Dragos Axinte | CEO, Founder | Novo Fogo Cachaça | Morretes PR, Brazil | Issaquah WA, USA
Dragos Axinte believes that nothing worthwhile comes easy. He was born and raised in a communist dictatorship (Romania) where adversity was his best friend, moved to the U.S. with a handbag and a smile, built a consumer product company (ColdHeat) that quintupled its market category in one year, kept the faith during the fourteen years needed convince the American government to let him stay, and then finally found home in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Today Dragos is the CEO and principal owner of a zero-waste, USDA organic certified, carbon-neutral cachaça distillery and sugarcane plantation in the Atlantic Rainforest of Southern Brazil’s coastal mountains, somewhere between the ocean and the sky. The business – named Novo Fogo – is a leading steward of the process of barrel aging cachaça and represents the golden standard in distilled spirits sustainability.