Drew Yancey


Chapter Type: Next Level
Location: Fort Collins, CO

Drew is deeply passionate about helping companies achieve what they did not think was possible. He leverages his extensive track record in high-performance team building and operations management to solve challenging problems at the nexus of risk, strategy, and innovation. Drew has over a decade of strategy consulting and executive leadership experience across multiple industries. His career started in a large family foodservice distribution business, where as the Director of Strategy he helped guide the company through its acquisition by a Top 5 Distributor. He then became CEO and led the turnaround of a produce merchandising and distribution company. After that, he was a consultant at Clareo, helping Fortune 500 clients create new growth paths. Drew has a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, an MBA from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in religion from the University of Birmingham (UK). He is an adjunct professor of theology at Denver Seminary and author of Transforming Enterprise? Drew is an avid traveler (having visited nearly 40 countries) and proud sixth-generation northern Coloradoan where he lives with his amazing wife and three kids.

“For too long, we have limited the word ‘innovation’ to large corporations. In my experience, Mainstreet businesses are where some of the best innovation takes place! I love working with small to medium sized business owners to help them unleash their own innovation.”


My Facilitator Strengths

  • Execution-focused: Good ideas are just that—ideas. As a dually engaged advisor and operator, I know what it takes to grow and lead real businesses. I leverage that experience to help members do the same!
  • Innovation-minded: One of the features of my career is that I have worked across multiple industries in organizations large and small. This diversity has enabled me to understand what truly drives innovation and how to unlock innovative thinking among business leaders and owners.
  • Learning-obsessed: Always be learning. It’s a simple but powerful leadership principle that is also at the heart of effective facilitating. I strive to foster dynamic peer learning environments that engage and empower people to ask important questions and seek truth.

More About The Next Level Chapter

Next Level hosts businesses that have: 

✔ 25 or more employees

✔ Revenue over $5MM 

✔ Too big to be small

✔ Dedicated to growing



  • Helped guide the sale of a family food distribution business to one of the largest distributors in North America.
  • Led the turnaround of a produce merchandising and distribution business, achieving a 200% increase in profits in three years.
  • Key advisor on consulting team that built out innovation strategy for several global corporations.
  • Earned a PhD in management and religious ethics, resulting in the publication of a unique interdisciplinary book.

Drew on the LoCo Experience Podcast 

Greg & Drew Yancey - The Business Journey of Yancey's Food Service and the years beyond.

Greg and Drew Yancey represent the 3rd and 4th generations of leadership of Yancey's Food Service - a family-owned Northern Colorado enterprise that began in 1940 and sold to FSA in 2012.   Greg served as CEO and Drew as Director of Strategy at the time of exit, and Drew stayed on as President of a spin-off enterprise not included in the sale.  Greg currently serves as full-time Grandfather/Husband and part-time Pastor at Mountain View Community Church.  Drew is an Advisor at InCite Performance Group in Fort Collins and is also a LoCo Facilitator - you can learn more about Drew here on the LoCo Think Tank website.   

Greg started working in the company while in Junior High, and never worked outside the family enterprise - leaving college to join the leadership team as General Manager at the age of 21 in 1980.   Drew also joined the company at a young age, and was highly involved in journey toward finding a mutually beneficial exit partnership.  This episode pulls back the curtain on the food distribution industry, revealing secrets of growth through building strong relationships and a focus on customer service.   Greg and Drew share stories of business successes and failures, and the learnings found in both.  

Listen to the Episode Here

Think Tank Chapter Details

This chapter meets the third Tuesday of each month from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. 

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