Born & raised in rural Ohio, Kris Maynard graduated from Miami Univ. and started his chemical career in Chicago in 1991 after several months of missions work in Russia where he met the love of his life, Cindy. They were married & relocated to Atlanta. In May 1996, Kris co-founded Essential Ingredients (Ei) and currently serves as CEO & Chairman. Kris’ favorite thing about Ei is creating an environment where employees & stakeholders have pathways to utilize their giftedness and bring their best selves to their callings. He’s passionate about building personal customer & supplier relationships, understanding their businesses and exploring creative ways for even greater success, and believes that demonstrating how work is rewarding, fulfilling (and even fun) gives hope to all workers. Ei converted to a 100% S Corp ESOP in 2011. Now Kris is set on building an evergreen co. to last 100 years. Kris & Cindy have 3 children. Kris is an avid pilot, fisherman, reader & loves all things outdoors.