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Gentleman Entrepreneur: John Elstrott, Chair of Whole Foods Market

Best Organics, Inc.

Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (MDT)

Boulder, CO

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 An Evening at the Epicenter | Conversations in Natural, Organic & Sustainable Business

Presented by Best Organics and Compass Natural, in partnership with the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado

Insights from John Elstrott, Ph.D., Chair of Whole Foods Market, the world's leading natural products retailer, and Founder and Executive Director of Tulane University's Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Triple-bottom line investing and complete alignment of stakeholder interests are keys to Dr. John Elstrott’s investing and business philosophy.


day, Sept. 29, 2011, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcoming Reception and Interactive Program
Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Rd.
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309
$12 per person; $7 for students

Space is limited; Register early!


John Elstrott, Ph.D., is Chair of the Board of Whole Foods Market, the world’s largest natural products retailer. As founder and Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, he also is renowned as an award-winning educator and researcher, specializing in economics and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Elstrott served as Chief Financial Officer and a founding manager of Celestial Seasonings. He is an active entrepreneur in venture capital, natural and organic products, music, pharmaceuticals and financial services. He serves as director on many public, private and non-profit boards, including leading natural products companies Whole Foods Market, Sambazon and Traditional Medicinals.

Dr. Elstrott also serves as Chair of the Resource Conservation Fund, a wetland mitigation banking fund that returns alternative asset yields to its investors through the restoration of America’s wetlands. Dr. Elstrott holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Colorado, and Master’s and Bachelors degrees in Economics from Louisiana State University.

At the Epicenter: Bringing Sustainable Business and Thought Leaders Together

At the Epicenter brings national innovators, pioneers and leaders in sustainability and natural, organic and green business to interact with business and community leaders in the Boulder-Denver region. At the Epicenter is produced and presented by Best Organics Inc. and Compass Natural LLC. To sponsor or for more information, contact Steven Hoffman, tel 303.807.1042,


In Partnership With:

Please Support Our Premier Sponsors:

Sterling Rice Group

Whole Foods Market

Mychelle Dermaceuticals

Earth Balance

O'Brien Braun LLP

Pax World Investments

Pangea Organics

Organic Vintners

St. Claire's Organics


Supporting Sponsors:

Eco-Products Inc.

Boulder Ice Cream


CoHo International

Boulder Valley Media Alliance



Have questions about Gentleman Entrepreneur: John Elstrott, Chair of Whole Foods Market? Contact Best Organics, Inc.

When & Where

Wolf Law Building, University of Colorado
2450 Kittredge Loop Rd.
Boulder, CO 80309

Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (MDT)

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About An Evening at the Epicenter
An Evening at the Epicenter is a series of interactive talks for entrepreneurs and business and community leaders in the $300-billion market for natural, organic, sustainable and socially responsible products and services. An Evening at the Epicenter is produced by Best Organics Inc., a leading organic gift and brand promotions company; and Compass Natural LLC, a leader in LOHAS communications, public relations, strategic marketing and business development.

Launched in 2010, An Evening at the Epicenter has featured Bill McKibben, Founder of; John Elstrott, Chair of Whole Foods Market; local economies expert and author Michael Shuman; Fox Health News correspondent Chris Kilham; Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients; and Arran and Ratana Stephens, founders of Nature's Path Foods.

About Best Organics, Inc.
Best Organics Inc., a majority woman-owned business, is a leading provider of premium, hand-packed, organic gift basket collections featuring gourmet, eco-friendly products from local, regional and U.S.-based producers and leading brands. Its gift collections are presented in keepsake gift boxes, and are available online at, and for corporate gifting. The company's Boulder's Best Organics and Colorado’s Best Organics gift box collections feature organic products from the Rocky Mountain region, and its America’s Best Organics gift baskets feature artisan producers from throughout the U.S. Best Organics Inc. is a member of the Organic Trade Association, Colorado Proud, and Naturally Boulder, and Green America. Info:, 303.499.ORGANIC (6742).

About Compass Natural
Compass Natural Marketing, established by organic and LOHAS industry veteran Steven Hoffman and based in Boulder, CO, brings more than 25 years of experience in natural and organic products sales, marketing, public relations, communications, research, event planning, special project assignments, business development, and strategic industry guidance to businesses involved in the $290 billion market for natural, organic, sustainable, and socially responsible products. Visit, contact or call 303.807.1042.

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