Hamdi Ulukaya is the
founder, president, and CEO of Chobani,
building a $1 billion business in just five years—during a major recession. His
success earned him the moniker “the Steve
Jobs of yogurt” by Forbes in 2011. Mr. Ulukaya shared his philosophy
for success during the baccalaureate commencement in Hyde Park on May 22.
about the money or fame,” Ulukaya told 71 recipients of bachelor’s degrees in
culinary arts management and baking and pastry arts management. “It’s about the
joy of the journey. Trust yourself and this journey will be the most amazing
brought him from Turkey to the U.S. to study business and learn English. He
earned his MBA from the State University of New York at Albany. In 2005,
Ulukaya founded New York State-based Chobani, now the top-selling
Greek yogurt brand in America.
CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan told graduates
that Mr. Ulukaya’s story shows the American Dream is still within reach for
those with a vision and work ethic. “America is the land of opportunity, and
the food world is the industry of opportunity,” said Dr. Ryan. The
commencement ceremony took place on the 67th anniversary of the
founding of the college. The first classes of what would become The Culinary
Institute of America were held on May 22, 1946 in New Haven, CT.