Ingram Berg Shavitz May 15, 1935 – July 5, 2015, known as Burt Shavitz, was an American beekeeper and businessman notable for founding the Burt’s Bees personal care products company with businesswoman Roxanne Quimby.
Burt Shavitz, born Ingram Shavitz on May 15, 1935 in Manhattan, was raised in Great Neck, New York[ and changed his name in 1953 when he finished high school. He grew up in New York, spent time in the Army, and took photographs that appeared in Time and Life magazines while living in Manhattan.
Shavitz eventually settled in Maine, discovered beekeeping as a source of income and met Roxanne Quimby who would sell his wax candles at local fairs. An increase in sales and production led to them launching Burt’s Bees in the 1980s. As the partnership and business grew, operations were set up in North Carolina in 1994, soon thereafter the partnership between Shavitz and Quimby waned leading to Quimby buying out Shavitz’s stake in the company. In 2007, Clorox purchased Burt’s Bees for more than $900 million. -via wikipedia
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