Paul Jenkins, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer- A disabled Navy Veteran, Paul left the military after 14 years in diverse, forward-deployed roles to accept the position as Director for the Police Department. Upon leaving public service, he moved into private enterprise, serving in executive leadership roles in the aerospace industry, international crisis resolution, international logistics and for more than a dozen years as the chief executive officer of a major wine and spirits distribution organization in the third largest market in America. He currently leads Bancroft Architects + Engineers, a disabled Veteran-owned small business that employs disabled Veterans at each of its six offices across the country. Paul’s undergraduate degree in engineering is from the United States Naval Academy, with advanced degrees from the University of Chicago.
Nathan Reeves, Master Brewer – Nate was born and raised in Chicago where he currently still resides. He served in the Illinois Army Nation Guard from 2004 to 2011. Nathan was deployed to Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009. He served as a radio operator/maintainer and intel analyst with a dismounted cavalry unit. Nathan graduated from Western Illinois University in 2010 with a Bachelors degree. Nathan started home-brewing as a hobby with his father in 2011 and then in 2013 started taking brewing classes at Siebel Institute. Nathan is also a huge sports fan and history buff.
Peter Jenkins, Chief Operating Office – Navy Veteran Peter Jenkins was recruited into the Veteran Beer Company from institutional proprietary trading in Chicago. After leaving the Navy in the early 1990s he became a member and trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. In 2001 Peter left floor trading to join the the ranks of institutional proprietary trading and in 2006 assumed the role of Senior Trader leading a team of 15 other traders. His business acumen and experience successfully managing multiple, divergent tasks on a large scale make him invaluable to the company. Committed to developing the company, he is comfortable sharing duties of delivery driver as well as brand ambassador enabling him to understand every aspect of the organization while serving as The Veteran Beer Company’s Chief Operating Officer. In addition to his success in business, Peter has been a constant fixture in the charitable arena in the Upper Midwest, serving on numerous boards and committees. An Eagle Scout himself, he is well known for his decades of leadership with the Boy Scouts of America.
Nicole Anderson, Minnesota State Director— Born and raised in Minnesota, Nicole can’t imagine calling anyplace else home. Nicole enlisted in the US Army Reserve immediately after graduating high school and then soon deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2013-14). Nicole still serves in her local Army Reserve unit and recently committed to another three-year contract. As a dual-occupation specialist she holds positions within her unit as a Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear Specialist as well as a Cargo Specialist. She also serves as her unit’s Equal Opportunity leader and has a passion and commitment to her Soldiers and their welfare, which is why it was so easy for her to make the decision to join the Veteran Beer Company and support the company’s mission combating Veteran unemployment. Nicole is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (spring 2017) and plans to continue her education with the goal of obtaining her Master’s Degree in Management and Human Resources. When not working or studying, Nicole loves to spend time outdoors hiking and exploring in her beloved state of Minnesota. You can often find her out on the patio enjoying a Veteran beer with friends and family, invariably cheering on the Vikings.
Gregg Lewandusky, Director for Michigan and Internet & Social Media Director – A disabled United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran, joined the Marine Corps straight out of high school and just after 9/11. Leaving his family owned and operated small business to do his part for his country. Gregg left the military after 4 years serving as a Sergeant and being deployed to forward operating bases in both Afghanistan and Iraq where he received combat action ribbons along with many other awards. Upon leaving the military, Gregg went on to further his education and was elected as Student Senate President and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Faculty Student Association at the Hudson Valley Community College. He received the President’s Special Recognition Award for outstanding leadership and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Albany. After graduation, Gregg went on to open and operate a disabled Veteran-owned small business that captures and creates videos for local businesses. Gregg Lewandusky currently resides outside of Detroit Michigan with his family.
Jason Dietrich, Director for Wisconsin- Milwaukee native is a disabled Army Veteran who served first as a Military Policeman (MP) forward-deployed around the world. More recently he served as the Center Leader for the Army Recruiting Battalion in Seattle. He has also been a key Army recruiter throughout Wisconsin. Jason is passionate about many things, but near the top of the list are local craft beer, local sports teams, and “his” local soldiers (men and women he recruited into the service) who have served and are serving all over the globe. He’s an avid and lifelong fan of the Packers, the Brewers, the Bucks, and the Badgers. He and his family reside in the Milwaukee area in a home full of sports memorabilia gathered over a lifetime of collecting.