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Supplier Spotlight: Edible Rex | Local Suppliers

Kait Ries

In a world where everything we want is at our finger tips it’s important to take our eyes off those little screens and look around to see what is available in our own communities. As a busy working mom, I value efficiency, quality and price but it’s even better for me when I can support local businesses and people in my community at a price that won’t break the bank.

When I go to the farmers market and grab fresh fruit or vegetables directly from the farmer, I know I am contributing to my community, to the farmer and his/her family, and know that the items I am buying from the local supplier are healthy, ethically grown and produced locally.

I reached out to a friend and small business owner, Rachael Baum, to ask her how she feels about local suppliers, she told me “I do try to source locally as much as I can. I carry big name brands in my store, but I also stock locally handmade items. I feel like people who go out of their way to support small businesses appreciate things sourced locally.  People who shop in my store like feeling like they are getting something one of a kind. But also, I think they like that the money goes directly into a real, actual persons hand from our local community.”

Recently, Arkestro was able to support the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation in the sourcing of a local food supplier for the City of Detroit Summer Food program, the City’s single largest expenditure on food. Arkestro was able to connect 70 vendors to bid on the food services program. The winner of the bid was a long time and well-established Detroit catering company, Edibles Rex, who burgeoned from a small restaurant (Silver Spoon Carry-Out Café in Grosse Pointe Woods) that the owner Tammy Tedesco started in 1992 to service Metro-Detroit with some top-notch catering

Tammy, Founder and CEO at Edible Rex, said “Arkestro reached out to us to make sure that we knew about the bid for Detroit’s Summer Food Service Program. Thank you, Arkestro!” We at Arkestro couldn’t be happier to link Edible Rex and the City of Detroit to feed hungry local kids and help spur new growth for an iconic local business! 

Rex’s Lunch Bag (above) are used in the summer food program.
Rex’s Lunch Bag (above) are used in the summer food program.

If you’re a buyer looking to source local- suppliers who are ethical, minority owned, woman owned, veteran owned partners and small businesses from your local community for your business needs, contact us today

While our platform does save time and money, (more vendors bidding = more savings for local governments), it’s about more than just efficiency sand savings. We at Arkestro pride ourselves in being able to connect people, foster relationships and help communities grow. If you manage a procurement program, start making your bids build power in your community. Run your RFQs with Arkestro, buy from local suppliers and run better bids.

Thank you, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Edible Rex!

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Rob DeSantis


As a former co-founder of Ariba running sales, Rob has deep expertise in the procurement space, having helped propel Ariba from zero to $250 million in revenue in four years and IPO of the year in 1999 before its acquisition by SAP a decade later. In addition to co-founding Ariba, Rob was also an early angel investor and board member of LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional online network.

More recently, Rob served as an investor and advisor to a small portfolio of companies including Bloom Energy, AEye, Inc., HiQ Labs, Agiloft, USEND and more. He is also a co-founder of Dibbs Technology and TrueParity. Rob holds a BSME from the University of Rhode Island.

Marty Meyer

Chief Financial Officer

A trusted partner and advisor on the executive team, Marty has a unique background having been the CFO of nine venture backed technology companies. Marty has raised over $300M in venture funding and has closed six strategic M&A transactions with a combined value of over $1B. Marty has deep domain expertise in ecommerce, consumer internet, networking, data security, data privacy, media technology and enterprise software industries. Marty is especially experienced in the finance and operations activities of SaaS companies and is driven by data and metrics to help create outstanding customer experiences and drive efficient growth.

Neil Lustig

President and Chief Operating Officer

Neil is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience leading and building teams in Tech. Neil brings insights from a variety of market spaces and company sizes. Most recently Neil was the CEO of GAN Integrity, an innovative SaaS Compliance technology company serving enterprise customers in North America and Europe. Before that Neil was the CEO of Sailthru, a leader in ML driven personalized multi-channel marketing communications for media and e-commerce markets. Prior to that Neil was the CEO of Vendavo, the leader in B2B price optimization and management for large enterprises. Before Vendavo, Neil led the commercial team at Ariba, the market pioneer that defined and created the eProcurement space. Neil served as the GM of Ariba Europe and subsequently the GM of Ariba North America. Neil started his career at IBM where he spent sixteen years, initially as a software developer, and then twelve years in a variety of Sales and Marketing roles


Neil has a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from SUNY Albany. He is a native New Yorker, Brooklyn born, and still resides with his wife and three children in New York City.

Bonnie Adams

Director of People Operations

Bonnie is a People Operations and HR veteran, with over a decade of experience establishing successful people and culture functions for early to mid-stage tech startups going through high growth phases. She has a passion for supporting and creating inclusive and collaborative work environments and is well-versed in driving positive changes in her organizations as a trusted leader. Prior to joining Arkestro Bonnie worked as the People & Culture Coordinator for Ionic Security, helping them scale from 5 to over 200 employees in addition to a $120M funding round. Most recently she was the Head of People & Culture for blockchain innovator Storj Labs and was the Director of Human Resources at PrizePicks, the largest independently owned Daily Fantasy Sports platform in North America.

Arym Diamond

Chief Revenue Officer

Arym Diamond joined Arkestro in January 2022 bringing over 20 years of experience in the enterprise software and consultancy industry.  He is responsible for the worldwide go-to-market revenue strategy. Prior to Arkestro, Arym was Chief Revenue Officer at CalAmp focused on Telematics and Logistics. He also served as the area vice president of North American Sales within the Salesforce.com Enterprise Business unit for Einstein Analytics & AI, where analytics and machine learning were re-imagined for the front office.  Prior to that, he spent over 10 years at Oracle in various sales positions. Arym holds an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and an undergraduate degree from California State University.

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