Our Story

Transforming Waste
Into a Promising Future
FreshFry is a food-tech company founded in 2014 by two
engineers who saw the opportunity to create meaningful,
innovative, and sustainable products for those who make
food. FreshFry is sold nationally and is positioned to enter
into five international markets within the calendar year.

Where It All Started

Our Pledge

We are committed to providing sustainable
products in commercial kitchens. FreshFry will
redeploy 10 Million pounds of waste by the
end of 2021, and One Billion pounds of
waste by 2031.

The Team

Jeremiah Chapman, Co-Founder and CEO FreshFry

Jeremiah Chapman

Co-Founder & CEO

Jeremiah was recognized by Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 and holds a B.S. and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville Speed School, graduating cum laude. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Jeremiah still calls Louisville home and lives with his wife and son. In his free time, he enjoys reading, fishing, and being active enough to support his love of cooking.

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Jacob Huff, COO and Co-Founder, FreshFry

Jacob Huff

Co-Founder & COO

Jacob specializes in process development, continuous improvement, manufacturing, and computer-aided design. He has led margin expansion, innovation, new product development, and advanced machining facilities. Jacob was named a Forty Under 40 honoree by Louisville Business First in 2017.  He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville Speed School, graduating magna cum laude. 




Chris Abrams

Director of Sales

Chris brings over 25 years of domestic and international sales experience in filtration and purification in frying, chemical adsorbents, alternative diesel and feedstocks to FreshFry. He holds patents in frying, renewable diesel, and specialty oils purification. Chris is an alumna of University of Louisville (B.S. Chemical Engineering, and MBA from Speed School). He is married to his wife of 25 years, Cari, and has two children, Kylie and Cole.

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Melissa Hines

Marketing and Creative Manager

Melissa has 15 years of experience building revenue streams through multi-channel marketing and sales efforts. Before FreshFry, she held leadership roles at Actors Theatre of Louisville and in NYC at Broadway.com and BroadwayGPS. Melissa is from Ft. Wayne, IN and is an alumni of Purdue University. She and her husband Scott have two children, Colin and Frances.

Jake Lanning

Business Operations Manager

Jake brings almost a decade of expertise in organizational development, supply chain & distribution, sales, and project management to the team at FreshFry. He holds a BS in Health and Human Performance from the University of Louisville. Jake is married to Brooke, has two children, Ashlynn and Lincoln, as well as three dogs and two cats.

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Ben Yates

Business Development Manager

Ben joined the FreshFry team in February of 2017 and helped to launch Pods nationally. He is a 16-year veteran in the restaurant industry, with extensive experience in both the back and front-of-house. Ben is energetic, passionate, and skilled at developing relationships, and specializes in promotions, management, vendor relations, and staff development. He is happily married to his best friend Emilee, with a daughter Collins Reese, and a fur-baby (Zoey).

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Dr. Veerendra Atla

Lead Research & Development Scientist

Veerendra joins the team following the position at University of Louisville as a research scholar. He has research expertise with material synthesis, nano structuring of materials, renewable energy, energy conversion and storage processes, and his work has been cited internationally 662 times in various journals. He is a co-inventor and holds US patents, as well as a PhD in Chemical Engineering at UofL, and a master’s in chemical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology. He has been married to Sudharani, and has a son and daughter.

Tracy Jackson

Tracy Jackson

Food Safety & Quality Assurance Lead

Tracy brings over 30 years of food service industry experience, and over ten years in food manufacturing. She has written food safety programs for national chain restaurants for compliance with USDA and FDA. Areas of expertise include manufacturing operations management, food safety and regulatory compliance, optimizing manufacturing operations, and concept development. She holds certifications in FSPCA Preventative Controls for Human Food, Acidified Foods Section, HACCP, and Human Resources Management. In her spare time, Tracy is planning for her next travel adventure.

Wesley Setzer

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Wesley specializes in inbound strategy with a core focus on social media, SEO, content creation, and influencer marketing. Her experience to date includes executing inbound tactics at agencies, tech, and SaaS companies and headed the Louisville, Atlanta & Southern edition markets of StyleBlueprint – an online women’s southern lifestyle publication. She is stoked to be working for a company creating vegan products. Wesley is a former Miss Kentucky USA (2012; 3rd runner up Miss Teen US) and Miss Tennessee (2013). In her spare time, she’s spending time with her new husband and two “soul-kids.”

Sean Madden

Sales Development Representative

Sean joins the FreshFry team, bringing sales and marketing expertise from the entertainment and nonprofit industries. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and is currently pursuing his MBA. Sean loves music and live events and is a proud plant parent to over 20 plants.

Nadia Wallace

Cost Accountant / Analyst

Nadia holds an M.B.A from Sullivan University, and two Bachelor’s Degrees (Accounting, Sullivan University; Chemistry, Murray State University). She has worked as an accountant for Hagan Properties, Denton Floyd Real Estate Group, and Schulte Design & Construction. Nadia loves being a part of a team committed to reuse and providing new life to things that would otherwise be forgotten. Her family consists of a husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs.

PodSquad photos by Erin Trimble Photography.

Opportunities Available

No current positions are available at this time.