Founder of Kaldi’s Coffee
Howard Lerner is the founder of Kaldi’s Coffee, a chain of retail cafes supported by a large coffee roasting facility located in St. Louis. Kaldi’s is at the center of Third Wave Coffee, a movement devoted to elevating the efforts of world coffee workers, from farmer to barista; from seed to cup.
“Kaldi’s founder knows coffee history – and he’s trying to write its future”
In 2009, after selling his stake in Kaldi’s, Lerner launched another startup, Inbru Coffee Flavors, based on a technology he developed and patented. The product, launched in 2010, was on the shelves of all 262 Williams-Sonoma Stores within three months. Inbru was named one of the top 20 new gourmet products of 2010 by The Specialty Food Association. Lerner sold Inbru in 2012.Lerner also founded decemberpress.com, a small business consultancy focusing on startups and mature business clients seeking inspiration, organization and fresh, new, creative ideas in the retail, wholesale and service sectors. Prior to Kaldi’s, Lerner was a professional journalist, covering diplomacy and defense for The Jerusalem Post, Israel’s international newspaper of record, and as a business writer for The St. Louis Business Journal. He graduated Washington University in 1987 with a degree in English literature and writing. Lerner has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
What he offers you
An entrepreneur and manager with experience in innovation, business consulting, product development and marketing, Lerner offers audiences inspiration and entertainment while sharing his adventures in retail, manufacturing and wholesale. Anyone who wants to know how to build customer loyalty, recruit great people, retain talent and expand their business into something truly awesome will walk away with a smile and at least three good ideas.
How he presents
Lerner is a candid, eloquent, and passionate speaker who has something important to say about startups, value, pricing and business culture. He’s a popular speaker who brings complex concepts such as exit strategies, family business, trend analysis, technology and workplace culture into simple, clear focus.
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