Chase Wardrop | Chief Operating Officer | Swig
Chase Wardrop is Chief Operating Officer of Swig, one of the fastest-growing beverage companies in the country. After graduating in 2015 at the age of 24, he co-founded The Soda Shop in his hometown of Gilbert, Arizona. The Soda Shop became a widely popular brand locally and grew to two stores in less than a year. In 2017, a majority stake of The Soda Shop was purchased by Savory Fund, which merged The Soda Shop with the original soda brand, Swig. Since the merger, Swig has opened 54 corporate stores, seen positive sales growth for 5 years straight, and has increased both operational efficiencies and profitability. In 2022, Swig was purchased by Utah icon The Larry H. Miller Company in a nine-figure deal — an acquisition that Franchise Times named Deal of the Year. In February 2023, Swig launched multi-unit franchising, and six months later, it secured 250 franchise units in seven new markets — and is on track to secure 500 units by the end of the year.