Founders & Management Team

The High Quality Organics team is comprised of hard-working, entrepreneurial-spirited people who have a passion for the customer, sustainability and making things better.

When we’re not serving our hundreds of customers with the highest quality organic ingredients, you can find us enjoying the great outdoors of the Reno/Tahoe area, spending time with our family, gardening or eating. That’s right! As employees of a food company, we feel it our duty to be excellent eaters. After all, we take our work very seriously!


Jerry Tenenberg

Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the food & flavor industry. Skilled in Food, flavor & botanicals, Entrepreneurship, Team Building, Public Speaking, and Management. Strong business development professional with a BFA focused in Fine Arts from University of Hartford.


Raju Boligala
Founder, CEO and President

Born and raised on an organic family farm in India, Raju leads HQO with the strongest conviction for organic and sustainable agriculture. His 26 years of experience growing global food and agriculture companies includes leadership positions at Great Spice Company, now part of HQO, Herb Thyme Farms and Scotts® Miracle-Gro®. Raju was a professor at University of California, Berkley and has a Ph. D in Horticulture and Plant Pathology from Rutgers University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business.

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Jay Fishman

Jay Fishman, is a successful entrepreneur with a 40-year track record in developing and leading successful businesses, mostly in the herb and spice industry.

Rick May
Chief Financial Officer

Chad Flores
VP Quality & Operations

Gina Pepple
Director of Supply Chain

Jonathan Raju
Director of Sales

Cynthia Acuna
Director of Customer Service

Our European Team

High Quality Organics is an American-based company with global reach. Our European office, established in 2010 and based in Weesp, the Netherlands, provides many of the same products and services customers have come to expect in America.

High Quality Organics Europe Team Oeble Kempenaar

Oeble Kempenaar
HQO-BV General Manager

Oeble joins the HQO-BV team with nearly 20 years of organic food industry experience in herbs, spices, teas and vegetables.  He has a passion for food and is an accredited German Tea Sommelier. Oeble speaks Dutch, English, German, French and Frisian in addition to some Italian and Spanish. As a husband and father, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, cycling and coaching his children’s field hockey teams.

High Quality Organics Europe Team Wayne Van Der Wess

Wayne Van der Wees
HQO-BV Office Manager

Wayne joined our European team in October 2018. He brings a very unique and valuable skills set as a trained chef with years of experience in IT! Wayne also speaks Dutch, English, German and some Italian and French. When he's not working, Wayne is usually making recipes from his collection of ancient and vintage cookbooks, practicing Krav Maga, or playing squash.