Eric Diamond is a Co-Founder and CEO of the Central Kitchen Companies. Previously Eric spent over twenty years in banking, lending and community development. Using his background Eric has been able to help over 400 local companies start and scale their food business concepts. Throughout his career Eric has developed a passion for helping small businesses and entrepreneurs. Eric states “there is no better professional feeling than knowing you played a part in helping someone fulfill their dreams of owning their own business.” Eric is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College and holds and MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. In his spare time Eric enjoys raising his four boys, cooking, gardening and is an avid reader. ×
Director of SEEDS Program
David is a community activist who fights daily for the rights of those that are marginalized and left on the fringes of society. He is an inspirational speaker at heart. In 2014, David took a leap of faith and became an entrepreneur by starting the David Miller Group (DMG). Not long after in 2015, he launched an after-school center for youth in Ashtabula County called the One Step Center. One Step Center provides after-school recreation, study tables, academic programming, training, mentorship opportunities and FOOD to Conneaut area youth. In 2016, David took on a position as the Director of Development at the NEO Fund in Ashtabula City. His responsibility was to work with Start-up businesses to provide developmental strategies and financial support through Micro-lending.
Currently, David is the Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Central Kitchen. His role includes working with food business students and leading the scholarship program as well as serving as liaison with community organizations and individuals alike. David is also the lead Facilitator for the Food Business Bootcamp courses online.
David enjoys spending quality time with his family. He also enjoys cooking, and Inspiring others to be the greatest version of themselves. ×
Barry Jarvis is a video producer, publisher, scientist, and chef. All four of his grandparents had an active role in working the land and honoring seasonal eating's natural rhythm. Those lessons fueled his life passions to become an Environmental Scientist and later a classically-trained chef. After 15 years in the environmental field, Barry decided working in food media would more profoundly impact human and ecological well-being. For the last ten years, he has worked on food technology projects, edible Tulsa, and video production in Oklahoma. Barry is thrilled to be joining Central Kitchen, back on his home soil in Ohio. He holds degrees in Botany with Environmental Science and Culinary Arts. His favorite pastime is cooking with his three little chefs Carter, Grant, and Jack. ×
Incubator Kitchen Manager
Director of Education
Mary Johnson is a serial entrepreneur with mental, physical, and spiritual health at the forefront of her career. In 2009, after taking control of her health and losing 120 pounds, Mary sought a natural alternative to restore her body's natural flow without the side effects of medications. In 2010, Mary discovered juicing and created a juice cleanse made from fruits, vegetables, and all-natural herbs that helped her accomplish just that. After seeing and feeling the results of her juice cleanse, Mary kicked into high gear to share this good news, so she started preparing healthy meals and juices for clients while teaching this information to her community. In 2015 she turned her passion into purpose, and her business Vitiman Kandie became an LLC. Mary's accomplishments include certificates in personal training, health coaching, and herbalism. Mary is the author of "From This To That" and a motivational speaker. To date, Mary has 20 wellness product lines, taught over 100 wellness & healthy cooking classes, 15 motivational seminars, opened a Fitness Gym, Two Vegan Cafes in GlenVillage Cleveland and Richmond Mall in Richmond Ohio, created 5 partnerships with in her community that includes but not limited to Urban farming, Non-Profit group CCA ( Collective Community Action) that offers free pantry, clothes & toiletry items to less fortunate communities, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Program, Cleveland Women In Business, and NSMDC MBE nationally certified level as a female Minority in Business. In 2021, Mary began her relationship with Central Kitchen Food hub after participating in a podcast with CEO Eric Diamond and Barry Jarvis. Former Employee Hashim Crawly introduced Mary to Andy in the food hub warehouse, and she soon started storing her products there. Currently, Mary is working on reopening her second location of Vitamin Kandie Vegan Cafe( relocation due to the COVID-19 pandemic) located in Midtown Cleveland, serving healthy & wholesome meals and products; she just accepted a partnership with Central Kitchen Food Hub as the Director of Education. Mary is dedicated to providing the tools, education, and resources to help others live healthier and happier lives. She plans to use her educational background as a former Cleveland School District educator, Rock Mechanics Engineer for Cargill.Inc, and executive administrative experience from The Center for Health Affairs & CHAMPS to give students the most valuable education they sought out in The Craft Food Classroom. ×