A native of Washington, D.C., Abe grew up with Southern Italian cooking on his mom’s side and Southern Virginian cooking on his Dad’s side. After graduation from Vanderbilt University, he spent eight years in the US Navy as a Seahawk helicopter pilot before earning his MBA at the London Business School. In 2013, Abe and his family returned to the US and he worked as Director of Innovation for a charity to launch a direct trade Ugandan coffee with social impact. This experience introduced him to the food industry, and in 2015, Abe made the decision to combine his passion for healthy cooking with his entrepreneurial spirit to create True Made Foods. He now lives with his wife and four kids in Alexandria, VA, where what little spare time he has is spent shuttling kids between multiple sport practices and events.