Forum on Entrepreneurship Breakfast Series

Thursday, October 03, 2019
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (CT)
Event Type
Special Event
Pamela A. Luna, CAP-OM
Meadows Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
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Guest Speaker
Chad McNair, CEO, McNair Java Partners, LLC

Chad McNair grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Civil Engineering. His first job out of college was in Houston, working for Turner, Collie and Braden, a civil engineering consulting group.  In the mid-80’s while working on his MBA at the University of Houston, McNair started to dabble in coffee extraction. After finishing his MBA, he took a position with a large Dutch conglomerate, the Royal Begemann Group, where he held a variety of roles from engineering design to plant management to assisting the CEO with facilities acquisition and sales. He met his wife, Shelly, while she was finishing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine on an Air Force scholarship. They were married and soon moved to San Antonio.

McNair founded the San Antonio-based Aspen Beverage Group in his family kitchen. McNair sought a perfect coffee extract that could be mixed with milk and used in a granita (ice slush) machine or poured over ice. He shared the resulting mix with his favorite café and his customers called it “fabulous.”

McNair later developed the proprietary TRIO™ process and built an industry leader. The company has consistently earned certification for exceptional food quality and safety.

Aspen has grown to become the largest cold-brew coffee manufacturer globally.  Aspen products are sold in restaurants, grocery and convenience retailers, institutional kitchens and other foodservice operations throughout the United States and around the world.

In 2017, McNair sold Aspen to London-based Finlays Extracts, the world’s largest tea extractor and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swire Group. In 2018, McNair formed a family office, McNair Java Partners, as a platform for investments and new business ventures.

McNair has been married to his wife Shelly, who holds a medical degree, for 30 years.  They have two sons, one working in private wealth management and the other studying food science, and a married daughter attending medical school at UT Health San Antonio.

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