MIT Sloan Executive Education
Certificate Holder Profile
Chief Operations Officer and Board Chairman
Excalibur Food Dehydrators
Whitney Verkade is the Chief Operations Officer and Board Chairman of Excalibur Food Dehydrators in Sacramento, CA. The company's main business is manufacturing residential and NSF-approved commercial drying devises. These devices are used in many teaching hospitals and universities, and by most food preservation experts. The research and development teams' resources, testing, and methodology are used worldwide to change the way the world processes food and for advances in medical research. Excalibur currently designs drying innovations ranging from large beef jerky, health bar, and cracker operations, to precise one-off biomedical private labeling projects. The company is also an innovative leader with a global outreach program that works to provide electricity and food preservation to third world countries. Excalibur is currently involved in low temperature food processing for the preservation of food enzymes and is a leader in the raw food movement.
Whitney is charged with the challenging task of managing food preservation and medical applications for time, temperature, and humidity-related sciences. In addition, he oversees the multiple varied interests of the company. He chose MIT Sloan Executive Education because, “MIT is the cutting edge when it comes to innovation and strategy. Their method of delivery should be likened to a laser-guided missile.” Whitney adds, “If you are a busy person, the Executive Certificate plan is for you. The programs in the Strategy and Innovation track made me realize what we were doing ‘right’ and how to take our global vision to the extreme level with the use of the Delta Model. I would personally recommend this course of education to a family member, close friend, or business colleague. The programs are geared to a broad audience, from the small entrepreneur all the way up to the CEO of the largest company. The level of professional networking during breaks and lunch functions has already paid for any expenses twice over in just a one-month period. I am already registered for other programs and look forward to making more life-long contacts.”