Ashlee was born and raised in Boulder, CO, where the natural beauty and culture of health and wellness helped to shape her world outlook and ultimately bring her to the Natural Foods Industry. She has a BA from Colorado University in International Affairs and earned her MS from Penn State, where she studied Geography with an emphasis on global food systems. Her passion for all things food easily translated to the broker world, where she has worked with Colorado-based natural retailers for the last four years. She has expertise calling on Natural Grocers, Whole Foods Market, Pharmaca, and Lucky's Market, and is always eager to expand her knowledge and build relationships with new retailers.
In her free time, Ashlee nurtures her obsession with food by working to deepen her knowledge and understanding of ethnic ingredients, techniques and flavor profiles. She also has a keen interest in helping things grow, keeping an outdoor garden and tending her indoor "garbage garden" composed of items often thrown away but with a little help can be productive again. Whether in rain, sunshine, or snow, she can also be found outside with her husband and her dog, Jack
Austin grew up in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the small town of Conifer, Colorado. The beauty of his surroundings instilled an appreciation for the outdoors which inspired him to live a plant based lifestyle. Austin graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management where he learned about his love for people and exceeding their expectations. Austin began his retail experience with Sprouts Farmers Market as the Grocery Department Manager where he began a new journey with health foods and retail operations. At Sprouts, Austin was responsible for ordering product for the grocery and frozen department, meeting with vendors, building promotional displays, optimizing sales, and assisting with overall store operations. His passion for people and natural foods has brought him to Yin Yang Naturals where he can do what he loves most - meet new people and enjoy good food.
Outside of work Austin enjoys hiking, musical theatre, trying new food and recipes, travel, and spending quality time with his best friend- a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Copper.
Hannah was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana but has loved calling Colorado home since 2016. She started her career in sales and data management and made the shift to the CPG industry a few years ago. Hannah held key account coordinator positions at a national broker where she became well versed in Albertsons/Safeway and Sprouts grocery operations. She supported over 20 area representatives in 14 divisions in 33 different states for Albertsons/Safeway. For the Sprouts business, Hannah was responsible for trade planning, promo analysis, and handling of all new item, price change and promo contract submissions in DMS for over 150 brands. Hannah loves a challenge and problem solving to create more efficient processes.
Outside of work, Hannah enjoys snowboarding and hiking with her fiancé on the weekends.