Mark Rampolla, Founder of ZICO Coconut Water, to Speak in Riverside Feb. 9

Entrepreneur and author will speak about socially responsible innovation at the Fox Performing Arts Center

A head shot of Mark Rampolla.

Mark Rampolla, founder and former CEO of ZICO Coconut Water

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Mark Rampolla, founder and former CEO of ZICO Coconut Water and author of “High-Hanging Fruit: Build Something Great by Going Where No One Else Will,” will speak at the Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave, on Thursday, Feb. 9, beginning with a networking reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the talk at 6:30 p.m. The event is part of the University of California, Riverside’s School of Business Dean’s Speaker Series and is free and open to the community. Please register to attend.

Rampolla founded ZICO Coconut Water in 2004 and served as CEO until 2013 when the brand was acquired by The Coca Cola Company. Under Rampolla’s leadership, ZICO became one of the fastest-growing beverage companies in the world and a pioneer in today’s $8 billion global coconut water industry.

Rampolla is now a co-founder and managing partner of PowerPlant Ventures LP (PPV), a $42 million venture capital firm that supports plant-based food companies that are working to deliver better nutrition in more sustainable and ethical ways.

In his 2016 management book, “High-Hanging Fruit,” Rampolla shares his success in reaching beyond the proverbial low-hanging fruit to build a brand and grow a sustainable business. He now speaks around the world on entrepreneurship, disruption, and social impact.

Rampolla began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America and ran the beverage packaging division for International Paper in Latin America. He has an MBA and a master’s in environmental management from Duke University.

The Dean’s Speaker Series invites prominent national and international business leaders to share their stories and expertise with students, faculty, and the wider community. A March 9 talk by Candace Wiest, president and CEO of West Valley Bancorp Inc. and West Valley National Bank in Phoenix, Ariz., will follow Rampolla’s visit.

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