Meet The Team

Ralph Bianculli, Sr - CEO

Ralph Bianculli has been called a pioneer in the green movement. He began his business career immediately out of college when he was hired to oversee the food and beverage operations of Aqueduct, Saratoga, and Belmont Park racetracks. In 1995, his youngest child, John Paul, began suffering from severe seizures as a reaction to a vaccination. This major life event fueled his interest in natural substances. Though he was working at the time in product development at Georgia-Pacific, he decided to embark on a journey to bring sustainable solutions to the mass market.

Pam Bianculli, Vice President

Pam has spent the past 40 years in the foodservice and disposables industry. She began her career with Aramark in 1980 as a purchasing agent at the New York State Racetracks. In 1982 she joined Paper Enterprises as Administrative Assistant to the President/CEO, and In 1984 she was recruited by BUNZL USA and served as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of their Airline Division for 10 years. Together with her husband Ralph, she raised three children, two of which hold essential roles within our organization. She is actively involved in many aspects of the company and also spends a good amount of time caring for her youngest son, John Paul, who suffers from a rare seizure disorder.

Keith Roenelt, Executive VP of Operations

Keith Roenelt began his journey with Emerald as a senior-level operator in 2016. Keith’s immediate passion for Emerald's mission helped him drive measurable process improvements within daily operations, and he has since been responsible for the growth of Emerald’s direct distribution network and improving all aspects of Emerald's logistics needs. Having spent 14 years in manufacturing with heavy factory floor experience both domestically and internationally, Keith has been a key component in the continued growth of Emerald's U.S. supply chain, eventually propelling him into a seat on the Executive Board as Emerald's Executive Vice President of Operations in late 2019.

Ralph Bianculli, Jr. Managing Director

RJ Bianculli began his career at Emerald while still in high school as a driver’s assistant and warehouse worker in the company’s operations department. He soon became extremely passionate about Emerald’s mission, which led him to transfer into Brand Development. In this role, he helped lead the company to vast national growth by creating a market for Emerald's alternative technology that led to Emerald's expansion as a major national environmental brand. He has worked in R+D developing Emerald's Tree-Free + Plastic-Free technology, USA production, environmental metrics, certifications, and new business divisions. In 2015, he advanced to the role of Managing Director, where he oversees the overall strategic growth of the brand.