Give us a brief introduction -- where do you come from?
I live in Stamford, Connecticut where I was also raised. I have been married to my wife Hayley for almost a year. We have a 3-month-old puppy named Ember!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy working on my house and yard, both of which are never-ending projects. I am a volunteer firefighter at The Long Ridge Fire Company and spend hundreds of hours a year there training and responding to emergency calls. After a long week at our nitro coffee brewery I enjoy going on hikes with Hayley and Ember on the various trails around Stamford and then coming home and throwing something on the smoker!
Tell us more about what you do at RISE Nitro Brewing Co.
At RISE, I am the Brewery and Operations Manager -- I work with the team on brewing, shipping, repackaging, invoicing, ordering + receiving supplies, and much more. The brewery would not run as smoothly as it does without our hard-working brewery team who are all awesome and help keep the coffee flowing!
How did you end up at RISE?
I ended up at RISE because I responded to a Craigslist job listing for a delivery driver (seriously!). The ad was a little bit wonky and really emphasized that you could have all the free coffee you want. After a couple calls and meetings, I was offered the job as a delivery driver and worked my way up to the position I am in today.
What has surprised you the most about working with RISE?
What has surprised me the most about working with RISE is the growth of the company. It is awesome to have watched the company grow and expand like it has. When I first started, we had a small 280-gallon brewing tank. Now, we have many tanks with much larger capacity. No matter how much the company grows though, it still feels like one big family!
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I’m a quadruplet. Five years later, on my birthday, my little brother was born too!
If you weren’t working at RISE Brewing Co, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t working at RISE, I would probably be doing something in the landscape or construction industry. I was in those industries before joining RISE Nitro Brewing Co., and continue that passion through my work on my home.
What is your favorite food/drink?
My favorite food is smoked ribs! I love making them on my smoker with different rubs and sauces. As boring as it is, my favorite drink is water – I always have a water bottle with me and probably drink close to 2 gallons a day. My favorite alcoholic drink is Tito’s and soda. My favorite RISE is a tough one -- it changes by the week! Right now, I would say our Oat Milk Mocha.
What is your least favorite food/drink?
My least favorite food is olives and my least favorite drinks are sugary energy drinks.
What is the craziest thing you’ve consumed?
The craziest thing I’ve ever consumed were frog legs when I was in Texas. They actually taste like chicken!