Chief Operations Officer (COO), Co-Founder
Michael Caridi’s career started as a Kozy Shack Enterprises employee in 1983. As a hands-on employee, he learned the business from the bottom up and in his 26 years with the company he had worked in all operational phases. Eventually, he rose through the ranks of Kozy Shack to earn the Chief Operations Officer position.
Michael’s expertise and enthusiasm were recognized in 1994 when corporate leadership asked him to head a new logistics company, Freshway, which would provide warehousing and distribution services for Kozy Shack and other clients. The success of Freshway Distributors led to its eventual merger into Kozy Shack Enterprises. Today, the Freshway Division provides all the distribution and warehousing services for Kozy Shack and over 200 additional customers.
Building on his success with the Freshway Division, he was charged with the development of Kozy Shack’s Engineering Department. This department led the company’s vast plant expansions in Hicksville, New York, Turlock, California, and Lough Egish, Ireland, enabling them to dramatically increase their capacities to produce a full line of dairy dessert products.
Michael was elected to the Kozy Shack Board of Directors in 2008. In 2009, he was asked to head up the newly formed Strategic Planning Department. In this capacity, Michael developed a long-term strategic alliance with Land O’ Lakes, a thirteen billion dollar company, which drastically increased the corporate value.
Today Michael is the managing director of VG Enterprises Management Group. The group manages the activities of multiple trust funds in real estate, business management, and capital placement.
Outside of work Michael is active in community affairs in New York. He sits on the Board of Trustees Executive committee of Staten Island Hospital. He also is a Board of Trustee of the North Shore –Long Island Jewish Health System and is a member of the Audit and Corporate Compliance committee. Michael is also extremely proud to serve as the Chairman of the Vincent Gruppuso Foundation. This organization currently provides grants to children’s organizations for education and health care. He also sits on the Board for the St George Theater where he was appointed Treasurer in October 2009. This organization is dedicated to the restoration of the historic St George Theatre and its development as a cultural and performing arts center for the community. Additionally Michael is on the sports committee of his local parish.
Michael brings years of operational and management expertise to CITIVA’s organizational structure. Michael will ensure that production facilities and logistics will operate optimally.