2019 Speakers

Brian Durkee, President

Brian Durkee

President, Numi Organic Tea

Brian Durkee has held leadership roles in the natural / specialty food industry for more than 20 years. Now, as President for Numi Organic Tea, Brian is instrumental to the company’s growth and organizational development. Brian focuses his efforts on developing the company’s award-winning sustainable and socially responsible initiatives, including advancements in sustainable packaging, fair trade practices and fostering personal relationships that lead to improved standards of living in the developing nations where tea is produced. 

In addition to managing Numi’s global supply chain, Brian has been an active decision maker in all areas of the business. He has managed strategic partnerships, budgetary execution, all process and product costing, product innovation, and participates in several aspects of sales, marketing and overall company strategy and culture. Brian works tirelessly to ensure transparency in Numi’s supply chain and maintain in-depth relationships with the farmers providing tea, herbs and spices for the company’s products. As a company, Numi has been a committed Fair Trade partner since 2004, and since then has invested more than $1 million in premiums to support Fair Trade globally.  

Brian’s dedication to Fair Trade and sustainable partnerships extend beyond Numi’s product lines. He is an advisory board member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition for One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community (OSC2). The group allows collaboration with like-minded sustainability leaders, working to solve the world’s toughest problems regarding sustainable packaging solutions.  

Brian holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s College and graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in Systems Management. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the DMBA program at California College of the Arts.