I began my career in the CPG industry a little over a decade ago after graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Economics. I accepted a position at PepsiCo as they were transitioning their systems from Oracle to SAP, and my role was to help ensure that the flow of demand was properly making its way across the newly implemented system.
Over the next 8 years at PepisCo, my passion for data would continue to grow as I would move on to become a contract pricing analyst for raw ingredients, a marketing budget coordinator for Gatorade, an innovation finance lead for Tropicana, where I was tasked to put together annual sales forecasts for new innovation launches, and finally a senior analyst role on the Tropicana Sales Strategy team, where I projected out weekly share swing, became the brand manager for O.N.E. Coconut Water, and built selling stories for our large format retail teams (including Kroger and Albertsons).
Despite enjoying the “corporate life”, I wanted to change things up and experience working at a smaller local company where I could actually see the products being made and shipped out of our facility every day. This led me to accepting a position with Revolution Brewing, where I was charged with helping them build and develop their “data wing”, and bring some of the best practices learned at PepsiCo to a smaller scale brand. Over the next few years, I would become intimately familiar with how the beer and alcohol industry operated, and ultimately became hooked. In 2020, I decided to leave Revolution and become a partner at 3-Tier Beverages alongside Donn.
In addition to being obsessed with “data”, I enjoy going on multi-day camping hikes with my wife Rosy and Dog Albus, playing chess, and recording and releasing music out of my music studio located in my home on Chicago’s south side.