Green Festival Speakers

Chris Yura



As CEO, Chris is responsible for leading the company and overseeing all aspects of its business development initiatives designed to achieve long term growth. Chris has been a featured speaker at the Clinton School of Public Service, TEDx Asheville, and at numerous colleges and universities.  In 2011, Mr. Yura was invited to the White House three times to participate in forums regarding Young Entrepreneurs and American Job Growth.

Chris attended the University of Notre Dame where he was a four-year letterman and stand-out fullback for the Fighting Irish football team, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Computer Applications.  After college, Chris was scouted to be a fashion model and was signed with Ford Models in New York City.  During his five year career as a fashion model, Chris was concerned with the exportation of labor and usage of conventional materials in the apparel industry. To provide a better solution in clothing while addressing social, economic, and environmental issues, Chris developed a strategic plan to use innovations in recycled textile technology with local manufacturing to launch SustainU Clothing in June 2009.