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.
Mary Pate, production technician, Trenton Brewery
Sometimes, opportunity presents itself just when you need it. And that’s what happened for Mary Pate. Three years ago when she found herself at one of life’s crossroads, a chance encounter with a friend, Dennis Combs – a 27+ year employee at the Trenton Brewery – led her to a temporary position at the plant. And through hard work and dedication, that temp position became a permanent role two years ago.
As a production technician, Mary is responsible for simultaneously running and trouble-shooting two packers. One machine runs 24-pack cans, pumping out up to 78 cases per minute, and the second runs 30-packs at about 65 cases per minute. While these cases are flying by, Mary checks everything from graphics to code dates to carton glue, because quality always trumps quantity. She is the last check before distribution, and she takes pride in running a quality product.
When she’s not making beer, Mary enjoys spending time with her college-aged sons and friends, and getting outside to garden, hike or snow ski. Mary loves sharing our beers with neighborhood friends in the German Village community she calls home. She once even worked her magic to encourage a new local account to carry MillerCoors products, after they initially planned for only local craft options. She enjoys staying healthy and fit, so her go-to beer is always Miller64.
Aaron Ausloos - sales representative, Cleveland
Aaron Ausloos, a Wisconsin native who has attended 12 consecutive Milwaukee Brewers home openers, has been a loyal drinker of MillerCoors beers since he turned 21. His passion for beer was evident even before he began working here three years ago. In fact, it was his friend and former co-worker Elizabeth Hitch (now the Sol brand manager), who suggested he apply for a job as MillerCoors sales representative in Cleveland.
That turns out to have been a life-changing suggestion, and one for which he is eternally grateful. “I have a dream job,” Aaron said. “I get to work alongside our great distributor partners, like Superior Beverage, Tramonte Distributing and Beverage Distributors, to call on bars and restaurants, sharing the benefits and beauty of our brands. We have powerful tools [like Building with Beer] and strong stories that help make that job easier.”
When he’s not selling beer, Aaron can be found running the Chicago Marathon, which he has done six times. He also enjoys spending time outdoors and cheering on the Brewers and Packers, usually with a High Life in hand.
Annie Mohler - on-premise manager, Central Region
Annie Mohler is an optimistic on-premise manager whose glass is always half-full, although her travel bucket list is nearly empty (only Asia remains on her continent wish list).
Optimism and a team-first approach have helped her succeed as she coaches and supports 19 sales reps and five sales rep leads, with a focus on utilizing marketing strategies and programs to drive on-premise sales. One of Annie’s favorite aspects of her job is hitting retail with sales reps and watching them grow more confident and successful as they gain experience and knowledge of the beer industry.
“I love the camaraderie at MillerCoors and how it feels like we’re all on one team, working toward a common goal,” Annie said.
When Annie’s not selling beer or traveling the world, this University of Arizona grad can be found trying out new Dallas-area restaurants or testing out a new exercise routine. While she’s currently enjoying the citrus-IPA craze, her go-to beer is always Miller Lite.
Don McNamara - instrument controls electrician, Golden Brewery
In 2013, Don McNamara took a trip to Colorado from his home in upstate New York. During his visit, Don took a tour of the Coors Brewery. The tour must have made a big impression on Don, because two months later, he was working at the brewery in malting.
After four years in malting, Don last year made his way to the equipment specialist team as an instrument controls electrician. It was a perfect fit for Don, who has a degree in process control and electrical science. In his role, he develops solutions to help the production department run more smoothly. His tasks vary wildly from day to day. “One of the things I love about my job is the diversity of the work,” Don said. “I can be working on state-of-the-art controls systems one day and traditional pneumatic systems the next.”
Don is also the go-to guy if there’s any heavy lifting needed to be done in the brewery. He owns eight Colorado powerlifting records, and is close to a national record in the bench press. When he’s not working or powerlifting, Don enjoys drinking Coors Banquet, dirt biking around Colorado and spending time with his children and three grandchildren.
Noah Shepard - production continuous improvement coordinator, Rocky Mountain Bottle Co.
The quarterback is the leader of the offense. He executes the game plan, inspires confidence in the huddle and puts his teammates in a position to succeed. MillerCoors has countless leaders throughout the company, including a former record-setting collegiate quarterback. In addition to being a four-year starter for the South Dakota Coyotes, Colorado native Noah Shepard was also signed by the Green Bay Packers in 2010.
Shepard has parlayed his gridiron skills into a career in beer. As a production continuous improvement coordinator/inspection technical coordinator at Rocky Mountain Bottle Co., Shepard helps optimize and streamline plant processes by implementing lean manufacturing principles and tools. He also trains new hires in the inspection department in a comprehensive 10-day class. And this Coors Light fan has been a member of our team for nearly eight years.
When he’s not at the plant, Shepard and his wife Abby stay busy keeping up with their three young children: Hazyl (10), Coy (4) and Braylon (1). He also remains involved with football via his quarterback training business, through which he trains and teaches young athletes.