About Northern Blends
Northern Blends is a Michigan-based company founded in 2018 by Christopher Klebba and Northern Diamond Management. Our primary purpose is to bring clean, healthy and accessible eating and lifestyle options to those looking to achieve their health and fitness goals. Christopher and his team have been in the fitness business for over 20 years and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience across all things wellness. Our company is founded on the philosophy that being healthy requires body, mind and spirit – how you fuel your body is just as important as how you exercise it. We take great pride in being part of our customers’ health journeys.
Michigan is a big part of who we are and what we do. Michigan is a place where people with grit rise and make things happen, where people aspire to work hard and live well. It is the birthplace of the factory assembly line, where Henry Ford and General Motors first launched their empires. Michigan supplied the airplanes and tanks that won World War II and the music that was Motown. The state also lives up to our slogan “Pure Michigan” – we are spoiled by the abundance of natural beauty in our coastlines, lakes, parks and wildlife reserves and the wealth of delicious, fresh produce at our fingertips. At Northern Blends, we take great pride in our Michigan roots and look forward to sharing our heritage with you.
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WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT
Everything we do is guided by our vision, mission and core values. We promote a culture of trust, integrity, and excellence. We work together as a Northern Blends team to help our customers achieve their health goals. We believe in being passionate, having fun and providing growth opportunities for our customers, employees, community and neighbors. It may sound overused, but we really mean it: we are here to make a difference in people’s lives.
We strive to support and inspire people to achieve their health goals
We are dedicated to helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle by serving high quality, healthy food while providing friendly and fast guest service
Excited, engaged and prepared daily
“Sense of urgency” when serving the guest
Be your BEST every day
Work together to exceed guest expectations
Strive for excellence in challenging situations
Pride in even the smallest tasks
Honest with ourselves
Do the right thing when no one is watching
Hold yourself accountable for results
Find the good in people and share it with them and others
Earn trust through communication
Enjoy what you do and smile while doing it
Don’t take yourself too seriously
Opportunity to those that are self-driven
Provide materials and direction in order to acquire and enhance leadership skills
Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Klebba is the President and Founder of Northern Diamond Management, an equity management firm started in 2017 with a strong focus on investments and management opportunities in the new age health and wellness sectors. Through Northern Diamond Management, Christopher serves as the Chief Executive Officer, President and a founding member of Northern Blends, which aims to bring healthy food options with exceptional customer service to the Michigan and Ohio regions.
He comes from an operational role at Michigan based Impact Fitness, an international fitness franchisee recently partnered with Bain Capital, as the first deal of their new Double Impact fund. Christopher is extremely passionate about delivering a values forward, leadership driven culture to every business he touches. Christopher is also a blockchain/cryptocurrency investor, owner of the Brighton based restaurant startup “Single Barrel Social,” and a partner/advisor for an East Coast Trampoline park group. His hobbies include fitness, music, and Gracie jiu-jitsu.
Chief OPERATING Officer
Kevin Andrachek is the Chief Operating Officer of Northern Blends Holding LLC, an independent franchisee of Smoothie King in Michigan, where he oversees the daily operation of the company. He is responsible for developing and cascading Northern Blend’s business strategy, mission and values and maintaining and monitoring staffing, training and personnel requirements while driving overall performance measures for the organization.
Kevin is a food services management professional that brings over thirty years of experience in the restaurant industry, with twenty years of those years spent building and leading successful teams. He is passionate about building strong teams that are able to provide the highest caliber of guest service and has proven experience in exceeding sales objectives.
Kevin started his career at Bob Evans Farms as a market coach, eventually being promoted to a regional coach and zone manager, overseeing the Cincinnati, Detroit, Tennessee and Illinois markets. While at Bob Evans, Kevin directed and managed up to 83 restaurants across four states, overseeing a workforce of 9 area coaches, 83 general managers, 208 assistant managers and 3700 employees with annual sales over $110 million. He successfully opened three new markets within a year and helped establish a winning culture by hiring, developing and building management talent in partnership with human resources.
Prior to his role at Northern Blends, Kevin spent two years in a management position with Cracker Barrel in Okemos and Belleville Michigan.
Kevin is based in White Lake, Michigan, with his family.
Director of Construction
John McAllister is the Director of Construction for Northern Blends Holding LLC, an independent franchisee of Smoothie King in Michigan where he oversees all construction activities in lower Michigan and Ohio. He is responsible for the successful planning, execution and completion of each project ensuring construction schedules and budgets are met. John promotes the Northern Blends Holding LLC values with his entire team. He likes to work hard, have fun and loves leading a team that shares his values.
John has been a construction professional for over 20 years. After graduating from Michigan State University with a BA in Construction Management, John worked as a Superintendent and Project Manager in commercial construction. He spent several years working in and around Washington D.C. managing construction of projects ranging from $5MM to $150MM.
John lives in Tecumseh MI with his wife and 3 boys. He enjoys supporting his sons’ hockey teams and the Michigan outdoors.
Chief Financial Officer
Joe Mathews is the Chief Financial Officer of Northern Diamond Management and oversees the financial management of Northern Blends Holding. In this role, Joe directs accounting, regulatory & financial reporting, budget and forecast preparation, as well as develops and maintains internal control policies and procedures.
Joe has spent his entire career in corporate finance, working for both large multi-national corporations and dynamic start-ups. While hailing from Michigan originally, he has spent time working in multiple cities across the Midwest and obtained his MBA degree from Indiana University. Prior to his role at Northern Diamond Management, Joe spent time working on an acquisition that brought him back to the Michigan area. He is excited to be a part of a fast-paced organization that is poised for hyper-growth, and believes strongly in the vision of Northern Blends to support and inspire people to achieve their health goals.