About Coop

  • With a background in venture capital and finance, Mr. Mercer leads COOP’s developmental, financial and operational strategies. He hates khakis, snowboards often and loves traveling. A wannabe economist, he enjoys geeky research and reading.

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    Daniel Mercer Co-Founder and CEO
  • Fueled by cycling and beer, Blake is the brains behind some of our most beloved beers. A former middle school math teacher, he quickly added up that working in beer is a bit more fun (sorry, kids).

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    Blake Jarolim Head Brewer & Vice President of Operations
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    Ryan Stump Vice President of Operations
  • Brandon is a veteran in the industry. During his career stops, he has lived in 10 different states and 13 different cities, residing on both coasts, spanning the upper midwest and the deep south. Brandon enjoys the outdoors and looks forward to increasing his efforts towards “cycling” around Lake Hefner.

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    Brandon Reber Vice President of Sales and Distribution
  • Lauren’s background in art history and archiving circuitously led her to COOP. Here she has found a home amongst delicious beer and unique co-workers while being able to hone her true skills: getting things done and supporting a healthy, happy workplace.

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    Lauren Belteau Gerfen Vice President of Human Resources
  • Jessica is a caffeine-dependent artist that will one day drink a beer while balancing on her head. She lives vicariously through herself and hopes to one day return to the Shire.

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    Jessica Legako Staff Coordinator
Accounting, Finance and Regulatory
  • Matthew has his CPA and has worked in accounting and finance for 15 years. He currently lives in Arcadia with his family and spends most of his spare time doing whatever his daughter tells him to do.

    Matthew Nunez Controller
  • Fraser is from Alberta, Canada, and he moved to Oklahoma to play on UCO’s Hockey team. He graduated in 2023 with a bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance. Fraser is passionate about hockey, financial statements, hiking the Rocky Mountains, and beer.

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    Fraser McMann Staff Accountant
  • A lifelong resident of Oklahoma and a mother of three, Shawna cherishes her role as a dog lover and nature enthusiast. Her interests span a broad spectrum, including plants, holistic healing, natural living, and renewable energy. She is also passionate about outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing, in addition to her love for live music, particularly rock and heavy metal. An avid reader and student, she seizes every opportunity to delve into new subjects. Summer holds a special place in her heart as her favorite season. When not occupied with work, she can be found outdoors or enjoying a live music event.

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    Shawna Schrag Accounting Clerk
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    Melissa Franklin Regulatory Specialist
Business Intelligence
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    Jonathan Kelly Business Intelligence Analyst
  • William recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Management Information Systems. Outside of work, he enjoys scuba diving, camping, and just about all things technology!

    William Roten Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Cam hails from San Antonio and brewed in Texas and Washington before completing the Master Brewer's program at UC Davis. If not on the brewstand, he's likely outside on a backwoods adventure with his pup Lila.

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    Cameron Shults Director of Liquid Development and Production
  • Nuestro empleo mas loyal y callado, Claunch ha trabajado con nosotoros para 23 anos duros. Une dia, el con sus planes a tomar control de la cervecera y cambiar el nombre a CLAUNCH Ale Works.

    Coop of choiceTerritorial Reserve Barrel Aged Wild Wheat Wine Honey Ale
    Steven Claunch Brewer I
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    Thomas Ortiz Brewer II
  • Drew joined the COOP team all the way from Wichita in March 2020. Over a year of quarantining and social distancing, he's gotten to know the team as best he can. Here's what we know: he likes plants, coffee, Great British Bake Off and he thinks chili is a soup. Do with that information what you will.

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    Drew Scanlan Cellarman
  • Steven Claunch is my best friend

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    Shawn Bowman Cellarman
  • You’ll recognize Craig from his certified beer bro beard…bro. He restores motorcycles, cars and order to the back-of-house. Craig lives in Guthrie with his wife, Stacy, and they’re so loyal to the beer life that they named their daughter Porter.

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    Craig Wiggans Director of Operations
  • Life is too short for bad beer and bland food. Shelby’s passion is bringing people together around good food and better beer. Catch him at yer local honky tonk.

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    Shelby Jones Packaging Manager
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    Cody Deck Packaging Tech
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    Hanna Marshall Packaging Technician II
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    Jordan Vargas Packaging Technician II
  • Jett is a recent OSU graduate, and if there’s one thing college taught him, it’s the importance of good beer (and where to go to find it). When he’s not technician-ing packages, he enjoys long walks on the beach and playing guitar, preferably with his girlfriend Zoe and their dog and cat.

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    Jett Millican Packaging Technician
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    Bret Unsell Taproom Manager
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    Julian Ortiz Warehouse Technician
  • Resident Scutoid. Chief Weirdo. Funk Crusader. Full-time hipster. Loves: Coffee. Dogs. Climbing. Vinyl. Science. Books. Sour Beer.

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    Shawn Savuto Quality Control Specialist
Supply Chain
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    Kelly Sterling Logistics Specialist
Oklahoma Sales
  • Chris is our Oklahoma Sales Representative and works with our state Sales Manager as well as our distribution partners throughout the territory to expand in-market sales activities. Chris and his wife, heather, love to travel. Venice is at the top of their list of places to visit.

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    Chris Converse State Director - Oklahoma
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    Jason Priegnitz On-Premise Sales Representative
  • Benny Jacobs Central Oklahoma On-Premise Sales Representative
  • Alex started his beverage career 8 years ago on the distributor side working various channels with spirits, wine, and beer. He is a graduate from Oklahoma State University and lives in an OSU/OU house divided with his wife Taryn of 4 years, and two kids Luna and Lucas. Outside of the beverage industry passion, Alex enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time with his family.

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    Alex Putlak Central Oklahoma Off Premise Independent Sales Representative
  • Connor is the Northeastern Oklahoma Sales Rep. His primary function is serving the Tulsa area for off-premise sales. You can catch him playing music with his band, throwing discs with friends, and cooking or hiking in his free time.

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    Connor Bradley Northeastern Oklahoma Sales Representative
National Sales
  • Jayson is originally from Oklahoma and started in the beer business while still in college. He has two young boys, Rhett and Graham, his wife Lisa, and a border collie named Scout. He has the true belief that beer makes the world a better place by bringing people together.

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    Jayson Heater Sr. Director of National Retail Accounts
  • Ryan is a 14 year industry vet that has experience at all levels of the industry. Originally from Kansas, he started his career with Standard Beverage, worked at Left Hand Brewing for 10 years on the sales side, starting as a sales rep and moving his way up to National Accounts. Most recently, he was the Director of Sales at Dry Dock Brewing in Colorado. Being from Kansas, he's a huge Chiefs and Jayhawks fan. He currently lives here in Colorado with his wife Nikki, 2 sons Jaggar & Declan and their 2 dogs Charlie and Cash. In his free time Ryan is an avid cyclists and love to travel.

    Ryan Call Western Regional Commercial Director
  • Brian is an industry vet with experience as a supplier and distributor in all product categories in the beverage alcohol industry. He has lived and worked in CA, IL, and OH. He is originally from Northern Ohio and currently lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife Therese and son Andrew. He also has a daughter, Megan, who resides in St. Paul, MN. Brian enjoys live music, traveling, hiking, golfing, and spending time outside with his family and their dog, Lucy.

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    Brian Foust Southeast Regional Commercial Director
  • When Ed is not selling, he absolutely loves spending time with his wife, Tiffany, and their two boys, James and Cade. They enjoy all things outdoors with the boys and support them in all they do (Football, Baseball, Snowboarding, and so on)!!!

    They have two fur babies: Lucy, a Catahoula/ Great Dane mix, and Ollie, our rescue, which is a mix of everything. They are straight-up trouble.

    Ed Mikolajewski Regional Commercial Director - Texas
  • Jonathan Huie is a dynamic sales professional with 20+ years of experience building Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic beverage brands. He specializes managing national and regional chain accounts. His hobbies include golf, walking, and working on his DeLorean DMC-12 with Dr. Emmett Brown.

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    Jonathan Huie Southwest Key Account Manager
  • Bruce is an industry expert having worked in alc bev his entire career and is excited to be with COOP Ale/Bev Works! He lives in the Grand Rapids MI area with his wife, Cathy. Bruce and Cathy have 2 sons, one daughter-in-law, 2 grandsons and 2 dogs.

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    Bruce Parks Northern Key Account Manager
  • Dylan was brewed and raised in North Carolina with a dream of becoming a veterinarian, but instead earned a degree in nutrition science to become a legal malted, fermented, and distilled drug dealer in the alcohol industry. He’s been a professional beer guy ever since he discovered that selling beer was a lot easier than convincing people that he knows more about exercise and human nutrition than social media. Plus, sales looked fun after watching ‘The Office’.
    He loves time with family and friends, traveling, and a good beer. When he’s not selling beer, he’s reading a book by one of his favorite scientists, doing everything outdoors, and living by the beat of either Freddie Mercury, Sam Cooke, or David Ruffin’s voice. When he is selling beer, he’s quoting ‘Office Space’ – but all jokes aside, please do leave his stapler alone; it’s his stapler. He is very excited to represent such great and already iconic brands that COOP Ale & Beverage Works offers – it truly does feel like home with this awesome crew and brew!

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    Dylan Brown Southeast Key Account Director
  • Tony has over 20+ years of experience in the Alcohol Beverage Industry, building brands through National and Regional chain accounts with a tremendous amount of experience working in Texas. Tony’s experience as a Director of National Accounts for Owl’s Brew, National Account Manager with Favorite Brands, and 13-year experience with Silver Eagle Distributors (Houston) will give him the needed attributes to make a very large impact with Texas Retailers and our COOP Beverage Works Wholesaler Partners.
    Tony loves spending time with his family and friends. He also loves to fish and hunt when there is time on the weekend.

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    Tony Villarreal Texas Key Account Director
  • Evan is on the administrative side of COOP Ale and COOP Bev, helping our HR, regulatory, production, marketing, and sales teams. In Evan's free time, he enjoys beer, golf, and a good movie!

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    Evan Page Sales Administrator
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    Justus Vega Brand Activation Manager
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    Kaity Menasco Field Marketing Manager
  • Taryn has worked in various industries throughout her marketing & communications career. As a long-time lover of craft beer, she is ecstatic to join the industry and be a member of the COOP team! Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family (and pets!), going to concerts (preferably rock), taking walks (on or off the beach), traveling (road trip anyone?!), and, of course, visiting local taprooms.

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    Taryn Trujillo Digital Communications Manager
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    Kari Conant Brand Strategist
  • Nick works in the marketing department as an in-house graphic designer to assist the Graphic Design Manager with producing various branding assets. This includes Point of Sale collateral, visual merchandise, company newsletters, and on-site promotional event materials.​​​​​​​

    Outside of work you can find Nick skateboarding, fishing, or working on projects for his clothing brand, Nico.”

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    Nick Sexton Graphic Design Specialist