George Blankenbaker serves #TeamReal as Manager with a passion for sustainable, earth-friendly business and is the Chairman and President of Stevia Corp., Real Hemp’s parent company. George was raised on a farm and has lived and worked among many cultures around the world and makes it a priority to ensure the workers and their communities experience the highest quality of life and opportunities possible while producing the highest quality natural products for the global market. George believes a synergy of business, humanity and earth-friendly technologies can yield sustainable success for all stake holders.
George first became involved in commercial agriculture in Asia in 2002 when he began working with the Agri-Food Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) to provide strategically important food supplies to Singapore. Prior to that George co-wrote and co-presented a bid for the U.S. Navy Subsistence Prime Vendor (SPV) Contract valued at USD $197 million covering three zones of Japan, Singapore, and Diego Garcia. The contract was awarded in 2002 and the Singapore and Diego Garcia portion is currently supported by the Rong-Yao group, a partner company based in Singapore. In 1999 George was one of five partners that developed the first broadline foodservice distribution center in Singapore. During the 90’s George traded commodities and was an independent consultant and analyst for Standard Chartered Bank and Reuters and was on the implementation team that established Globex in Singapore linking the Singapore International Monetary Exchange with the Chicago Board of Trade. George began his career in Singapore in 1990 as a commodities analyst and also established a food import/export company which established itself as the leading importer and distributor of two food categories in Asia before being merged into current operations. In 1986 George accompanied the Chairman of the finance department of his University to Asia for six months to study the development of the Asian Financial markets.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Finance; In-depth: Asian Political Science, Indiana University, 1988
Mission: to build a business that improves the earth and provides a higher quality of life for all stake holders.