’s experts:

  • Chris Ciabarra, CTO & Co-Founder, Revel Systems
  • Kalvin Kwong, Sales Manager, CarryOutSupplies.com
  • Tim Porter, Owner, FrozenDessertSupplies.com
  • Jeff Resnick, Founder & CEO, Forte Supply
  • Jason Rhoades, Regional Territory Manager – West, Dannon YoCream
  • Rhian Williams, Director, Plas Farm Ltd.
  • Dave Wudel, President, Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt

Chris Ciabarra

Chris Ciabarra is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Revel Systems. Chris and his co-founder started Revel Systems in 2010 with the goal of changing the world of point-of-sale and they created an award winning iPad POS system.

As an IFYA expert, Chris will be sharing his expertise in POS systems, inventory management, payroll, real time sales data, integrated scales and modifiers.

Kalvin Kwong

Kalvin Kwong is the Sales Manager at CarryOutSupplies.com. As a key contact person to frozen yogurt shops, he has extensive knowledge of custom printed yogurt cups and custom designed spoons, as well as frozen yogurt market trends, flavors, and more.

Tim Porter

Tim Porter is the Owner of FrozenDessertSupplies.com and IFYA’s expert in packaging and branding. Tim opened a frozen dessert store in Arizona in 2007. He started FrozenDessertSupplies.com because of the lack of reputable packaging companies at the time. FrozenDessertSupplies.com strives to be the best by offering great customer service, low prices, and fast/free shipping.

Jeff Resnick

Jeff Resnick is the Founder and CEO of SpacemanUSA, SoftServeStore and IFYA’s US frozen yogurt machine and store operations expert. Jeff has an extensive background in the frozen yogurt business.  He has contributed to the frozen yogurt review, local newspapers, and Yahoo News, as well as personally helped over 500 entrepreneurs enter and successfully open self-serve frozen yogurt stores.  Jeff has worked tirelessly to develop the best program for soft serve machines in North America – with exceptional service, training, and support, you can rest assured that Spaceman USA equipment comes with the best user experience in the industry.

Jason Rhoades

Jason Rhoades is a Regional Territory Manager for Dannon Foodservice representing YoCream Frozen Yogurt. Jason has many years of experience in the frozen yogurt business. He started with Southwest Traders Distribution Company in California selling and managing many brands of frozen yogurt. During the frozen yogurt boom in CA starting in 2005, he consulted with hundreds of shops opening and became in expert in not only frozen yogurt but everything to do with opening a yogurt shop. Jason moved on to work directly for Yocream as a manufacturer’s rep working with several distributors specializing in frozen yogurt sales. Not only a product specialist, Jason spent over two years in the soft serve equipment industry working for Electro Freeze. He returned to his current role at Dannon recently.

Rhian Williams

Rhian is a Director at Plas Farm Ltd, a company that she has worked at since the age of about 4! Yogurt production started on her father’s farm in the 1980s, and in the 30 years since, Plas Farm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading frozen yogurt manufacturers. Rhian’s focus is on business development, and she has worked with private brand partners to develop some of Europe’s most successful frozen yogurt brands, in both the foodservice and retail sectors. With extensive experience in product development and (literally!) a lifetime of involvement in the European frozen yogurt market, she is well placed to offer insight into frozen yogurt’s growth in European and Middle Eastern markets.

Dave Wudel

Dave Wudel is the President of Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt/FroCup.com and IFYA’s expert in frozen yogurt mix, smoothie mix, international trade and business strategy. Dave has been in the frozen yogurt and ice cream business since Nanci’s started in 1979. Under his leadership, Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt received the President’s Export “E” Award – the highest honor a U.S. business can receive from the U.S. Department of Commerce. This award is bestowed upon an elite group of U.S. companies recognized for outstanding contribution to export expansion. Only companies with at least 4 consecutive years of significant annual export growth are even considered for the award. Dave is a great resource for all aspects of the frozen yogurt business — from exporting and importing to machines and mix.