Patrick Tannous

Patrick Tannous

Co-Founder and President
Tiesta Tea

Patrick Tannous, co-founder and president of Tiesta Tea, is the first person to offer words of encouragement, challenge others to push themselves to their full potential, and offer a helping hand. His high standards are not only reflected in the success of Tiesta Tea but in the culture of the company and the comraderie of his entire team. There’s no second gear for Patrick when it comes to his passion, energy and the standards he holds himself and his business to.

Every day, Tannous puts 150 percent into everything he does and it shows through by his being listed on Inc.’s 30 Under 30 Rising Stars list of 2018, Inc. 5000 (three years in a row) and Inc.’s Best Work Place. He followed his passion for entrepreneurship and his confidence in Tiesta Tea. In its early stages, Tiesta struggled to gain traction. He and co-founder Dan Klein packed their bags and traveled door-to-door, visiting more than 500 stores in New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Vancouver in a span of 20 days, trying to sell Tiesta Tea. That trip earned them enough customers to keep Tiesta alive and taught the duo the best ways to sell their teas, which has helped them place their teas into over 8,000 grocery stores nationwide amassing over $20 million in sales since the company started.

Session Information

Panel Discussion

Startups and the Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs

Session Location TBD

How do they do it? Join this panel conversation with innovative natural food leaders of today and tomorrow who are shaping our food culture. These progressive entrepreneurs will be discussing how they have grown their trend-forward natural food businesses into organizations that are shaping our food culture. From building the right teams to sticking by your mission, these leaders share their thoughts on what it takes to succeed. Expect to learn about their struggles and victories, as well as how they balance purpose and profit by becoming positive influences on their communities and the global food chain.

• Alex Marx (Panel Moderator), Director of Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors
• Sarah Hughes, Founder & COO, Yai’s Thai
• Dan Klein, Founder & CEO, Tiesta Tea
• Patrick Tannous, Founder and President, Tiesta Tea
• Teresa Tsou, Founder and President, Pipcorn
• Michael Tierney, Founder and CEO, Mikey’s & Stuffed Puffs