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TOP Chops Snacks Taps Nakia Reigh Kelley as New COO

TOP Chops Snacks Taps Nakia Reigh Kelley as New COO


SAFETY HARBOR, FL
Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Innovative beef jerky snacks producer TOP Chops Snacks has announced a new leader to join its C-suite ranks. Nakia Reigh Kelley, an experienced entrepreneur with a strong background in finance and business development, has been hired as the new Chief Operating Officer.

While Kelley was on tour with her daughter for “Spark and Hustle” women’s conferences founded by Tory Johnson, she was introduced to the snack industry and multiple opportunities to help transition start-ups with business development, accounting, and strategy. According to the press release, this is where she found her love for the natural food industry.

Nakia Reigh Kelley, Chief Operating Officer, TOP Chops Snacks“Tory had introduced me to some amazing female founders in the natural food space,” Kelley said. “It started me on a journey that ultimately connected me years later to Dusty [Jaquins] and allowed me to pull together my incredible team. Together, we have been navigating the current climate and, despite COVID-19, we have been challenged to consistently pivot and find creative strategies to market and sell during these times. In the short time our team has been on board, we have successfully reached important milestones.”

TOP Chops Snacks manufactures a range of jerky snacks based on all-natural, premium U.S.-raised beef and is a nationally recognized competitor in the $4.3 billion meat-snack market. In this role, she will lead a team responsible for new business development and partnerships and developing the company’s executive team through strategic hires, investor relations, and day-to-day operations of the company.

Dusty Jaquins, Founder, TOP Chops Snacks“Nakia has the experience we need to reorganize this company and take it to the next level,” said Dusty Jaquins, Founder. “Nakia quickly assembled a group of sharp-driven women that work together very well. Her team has been working tirelessly through the global pandemic to keep our company moving forward so we can continue to bring quality snack products to the market.”

After owning her own national accounting firm for 14 years and serving small businesses as a startup consultant and business strategist, Kelley was tapped to serve on the board of directors of Tampa’s TechNova Florida to help grow the local Tampa, Florida tech and startup community.

Nakia Reigh Kelley, an experienced entrepreneur with a strong background in finance and business development, has been hired as the new Chief Operating Officer at TOP Chops Snacks

In 2018, Kelley co-founded the Change Her Story Inc. publishing organization. Kelley then met Tory Johnson, American author and CEO of Women for Hire, while working with the Pennsylvania Governors Conference for Women. Johnson recognized Kelley’s daughter as a savvy young entrepreneur and the youngest CEO ever in direct selling. She had started her own direct selling company at the young age of 14 years old.

TOP Chops was chosen by the Chobani Food Incubator to be part of its inaugural class from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI). Since then, its products have been requested by national grocery chains and become the sought-after beef jerky on several e-commerce platforms.

Congratulations to Nakia Reigh Kelley on the next step of her journey!

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