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  • Marketing Director, Lotus Energy Drinks With 10 years of marketing experience, from working with brands to becoming a digital marketing consultant, Hannah's journey has led her to becoming the Marketi ...
  • Food + Beverage Advisor, F+B Therapy   Jake Leonti is a writer and Cafe Guru working in New York City. He has worked in the food + beverage industry for over 20 years. Designing and creating cafes, br ...
  • Specialty Trader, Sucafina Specialty James McKenny has been trading coffee with Sucafina Specialty since 2019. Prior to trading coffee, James worked on the specialty roasting side of the business in A ...
  • VP of Sales, Two Leaves and a Bud Jen is an Iowa girl who has been slinging tea with Two Leaves and a Bud for over 15 years now. When not talking tea you may find her as a cheering sideline soccer mom ...
  • Owner, Birch Coffee Jeremy co-founded Birch Coffee, a New York City-based coffee company, in 2009. Since then, the company has grown to 14 locations and is doing 10x the revenue it was doing by the en ...
  • Head of Sales, TapMango A decade ago in college, Jessica was a Starbucks barista who watched the Starbucks loyalty program launch and evolve. She noticed that this loyalty program, order ahead technol ...
  • Managing Partner, Mighty Peace Coffee As a Congolese immigrant who now calls New York home, Jim dreams of the day when his country’s coffee will not be an afterthought or an exotic option that roaster ...
  • PerfectCube Mark Calhoun and Jim Starcev are serial entrepreneurs. They have started and sold multiple businesses over the last 16 years, ranging from technology to gelato. Their latest company, Perfe ...
  • Co-Founder, ALTO Cold Brew Joey Ruiz is the cofounder of ALTO Cold Brew. He started ALTO to directly solve the issues that came up during first-hand brewing experience. Click here to learn more and se ...
  • Shoreline Supply Company Jordan Brown is a Coffee Professional that specializes in getting premium products to coffee shops and cafes. Jordan has also consulted with hundreds of coffee shops in the ar ...
  • Chief Sales Officer & Chief Supply Chain Officer, NuZee Inc. Jose Ramirez joined NuZee Inc., a single-serve pour-over and coffee brew bag co-packer, in May 2021. He works with coffee roasters as well ...
  • President, Toddy LLC Julia Leach leads Toddy, LLC, a company at the forefront of cold brewing since 1964. Julia’s team helps cafes and roasters around the world to develop cold brew programs that high ...
  • Specialty Managing Trader, Sucafina Specialty Kat Nolte Ferguson is the managing trader for Sucafina Specialty in North America. She has worked in the coffee industry since 2000. She is a Q-grader and ...
  • Dillanos Coffee Roasters Kendra started her coffee career in 2013 as a barista and quickly earned her way into a management roll. She has been a vital part of the national sales team at Dillanos Coffe ...
  • Barista Trainer, Hope & Sesame Howdy this is Kevin, a first gen Chinese/Taiwanese and Los Angeles native! A former Intelligentsia trainer, Kevin has worked in specialty coffee for about 8 years with e ...
  • Sales and Business Development, BUNN Kristen Hjelm is a Regional Account Manager for the Bunn-o-Matic corporation. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their two young childr ...
  • Barista Life LA I'm a Los Angeles native, born the daughter of two felons from South Central LA. 'Easy' is the last word I'd use to describe my upbringing but without the struggle I wouldn't be the pr ...
  • Owner, Play Coffee Click here to learn more and see what sessions Leon is speaking at!
  • Owner, Maya Tea Manish Shah is the owner of Maya Tea Company, a Tucson, Arizona-based manufacturer and distributor of fine loose leaf tea blends. He began his tea company in 1996 with a single product ...
  • Sales Director, Urnex Brands Maria Cleaveland is a food & beverage and hospitality professional with business development, strategic planning, finance and operations expertise. Notably, Cleaveland man ...
  • PerfectCube Mark Calhoun and Jim Starcev are serial entrepreneurs. They have started and sold multiple businesses over the last 16 years, ranging from technology to gelato. Their latest company, Perfe ...
  • Co-Founder, ALTO Cold Brew Matt Bushman is the cofounder of ALTO Cold Brew. An engineer by trade, he started ALTO to help solve the pain-points in the cold brew industry. Click here to learn more and ...
  • Vice President of Digital Integration, ColinKurtis Advertising Matt Hensler is a multi-award winning marketing leader, educator and speaker who is currently the Vice President of Digital Integration a ...
  • Owner, Calioh Coffee Roasters Matt Powers is the owner of Calioh Coffee. His experience as a specialty coffee professional includes SCA Roaster certification and experience as a coffee technician. Mat ...
  • Culture & Community Ambassador, Dillanos Mike Miller has been in the Coffee industry for over 15 years. He has owned 3 coffee businesses including a coffee shop in the Virgin Islands, a Drive-Thru in ...