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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader: Jan Chernus

Date: 11:30am - 1:30pm PST February 20 Location: J.R. Howard, Room 302

  • Jan Chernus
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J.R. Howard, Room 302


Learn about being mentored by an uncompromising leader in the natural food world and Jan’s rise to head of international sales in an employee-owned company with over $100M in sales and in over 80 countries.

Jan Chernus began her career at Bob’s Red Mill in 1998 as the company’s first sales rep for the Western US. Jan was involved in business development for both large grocery and natural accounts and then she began working with the fast growing e commerce trade. She was appointed VP of International Sales in 2013. Prior to working at Bob’s Red Mill Jan worked as a foodservice manager for an in-patient nonprofit treatment center in Portland. Jan holds a business degree with a major in International Business and a minor in French from Hofstra University in New York and a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from San Francisco State University. Jan sits on the ESOP committee at Bob’s Red Mill. The goal of the committee is to communicate and educate employee owners about the ESOP.

Jan is the proud parent of an alumna of both the Lewis and Clark undergraduate and the Law School.

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc. of Milwaukie, Oregon was founded with the mission to move people back to nutritious whole grain foods. Bob’s Red Mill produces simple, unrefined wholesome whole-grain foods high in nutrition and fiber and they produce more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products. With a wide variety of whole grain products—from flours and hot cereals to baking mixes and grains—Bob’s Red Mill has “whole grain foods for every meal of the day.”

Everyone at Bob’s Red Mill sets out to accomplish permanent, positive change through nutrition.

Bob and Charlee Moore, founders of Bob’s Red Mill and founders of the Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University) aim to halt the rampant health problems caused by unhealthy eating and inadequate nutrition through cutting-edge research and community outreach.

Sponsored by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader is a series of opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends while you enjoy a FREE lunch!

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