MEET THE TEAM

THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Inspired by the values of our growers and their family hop farms, we aim to cultivate a welcoming, encouraging and compassionate company culture. As an employer, we have a responsibility to create a positive environment that fosters and enables productivity and quality, as well as healthy employees and a healthy business. We recognize that the success of our organization depends on the success of the people who make it happen.

At YCH, we take a holistic approach to company and employee wellness. We provide a wide range of employee benefits, from healthcare and retirement to education reimbursement and health-related incentives. We maintain regular communications with our employees, offering resources regarding community involvement, educational opportunities and mental health support. We offer career development opportunities and recognition for notable contributions.

As an organization rooted in the diverse farming community of Yakima, WA, we take racial equality and multi-cultural collaboration seriously. We recognize that many people are overlooked based on their background when being considered for a seat at the table. We not only aim to be inclusive and invite diversity to our table, but we seek to acknowledge and empower the marginalized voices in our company and community. Enacting the diverse perspectives of our company drives our innovation.

RYAN HOPKINS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

If Ryan was a hop, he would be Pahto™. He has been bred to be good for growers, processors and brewers. Pahto, like Ryan, is relatively new to the Yakima Chief Hops team. However, because of his deep roots in the Yakima Valley, he connects with Pahto’s name, which is the inspiring native name for Mount Adams.

STEVE CARPENTER

CHIEF SUPPLY CHAIN OFFICER

If Steve was a hop, he would be Ahtanum®, because he’s sweet, earthy and rarely bitter. He also has deep roots in the Ahtanum Valley.

LISA GARCIA 

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

If Lisa was a hop, she would be Sabro®, the strongly expressive daughter of a wild American Neomexicanus mother. Known for its complexity, Sabro® is a favorite of brewers looking for a bold, bright, strong impression in their beers.

KARL VANEVENHOVEN

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

If Karl was a hop, he would be Sabro®. Having followed its journey from soil to serve, you could say Karl and Sabro® have a SabroMance that has helped generate unique brews in the PNW, as well as awards at the Fresh Hop Ale Fest and AHA during its first commercial release in 2015 with Russian River Brewing.

HOWARD ALLRED 

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

If Howard were a hop, he would be Eroica.  Like Howard, this variety was born and bred in Idaho and is known for subtle bitterness and consistency.

BRYAN PIERCE

CHIEF SALES & MARKETING OFFICER

If Bryan were a hop he would be Simcoe®.  Like Bryan, Simcoe® provide bold new characteristics without the harsh bitterness of other hops.  Bryan and Simcoe® both provide a solid foundation for our business as we strive to create value for our customers.

DREW GASKELL

CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

If Drew were a hop he would be Mosaic®.  Both are good producers and provide a wide array of contributions to the end product.  They represent the next generation of leaders for the company and our customers.

DENIS GAYTE

MANAGING DIRECTOR, EUROPEAN BUSINESS

If Denis was a hop, he would be Cascade. An oldie but goodie! Easily adaptable and can fit into many beer styles, this American craft classic can go anywhere……it’s the 4 x 4 of hops. Cascade has been planted in other regions around the world but has maintained its solid roots in the state of Washington.

MISSY RAVER

VP, QUALITY & PLANNING

If Missy were a hop, she would be Loral®.  They both have a unique combination of pleasant fruitiness and growth, and under almost every condition is robust.

KEN MORTENSEN

VP, EXTRACTION & SUPPLY CHAIN

If Ken were a hop, he would be Sorachi Ace.  As a kid his lively fastball and devastating breaking pitches led him to Washington State University where he was a standout on the pitching staff and advocate for good hops for his entire infield..

SALVADOR BENITEZ

VP, PELLETING

If Sal were a hop, he would be Chinook.  Both were born and bred in the lower Yakima Valley and are known for their consistency and versatility.

PEDRO “PETE” VENEGAS

VP, GROWER RELATIONS

If Pete was a hop, he would be HBC 472. He’s earthy, mild and can pack a punch. Proud to be an American Hop…but without forgetting neomexicanus ancestry.

NICK ZEIGLER

VP, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

If Nick was a hop, he would Ekuanot®. Definitely polarizing – but when used correctly, he provides oodles of benefits. Nick, like Ekuanot®, is full of flavor and deeply weird, providing a fresh outlook on a wide range of beer styles.

TED STRONG

VP, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

If Ted were a hop he would be Cascade.  This hop has experience growing in every corner of the world, but is native to the Pacific Northwest.  Cascade, like Ted, is a hop with a gentle spiciness balanced with consistent performance and sustainability over the years.

CESAR SILVA

VP, DATA SCIENCE

If Cesar were a hop he would be Talus™.  While fairly new to Yakima Chief Hops, both Cesar and Talus™ are contributing great value as good producers and providing unique characteristics.  But what really sets these two apart are the dimples.

ARIC GAMACHE

VP, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

If Aric were a hop, he would be Amarillo® because he too was once found wild and growing on Virgil Gamache Farms.

BRITTNEY HILL

CORPORATE CONTROLLER

If Brittney were a hop she would be Cashmere.  Brittney, like Cashmere is never bitter and is quickly growing into an important role as a contributor to success in many areas.  Great things can be expected from Brittney and Cashmere in the very near future.

DANE ALLISON

LOGISTICS DIRECTOR

If Dane were a hop he would be Vanguard.  This hop has subtle characteristics and is a welcome, but not overpowering addition to any beer.  Dane leads a vanguard of great teammates who will stop at nothing to get our hops to any point in the globe.

THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Inspired by the values of our growers and their family hop farms, we aim to cultivate a welcoming, encouraging and compassionate company culture. As an employer, we have a responsibility to create a positive environment that fosters and enables productivity and quality, as well as healthy employees and a healthy business. We recognize that the success of our organization depends on the success of the people who make it happen.

At YCH, we take a holistic approach to company and employee wellness. We provide a wide range of employee benefits, from healthcare and retirement to education reimbursement and health-related incentives. We maintain regular communications with our employees, offering resources regarding community involvement, educational opportunities and mental health support. We offer career development opportunities and recognition for notable contributions.

As an organization rooted in the diverse farming community of Yakima, WA, we take racial equality and multi-cultural collaboration seriously. We recognize that many people are overlooked based on their background when being considered for a seat at the table. We not only aim to be inclusive and invite diversity to our table, but we seek to acknowledge and empower the marginalized voices in our company and community. Enacting the diverse perspectives of our company drives our innovation.

RYAN HOPKINS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

If Ryan was a hop, he would be Pahto™. He has been bred to be good for growers, processors and brewers. Pahto, like Ryan, is relatively new to the Yakima Chief Hops team. However, because of his deep roots in the Yakima Valley, he connects with Pahto’s name, which is the inspiring native name for Mount Adams.

STEVE CARPENTER

CHIEF SUPPLY CHAIN OFFICER

If Steve was a hop, he would be Ahtanum®, because he’s sweet, earthy and rarely bitter. He also has deep roots in the Ahtanum Valley..

LISA GARCIA 

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER

If Lisa was a hop, she would be Sabro®, the strongly expressive daughter of a wild American Neomexicanus mother. Known for its complexity, Sabro® is a favorite of brewers looking for a bold, bright, strong impression in their beers.

KARL VANEVENHOVEN

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

If Karl was a hop, he would be Sabro®. Having followed its journey from soil to serve, you could say Karl and Sabro have a SabroMance that has helped generate unique brews in the PNW, as well as awards at the Fresh Hop Ale Fest and AHA during its first commercial release in 2015 with Russian River Brewing.

HOWARD ALLRED 

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

If Howard were a hop, he would be Eroica.  Like Howard, this variety was born and bred in Idaho and is known for subtle bitterness and consistency.

BRYAN PIERCE

CHIEF SALES & MARKETING OFFICER

DREW GASKELL

CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

DENIS GAYTE

VP, EUROPEAN SALES

 If Denis was a hop, he would be Cascade. An oldie but goodie! Easily adaptable and can fit into many beer styles, this American craft classic can go anywhere……it’s the 4 x 4 of hops. Cascade has been planted in other regions around the world but has maintained its solid roots in the state of Washington.

MISSY RAVER

VP, QUALITY

If Missy were a hop, she would be Loral®.  They both have a unique combination of pleasant fruitiness and growth, and under almost every condition is robust.

KEN MORTENSEN

VP, EXTRACTION & SUPPLY CHAIN

If Ken were a hop, he would be Sorachi Ace.  As a kid his lively fastball and devastating breaking pitches led him to Washington State University where he was a standout on the pitching staff and advocate for good hops for his entire infield..

SALVADOR BENITEZ

VP, PELLETING

If Sal were a hop, he would be Chinook.  Both were born and bred in the lower Yakima Valley and are known for their consistency and versatility.

PEDRO “PETE” VENEGAS

VP, PLANNING & CUSTOMER RELATIONS

If Pete was a hop, he would be HBC 472. He’s earthy, mild and can pack a punch. Proud to be an American Hop…but without forgetting neomexicanus ancestry.

NICK ZEIGLER

VP, HEMP & R&D

If Nick was a hop, he would Ekuanot®. Definitely polarizing – but when used correctly, he provides oodles of benefits. Nick, like Ekuanot™, is full of flavor and deeply weird, providing a fresh outlook on a wide range of beer styles.

TED STRONG

VP, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

CESAR SILVA

VP, DATA SCIENCE

ARIC GAMACHE

VP, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

BRITTNEY HILL

CORPORATE CONTROLLER

DANE ALLISON

LOGISTICS DIRECTOR

regional sales managers

Inspired by the values of our growers and their family hop farms, we aim to cultivate a welcoming, encouraging and compassionate company culture. As an employer, we have a responsibility to create a positive environment that fosters and enables productivity and quality, as well as healthy employees and a healthy business. We recognize that the success of our organization depends on the success of the people who make it happen.

At YCH, we take a holistic approach to company and employee wellness. We provide a wide range of employee benefits, from healthcare and retirement to education reimbursement and health-related incentives. We maintain regular communications with our employees, offering resources regarding community involvement, educational opportunities and mental health support. We offer career development opportunities and recognition for notable contributions.

As an organization rooted in the diverse farming community of Yakima, WA, we take racial equality and multi-cultural collaboration seriously. We recognize that many people are overlooked based on their background when being considered for a seat at the table. We not only aim to be inclusive and invite diversity to our table, but we seek to acknowledge and empower the marginalized voices in our company and community. Enacting the diverse perspectives of our company drives our innovation.

REGION SERVED

PEDRO “PETE” VENEGAS

VP, PLANNING & CUSTOMER RELATIONS

If Pete was a hop, he would be HBC 472. He’s earthy, mild and can pack a punch. Proud to be an American Hop…but without forgetting neomexicanus ancestry.
REGION SERVED

NICK ZEIGLER

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

If Nick was a hop, he would Ekuanot™. Definitely polarizing – but when used correctly, he provides oodles of benefits. Nick, like Ekuanot™, is full of flavor and deeply weird, providing a fresh outlook on a wide range of beer styles.
REGION SERVED

CAROL AIKEN

VP, FINANCE

If Carol was a hop, she would be Crystal, a triploid sister of Liberty and Ultra. Delicate and sweet as a dry hop addition, but can exhibit a spicy bitterness in the boil.
REGION SERVED

DENIS GAYTE

VP, EUROPEAN SALES

If Denis was a hop, he would be Cascade. An oldie but goodie! Easily adaptable and can fit into many beer styles, this American craft classic can go anywhere……it’s the 4 x 4 of hops. Cascade has been planted in other regions around the world but has maintained its solid roots in the state of Washington.
REGION SERVED

PEDRO “PETE” VENEGAS

VP, PLANNING & CUSTOMER RELATIONS

If Pete was a hop, he would be HBC 472. He’s earthy, mild and can pack a punch. Proud to be an American Hop…but without forgetting neomexicanus ancestry.
REGION SERVED

NICK ZEIGLER

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

If Nick was a hop, he would Ekuanot™. Definitely polarizing – but when used correctly, he provides oodles of benefits. Nick, like Ekuanot™, is full of flavor and deeply weird, providing a fresh outlook on a wide range of beer styles.
REGION SERVED

CAROL AIKEN

VP, FINANCE

If Carol was a hop, she would be Crystal, a triploid sister of Liberty and Ultra. Delicate and sweet as a dry hop addition, but can exhibit a spicy bitterness in the boil.
REGION SERVED

DENIS GAYTE

VP, EUROPEAN SALES

If Denis was a hop, he would be Cascade. An oldie but goodie! Easily adaptable and can fit into many beer styles, this American craft classic can go anywhere……it’s the 4 x 4 of hops. Cascade has been planted in other regions around the world but has maintained its solid roots in the state of Washington.
REGION SERVED

PEDRO “PETE” VENEGAS

VP, PLANNING & CUSTOMER RELATIONS

If Pete was a hop, he would be HBC 472. He’s earthy, mild and can pack a punch. Proud to be an American Hop…but without forgetting neomexicanus ancestry.
REGION SERVED

NICK ZEIGLER

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

If Nick was a hop, he would Ekuanot™. Definitely polarizing – but when used correctly, he provides oodles of benefits. Nick, like Ekuanot™, is full of flavor and deeply weird, providing a fresh outlook on a wide range of beer styles.
REGION SERVED

CAROL AIKEN

VP, FINANCE

If Carol was a hop, she would be Crystal, a triploid sister of Liberty and Ultra. Delicate and sweet as a dry hop addition, but can exhibit a spicy bitterness in the boil.
REGION SERVED

DENIS GAYTE

VP, EUROPEAN SALES

If Denis was a hop, he would be Cascade. An oldie but goodie! Easily adaptable and can fit into many beer styles, this American craft classic can go anywhere……it’s the 4 x 4 of hops. Cascade has been planted in other regions around the world but has maintained its solid roots in the state of Washington.

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