Kate’s Real Food is expanding with new leadership. Jackson Hole local Todd Hanna from Belay On Advisors has accepted the new role of CEO at Kate’s Real Food as of July 1st, 2017.
Kate Schade, founder of Kate’s Real Food, is excited about the new growth of her company and is looking forward to the newest team member getting up to his elbows in honey. Kate founded Kate’s Real Food after years of making bars and passing them out at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Tram Line or leaving them with customers’ bills when she waited tables at Nora’s Fish Creek Inn in Wilson. The recipes were handcrafted to be satisfying in the backcountry with real food ingredients.
Last year, Kate’s Real Food introduced a new line of products, “Kate’s Bites,” which meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks initiative; The bars and bites are now distributed nationally in the grocery sector including the chains Wegmans, Balducci’s, Whole Foods Market, and Shaw’s; and Kate’s Real Food is now stocked by outdoor giant REI across the country as well as on REI.com.
“I feel very fortunate to have met Todd Hanna through our networks in Jackson Hole. Working with Todd over the last few months, it has become clear that his knowledge and expertise, along with his passion for Kate’s Real Food and for the outdoors, makes him a perfect fit. I look forward continuing to working alongside Todd, assisting him to take the reins as CEO, which will also enable me to put more energy into promoting and growing my company through connecting with fans and customers and creating new products in the future. We will be continuing to grow the company with a whole new team stoke!”
Todd Hanna’s background, expertise and love for the outdoors makes him an ideal fit for the company. Todd has extensive experience creating, leading, and improving organizations in the for-profit, non-profit, and military environments. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Todd has led teams and companies at all levels in multiple industries. In addition, he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, including two combat tours in Iraq.
Pursuing their passion for the mountains & outdoors, Todd and his family moved to Jackson, Wyoming in June of 2014. Upon his arrival in Jackson, Todd served on Teton Science Schools’ leadership team as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In November of 2015, Todd founded Belay On Advisors, an organizational consulting firm focused on developing the leadership, strategy, purpose, and people of companies and organizations. Todd is also a Venture Partner at ATX Seed Ventures (an early-stage venture capital fund) and a member of the board of directors of Davos Brands (an importer and marketer of luxury wines, spirits, and sakes).
Reflecting on his passion for helping companies and their people reach new heights, Todd says,
“I am honored by, excited about, and grateful for this opportunity! I am honored by Kate’s confidence in me to care for and continue to grow what she started in her kitchen not long ago. I am excited about the bright future of Kate’s Real Food and the chance to be part of that bright future. Most of all, I am grateful. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside each of our employees, alongside our customers, and alongside our investors on this journey.”
Todd continues to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of Explore Austin and is the Chair of Board of Directors of the Art Association of Jackson Hole. Todd is the 2012 winner of an “Austin Under 40” Award, is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, and is a former Outward Bound instructor for returning military veterans.