David O. Kingston
Co-Chairman of the Board & CEO
David is the Chairman and CEO of Kingston Companies, positions he has held since the Company’s formation in 1999. Since 1977, Dave has been CEO of Dave Kingston Produce, Inc. Dave worked in sales for the predecessor company to Dave Kingston Produce, Inc., Hurley Produce, from 1972 until he acquired Hurley Produce in 1977.
The broad enterprises of the Kingston Companies include Kingston & Associates Marketing, Kingston Properties LP, Associated Brokerage as well as several joint ventures in commercial and residential real estate development and property management, trucking and distribution. In the last thirty years, Dave has started, acquired, and joint-ventured over 100 business enterprises.
Dave has held positions and serves on several public and private advisor boards in the agri-business sector and philanthropic endeavors. His service includes the U.S. federal PACA Task force, Chairman of the Board of the Idaho Growers and Shippers Association, National Legislative Committee for United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, interim CEO of Wisdom Media Group, and various advisory positions for Wholelife, Campaign for Better Health, Higher Ground for Humanity, The Clearwater Project, Souls Foundation, and Joe Foss Institute.
Dave attended Weber State College, University of Utah and graduate school at Stanford University.
Co-Chairman of the Board
Maurice is a founder of Kingston Organic and will serve as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Maurice was a founding partner in Azura Group Pte Ltd, a boutique global trading and investment firm based in Singapore engaged in energy products, metals and minerals, agricultural products and other commodities, as well as investing in infrastructure, natural resources, and energy products worldwide.
He has more than 12 years of experience securing and developing natural resource assets in Kazakhstan and has developed favorable working relationships with relevant government ministries.
He successfully secured the Company’s concession to the Aktobe mine from government and private Kazakh investors, obtained final approval from the Governor of Aktobe region, and from the Kazakhstan Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure of the RK for the transfer of the mine to Aktobe Humic LLP.
Maurice began his career as a successful real estate developer in Southern California.
He will be based in the United States and will divide his time between the US, UK, Africa and Kazakhstan.
Gus C. Robayna
President & Director
Gus became a part of the Kingston Organic team in 2021 and will serve as the company’s president and director.
Gus started his career in the automobile industry, managing all aspects of sales and service for a large, multi-state organization, and developed the processes that became the baseline standards for manufacturer’s premium dealer certification programs, along with a forward-looking online vehicle sales process.
In the technology sector, as a shareholder he purchased the assets of the Spin-X Printing Solutions software from Georgia State University Research Foundation and transitioned it into a for-profit company. He developed and managed a sales and marketing team servicing Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies within the US government and abroad. The company was successfully sold.
Since 2002 Gus has been in the food and agro sector, managing wholesale grocery sales to domestic and international distributors, and sourcing fresh bananas distributed throughout Europe using a successful, scalable strategic fruit-partner concept with a multi-billion euro company.
He attended Florida International University and majored in International Marketing.
He is US-based and will commute between the US, UK and the markets.
COO & Director of the Advisory Committee
Alan is a successful executive and director, with ample experience holding board positions and full P&L responsibilities. He has a demonstrated history of growing strong, high-performance companies. Throughout his career Alan has held senior executive positions in the UK, Europe, and Asia within the demanding fresh food industry, including retail, wholesale, and fresh distribution sectors.
He was a member of the Executive Committee for one Europe’s largest fresh produce companies managing revenue exceeding €3.2 billion. During this time, he instigated and managed diverse strategic changes supporting a rapidly evolving industry with challenging routes to market and was directly responsible for a Top-10 UK company in the fresh produce and flower sectors, generating growth organically and through M&A’s, with operational responsibility for five companies and 2,000 employees.
For the past 7 years Alan has been the Chairman of the UK Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC), the leading industry body for fresh produce and related sectors, and recently received the prestigious Fresh Produce Lifetime Achievement Award.
This award specifically recognized the voluntary work undertaken by Alan in “Giving Back” to the industry and the positive changes impacting agri-labor wages, conditions, and Fairtrade.
VP – Kazakhstan
Kairat is based in Kazakhstan and will assist Mr. Frosch in managing the Company’s operations there.
Kairat had a leading role in the Astana Center of Sustainable Development, under the office of Economic Affairs and Budgetary Planning of Astana Municipality, where he was in charge of analytical research in the field of social and economical development, monitoring and consulting to the Astana City Municipality.
He was the former Vice Chairman of KaznexInvest National Export and Investment Agency, under the Ministry of Investments and Development. His responsibilities included the supervision and direction of the Investment Agency, development and promotion of non-commodity exports to non-commodity industries.
Kairat was also an advisor to the Minister of Investment. Before that, he was a leader in the Center for Economic Policy of the Agro-Industrial Complex under the Ministry of Agriculture. He was responsible for Development of the Master Plan titled “Sugar Production from Sugar Beet in the RoK”, which was recognized as the best of 16 Master Plans submitted to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
Kairat began his career in Kazakhstan as Head of the Department of Socio-Economic Analysis and was directly responsible for the development of Municipal Anti-Crisis Program of 2008, waste management projects, housing and communal Services, and other Municipal Projects.
Kairat graduated from Michigan State University and Florida Atlantic University, attending both on a Republic of Kazakhstan Presidential Scholarship
VP – Nigeria Operations
Sunusi joined Kingston Organic as of March 2022, as Vice President in charge of Nigeria, including responsibilities across sub-Saharan Africa. He is based in Nigeria, working as a liaison with other partners such as Silvex International LTD and RegenFarm UK.
He is a seasoned stakeholder-engagement expert specialized in project management, communication, business development, strategic marketing, and corporate services. He is experienced with international development and the media in Nigeria.
In the last 18 years, he has managed different projects supporting agribusiness, including governance, basic and girl child education, maternal and child healthcare, women empowerment, public policy, public relations, branding, government relations, community engagement, logistics, procurement, security and safety, and risk management. He has supported new business start-ups and public-private partnerships (PPP).
He won the Cambridge Education Award for investigative journalism in 2008. He has worked at different capacities in various national, International and Bilateral organizations such as the British Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), the United State Agency for Internal Development (USAID), The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children International, Discovery Learning Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise Initiative for Food Security in Africa.
Sunusi’s experience includes General Manager, Corporate Services at Dantata Foods and Allied Products Ltd, Director, Stakeholder Engagement at YieldWise Project, Country Programme Manager at Girl Rising (ENGAGE) Project, and Deputy Director Operations at Discovery Learning Alliance.
He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from University of Maiduguri, holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication with specialization in Public Relations and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Education and Promotion from College of Education, Azare, Bauchi state.
He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from the prestigious Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria.