Christopher R. Andrus is the co-owner of The Mitten Brewing Company, a company that has grown from a small startup to a $4MM+ company with three locations and more than 100 employees. He is also the founder of 501(c)(3) Mitten Foundation, Inc., which has made nearly $300,000 in charitable gifts since 2012.
Chris is a keynote speaker who has guest instructed on entrepreneurship and philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Alma College. He is a regular panelist for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Small Business Series.
Chris has appeared on Food Network and The Mitten Brewing Company has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, MSN, U.S. News and World Report, and many others.
Chris is currently a member of The Westside Collaborative Board of Directors. He is a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s OutPro Leadership Council, is Vice-President and founder of Mitten Foundation, Inc., and serves on the Leadership Council for the West Michigan Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Chris lives in Rockford, MI with his wife Shannon and sons August and Jude.
Learn more at christopherandrus.com.
2014 “Newsmaker of the Year” Finalist – Grand Rapids Business Journal
2015 “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” – Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
2015 “Presidentʼs Award” – Association of Fundraising Professionals
2017 “40 Under 40 Business Leader” – Grand Rapids Business Journal
2017 “Community Partner Award” – Autism Support of Kent County
2018 “Excellence In Business Award” – Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
2018 “Man of the Year” – West Michigan Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
2018 “Great Equalizer Award” – Arts in Motion
2018 “Beacon of Light Award” – Michigan Harvest Gathering
2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” – Michigan Celebrates Small Business
2019 “40 Under 40 Business Leader” – Grand Rapids Business Journal
2019 “Twenty to Watch” – Michigan Delegation of the Congressional Black Caucus, Washington D.C.