Company History

ColdStash was launched in April 2009 as a new division of Forge, LLC. Our founder spent 25 years in the industrial gas distribution industry supplying a wide variety of clients requiring unique cryogenic storage solutions to store critical specimens. This exposure to the cryogenic industry lead them recognize that they could capitalize on their industry knowledge and provide value with innovative new products and competitive pricing to this emerging new market involving cryopreservation of human cells and tissues.

Cryogenics and cord blood banking, in particular, initially presented opportunities to improve on the status quo, add real value to clients and their customers, and improve their ROI. By taking a broader view of the market, and its needs, the ColdStash team has a single mission to develop a complete end-to-end product line that increases efficiencies, enhances storage capacities, improves worker safety and maximizes productivity and revenue generation.

Innovations include our space saving cassettes and rack systems, the new VialStash hinged storage box, VialMax magnetic cap system, VialTrieve retrieval wand, space saving cassettes and rack systems, and CryoCovers.

All of our efforts are to be your single-source supplier for cryogenic storage, retrieval and shipping needs.

ColdStash Revolutionizes Cryogenic Storage Capacities

“Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.”

Lee Iacocca

Our Team

Jack Leary

Jack LearyFounder/President

Jack is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience and knowledge in the cryogenics supply industry. As a longtime supplier to this industry, Jack has built a strong international reputation as a hands-on, get it done, individual who always has the clients needs in mind. Having traveled to (at last count) fifty-four countries, Jack has a global view of how to solve his client’s most pressing needs. Whether it’s cost reductions, increased storage capacities, speed to market, or a reliable vendor relationship that can deliver quality goods on time, Jack has an extensive pool of resources at his ready.

ColdStash is the culmination of all of Jack’s years of customer commitment and the constant search for the next big idea that will help shape the industry and provide a value-added service to his clients.

Susie Fee

Susie FeeVice President of New Business Development

Since 1995, Susie and Jack have worked together, literally spanning the globe to provide clients with the ultimate client experience of quality products, one-to-one client relationships, and a passion for delivering excellence. Susie vast knowledge of manufacturing and process engineering give her a unique perspective into providing the most meaningful solutions and results to client requests. For over 20 years, Susie has travelled the world extensively, to forge strong working relationships with manufacturers and service providers, so that when called upon she has a ready resource for whatever the challenge may be.

Susie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Stratford College in Montreal. Married with one child, Susie gives of her time and energy freely, and sits on the board, to many charitable organizations such as; Children’s Aid Foundation, Ontario Police Victim Services, the 1-to-1 Mentoring Program for Young Women, as well as the Skills Canada organization. It clearly demonstrates the old adage of “if you want something done, give it to a busy person.”

Charlotte DeWaard

Account Manager

As the newest member of our team, Charlotte is responsible for directing all of the day-today operations of ColdStash. Given the “lean-and-mean” size of ColdStash, this is not an easy task. Charlotte balances her days as the Customer Account Manager for the Americas as well as our Distributors, where she has direct client contact and supervision for product procurement, customization requests, vendor relationships and quality control.

Charlotte is an integral part of the success of ColdStash and is in many cases the go-to person for any client inquiries; large, small, or seemingly mundane – she either has the answer or will find out.

Charlotte grew up in Sweden where she studied Business Economics and first moved to Toronto, Canada, to complete her degree at University of Toronto, receiving her Bachelor degree in Criminology and Social Studies. After a career as a social worker she returned to school earning a Teachers degree at Lakehead University, with a strong focus on science and family studies. After teaching for several years and directing all of the day-today customer service of their family’s Log Home and Timber Frame business, she joined Coldstash.

A mother of twins who were conceived through IVF, Charlotte is passionate about the science of cryogenic storage and how our customers brings and keeps science alive by helping to enrich their clients’ lives. When not working, she loves spending time with her friends, family, horses and adorable miniature dachshunds – and when she feels inspired her paint brushes works their magic.

Kevin Leary

kevin-learyOperations & Client Services Manager

After spending five and a half years with the country’s largest grocery wholesaler, Kevin joined the ColdStash team in December 2012. He brings expertise in procurement, logistics and coordination of backroom operations to ColdStash. As Operations and Client Services Manager he is focused on assuring ColdStash can deliver innovative quality products at competitive prices on time, every time.

Kevin graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He is an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. He resides in Springfield, Vermont with his wife Jamie and daughter Cailyn.