CHICAGO – December 4, 2014 – The Veteran Beer Company today announced that U.S. Army Veteran Shahn Dilks has been promoted to the position of Regional Director for the Northern Region (Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota). He replaces U.S. Army Veteran Josh Ray, who will be taking a leave of absence from the company.
Dilks brings a wealth of diverse experience to the position, having most recently served as the Assistant Director under Ray.
“I recruited Shahn into the Veteran Beer Company, and I am proud to have him take my place as Regional Director,” said Ray. “Shahn’s been a strong asset who deserves to move up in the company. We’ve been working side-by-side for months, and I am confident he’ll only improve upon the many successes we’ve enjoyed over the past year. To the extent that it was possible, I was able to hand-select my relief, and there’s nobody I’d rather have than Shahn.”
Veteran Beer Company president and CEO, Paul Jenkins offered congratulations to both Dilks and Ray.
“We’re fortunate to have incredibly talented and dedicated people,” said Jenkins. “We’ve tried to layer the talent so we exchange strength for strength, as we’ve done in this case. I am certain of Josh’s success in his new job with one of our distributor partners, just as I know Shahn will accelerate our success in the Northern Region. This one’s a win-win.”
The Veteran Beer Company’s products are available at retailers throughout the Upper Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin). The company only employs Veterans, and tries whenever possible to source the goods in its supply chain through Veteran-owned businesses. More information is available at www.VeteranBeerCompany.com.
About Veteran Beer Company
Veteran Beer Company currently markets The Veteran lager and Blonde Bomber ale in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. The company is committed to improving Veteran employment. Many current employees are disabled Veterans, injured in the line of duty.
“We know what it’s like to get knocked down. More importantly, we know how to get back on our feet. We’re people of action. We are not waiting for someone else to solve the national crisis of Veteran unemployment. We are fixing it ourselves,” said Jenkins.
The Veteran Beer Company is a Benefits Corporation, a B-Corp. As a Benefits Corporation, the company has to put its social mission of hiring veterans above company profits. In addition, 10 percent of all earnings are donated directly to local Veteran charities and support groups. The Veteran Beer Company’s Benefits Director is a permanent member of the board of directors who works independently to ensure the company is staying true to its social mission.
Megan P. Lyon