Owen Lingley is the founder of Craft Canning & Bottling and Imperial Yeast. After receiving an economics degree from the University of Denver, he spent two years in Kazakhstan in the Peace Corps. Returning to the Northwest, he worked in packaging and at a yeast laboratory, before founding Craft in 2012. Craft has grown to be the industry leader in canning, with 17 lines spread over three states, packaging beer, wine, coffee, RTDs, and CDB beverages. In 2014, he founded Imperial Yeast, which has grown to be the third largest supplier of liquid yeast to the brewing industry, and the first certified organic supplier of yeast in the world. He lives in SE Portland with his wife and two daughters.