Chris Sherrell, President and CEO, founder Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets

Chris Sherrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, founded Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets in 2012 with a mission to offer the Midwest a new, fresh and healthy grocery shopping experience with value-priced offerings. 

Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets is headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, a suburb of Chicago, and has over 70 stores located throughout 11 states and employs over 5,000 team members. 

Chris began his grocery career as a teenager at Wild Oats Markets and has spent over 20 years in the natural food and farmers market segments of retail. Prior to Fresh Thyme, Chris led Sunflower Farmers Markets as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member.  Under Chris’ leadership, Sunflower employed over 3,000 team members, grew from one store to 44 stores throughout eight Southwestern states and then went on to merge with Sprouts Farmers Market. As a result, Chris has in-depth experience in virtually every facet of the natural and farmers-market grocery business.  Chris is known for developing a positive and passionate company culture and building strong teams with similar values.