Clayton Christopher is the founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea, a company he started in 1998 with a family recipe. Sweet Leaf grew to be a nationally recognized brand, and was then sold to Nestle in 2011. Following his success at Sweet Leaf, Clayton cofounded and served as chairman of the board of Deep Eddy Vodka. Deep Eddy became the fastest growing brand of spirits within the U.S. and was then sold to Heaven Hill Distilleries in the summer of 2015. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Rhythm Super Foods and chairman of SKU, an incubator/ accelerator specifically for consumer brands and their product offerings. Clayton is now co-founder and managing partner of CAVU Venture Partners. In 2006, he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Central Texas and is a recipient of Austin Under 40 – Austinite of the Year Award.