Company

Employee Bios

  • Joseph Apuzzo Jr

    Owner and Chief Executive Officer

  • John Randall

    Vice President, Coffee Trading

  • Alan Macek

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Al Celestino

    Traffic Manager

  • Dominick Plati

    Controller

  • Joseph Apuzzo III

    Coffee Trader

  • Joseph Coniglio

    Coffee Trader

  • Joseph Apuzzo Jr

    Owner and Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Apuzzo Jr. is the CEO and owner of Armenia Coffee Corporation.  He is a 40 year veteran of the coffee industry serving as Chairman and Director of the boards of both the National and Green Coffee Associations for many years.  His adherence to strict quality standards and strong ethics has made him a well-respected figure in the industry.  His father was a coffee icon and was involved in the formation of the company 60 years ago.  Family tradition has been deeply engrained in the first two Apuzzo generations and this culture is proudly being carried on by Joseph Apuzzo III.

  • John Randall

    Vice President, Coffee Trading

    John has been a member of the coffee trade since February 1978 and has sat at the desk of just about every job you can have in the coffee import trade.  He’s been building relationships all around the world ever since, it’s what he calls the best part of his job.  John was an apprentice early on, learning from seasoned professionals about coffee and what makes it special.  In the 80’s when a movement started to identify special coffees and build a trade association, John was on the steering committee which lead to the creation of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and was recognized in 1991 with an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Association.

    Professionals sharing their passions and knowledge for coffee is what started John along his path, and what motivates him even today.  He joined Armenia Coffee Corp on July 11, 1994 as a green coffee trader (remembering why that date is important to coffee, check out this NY Times article)

    It’s been every bit that interesting a ride ever since.  John fancies himself a bit of a geek as his 4 phones, 2 tablets and multiple computers will attest, and believes technology and coffee go well together.  He believes that working together makes the end result better than the sum of the parts and to that end loves to blend Yirgacheffee, Mandheling and a nice Colombian believing this is as heavenly a blend as there ever was.

  • Alan Macek

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Macek is one of the oldest members of the company having joined in 1985 after a couple of years on the marine insurance & claims desk at Gill & Duffus Inc.  A graduate of Seton Hall University’s business school, he joined Armenia when the coffee market was much more volume driven than it is today.  Steering the company financially through many changes in the economic climate, he is proud to be with an organization which has endured.  Activity is the key to success both mentally and physically, and nothing keeps you more active than a good cup of coffee.  Mr. Macek prefers the African origins like Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

  • Al Celestino

    Traffic Manager

    Al began his path in the coffee trade in 1980 with the Nestle Foods Coffee Division in the Green Coffee Quality Lab. Here, he was trained in cupping, a skill that he still enjoys today. Additionally, he assisted the Traffic Department, and eventually progressed to the position of Traffic Logistics Manager.

    In September of 1990, Al joined Armenia Coffee Corporation as the Traffic Manager. In this role, he is responsible for the coordination of all coffee movements, import documentation, claims, invoices, freight payments, negotiations of steamship contracts, and the creation and monitoring of import cost spreadsheets. He also prepares documentation for US customs, and ensures FDA and CTPAT compliance. Additionally, Al interfaces with the trading, finance, and accounting departments within Armenia, and develops and maintains good relationships by working closely with the company’s customers.

    Al is an avid sports fan and enjoys keeping up with the latest electronic devices. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and sharing his knowledge of coffee and the field with those around him. His favorite cup of coffee is a full-bodied acidic blend, like an Ethiopian Yirgacheffee or Kenya AA.

  • Dominick Plati

    Controller

    Mr. Plati was hired by Armenia Coffee Corporation as a Controller in 1992. He had spent 15 years prior at Nestle USA where he acquired the knowledge needed to succeed in the industry. At Nestle, Mr. Plati learned various aspects of the business as he served as an accountant, financial analyst, division manager and eventually the division controller for the two major divisions at Nestle – Chocolate and Coffee. He has since brought his expertise to the experienced staff at Armenia and looks forward to the challenges that face this ever-changing industry. Though admittedly a sugar and cream kind of guy, Mr. Plati finds it hard to resist a fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee whenever it is made available.

  • Joseph Apuzzo III

    Coffee Trader

    Joseph Apuzzo III started working full-time in the industry right out of college in 2015 but has lived in this business for his entire life.  He has brought an element of freshness to the company in the form of innovative ideas and high energy.  As a third-generation coffee “professional,” Joe enjoys the benefit of having the Apuzzo name, which carries a lot of respect in the industry but he constantly seeks to make his own mark by looking into different opportunities in the business.  Whether it is a new coffee filter, a different way to brew, or a focus on directing the company toward specialty/exotic coffee – if the idea is new and different, he is interested.

  • Joseph Coniglio

    Coffee Trader

    Although Mr. Coniglio is new to Armenia and the Coffee industry, he has extensive business and sales experience. He graduated from Iona Preparatory and decided to follow his entrepreneurial spirit rather than the typical college path. He was an equity broker and series 7 & 63 license holder. He has consulted and advised multiple business ventures. Most recently, Mr. Coniglio was working with BMW in an advisor roll. With his attention to detail and passion he quickly exceled into a management capacity. Mr. Coniglio is excited to learn a new industry and grow a new segment of Armenia Coffee Corporation organically. His energy and outside the box analyses are a great addition to the company. Mr. Coniglio is embracing the coffee world and learning all aspects from sourcing to roasting to cupping. He enjoys sports and is a keen automotive enthusiast. In his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. His current preference is a superb 100% Colombian.