ABOUT US

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

 

Get to know the Pabst leadership team.

Paul Chibe

Paul Chibe

CEO

Eric Tis

Eric Tis

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Chief Sales Officer

Justin Burden

Justin Burden

General Counsel

Ed Gustenhoven

Ed Gustenhoven

Chief Information Officer

Alya Wilhelm

Alya Wilhelm

Interim Head of People & Culture

Samar Chand

Samar Chand

Chief Growth Officer

Paul Chibe

Paul Chibe

CEO

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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.

Justin Burden

Justin Burden

General Counsel

When and where was your most memorable beer experience?

My most memorable beer was in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon. I was staying in a small and run down camp outside a remote village on the Ucayali River with some friends. We went into the village to hang out and play some soccer with the residents after a day on the river. After the game, we ended up hanging out in someone’s living room. They turned it into a makeshift bar complete with speakers they rolled in for the moment. They fired up the generator and we ended up enjoying a few beers with our new friends with the music bumping.

 

What does Pabst mean to you?

Pabst represents the best of the tradition and heritage of middle America along with modern values like individuality, freedom and inclusion. It blends tradition and modernity in a way that reflects America.

 

Interesting fact?

In my 20s I spent a summer living and working in Bratislava, Slovakia for an American law firm. I was able to make some new friends, take some trips around the region to some great cities and I also got to see the final stages of the privatizations of former state controlled businesses.

Ed Gustenhoven

Ed Gustenhoven

Chief Information Officer

What’s one artist or piece of art that has impacted you the most?

I have always been fascinated with sculptures. In 2019 my wife and I visited Florence, Italy and my quest was to see Michelangelo’s David. Seeing this masterpiece and the accompanying works in progress was overwhelming. The vision and the process that go into creating this work of art truly amaze and inspire me.

 

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

A former boss and mentor once said to me “great opportunities don’t come often, sometimes you just have to take a chance and go with it when opportunity knocks – just go with your gut”. I try to live by that mantra and hope that I’ve instilled that same sense of adventure and ambition in my kids.

 

Interesting fact?

I love reggae music. Granted, I’m an old-time classic rock and punk lover too but reggae is my go-to. I love the vibe, the attitude and chilling with my friends and family while drinking a cold beer and feeling the music.

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Alya Wilhelm

Interim Head of People & Culture

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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Samar Chand

Chief Growth Officer

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 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.