Phoenix Kelly-Rappa – Co-Founder, Managing Partner & CEO
As Managing Partner/CEO, Phoenix oversees all aspects of Cuca Fresca’s business, with a focus on product development, marketing, sales, public relations and managing relationships with wholesaler partners. Her family’s history in the spiritsindustry provided the necessary insight needed to help launch Cuca Fresca Exports, LLC. Phoenix holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Georgetown University.
Thomas Slasinski – Co-Founder, Managing Partner
As a Managing Partner, Tom oversees all aspects of Cuca Fresca’s business, with a focus on production, distribution, sales and managing relationships with wholesaler partners. Formerly President/Owner of Occunomix International LLC, an importer and distributor of safety products, his responsibilities included domestic/international sales. Tom also served as an assistant professor of marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in NYC, and holds a BS in Marketing from the University of New Haven. He also holds an MBA from Adelphi University.
Araci Ferreira Slasinski – Co-Founder
Coming from a fifth-generation cachaça making family, Araci has invaluable knowledge about production and the artisanal methods used to produce Cuca Fresca’s line of premium products. She holds a BA from FMU in Sao Paolo, Brazil and an MA from Hunter College.