About us

Produce Mate is a small company, but it takes a village to truly make an impact. We’re passionate about our products, our people and our core mission:

Produce Mate is committed to ending food waste and minimizing our footprint.

We’re not perfect, but we’re working hard everyday to bring you the best products that do the least amount of damage to the planet as possible.  Here are just a few examples of how we do that:

We donate 1% of our profits to conservation efforts

Our products reduce household produce waste

We analyze our processes to minimize emissions and waste 

We’re grateful to our customers and to all of those who believe in our mission. If you would like to know more, please read more here or feel free to get in touch with us!

From all of us at Produce Mate, THANK YOU!

Meet The Team

David Kay


David has led businesses in the consumer banking industry for more than 24 years. As a leader and marketing manager, David helped grow Citi Bank to become one of Europe’s fastest growing Banks. Returning to the US he and his long time friend John started Protektiv Products Inc. There, David led the development of many award-winning products, including the company’s first cooling towel.  Practical operational business experience has been put to good use and helps us ensure success at Protektiv Products.

Now, David is the CEO at Thermal Imaging Radar and Co-Founder of Produce Mate.

Dagan Kay


Dagan’s a recent University of Portland graduate. There, he acquired a BA in Philosophy, along with an Entrepreneurship-Scholar minor. He’s also a member of Stanford University’s Innovation Fellows, which is a world-wide fellowship of students passionate about innovating higher education and making an impact on the world.

He started his own digital marketing company in 2015 and loves all things entrepreneurial. When he’s not busy with his studies or Produce Mate, you’ll find him working on his 1983 VW Westfalia, riding his skateboard or off on an adventure with his friends.

Stephen laphen

Marketing Director

Shockingly handsome? Check. Passionate about food waste? Check.  In charge of writing this? Absolutely.

Stephen Laphen is our director of marketing and digital advertising. Having worked in a diverse range of marketing roles throughout his career, Stephen is as passionate about our mission as he is about marketing; irresponsibly so.

Along with his roles in food marketing, he’s worked pro-bono to help build his university’s Diversity and Inclusion Programs as well as volunteering in translation work for his local food bank. 

Doug Rossi

Sustainability Director

Doug is currently a junior at the University of Portland studying both Marketing and Environmental Ethics and Policy. He has a positive outlook on life and enjoys sharing his positivity and building relationships with others.

In his time at the University of Portland, he has discovered a passion for the environment and trying to create a better future for all generations to come. He is always looking to learn, finding value in diversity and enjoyment from the process.

In the future, Doug aims to bring social innovation into the environmental world, creating changes that not only better the planet, but society as a whole.