Business Development and Sustainability Champion
With more than 40 years’ worth of entrepreneurial expertise in launching products and services, Chris Bentley has been at the heart of many successful businesses in his career. He is the Co-Founder and current Chairman of the Board for the Boulder-based Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition, a flourishing nonprofit that provides tools, resources, and education to improve the environmental and social impact of the pet products industry. Chris was also formerly a founding partner of Aspen Pet Products, which he and his partners built from the ground up to become the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of pet accessories. In his 14-year tenure at Aspen Pet, Chris was known as a keen decision-maker, insightful strategist, and responsive team leader. His strong relationship-building skills and effective negotiating strategies led to highly successful, long-term business lines with retail giants including Walmart, Target, Kroger, Safeway, Walgreens, Costco, Petco, and PetSmart.
Chris is LEED-accredited and completed the MBA Sustainable Business Leadership Program at Green Mountain College in Vermont. He has his undergraduate degree in Business From Michigan State University. At IPS, Chris serves as Business Development & Sustainability Champion, focusing primarily on commercial solar development, rural installations including farms and ranches, and bringing IPS’s proprietary technology–the Power Tower–to the developing world.