to all our team members
Kyle Garner, board member and Education co-chair, is the CEO of ORGANIC INDIA USA, a leading mission-driven manufacturer of herb-based wellness teas and functional supplements based on the principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Kyle joined ORGANIC INDIA USA in April 2015 following 3 years as CEO of New Chapter, Inc. in Brattleboro, VT. Kyle joined New Chapter in June 2012 following the acquisition by Procter & Gamble. Under his leadership, the New Chapter brand scaled-up in all facets including sales, marketing, scientific research, certifications, and innovation. He led the process for New Chapter to achieve B Corp certification. Kyle began his career with P&G working in Consumer and Market Insights for the Fabric Care business in 1998. He served in a variety of roles on both the consumer and retail sides of the P&G business. He moved into P&G Health Care in 2009 where he played a leadership role in the development of a Joint Venture with Teva Pharmaceuticals and the acquisition of the New Chapter business. Kyle earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Kyle lives in Boulder with his wife (Maggie), 6-year-old son (Oscar), 2-year-old daughter (Audrey), and giant, fluffy dog (Belle). In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, beer, and making pickles.
Board member and Spring Fling and Pitch Slam co-chair. Steve is Vice President of Sales and Analytics at Kevita, makers of functional probiotic drinks. A veteran natural products industry sales executive, Steve has served as vice president of sales for 34 Degrees and was vice president of sales for SPINS, the leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics and consulting for the natural products industry.
Board member, morning mingle co-chair and membership co-chair. Christopher is a natural products entrepreneur whose company, Keen One Quinoa, was hatched in a product development class at the University of Colorado — Boulder in 2007. Keen One offers dinner mixes, cereals and snacks made from organic quinoa.
Board member and Executive Forum chair. Susan is the Vice President, Regional Development Manager at New Resource Bank. A longtime Boulderite, she has held operations management and human resource positions in a number of area CPG companies. She also served as CEO of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for eight years, helping to create the Innovation Center of the Rockies and Naturally Boulder. Fun fact: while guardian of the star on Flagstaff Mountain she converted it to wind power.
Board president and Autumn Awards co-chair. As the executive director of content and insights for New Hope Network, Carlotta oversees the content strategy for all of New Hope’s in-person, digital and print products serving suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, service providers and consumers in the natural products industry. She is a frequent speaker on natural products issues and trends, and co-founder of an organic snacks company. Fun fact: Carlotta’s great grandparents emigrated from Sweden to Boulder in 1876.
Co-Vice President, Communications chair, and Pitch Slam co-chair. Alex Hanifin is a native to Boulder, CO, and is the Co-Founder of Alpine Start Foods. She currently sits on the Executive Board of Directors for Naturally Boulder and The Growe Foundation. Alex most recently was on the marketing team at Boulder Brands. She previously worked in innovation and product development for Rudi’s Organic Bakery under the Hain-Celestial Group.
Board Treasurer and Pitch Slam co-chair. Jason is senior vice president and general manager of WhiteWave Foods’ Yogurt business. Previously, he headed WhiteWave’s Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Innovation teams, where he played an instrumental role in the IPO of WhiteWave and the subsequent acquisitions of So Delicious, Vega, Wallaby and others. Fun fact: Jason recently completed the Leadville 100 mountain bike race, completing his quest to earn a buckle to accompany the buckle from his Leadville 100 run.
Board member, Networking Night co-chair and Spring Fling co-chair. She is a veteran CPG marketing executive and held a variety of marketing, creative and community engagement roles at Alfalfa’s Markets and Interact On Shelf. She is currently with Modern Alkeme. Fun fact: With more than five of singing lessons under her belt, you may spot Alex at local karaoke hot spots singing some Patsy Cline, Lauren Hill or Amy Winehouse.
Board member and Education co-chair. Clif is executive director of the Boulder Economic Council, the economic development arm of the Boulder Chamber. He has more than a dozen years of economic development experience in Boulder and the Denver metro area and worked in the private sector in financial services and information technology. Fun fact: A Colorado native, Clif is an avid kayaker.
Chuck Cotter, board member, Networking Night and Pitch Slam co-chair, chairs the Food and Beverage Group at Holland & Hart LLP, where he provides advice to companies at all stages of growth, from start-ups to publicly listed companies, helping them successfully raise capital, complete acquisitions and divestitures, and comply with regulatory requirements. His experience at Holland & Hart, a leading Wall Street law firm, and in-house at a major hedge fund allows him to help growth and/or exit-oriented clients determine the best way to reach their objectives — whether that be an IPO, a sale, or other option – and has included deals ranging in size from a few million dollars to over five hundred million. He represents start-up companies from initial formation and financing rounds, through growth stages, and culminating in exit strategies. Chuck represents a substantial number of clients, both small and large, in the food, beverage, and natural products space, such as Boulder Food Group, Purely Elizabeth, ChiaViva!, CleanWell, Dale Katechis and Oskar Blues Brewery, EvoHemp, Hotbox Roasters, the Odell family, and Yummari. A sample client list can be seen here.
Board member, vice president and education co-chair. Adriane is with Natural Habitats Group, a company dedicated to bringing organic, Fair Trade and responsible palm oil to the market. Previously, she was director of marketing for the Earth Balance division of Boulder Brands Inc., responsible for managing brand strategy and growth, communications, digital marketing, new product development, community involvement efforts, cause marketing initiatives, and furthering the plant-based diet message. She also founded a marketing communications company focused on natural products. Fun fact: Adriane loves chocolate, and eats it every day (the 70% cacao, organic, fair-trade variety)!
Board member and Membership co-chair. John Grubb is Managing Partner of the Sterling-Rice Group, a Boulder-based, 100 person brand strategy and innovation firm. John leads engagements across a full range of global blue-chip clients, as well as more entrepreneurial businesses and private equity backed brands. He has deep experience in nutrition and in natural, organic, and functional food and beverages. John’s passion for strategy runs throughout his 30 years of business experience –half of which has been as a consultant, and half in senior executive marketing roles. After earning his MBA from Yale University, he began his consulting career at Bain & Company. While at Bain he worked in a wide range of industries on growth strategy and M&A assignments. Since Bain, he has led the marketing and strategy functions in retail, manufacturing, and food processing companies. John is a frequent speaker on the topics of health and wellness, consumer trends, and business strategy including industry conferences such as The Grocery Manufacturers Association, Natural Products Expo, Healthy Foods Europe, NBJ Summit, and others. He is a member of the Board of Advisors at the Yale Center for Customer Insights.
Catherine Mangan Walsh
Board secretary, sponsorship committee, Pitch Slam co-chair. Catherine is Practice Coordinator at Holland & Hart LLP, and co-founder of Yummari, an organic superfood snack company that she and her husband founded in New York City. After attending a Naturally Boulder event, Catherine and her husband decided to move their business and themselves from New York to Boulder. Fun fact: While living in Singapore, Catherine adopted a local stray there from a shipyard and brought her back to the U.S. Lady Coco has now lived both in Manhattan and Colorado.
Board Member and networking night co-chair. Jen is the Marketing Manager for 34 Degrees, makers of 34º Crisps – the all-natural, light and crunchy crackers that are simply good to eat whether enjoyed straight out of the box or paired cheeses, dips and spreads. Jen has been with 34 Degrees for over four years rising up in the ranks from Sales & Marketing Coordinator to Marketing Manager after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a marketing emphasis from the CU Boulder Leeds School of Business. In her free time, Jen can be found trying out a new restaurant with friends or taking full advantage of the healthy Colorado lifestyle via skiing, hiking and cycling on her road bike. Fun fact: Jennifer spent a semester of her junior year of college studying abroad in Shanghai, China learning Mandarin Chinese.
Board member and co-chair for sponsorship, spring fling, and autumn awards. David is Director of Business Development for SPINS, the leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics and consulting for the Natural, Organic and Specialty Products Industry. Stretching back to his days with Wild Oats, David has remained a passionate advocate for enabling the innovation of natural brands via sound, fact-based decision making. Fun Fact: Prior to going vegan, David worked for one summer at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, VT where employees were allowed to bring home up to 3 pints per day and eat unlimited ice cream during shifts.