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Hop Breeding, Brand Management, Hop processing, CryoHops, and CO2 extract


May 1, 2020 06:31 AM

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Joe Catron
Supply Chain Operations Manager @Yakima Chief Ranches
Joe Catron is the Supply Chain Hoperations Manager for Yakima Chief Ranches. Joe has a strong appreciation for horticulture, having worked in different agricultural and landscaping capacities in the Yakima Valley. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Western Washington University. After graduating from college, Joe was a founding member of the band Cody Beebe & The Crooks, which traveled the country performing for several years before returning to the Yakima Valley to start a family. He interned with Yakima Chief Ranches, and was hired out of that program as the Quality Assurance Manager. He recently earned a Master of Science in Agriculture with an emphasis on plant health and management at WSU. He is married with one daughter.
Blaze Ruud
Director of Sales of Key Accounts and Brewing Innovation @Yakima Chief Hops
Prior to joining Yakima Chief Hops in early 2014, Blaze brewed at Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop, WA. Blaze started in production management for YCH but then transitioned to research and development where he worked on the Cryo Hops® process and program. In his tenure with YCH Sales, Blaze first managed sales to the Pacific and Pacific Northwest regions and now is Director of Sales of Key Accounts and Brewing Innovation.