Our VLB Team


Liz Dee

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New York City, usa

Founder / Organizer

Liz Dee is Co-President of Smarties Candy Company, maker of Smarties candy rolls. Liz is the CEO of Baleine & Bjorn Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage companies creating solutions to outdated animal products. Liz has worked in the food industry for over a decade, and is a seasoned business woman with a master’s degree in media, culture and communication. Liz manufactures and markets products globally.

Adri Suarez

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New York City, USA

Community Director

Adri Suarez is the Marketing Director for a Brooklyn based restaurant group, Champs Empire, which encompasses Champs Diner, Screamer's Pizzeria, and Haymaker's Corner.  Adri freelances for a diverse set of clients worldwide as a social media consultant, producer, art director, and brand developer. 


Advisory Council