Erik Tietig is the co-owner and CEO of the Miracle Fruit Farm. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and is a second generation nursery professional specializing in fruit crops. His recognitions include the FNGLA Young Nursery Professional of the Year, Southern Nursery Association Young Nursery Professional of the Year, and the OFA National Young Farmer of the Year. He also serves on numerous volunteer boards. Most notably as the Vice President of the Dade County Farm Bureau, Chairman of the University of Florida’s Tropical Fruit Advisory Board, and Chairman of the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center’s Advisory Board. Erik and his wife Heather are a team at work and at home raising their two boys, Thomas and Richard.
Kris Tietig was born and raised in Miami, FL spending his summers working on the family nursery. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Auburn University in 2001. Kris moved to Orlando where he began his professional career in corporate finance and real estate. He is an active member of his community in Oviedo just outside of Orlando. Kris stayed connected to his agricultural upbringing while searching for an impactful means to help others in need. He found this goal when he joined his brother Erik as owners and creators of Miracle Fruit Farm where he serves as the farm’s COO. Kris is very happily married to his wife Mary Jo with son Von and daughter Layla.
Danielle Zimmerman is the Health Systems Specialist and oversees the farm's role in the integrative medicine programs at Baptist Hospitals and the Miami Cancer Institute. Born and raised in Homestead, Florida she is a liscensed real estate agent and works as the Office Manager at her family’s commercial truck dealership. Danielle serves with numerous volunteer organizations,
most notably the Soroptimist International of Homestead, a women’s volunteer organization to help women and girls in our local community, where she is proudly the current President. Through Soroptimist and the women that the organization helps, she connected with Erik Tietig and Miracle Fruit Farm to help women undergoing chemotherapy. From there, she became passionate about Miracle Fruit and is determined to help others by creating awareness among all those that could benefit from Miracle Fruit but especially those experiencing taste altering side effects caused by chemotherapy.
Doctor Mike Cusnir M.D. is a specialist in Hematology/Oncology, and practices as the Chief of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami Beach, Florida. Doctor Cusnir is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Medical Oncology, and the American Board of Hematology. He has completed the first clinical study of the benefits of miracle fruit for cancer patients whose chemotherapy drugs cause unpleasant taste sensations and has authored and published multiple peer review articles on the subject. Doctor Cusnir is widely recognized as the world’s leading medical authority on Miracle Fruit and has partnered with the Tietig brothers in the development of Miracle Fruit based nutraceutical products through a joint venture called Farm Life Supplements.
Tania Gerstenbluth was born in Bogata, Colombia and has a Bachelor’s degree in business Administration from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a Master’s degree in Tourism Administration from New York University. After working in the tourism industry, she partnered with Dr. Cusnir and Susan Farkas in the quest to develop dietary supplements specifically formulated for people undergoing long treatment regiments that leave the body nutritionally depleted. She currently serves as the CEO of OR Supplements, and she and her team met the Tietig’s while researching new and innovative ingredients. Together with Dr. Cusnir they founded Farm Life Supplements to focus specifically on the benefits of Miracle Fruit for a wide range of applications.