senior vice president & global general counsel
Ian is Sr. Vice President and Global General Counsel for Kalsec, Inc. Born and raised in Traverse City, Ian received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Alma College. He then went to Notre Dame Law School, earning his Juris Doctor with honors. In law school he met his wife Sarah, a Kalamazoo native, and started his career at the law firm of Cooper, Martin & Chojnowski, P.C. Specializing in corporate, real estate and employment law, he became a partner in 2009. The firm subsequently joined Warner, Norcross & Judd in 2013, opening its Kalamazoo office. Ian was named a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine, and a member of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2015. As a partner at Warner, Ian began doing work for Kalsec and transitioned to in-house counsel with the company in 2017.
Kalsec is a 60-year-old family owned company that manufactures natural spice and herb flavor extracts, colors, antioxidants, and advanced hop products for the food and beverage industry. The company’s product line encompass a full line of natural, innovative products and solutions to meet the challenges faced by food and beverage manufacturers throughout the industry and around the world. It is vertically integrated, with farms and contracted growers in Texas and Oklahoma, and has scientists in culinary, applications, research and development across the United States, Europe and Asia, while maintaining manufacturing and distribution facilities in Kalamazoo. Certified as a B Corp in 2020, Kalsec employs over 400 people around the globe.