We All Sell Beer

From brewery workers to quality specialists to sales representatives to financial analysts and marketers, everyone at MillerCoors plays a role in selling beer. Learn more about the great people who are helping achieve our growth ambition.

Meagan Nelson, Marketing Manager, AC Golden

“I do a little bit of everything. Working on a small brand with a nimble team, you get pulled into all facets of the business, which is one of my favorite parts of my job.”

  • Why MillerCoors? A canceled flight turned into a “career in beer” for me. While stranded at the airport, I struck up a conversation with a few other delayed passengers who happened to work for MillerCoors’ meetings and events agency. Eventually, my new friends suggested I apply for an open position on their team. In my four-plus years in meetings and events, I learned plenty about the business, supporting everything from the MillerCoors Distributor Convention to the President’s Awards trip to sales incentives. I continued to build my expertise on our business when I moved to one of our advertising agencies, where I worked on Blue Moon and Tenth and Blake. I joined MillerCoors in 2016, taking on a marketing and events role at the Blue Moon RiNo Brewery.
  • Day in the life: In my current role as marketing manager at AC Golden, I work with the team to drive growth on the Colorado Native portfolio of beers, Batch 19 and innovations. No single day is quite the same as I do a little bit of everything. Working on a small brand with a nimble team, you get pulled into all facets of the business, which is one of my favorite parts of my job.
  • How I sell beer: Joining the AC Golden team was an amazing opportunity. In the past year I’ve worked to shape how consumers view our core brand, Colorado Native, by evolving the strategy and updating the look and feel through the graphic refresh. This has allowed us to drive renewed excitement with distributors and retailers and introduce new packages such as the Trail Pack variety pack.
  • Favorite beer: Batch 19 and Colorado Native Mountain Pass Pils
  • Education: MBA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Hometown: I have roots in Arvada, Colo., and Lincoln, Neb., so I call both places home.
  • Hobbies: I like spending time with my family, especially my nephews and niece, as well as traveling and taking advantage of all the great activities Colorado has to offer.
  • Fun fact: Once college football season starts, you’ll typically find me settling in with the crew from ESPN’s “College Gameday” as I get ready for the day’s action. Go Big Red!
Meagan Nelson

Tom Kovacich, Business Unit Records Management Specialist, Milwaukee

“My work is all about order, so we can find the records we need, when we need them, to keep the business running. You can see this same philosophy in my art installations, whereas a sense of order is a delicate balance of visual moving parts that encompass the whole.”

  • Day in the life: I help employees manage their business records, and I manage our inventory of records both on-site and off-site. I can produce any employment records, legal documents or brewing information we need.
  • Why MillerCoors? I grew up in West Allis, Wis., across the street from the Wisconsin State Fair Park. My parents owned Town Beer & Liquor, a mom and pop liquor store and tavern. In the morning before school, we cleaned up from previous night’s business, including sweeping and mopping the bar room floor, washing beer glasses and sorting returnable bottles by brand. My father wanted me to work for a big company, and I was hired by Miller Brewing Company in December 1977. As a mailroom clerk, my weekly take-home pay was $3.25 per hour. I took home slightly under $100 a week—that was lot of money! Nearly 42 years later, I still love the company and the beer!
  • How I sell beer: I often donate gratis beer to encourage others to be loyal to our brands.
  • Education: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  • Hobbies: Thinking about and making art, gardening and traveling to unconventional places. I’ve been to Hong King three times and Vietnam (Hanoi, Saigon, Mekong Delta) twice.
  • Fun fact: I’m a co-owner and operator of SAFI Studios, a small artist studio in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. I specialize in set design and art installations, which feature a definite sense of order.
Tom Kovacich

Mary Jimenez, Warehouse Process Leader, Trenton Brewery

“Operations is definitely in my blood. My grandfather and father both started out on a dock. It has been extremely humbling and satisfying to share the passion of the beer business and supply chain with my father, Eddie Jimenez, who is also a MillerCoors employee. Considering all of the commodities produced and moved around in this country, beer is certainly one of the most exciting to get behind.”

  • Day in the life: I lead a warehouse team that supports packaging production by receiving inbound material loads, staging the lines, maintaining inventory and processing distributor returns. I spend a lot of time learning SAP EWM (Enterprise Warehouse Management) tools to troubleshoot issues, provide training support and ensure that things are flowing smoothly. I am very fortunate; my team makes my job a lot of fun.
  • Living Our Brew: I try to gather the facts, run the analytics and pull the trigger to capture the opportunity—basically, Decide and Do. I am a big proponent of trying to “do no harm” but also learning from our mistakes to continually improve.
  • How I sell beer: In my eight years with MillerCoors, I’ve always tried my best to drive processes and remove obstacles for my team to produce the best beer possible, on budget, for the next 50 years. I also try to spark awareness of our new brands with family and friends.
  • Favorite beer: Pilsner Urquell—and not just because it sparked my career when I helped implement express cold shipping. I love it because of the taste and rich history. Today, I’m gluten free and I find that Henry’s Hard Sparkling pairs nicely with outdoor summer festivities. I’d love to see it crush White Claw.
  • Education: BSBA, marketing with an emphasis in international business/logistics, Xavier University
  • Hobbies: I love to paint, especially oils and acrylics, and I enjoy gardening and spending time with family and friends.
  • Fun fact: My biggest regret thus far is not playing football in high school. I had the opportunity to be the place kicker, but I let the fear of getting crushed get the better of me. I’m only 5’4” and Wisconsin is notorious for producing giants!
Mary Jimenez

Aimi Araki, Field Marketing Associate, Austin, Texas

“I honed my sales skills selling Hot Pockets—but who wants to sell Hot Pockets when you can sell beer? I love my job as an FMA because I interact with brand teams, finance, sales, distributors and more. Everything I learn about the business from these teams helps me sell more beer.”

  • Day in the life: One of the many things I enjoy about the field marketing associate (FMA) role is that every day is different. Some days, I may be meeting with distributors to set plans on how we will be activating our alliances out in the market. Other days, I may be assisting with media plans or tracking finances to ensure my management unit stays within our planned budget.
  • Living Our Brew: I am always willing to help my teammates and take on any additional work to help our team succeed. When I transitioned from revenue management to sales, I worked closely with team members to learn the role and make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.
  • How I sell beer: I help sell our brands by ensuring our sales team has all the tools they need to execute our national marketing plans at a local level. I also spend time out in the market to be more in tune with our consumers and identify any opportunities we may have.
  • Favorite beer: Miller Lite, but Saint Archer Gold is a close second.
  • Education: I earned a B.A. in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin (HOOK’EM HORNS!) and am currently studying for an MBA with a concentration in marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Experience: I worked for Nestle USA in Chicago. I came to MillerCoors because I grew up in Houston and was looking for a new challenge closer to home.
  • Hobbies: You can find me hanging out at the park with my fur child, at the gym working out, at a studio taking a dance class, or traveling with my friends.
  • Fun fact: Once I settle somewhere permanently, I would love to buy a home with a huge backyard so that I can have multiple rescue dogs running around freely.
Araki

Javier Ruiz-Leon, Brewer, Irwindale

“I made ice cream for 13 years before making beer for MillerCoors for the last 15 years. Ice cream is good, but beer is MUCH better!”

  • Day in the life: In a normal day I could be making brews in the brewhouse, filling fermenters in cold service, testing and sampling as a project brewer and, most recently, serving as an expert user for MillerCoors Manufacturing Solution (MCMS).
  • Living Our Brew: In 2018, when the Irwindale Brewery was being evacuated due to a nearby fire, a colleague and I stayed behind in the brewhouse to run out the beer and move rail cars out of the unloading shed to close the doors. We made sure it was safe, and this prevented us from dumping a massive amount of beer.
  • How I sell beer: I wear our brand shirts everywhere, share beer with neighbors and friends, and tailgate at concerts with coolers full of our beer.
  • Favorite beer: Miller Lite
  • Hobbies: I’m always with my best friend Beatrice — we’ve been together since junior high and married for 30 years.
  • Fun fact: I’ve seen Metallica live in each of the last four decades.
Ruiz-Leon