As a family-owned and operated company, Young’s has maintained the unique character and culture it enjoys today.

Vern & Chris Underwood have dedicated their lives and careers to Young’s Market Company…

“Maintaining focus on its mission and the spirit of Young’s is fundamental in realizing our vision, to deliver performance through integrity.” –Chris Underwood

Chris Underwood


Like his father, Chris Underwood has dedicated his entire career to Young’s Market Company. From the Young’s warehouse in 1996 to his current role as Chief Executive Officer, Chris is the driving force behind a culture committed to integrity, family, quality and an entrepreneurial spirit. As the fifth generation to lead Young’s Market Company, Chris oversees all Young’s business operations. Chris also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Young’s Holdings, parent company of Young’s Market Company.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and won the 1990 NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship. Chris is an active member in the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and Young Presidents’ Organization, and serves on the OM Foundation Board of Directors.

Vern Underwood


Vern O. Underwood, Jr. has dedicated his entire career to Young’s Market Company, our customers and supplier partners. Serving in virtually every capacity, Vern began his career in the Young’s warehouse in 1955. Vern ultimately became the fourth generation to lead Young’s Market Company, one of the oldest continuously operating, family-owned companies in the U.S. Now serving as Chairman of the Board of Young’s Holdings, parent company of Young’s Market Company, Vern oversees all Young’s interests and assets.

Throughout his legendary career, Vern’s vision and leadership have made an immeasurable impact on the wine and spirits industry. In 2012, Vern was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Leadership Award from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Vern is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Vern is a generous supporter of local and regional charitable causes, including: Hoag Memorial Hospital, Mission Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, Medical College of Wisconsin and Chapman University.

In Memoriam

Janet Underwood Smith Brown

November 2, 1937 – November 2, 2013

Born in Glendale, California, Janet was the daughter of Vernon O. Underwood Sr. and his wife, Adrienne Young Underwood.

In 1950, at the age of 12, Janet moved with her family to the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles where she attended the Marlborough School for Girls. Upon her graduation from Marlborough in 1955, Janet attended UCLA where she studied Business Education and joined Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

Shortly after graduation from UCLA in 1959, Janet married Robert Lawrence Taylor Smith and the newlyweds moved to Newport Beach, California, where they raised their two children, Adrienne and George.

Janet knew Young’s Market Company as only an insider could. She worked in the famous store on Seventh and Union and remembered packing liquor. In 1990, led by her brother Vern Underwood, Jr., the Underwood family became the sole owner of Young’s Market Company. Janet’s importance in the growth and transformation of Young’s cannot be overstated. All major structural decisions affecting Young’s were made together by Janet and Vern Jr., in addition to her many strategic and operational contributions.

As well as an owner, Janet was a Director, Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Young’s Market Company Board.

The success of Young’s allowed Janet to spend most of her career helping people, firstly through education, and then through Young’s and her own personal philanthropy.

Janet was a tireless volunteer serving as the Leader of Adrienne’s Brownie group, and as a member of the Newport Beach PTA, the Newport Harbor Service League, Angelitos de Oro, and the Little Garden Club of Newport Beach. In addition, she served as President of the Junior League of Orange County in 1976-1977, the Tri Delta Alumnae Club and as President and co-founder of the Newport Harbor Investment Club. In addition to her volunteer work, Janet donated generously to Mission Hospital, Hoag Hospital, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Girls and Boys Club, Chapman University and many other worthy causes. Janet will be sorely missed by all of her many friends who had the good fortune to have known her and whose lives she so greatly enriched. Her impact on the Young’s Market Company family will never be forgotten.