Hunterdon Staff

Get to know the Purveyors of Enjoyable Fermented Beverages .

 

Management
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Michael Short
Founder

Hire Date: 1996
Work experience/background: Insurance Sales to Beer Sales
Hobbies: Hiking, Hunting, Fishing, Flying, Skiing

The first beer I ever had was: Piel’s
The last beer I had was: Weyerbacher Winter Ale
I really want   SNOW  for Christmas this year.
When I was 10 years old I spent the summer: In the Adirondacks
Most memorable vacation: Long Island Bahamas
First musical instrument ever played: Trumpet
My last supper request is: and with this beer: Grilled Venison and a bold IPA
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? At my desk , bald and 20 pounds heavier
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? I am a bad, bad Man by Yarn
My classmates nicknamed me Shorty because… My last name is Short
Favorite ice cream flavor: Black Raspberry
The first car I ever drove was: Chevy S-10 Pick-up

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Dave Masterson
Attitude Adjustment Consultant

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Unlimited beer consumption.
Describe the Best Sandwich: White bread, bologna and American cheese.
In your opinion, what is the worst show in television history? Glee, or that musical cop show
What is the last song you had stuck in your head? Afternoon Delight (Starland Vocal Band)
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Filet, medium, and a great IPA.

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Jeff Rancan
Bar and Restaurant Sales Manager (Keg Boss)
phone 609.922.2007

Team Member Since: October 2005
Previous life: Master Plantain salesmen, keg scrubber
Hobbies: Eating carrots and running

What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom? Three’s Company
What is the best gift you have ever received? A Toaster Oven
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Mindreading
What car should be brought back from the past? The AMC Gremlin
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Saison Dupont with aged Gouda.



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Michael Sales
Office Manager

Team Member Since: March 2004
Previous life: BS in Materials & Ceramic Engineering,focus in Optical Materials. The optical materials studied were mainly glass, and most craft beer is available in bottles. It was a natural fit. 
Hobbies: Charcuterie, cooking in general, fine teas, pipe tobacco

What is the best gift you have ever received? An office that’s not between two bathrooms
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Flying/time travel like in Superman. Flying is the superpower and time travel is just a result of reversing the earth’s rotation from flying around it enough so it only counts as one “super” power. Time travel by this means is an ancillary power if a power at all. Parlor trick, really.
What is your favorite John Candy movie?
Who’s Harry Crumb
What is the last song you had stuck in your head? Long Black Veil sung by Jerry Garcia
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: A well-aged JW Lees Harvest Ale with Stilton

Scott Duncan
Brand Manager

Team Member Since: April 2001
Previous life: US Military (Army), Yacht builder, aircraft refurbisher, liquor retail, liquor wholesale
Hobbies: fishing, coaching

What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom? The Cosby Show
What is the best gift you have ever received? Fishing pole – all of them
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The ability to fly
What car should be brought back from the past? 1968 Camaro
Describe the Best Sandwich: Hot open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy and mashed potatoes

 

Richard Grant
Operations Manager

Lou Torres
Warehouse Manager
Team Member Since: March 2002
Previous Life: Military, HBC
Hobbies: G.T.L (Gym, Tan, Laundry) minus the T and L

Jeremiah Goldovitz
Spirits Manager

John Hoyos
Esoteric Fermentation Consultant/Specialty Brand Manager

Team Member Since: January 2007
Previous life: Two+ years at a wine shop while in school.  In my previous work lives, I created a database of all sports programming on cable, sold computer parts by phone, sold cheap perfumes in person and tossed ice cream in the air.
Hobbies: fiddlesticks

What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom?  Toss-up: Benson and Family Ties
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?  Telekinesis – I want to be the first person to brew a world-class beer just by thinking about itWhat would your siblings say about you?  Nothing, they would talk about my daughter
What is the last song you had stuck in your head?  Talk Show Host by Radiohead
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing:  Fresh Strawberries atop a big slice of NY Cheesecake with a Hanssens Oude Gueuze

 

 

Sales Team

Ray Burow
Gloucester and Camden Counties Off-Premise Sales
phone 856.625.2372

Team Member Since: March 2003
Previous life: Bar, Restaurant, Liquor Store Manager
Hobbies: High School and NCAA Lacrosse Official, High School Football Official

What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom? Dukes of Hazard and Knight Rider
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Invincibility
What would your siblings say about you? That I am awesome
What is the last song you had stuck in your head? The theme song from Growing Pains
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Pizza with peppers and onions and a few Left Hand 400lb Monkeys

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Andrew Sewall
Burlington and Mercer County Off Premise Sales
phone 856.745.1291

Team Member Since: February 2006
Previous life: 4 years at Cooks Liquors, 2 years at Painted Bride Quarterly (a literary magazine), several months at Wendy’s with a major in English and a minor in American Lit. I use words good.
What is the best gift you have ever received? My goofy fat headed 100 lb mutt

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Telekinesis…no more getting up to get a beer
What car should be brought back from the past? Well, they remade the GT40, Shelby Cobra and the DeLorean DMC-12 already, so I guess the 1934 Duesenberg.
What would your siblings say about you? He was mom and dad’s favorite
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Founders Breakfast Stout and Cinnamon Toast Crunch

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John Matura
Northwest Jersey Sales
phone 908.328.4456

Team Member Since: May 2005
Previous life: Liquor warehouse, retail since 1998. In a jam band.

What is the best gift you ever received? My Soul!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To cure disease with my guitar playing
What car should be brought back from the past? VW Bus with pop-up bed in the roof
Describe the Best Sandwich: The Turkey Gobbler at this crazy deli in Orlando: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry, stuffing, and gravy on white
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Sheila’s Flemish Beef Stew with Chimay Blue!

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Sean Dwyer
Northeast Jersey Sales (Bergen, Passaic, Morris)
phone 201.320.9617

Team Member Since: September 2006
Previous life: 4 years of vigorous consumption research at St. Bonaventure University with some history and philosophy on the side. 2 years in retail.
Hobbies: reading, writing, guitar, online gaming, Bonaventure Basketball, golf.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Flight. And if anyone disagrees they are stupid.
What car should be brought back from the past? 1966 Pontiac GTO
Describe the Best Sandwich: Grilled chicken, swiss, banana peppers, lettuce, onions and my top secret BBQ sauce on ciabatta bread
Describe the best childhood birthday party you ever had: Skaters World Roller Rink Party. I ripped it up to some Offspring, Spice Girls, and Collective Soul
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Muscles cooked with garlic paired with Chimay White or the classic burger and an IPA

Guy Potts
Deep South Jersey Sales (Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Pennsville, Vineland, Egg Harbor Township, Rio Grande)
phone 609.675.6796

Team Member Since: January 2007
Previous life: Liquor store Beer Buyer, Bartender.
Hobbies: County Pool and Dart Leagues, Cover band: the d.A.b

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? An indestructable liver (See Dave Masterson)
What car should be brought back from the past? The Bandit’s Trans-Am
In your opinion, what is the worst show in television history? Teen Mom, no wait, Teen Mom 2
What is the last song you had stuck in your head? Maneater by Hall & Oates
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Troegs Sunshine Pils and barbeque

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Seth Osten
Central Jersey Sales Off Premise (Somerset, Middlesex, Morris & Union counties)
phone 908.752.8149

Team Member Since: April 2008


What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom?
Magnum PI
What is the best gift you have ever received? A Leatherman Tool, with my name engraved on it
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? No hangovers
What car should be brought back from the past? 1985 Audi Coupe GT
What is your favorite John Candy movie? Uncle Buck

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James Luckey Vilade
Northeast Jersey Sales
phone 908.418.7847

Team Member Since: October 2007
Previous life:  Worked on/off for 10 years at Raritan Liquors in Bernardsville
Hobbies: Beer, music, fun

What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom? Doogie Howser, M.D.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The ability to make water into Breakfast Stout (like Jesus)
What car should be brought back from the past? The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California..less than 100 were made.
What is your favorite John Candy movie? I love them all, but if I have to pick…Planes Trains and Automobiles
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Any heady IPA with a nice steak or large bacon cheeseburger w/ gravy fries

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Chris Mullowney
On Premise Sales, South Jersey
phone 856.313.8234

Team Member Since: March 2009
Previous life: Manager at Total Wine

What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom? Perfect Strangers – it was creepy and heartwarming all at the same time
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The ability to stop Ray from procreating
Describe the Best Sandwich: Bacon on top of stout braised Beef Brisket on top of a bacon cheeseburger (yellow sharp cheddar, and yes, I said bacon twice) on a pretzel roll
In your opinion, what is the worst show in television history? Also Perfect Strangers. (See reasons in question #1 for reference)
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Schlenkerla Marzen with a pulled pork sandwich the wife made. AWESOME. Hooray Jodi!

 

Patrick Morrissey
Southern Jersey Shore (Atlantic & Ocean Counties,Atlantic City to Toms River)
phone 609.432.8331

Team Member Since: July 2010

What is the best beer you had in the last 30 days? Founders KBS “2009”
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Smutty Old Brown Dog & Crispy Roasted Duck with Gran Marnier Blueberry Sauce
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To be able to breathe underwater
What car should be brought back from the past? IT HAS BEEN! Thanks to my buddy Lance! 1960 #3 Le Mans Corvette, Check it out on YouTube
What is the best gift you have ever received? The Gift of Life!

   
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Philip James Sievering V
Hudson County Sales (Hoboken, Jersey City)
phone 973.224.3142

Team Member Since: January 2010
Previous life: Worked at The Stirling Hotel for what feels like half my life

What is the best gift you have ever received? A Red Ryder BB Gun
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Batman. I’m not greedy and need a superpower. I just want to be a billionaire playboy philanthropist, with a British butler, a teenage side-kick, and be the world’s greatest detective.
What car should be brought back from the past? Pontiac Aztek, it had a tent inside it.
What is the last song you had stuck in your head? The Taco Bell Quad Steak commercial.
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Right now it’s been Pulled Pork and Hop Stoopid.

Aaron Kahn
Northest NJ (Bergen/Passaic counties) On-Premise Sales Sales
phone
201.248.6309

 

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Kristin Kaschak
Monmouth County- Matawan, Long Branch, Sea Bright, Point Pleasant, Red Bank On Premise Sales
phone 908.672.9850

Team Member Since: June 2010
Previous life: Worked at a mortgage brokerage firm, lived next to a craft beer bar, bartended at that bar…decided beer was way more fun.

What is the best gift you have ever received? Nintendo 64
Describe the Best Sandwich: Rossi’s Deli, Poughkeepsie, NY: Panini with chicken, prosciutto,
mozzarella, red peppers, pesto, chili paste, basil. It made the tuition to Marist totally worth it.
Describe the best childhood birthday party you ever had: There was one involving a ball pit, bouncy castles, and a lot of ice cream…but that may have been last year.
What is the last song you had stuck in your head? The theme song to Sanford and Son
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Really spicy wings and a really big IPA or pizza and a Pale ale…or a steak and an ESB. I like food and beer.

Scott Crystal
Morristown, Bernardsville, Sparta, Newton, and Franklin Sales
phone 973.670.3229 


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Pete Martin
Southern Central Off Premise Sales
phone 732.513.5038

Team Member Since: February 2010
Previous life: Jack of all trades
Hobbies: fishing

What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom? Perfect strangers/ Bosom Buddies
What is the best gift you have ever received? I was offered this job on my birthday
What would your siblings say about you? That I need to move out
What is the best beer you had in the last 30 days? Troegs Nugget Nectar
What is your favorite John Candy movie? National Lampoons Vacation

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Ryan Staats
Madison thru Montclair to Newark and Bayonne and down to S. Plainfield Sales
phone 973.714.1192

Team Member Since: June 2010
Previous life: Worked at Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH where I stimulated my appreciation for beers with flavor and homebrewing. After years of working in the hospitality industry, I was blessed to find a position selling a product I really love.

Describe the Best Sandwich: Lots of Taylor Ham, fried egg, cheese and homefries all piled on a hard roll. AKA The Bomber. Paired with a vanilla milkshake. Then back to bed.
Describe the best childhood birthday party you ever had: Asleep in my parents car I woke, surprised by my friends all clamoring at the windows and doors just for a chance to hang out with me. We played baseball, and I hit 12 homeruns and the girls still wish they could be mine. That’s how I remember it at least.
What would your siblings say about you? “Now that He’s selling beer, He will never get his shit together”
What is the last song you had stuck in your head? Rock N Roll – (not Zepplin’s or Gary Glitter’s or Dio’s but Velvet Underground’s performed masterfully by Phish or was it the Ball Point Pens)
What is the best beer you had in the last 30 days? Terrapin’s Wake-N-Bake Stout

Rick Wildt
On-Premise Sales: Mercer, Hunterdon and Somerset Counties
phone 616-560-0705

Team Member Since: January 2011

What is the best gift you have ever received? A job with Hunterdon.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To be able to turn myself into the Incredible Hulk.
Describe the best childhood birthday party you ever had: Ice fishing and hanging out in the shanty with my 10 best friends when I was 12.
What would your siblings say about you? I am the best brother in the world. I drink too much beer. I have a heart of gold.
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Cheesecake brownies with a huge imperial stout.

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Dan O’Brien
North Jersey Shore Sales
phone 201.321.9791

Hire Date: January 2009
Work experience/background: Varied and incongruous
Hobbies: Cycling, collecting beer, wine and LP records

The first beer I ever had was: genesee cream ale
Favorite 70’s song: Yes, Into the Heart of the Sunrise
Most memorable vacation: USSR, 1991
Best celebrity sighting/encounter: Neil Young
First musical instrument ever played: Piano
My last supper request is: corned beef reuben with this beer: Kaiser marzen
The best day in the history of sports was: is…the day the Cleveland browns go to the super bowl
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? You Are Like A Hurricane – Neil Young
My classmates nicknamed me… Molassee D because…. I move really fast….; )
The first car I ever drove was: 1977 Mercury Grand Marquis – 27ft bumper to bumper

 

 

Office Support
 

Carrie Vandermolen
Accounts Receivable

Team Member Since: June 2010
Previous life: Office management

What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom? Moonlighting
What is the best gift you have ever received? Well, my angelic and perfect daughters, of course.
Describe the Best Sandwich: Really rare, shaved roast beef with just a little whipped butter on a round, crusty role. Yeah, I’m boring, but I tried to make it sound good.
What would your siblings say about you? That she’s not related to me. Conveniently, we’re both adopted.
What is the best beer you had in the last 30 days? I’m in a committed relationship with Full Sail Session Lager – and it has nothing to do with the fact that it’s only 130 calories.

Eric Tompkins
Accounts Payable

Team Member Since: September 2008
Previous life: Spent my summers during college working at a liquor store

What is your favorite 80’s Sitcom? Does Saved by the Bell count? If so, then it would be Doogie Howser MD
What is the best gift you have ever received? My Grandpa’s fly fishing rod handed down from my Dad
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Time travel so I can go to the future and steal a sports almanac
Describe the best childhood birthday party you ever had: Chuck E Cheese, ball pit all day every day
What is the best beer you had in the last 30 days? Allagash Interlude

Sheila Taggart
Sales Analyst

Team Member Since: February 2011

Previous life: Finance at an international law firm, sales director for two country clubs and now this. With a goal of moving to industries with more "fun" factor, I think I’m going in the right direction!
Hobbies: Hanging out with my pets, fishing, cooking, fishing, reading, fishing, boating, fishing, gardening and did I mention fishing?

What is the best gift you have ever received? My husband, well, he wasn’t mail order, but the gift of sharing my life with him. 
Describe the Best Sandwich: Grilled Cheddar on Rye with brown mustard and sweet pickles…no, I’m not pregnant.
What would your siblings say about you? I was spoiled with leniency in comparison to their experience.
What is the last song you had stuck in your head? Wherever I May Roam…Metallica
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Full Sail Sessions Lager and Chesapeake Bay Steamed Crabs.

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Nancy Maddaloni
Communications Director

Team Member Since: May 2007
Previous life: Spent several years in the food & wine world – Assistant Manager in cheese and specialty foods at Whole Foods Market, salesperson at a wine shop and private chef for a family. Worked as a sales rep for Hunterdon for 3 years before switching to my current role as the “Master Tweeter.”
Hobbies: yoga, going to Maine, making fun of my co-workers and hanging out with my husband and the cutest dog in the world: the Murph

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The power to silence people
Describe the Best Sandwich: Marco & Pepe’s Chicken Sandwich – deliciously moist chicken on a wonderful Balthazar roll with roasted tomatoes, frisee and some sort of garlic aioli spread
What would your siblings say about you? That I am the weird, artsy, lactose-intolerant middle child
What is the last song you had stuck in your head? Dyslexic Heart – Paul Westerberg. Singles!
Describe your favorite beer and food pairing: Allagash White & Duck Fat Fries in Portland, Maine

Tony Buttillo
Draft Technician

Hire Date: May 2008
Work experience/background: Part owner of Beer Store in PA. Worked for the previous 4 years at Micromatic. They are a large distributor of draft beer systems.

The first beer I ever had was: Schmidts. My neighbor and I would steal pickle jars full of beer from his dad’s kegorator. At 14 I knew my calling was draft beer!
Most memorable vacation: Trying to go camping with my wife and 4 year old. Let’s just say we are not outdoor people.
Best celebrity sighting/encounter: My new neighbor Julie happens to be the sister of Jay Mohr. While visiting one day he and his son played me and my son in whiffle ball. After the game we played wii in my living room. Very random day. What a great guy!
First musical instrument ever played: I played the saxophone for a few years in middle school. Everytime I watch "St Elmo’s Fire" I wish I stuck with it.
The first car I ever drove was: A ’74 Mustang. Yep, back when they looked like Pinto’s. Dad asked me not to drive it to the shore……transmission dropped in L.B.I. They had to drive from Allentown, PA to pick me up. Long drive home.

Randy Thomas
Draft Technician

Shannon Welsh
Art Director

Hire Date: July 2010
Work experience/background: I’ve served food and drinks at a bunch of places, art therapy, went to school for graphic design in philly
Hobbies: I like to hang out with Phil, my mini dachshund. He enjoys mountain climbing so we do that a lot. I like making things, whatever way I can.

Best Halloween costume I ever had was: Michelangelo TMNT
When I was 10 years old I spent the summer: Roaming the alley behind my house on my hog
Favorite 70’s song: Wild Mountain Honey or I Wanna Be Your Lover
Favorite line from a movie: "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool."
First musical instrument ever played: I’m pretty sure I used to rock the xylophone pretty hard as kid
My last supper request is: My dad’s t-giving dinner

 

 

Warehouse & Trucking
Jay Conner
Point of Sale Inventory
Josh Zuber
Warehouse Operations, Driver
Lyle Smith
Floor Manager

Patrick Mellarkey
Warehouse Operations, Driver
Steve Frank
Warehouse Operations, Driver
Scott Dyckman
Warehouse Operations
Scott Davis
Warehouse Operations, Driver

Richard Campbell
Warehouse Operations

Sam Linaberry
Warehouse Operations, Driver