I worked for The Union Bar and Grill from 2006 until 2014. Union Street was devastated by a fire and because of that I was, all of a sudden, unemployed. Art and the kind people at Jackie O’s hired quite a few of us. The rest, as they say, is history.
I enjoy spending time with my wife Alicia and our children, and investing as much of my free time into various community related events. Also hiking, fishing, Heavy Metal, Honky-Tonk and beer.
I started working for Art between quarters at OU in the summer of 2009. We demolished and gutted what was Skippers Restaurant and set the stage for what would become the Public House today. The work, pizza, beer and the women were fantastic that summer…
I went to Ohio University in 2009 and fell in love with Athens. I stayed after school and worked at the pub from 2013-2018. During that time I formed a lot of great friendships with the team at Jackie O’s. Fast forward to 2022 and I find out they are opening up a large scale venue in Columbus, I just knew I had to be on the team however I could, and the rest is history!
I am very eclectic in my hobbies. You can typically either find me woodworking, doing anything outdoors (particularly anything involving water), or binge-watching anime.
Beverage of choice?
My drink of choice certainly has to be the nectar of the gods: Sambuca. Paired with a cold, yet classy PBR (if Jackie O’s isn’t readily available of course).
I was hired in June of 2011 after volunteering at beer tastings which raised money for a student organization nonprofit. After working on the construction buildout of the production brewery, I was hired full-time in the brewery after graduating from Ohio University.
In 2005, my friend and I were looking to buy a bar. In late 2005, through the urging of our great friend Brad Clark, we purchased O’Hooley’s, a run down brewpub installed in a building made for hobbits. We started with 5 employees. Unfortunatly, my mother was diagnosed with cancer in early 2006 and passed away 6 short months later, but not before knowing that the brewpub would be named in her honor. Jackie O’s became the name many of you know today in the Winter of 2007. With a ton of hard work and dedication, I have been holding on to this ride for the past 14 years and counting!
Skiing, reading, playing frisbee with Thermos the dog, traveling, language, teaching and learning!
Director of Lab Operations: Yeast Rancher & Microbe Hunter
How did you get your start at Jackie O’s?
In June 2011 as a student desperate for a job in my new hometown of Athens, I was lucky to be hired as a hostess uptown right before Ohio Brew Week that year. I then began serving food and eventually slinging drinks. I knew nothing about beer when I started at Jackie O’s, but as I learned more about beer at work, and chemical engineering in school, I became interested in beer science and production. Graduation timed out well with Jackie O’s expansion, and my dream of being a beer scientist came true in 2015. #noragrets
Hanging out with my dog and cat, hiking, gardening, swimming, camping, cooking.
Art had been pestering me for several years to join the Jackie O’s team. But, it wasn’t the right fit at the time, and I wasn’t sold on making a move to Athens from Cleveland. Then, in late 2013, Jackie O’s had grown and I decided it was time to join the team!
Long walks with Shiloh, Director of Barketing; Arrested Development; indulgent self care; sarcasm; being outside soaking up the sun; crushing cardio and sweating out the toxicity of life; Notre Dame Football