About Us

John Jacobs


After a career spanning over three decades successfully managing distribution companies – including two he founded – John Jacobs started Meraki Warrior to provide strategic direction and consulting for corporate supply chains. Jacobs’ eye for details that others might overlook was developed during 25 years managing manufacturing operations. He‘s had extensive training in ISO 9000, 9001, 9002 and GMP, and Quality Training with Crosby, Deming & Kazan, Jacobs is a Six Sigma Black Belt and he has extensive training in Lean Manufacturing.

Jacobs founded Sataria Distributions in 2001 and oversaw its growth to $15 million in revenue and over 100 employees.

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Skills, Training, and Accomplishments

  • 25 years in Manufacturing Operations
  • Founded Sataria Distribution in 2001 leading the creation of a 600,000 sq ft logistics facility
  • Grew Sataria to $15M in revenue and over 100 employees
  • Board Member, Flagship Food Group
  • Key strategist in maneuvering 505 Southwestern into the fastest growing salsa and green chile company in the US
  • Quality Training with Crosby, Deming, Kazan
  • Training in ISO 9000, 9001, 9002, GMP
  • Patented a Safety Management System
  • Co-founded Pino Gelato, franchise of 10 stores
  • Author of 3 motivational young adult novels and currently co-authoring a book on Management
  • Board Member, Heartland Splenda Sweeteners
  • Six Sigma Black Belt

Other Experience

  • Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing / Pino Gelato, LLC (2004-2019)
  • Founder and Board of Directors / Sataria Distribution and Packaging (2001-PRESENT)
  • Vice President, Global Supply Chain Management / Ingredion (previously National Starch) (1996-2001)
  • Director, North American Materials Management / Ingredion (1982-1996)

Associates

In addition to Meraki Warrior founder and president John Jacobs, our associates have a wide range of expertise and experience. They are available to consult on projects as needed.

Dr. Howard Rankin

Howard J. Rankin
As an expert in cognitive neuroscience and how people really think, Dr. Howard J. Rankin – a consultant to both the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – understands how this impacts communication. Read more …

Pat O’Keefe


Pat O‘Keefe holds an MBA in Business. His expertise includes identifying opportunities for stronger performance relative to costs, quality and service levels; retrofitting older facilities; and expanding distribution and manufacturing capacities. Read more …

Cortni Potapowicz


Cortni Potapowicz holds a Business Degree with a heavy emphasis on Human Resources. She specializes in manufacturing staffing and human resources, and she provides support for controlling labor costs, employee retention, managing Worker‘s Compensation claims, HR Consulting, and Safety Training Programs. Read more …

Advisor:

Dr. Sarves Peri


With an MBA and doctorates in both Chemical Engineering and Mathematics plus a Six Sigma Black Belt, Sarves Peri brings a broad knowledge in procurement strategies, export/import logistics, execution and risk management. He provides unique global perspectives for operations management gained from international leadership experiences. Peri and Jacobs hold a patent on a Safety management system. Read more …