Meet Our Leadership Team

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Antony (Tony) Talalay, CEO and Co-Founder

Tony Talalay is the CEO, co-founder and member of the Board of Managers of Brassica Protection Products. As a co-founder and CEO of Brassica, Tony completed strategic licensing agreements with Johns Hopkins University and raised initial and subsequent rounds of financing for the company from friends, family and angel investors, now totaling more than $7 million. He developed a global network of fresh sprout growers for Brassica’s initial business model. The sprout business was ultimately sold to focus on stronger growth opportunities in the dietary supplement, and functional food and beverage industries. Brassica maintains a highly-successful licensed fresh sprout business in Japan.

Prior to starting Brassica in 1997, Tony worked in the marketing and advertising industries for more than 20 years. He began his career as a brand manager at General Foods. Subsequently, he spent 10 years with Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB) where he was an advertising account manager, ideating and launching a variety of domestic and international marketing programs for Frito-Lay, Sunkist and LifeSavers brands. Later, he served as regional account director for Asia for FCB’s Colgate-Palmolive assignments.

After FCB, Tony was a marketing director for New York Pulse, an early venture from The New York Times Company in consumer on-line information services.

Tony’s advertising and branding experience continued when he joined J. Walter Thompson Worldwide and was named the European director in charge responsible for Unilever hair care brand advertising. Immediately before founding Brassica, Tony served as group director for Nestle Beverage Products at McCann-Erickson, a global advertising firm.

Tony is a member of Har Sinai Congregation and a vigorous fundraiser for many educational institutions, as well as an active supporter of Chess-in-the-Schools – an educational organization that has taught chess to more than 300,000 economically disadvantaged students in New York City public schools. This program helps students develop critical thinking and decision-making skills they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. He and his family are active members and foster parents for the Maryland SPCA.

Tony is a graduate of Yale University and earned an MBA degree from Harvard. He lives in Lutherville, Maryland with his wife and daughter and two rescue dogs. Other than broccoli, his passion is downhill skiing.



Photo of Shane Fantauzzo, Brassica Protection ProductsShane Fantauzzo, Vice President Operations

Shane Fantauzzo is the vice president of operations at Brassica Protection Products. As a member of the Brassica leadership team for more than 11 years, Shane leads the company’s sales of Brassica® Tea and Coffee through its e-commerce platform and retail distribution.

No stranger to the food and beverage industry, Shane was the vice president of operations at LifeForce Foods and an account executive at Country Fresh, Inc. prior to joining Brassica. While at Country Fresh, Inc., Shane successfully grew the grocery sales channel for the company’s fresh-cut fruit and vegetable business. With his background and certifications in Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Safe Quality Food Institute’s SQF 2000, Shane is versed in creating and managing food safety initiatives.

Shane spends his time out of the office in the great outdoors. He enjoys camping, fishing and hiking. In addition, Shane is an avid supporter of public radio and volunteers his time with the Colon Cancer Alliance as well as several local Baltimore charities.

Originally from upstate New York, Shane studied marketing and finance at Alfred University. He now lives in Baltimore with his wife Jennifer and their son Dominic.



chanel gantChanel Gant, Director of Administration

Chanel Gant is the Director of Administration at Brassica Protection Products. As the newest member of the team, Chanel comes to the company with over 10 years of experience. Chanel directly supports the CEO and VP of Operations, sales of Brassica® Tea and Coffee, and the daily office activities.

Though young, Chanel is no stranger to the administrative and customer service fields. Chanel’s previous employment at Chesapeake Mission Critical, Price Modern, and BOGB provided her with esteemed training and guidance to take on any issue presented. Chanel has organized fundraisers, food drives, training courses, you name it. There is nothing Chanel can’t do, especially when she sets her mind to it. In Chanel, we trust.

When Chanel isn’t on the clock, she enjoys spending time reading, fishing, sewing, cooking, watching Shark Week reruns, and listening to podcasts. Originally born in Virginia, Chanel now lives in Brooklyn Park with her partner Kurt, and their fur son Klaus.