ABOUT US

A company of passionate people with authentic brands and deep local connections.

 

Get to know the Pabst leadership team.

Eugene Kashper

Eugene Kashper

Chairman & CEO

Matt Bruhn

Matt Bruhn

General Manager

Eric Tis

Eric Tis

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Chief Sales Officer

Rob Urband

Rob Urband

Chief Legal Officer

Alya Wilhelm

Alya Wilhelm

Culture Champion

Ron Kane

Ron Kane

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Samar Chand

Samar Chand

VP, M&A/Strategy

Faithe Rayns

Faithe Rayns

Head of People

Eugene Kashper

Eugene Kashper

Chairman & CEO

What’s your favorite movie?

Rocky – perseverance and faith against all odds. Nothing has inspired me more than stories of people who have achieved things others thought impossible.

 

WHAT’s one piece of advice you’ll never forget and why?

Man plans and God laughs. Life is unpredictable. I have always been a dreamer and a planner, and one of the most important things I’ve learned is that unforseen obstacles are a part of every perfect plan. We have to learn to roll with the punches and adapt to changing circumstances.

 

What does Pabst mean to you?

Freedom – a timeless and truly American value. Pabst attracts people who think for themselves and who aren’t afraid to do things differently or challenge the status quo.

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Matt Bruhn

General Manager

WHATS YOUR FAVORITE FAILURE?

In 20 years of working in companies, I’ve probably had 20,000 small and mid-size failures. I’ve launched over 200 products. What I’ve learned is that both success and failure demand the same response: do it again. Success doesn’t last forever and you still have to move forward, so do it again. If you fail, you have to keep trying, so do it again. Sadly, it’s true that success has many fathers and failure is an orphan. You need to deal with failure, take responsibility, admit it didn’t work, and move on.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT IN THE PORTFOLIO?

Right now, it’s Lucky Lager. Looks cool, tastes great, made locally, and it’s our first major attempt to resurrect a brand from the archives as a modern brew. It represents a step in a very positive direction and fills me with optimism.

 

WHAT DOES PABST MEAN TO YOU?

Pabst means opportunity. It’s not often that you get a blank sheet of paper to design and construct the future holistically. It’s pretty incredible. And also takes a ton of hard work.

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Eric Tis

Chief Financial Officer

What is one song/album that you love?

I can always listen to “Babylon by Bus” by Bob Marley & The Wailers which is a live show from Paris in 1978.  Opens with Positive Vibration and the crowd cheering.  Live shows just have a different vibe than studio albums.  Bob Marley and the Wailers are considered one of the best live acts of all time.  I struggle with whether I would want to have seen Bob Marley or Led Zeppelin live, probably Zeppelin.  Live music is art.

 

What’s one piece of advice you’ll never forget?

My father used to tell me “Keep it simple, don’t overcomplicate things.”  To me it applies to many situations, both personal and professional.

 

What’s your favorite product in the portfolio?

PBR, I love the iconic nature of the brand, the red white and blue, the blue ribbon. Recognized by most Americans everywhere.  Has been iconic for 175 years and will be for another.

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Brian Smith

Chief Sales Officer

What is one song/album that you love?

My older brother gave me Fleetwood Mac, “Rumours” album when I was probably 10 years old; it made me feel pretty tough and cool; because I had been listening to kiddie bop crap, so I felt like it was a gateway into cool teenage shit.

 

What book has impacted you the most?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein; in a very simplistic way, it teaches great life lessons i.e. Selfish behavior can take the life out of those closest to you; that taking and giving only survives when it’s reciprocated; read it to all 4 of my kids, many times.

 

What does Pabst mean to you?

It represents the opportunity to be a part of something much larger than myself…to build a company that delivers results AND is a great place to work…a place that is recognized by everyone inside the company and out… a place I can tell my kids and grandkids about.

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Rob Urband

Chief Legal Officer

What book has impacted you the most?

“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  I read this book soon after becoming a father and it profoundly impacted the way I think about our societal structures and what it means to be a Dad – I think particularly because the book is written as a letter from Coates to his son as an explanation of the world his son will grow up in.

 

What’s your favorite failure?

I didn’t get in to the college of my choice, so I ended up going to my State school instead. I met my wife at University of Maryland and the school set me up to get to where I am today.

 

What’s one piece of advice you’ll never forget?

“If there is something you want to learn how to do, in five years you can either still be thinking about it or have five years’ experience.”  I apply this consistently in my life and there are very few things I look back on and say “I wish I had done that.”

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Alya Wilhelm

Culture Champion

What book has impacted you the most?

“Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali had a real impact on me. It’s an inspiring story of courage, tenacity, resilience, and women’s rights.

 

Interesting fact?

I’m a first generation American. My family came here as political refugees in the 70s and I am grateful every day for the sacrifices they made in search of a better life for all of us.

 

What does Pabst mean to you?

Family. Passion. Opportunity. Hard work. Cool people, good times. The dedication and love we all have for this company cannot be matched. The people here who come together each day are what set us apart from the rest. It’s not just about selling beer, it’s about creating connections and having a positive impact on the world around us. Every step we take towards that goal fills me with hope and pride.

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Ron Kane

Chief Supply Chain Officer

What’s your favorite failure?

I cut off a finger running a bottle filler!  I learned safety is absolutely paramount, which motivated me to expand into Logistics and Supply Chain, so in a way, it helped to get me where I am today.

 

Where were you when you had your first beer?

Sitting in the woods of Western Pennsylvania, with a Mickey’s Big Mouth.  Cut my finger opening it too.

 

What’s your favorite product in the portfolio?

I have two.  Rainier and Lone Star – both fantastic beers, but more importantly, both are so deeply embedded in their communities, the PacNW and Texas, respectively, that you just feel good sitting in the local bar sharing them.

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Samar Chand

VP, M&A/Strategy

What book has impacted you the most?

“1984” by George Orwell – first time I felt emotion reading a book. Big brother and suppression of individuality was very sad for me!

 

What’s your favorite product in the portfolio?

PBR – its unique connection to forward thinking culture, despite being a beer, is inspiring.

 

What does Pabst mean to you?

Pabst embraces difference, and isn’t afraid of standing out.. It has an entrepreneurial spirit that promotes outside thinking that is evident across all company touchpoints, a major difference from its competitors.

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Faithe Rayns

Head of People

What’s one piece of advice you’ll never forget?

Be bold and courageous – the Universe has your back!  Every time I’ve taken a courageous decision, it’s been challenging and difficult but I’ve always come out the other side a better person for it.

 

Interesting fact?

I lived and went to school in Japan for one year when I was 15 and when I returned to Australia, I was dreaming and counting in Japanese for about 2 years after…  I even had a Japanese name (Nobuko – meaning Faith-child).

 

What does Pabst mean to you?

Pabst for me means progress, innovation, freedom, passion and being able to contribute in a meaningful way. That everything you do makes a difference – and you can be yourself, doing what you love to do and being part of the change.