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Chris White

President and CEO, White Labs

You might not know it, but it’s likely you’ve used White Labs’ products before. Their yeast is used by many brewers around the world, and their analytical testing and consulting services are a favorite of winemakers, distillers and kombucha brewers alike. Chris White founded the company in 1995 to manufacture yeast cultures and assist various brewing industries with the fermentation process. He lectured on chemistry at UC San Diego and teaches in the Brewing Certificate Program through UCSD Extension. In 2013, he received the Recognition Award from the American Homebrewers Association.

ALMA MATER: University of California, Davis

TOUGHEST CHALLENGE: Initial lack of funding to really get White Labs off the ground.

PROUDEST MOMENT: Being 2015 keynote speaker for UCSD’s Graduate Division commencement ceremony.

FUN FACT: A history buff, large portrait of Abraham Lincoln hangs in my office surrounded by bookshelves filled with my large board game collection.