Quinn Bartlett | Brewmaster
Quinn started brewing Belgian-inspired beers in Columbus out of the back of his 1998 Ford Explorer. They tasted great, and we knew he was on to something huge. Quinn is driven by a constant quest for improvement and learning. Even now, he is unrivaled in his brewing intelligence, yet he holds the mindset not of a master, but of the student. This attitude shines through in every beer he brews.
When he isn't brewing, you'll likely find Quinn riding his bike, listening to podcasts, or picking a guitar. He often competes in local cycling races.
Andrew Watkins | CEO
Andrew's business experience centers on a people-first approach. His educational background in psychology combined with professional experience in ecommerce, marketing, and consulting makes Andrew's ability to lead our team and connect with the community integral to our success. Andrew is driven by the a quest for continuous education and service to the community, and he leads, learns, and innovates through awareness and action.
When he isn't working, find Andrew with a book, in a museum, at a concert, or on a hike. He loves cooking with friends, photography, and writing.
Spencer Fronk | CFO
Spencer’s professional experience revolves around systematic expansion of franchise based concepts. From 2014 to 2017, Spencer acted as director of Franchise Sales and Development for SwimLabs and started there during the Franchisor’s infancy. He helped grow the business from two to seventeen locations in his two-and-a-half years by establishing processes in the financing, legal, site selection, architectural and construction realms. Spencer's expertise lies within the start-up of small businesses—he finds financing opportunities through SBA 7A Loans and self directed 401-K’s, structures equity partnerships, term sheets, private placement memorandums and operating agreements, oversees demographic analysis and lease negotiations, designs architectural layouts for new locations, and manages general contractor work on a daily basis.
Steve Swanson has been in marketing his entire career on the agency's side working with many of the world's most powerful brands including Hershey's, Jack Daniel's, Delta Airlines, VW, Pepsi and Wells Fargo. Steve's experience with Brown-Forman gives him a total understanding on the beer, wine and spirits industry and the massive changes underway in brands, consumer expectations and the craft/micro movement. Steve currently is a SVP and Managing Director of DigitasLBi in Atlanta, GA, a digital marketing firm.
Steve also knows the midwest having grown up in the Detroit area and spent 5 years in Columbus,Ohio building up a private equity backed, regional advertising agency, Engauge for sale to Publicis in 2014. Steve bring to BBC a keen understand of marketing, brand building, promotions, and digital strategies and channels.
A fifteen-year veteran of the communications industry, Brian is a proven public affairs expert, with special training and skills in reputation management and crisis response. Anchored by the tools acquired when obtaining a BA in Communications and Political Science from Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and his Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Annenberg School, Brian recently completed a successful transition from a decade running his own consulting practice in Washington, DC and Philadelphia to now being based in Columbus, Ohio.
Brian works with a variety of charitable organizations, businesses, political candidates, and elected officials on crisis communication response messaging and reputation management. His expertise has enabled a wide range of clients to effectively manage crises, generate goodwill, and create a competitive advantage, including, Turning Points for Children, AT&T, The Philadelphia Orchestra, NGage Properties Group, and more.
James A. Wesseling is a 1979 graduate of Holland Christian High School. He received his degree in political science from Calvin College in 1983 and graduated cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in 1986. Jim is the senior partner of Wesseling & Brackmann P.C. in Hudsonville, and his practice focuses on estate planning issues such as living trusts, wills, powers of attorney and probate, business formation and real estate. He also specializes in assisting individuals who require nursing home care as to the rules regarding Medicaid.
Jim formerly served as a City Commissioner for the City of Hudsonville, was Vice President of the Board of Sunset Manor Association in Jenison, and President of the Hudsonville Christian School Education Foundation Board. Mr. Wesseling has served on the Board of Directors of West Michigan Community Bank since 1997.