Pre-conference: Business Strategies
Presentation: Managing Innovation: Entrepreneurial Startups to Going Mainstream
Speaker: Mark Haas, Partner, CCD Helmsman
Mark Haas is currently Partner at CCD Helmsman and has been helping natural and organic companies grow for more than 20 years. With a background leading high-growth brands as well as founding his own contract manufacturing plant, Mark provides experienced insight and strategies to bring companies to their full potential.
CCD Helmsman was recently formed when The Helmsman Group joined forces with CCD Innovation. Mark and his team have helped accelerate high potential food brands in several trending categories, including bars, snacks, beverages, plant-based proteins, and free-from. They are also frequently engaged as an outsourced turn-key management agency spanning all things operational from COO to sourcing, including all aspects of supply chain and optimization.
Mark supports organizations that empower the global organic and natural foods industry, including the Advisory Boards of Aunt Fannie’s, a Safe Near Food cleaning and pesticide alternative, and 88 Acres, a free-from healthy snack start-up. He is also committed to nurturing the next generation of food industry leaders through his work with both Christie & Co’s Gang of Good as well as the Education Research Institute, a non-profit affiliate of the North West Food Processors Association.
Mark’s education includes the following: BS, Oceanography, from the University of Washington; Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management, Weber State University; and, Supply Chain Operations, Broad School of Business, Michigan State University.
About CCD Helmsman
CCD Helmsman combines CCD Innovation’s world-class culinary development—driven by strategic vision, trend insights and the creativity of its Chefs’ Council®—with The Helmsman Group’s vast expertise in commercialization, scale-up and getting finished products to market quickly. Together, it reimagines food, from start to finish, for a full-service solution for your innovation needs.