eco ramblings

a dialogue with an Eco Patriot

About Luke

I’m Luke Vernon, COO of Boulder-based Eco-Products, a leading brand of environmental foodservice disposables in a $35B industry. I’m also the Founder of Luke’s Circle (www.LukesCircle.com), a resource that connects Boulder-Denver growth companies with talented professionals, and vice-versa.

Eco-Products was founded in 1990 as the first B2B distributor of environmental products.  We make a complete line of foodservice products including cups, plates, food containers, and eating utensils all made from renewable resources and recycled materials.

I joined the company in 2004 with a passion for the environment, and I’ve been fortunate to work with a fantastic group of people.  The company had 6 employees when I started and has grown to nearly 50 employees currently.  In 2009 alone, Eco-Products helped our customers save the equivalent of over 1,000,000 gallons of gasoline by using products made from renewable resources and recycled materials instead of petroleum.  We’ve also been honored with some nice awards recently such as those listed here.

  • #3 Fastest Growing Company in Boulder County (2010)
  • #1 Fastest Growing Company in Boulder County (2009)
  • #6 Fastest Growing Company in Boulder County (2008)
  • #13 Fastest Growing Company in Boulder County (2007)
  • #6 Fastest Growing Company in Boulder County (2006)
  • #297 on Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List (2010) – 1,012% 3-year growth
  • #270 on Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List (2009) – 844% 3-year growth
  • #834 on Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List (2008)
  • “Emerging Growth Company” Award by the Association for Capital Growth (2010)
  • “Colorado Company to Watch” Award (2009)
  • State of Colorado Gold-Level Environmental Leadership Award (2008-2010)

I was recently honored by being named to Boulder County’s 40 Under 40 business leader list.  Prior to Eco-Products, I was a consultant for Deloitte living in New York City.  I have an MBA from the University of Colorado, a BS from Cornell University where I played basketball for the Big Red, and I was an entrepreneurship fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  More info on my background can be found on my LinkedIn profile.  Or you can email me at lvernon (at) ecoproducts.com.

On a personal note, I’m the lucky husband to a beautiful and talented woman named Brie and the lucky father to a wonderful little girl named Cora Rose.  They have a knack for keeping me sane when I work too hard, and they help me realize what’s truly important in life.  On the weekends, we can typically be found on the hiking trails around Boulder.

At home, we compost and recycle as much as we can.  We’re fortunate in Boulder to have a residential compost pickup on a biweekly basis with our trash service.  We dispose of all our food waste in our compost cart and have nearly eliminated the need for a trash can.

One more picture of my daughter… she’s too cute to resist.

Disclaimer

Everything you read on this blog are my own thoughts and opinions.  The postings on this site in no way represent any group, company, or organization I’m associated with, including Eco-Products.  I am not getting paid by anyone to write this blog.  It’s merely a personal ambition.  If you have any questions or issues with any of my postings, please post a comment or email me.

3 Responses to “About Luke”

  1. steph said

    luker!! i didn’t even know you had a blog!! love love love it!!! great to see your face and read about you and your work!! miss you!

  2. You’ve got a new Eco-Products fan out here in the Bay Area! Thanks so much for being there at our wedding: we solely used Eco Products for our drink and food (including kid slushies!). I mentioned you in my wedding post here: http://singlemomseeking.com/blog/2010/09/a-green-wedding-mostly/

  3. Sarah Winchester said

    Love you blog. Thanks for posting over at my blog on the Eco-Tailgate…I have to give all the props to my Boulder living bother and his wife. They had the whole thing planned. You should totally meet them. You seem like liked minded, smart, entrepreneurial people. In fact, you have probably already bumped into them on the many wonderful Boulder trails 🙂

    Congratulations on an amazing product and an amazing company.

    Cheers,
    Sarah

    P.S. We need to get more of your products in Boston.

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