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Boots Beverages are in!
The first week of sales exceeded expectations.  We are proud to bring back a family favorite.

Flavors include: The Ultimate Caramel Cola, Sarsaparilla Root Beer, Dewberry Soda, Coconut Cream, and Picture Show Red Hot Soda.

 

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GET YOUR BOOTS ON!

Mark, Jacob, and John Kristen participated in the Boot Campaign photo shoot... Learn how YOU too can support the boot campaign at: http://www.bootcampaign.com/

 

 

MK and Boys Boot Campaign

 


 

 

 

 

The KDC Management Team

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Mark Kristen

Mark KristenCEO

 

Education:
  • Bellville High School
  • Cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin class of 1972.  Awarded a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
  • Attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. 
How did you get to KDC?
  • I can remember working in the bottle sorting area as young as five years old.  I took over the family business after my father's health began to fail, that was more than 30 years ago.  This is a fun business and I am proud to have my sons come aboard to continue the Kristen Distributing Company mission.
  • Number of years as KDC CEO: 31
Current Job Duties
  • Strategic operations planning, financial oversight, and personnel management.
Mark is exceptionally proud of:
  • Member of ATO fraternity, Member of Texas Cowboys, 2 time President of the North American Red Deer Farm Association, past consultant for the Department of Interior to Hungary, member of the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas Board of Directors, member of the Board of Directors of Precision Biologics, producer of Boots Beverages.

 

 

BOB GAY

Bob's head shotVice President

 

Education:
  • Westchester High School
  • Graduate of the University of Texas class of 1977.  Awarded a Bachelor of Science in Advertising.
How did you get to KDC?
  • In 1988 I sat down for an interview with Mark Kristen.  He un-propped his boots from the desk and told me to jump in the truck to go out to his deer farm.  We quickly discovered a common belief, "If we can state the problem, we can find a path to resolution.”  It was an uncommon interview that marked the beginning of a great friendship and business relationship.
  • Number of years in the business: 30
  • Number of years at KDC: 20
Current Job Duties
  • Maintains current knowledge of contracts and regulations, establishes competitive pricing, coaches and mentors KDC sales team, coordinates routing, organizes supplier meetings, and establishes supplier performance standards.
Bob is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 2 great children.
  • Achievements: Coached and played hockey for 37 years, incorporated the Houston Hockey Association, served as Vice-Chairman Bellville Chamber of Commerce, served on Miller Distributor Council
 

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Randy Brinkman

Manager

 

Education:
  • Caldwell High School
How did you get to KDC?
  • I started as a Route Assistant May 5, 1986 in what was then Brazos Beverage.  I served in multiple capacities for Brazos Beverage and under Mr. Kristen's management continued as Operations Manager.
  • Number of years in the business: 24
  • Number of years at KDC: 24
Current Job Duties
  • Orders and forecasts for entire KDC portfolio, oversees daily operations including fleet and warehouse, dispatches long haul trucks, interviews and hires new employees.
Randy is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 3 great children.
  • Randy is one of 2 Coors Brewing Company "Beer Master" certificate holders at KDC.  He was part of the 2001-2002 KDC team awarded the Coors Brewing Company President's award and Founder's Award.  Randy is an active member of the Lutheran Church and involved in the Burleson County Fair Association.  He is lovingly known as the Warden at KDC and has been happily married for more than 20 years.
 

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Kevin Prejean

On-Premise Sales Manager

 

Education:
  • Bryan High School
  • Attended Texas A&M University
How did you get to KDC?
  • September 30, 1985 was my first day at Brazos Beverage; I was hired as a part-time route assistant.  Back then we were only selling Miller Brewing Company brands, today I manage the on-premise team and represent 37 suppliers with more than 200 brands.  
  • Number of years in the business: 25
  • Number of years at KDC: 25
Current Job Duties
  • Manages company operations relative to on premise sales, ensures proper representation of our entire portfolio in the on-premise, oversees presales, merchandising, training, development, and special events.
Kevin is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 2 great children.
  • Kevin's on-premise team has the most current training and specializes in draft beer dispensing.  Mastering these advanced skills is critical to KDC's ability to dominate the draft market in BCS.  Kevin offers draft beer training sessions to on-premise retailers interested in maximizing profits, customer retention and customer satisfaction.  Kevin has been happily married for 9 years. 

 

 

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Jody Giese

Northern Region Sales Supervisor

 

Education:
  • Brenham High School
  • Attended Blinn College in Brenham.  Jody's studies focused on Business Administration. 
How did you get to KDC?
  • I was employed by Brazos Beverages in July of 1994 as a Merchandiser.  I served for several years as a Sales Supervisor for Austin, Waller, Washington, and Burleson Counties.  My new role as Northern Region Sales Supervisor allows me to cover Madison, Robertson, and Leon Counties.  I'm enjoying the new territory and the new people I'm meeting.   
  • Number of years in the business: 28
  • Number of years at KDC: 16
Current Job Duties
  • Supervises sales, manages and executes Special Events in Madison, Robertson, and Leon Counties, trains new employees, manages inventory, supervises rotation, oversees presales, manage merchandisers, and mentors KDC's stellar sales staff.
Jody is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 3 great children.
  • Jody is one of only 2 Coors Brewing Company "Beer Master" Certificate holders at KDC.  He was a proud part of the 2001 KDC team that was awarded the Coors Brewing Company President's award and the 2002 Founder's Award.  Jody is a Dallas Cowboys and Aggie Football fan.
 

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Ivan Bryand

On-Premise Supervisor

 

Education:
  • Bryan High School
How did you get to KDC?
  • I graduated from Bryan High in 1987 and got into the beer business as fast as I could.  I began in 1989 as a keg route helper and have enjoyed working with Kevin Prejean and the rest of the Kristen Distributing team for more than 20 years. 
  • Number of years in the business: 21
  • Number of years at KDC: 21
Current Job Duties
  • Supervises on-premise employees, supervises operations relevant to on premise sales, ensures representation of portfolio in draft accounts, manages BCS draft system maintenance, pre-sells, merchandises, mentors on-premise sales staff, responsible for on-premise customer service, and executes BCS special events.
Ivan is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 1 great child.
  • Ivan has daughter who is very involved in sports, you can find him at every practice and game.  He is a diehard Aggie and Cowboys fan.  Around the office Ivan is known as a dedicated employee, but he is never too busy to flash that signature smile.
 

JERRY CURTIS

 cHAIN ACCOUNT MANAGER  2014

 

Education:
  • Brenham High School
  • Graduate of Blinn College.  Awarded an Associates Degree.
How did you get to KDC?
  • I started working at KDC in 2008 after managing 12-14 Grocery store accounts and building and managing the highest volume in the company for 7 years.  I was hired as an Account Manager for Grimes ad Waller County area, and now I am the Chain Accounts Manager.
  • Number of years in the business: 27
  • Number of years at KDC: 6
Current Job Duties
  • Manages our corporate chain accounts in all off premise channels, calls on chain account buyers, coordinates the execution and implementation of chain specific programs developed by our suppliers and by our sales teams, and manages salesmen and merchandisors .

 

Jerry is exceptionally proud of:

  • I’'m recently married to Laurie Jackson and we have 5 children combined.
  • Jerry enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing, golfing, baseball games and attending rodeo's crawfish boils,and BBQ's.
 

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Cody Fritsch

Southern Region Beer Supervisor

 

Education:
  • Fayetteville High School
  • Graduate of Blinn College.  Awarded an Associates Degree.
How did you get to KDC?
  • I started working at KDC in 2002 after being in the construction business for 7 years.  I was hired as a route assistant then moved to route driver, then account manager, now I am the Sales Supervisor for 4 counties: Grimes, Waller, Washington, and Austin County the birthplace of KDC.
  • Number of years in the business: 9
  • Number of years at KDC: 9
Current Job Duties
  • Manages and executes County Fairs and Special Events in Austin, Waller, Washington and Burleson Counties, trains new employees, manages inventory, supervises rotation, oversees presales, manage merchandisers, and mentors KDC's stellar sales staff.
Cody is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 2 great children.
  • Cody enjoys being in the market, meeting new people, and building lasting business and personal relationships.  Cody and his wife welcomed their first child in 2009, and their second in 2011.  He loves the County Fairs and special events that go on constantly in his area and would love to buy you a beer if you are anywhere south of the Brazos River looking to unwind.
 

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Mario Guasch

Temple Red Bull Location Manager                                                                      

 

Education:
  • Miami Beach High School
How did you get to KDC?
  • I have 5 years of sales experience, another 5 years in management roles.  My time with Kristen Distributing has been an exciting and rewarding learning experience and I look forward to many more years of the same.
  • Number of years in the business: 4
  • Number of years at KDC: 4
Current Job Duties
  • Manages inventory, places orders, oversees daily operations of Temple/Waco warehouse, interviews and hires new employees, opens new accts, places Point of Sale, follows up on leads for non-traditional accts.
Mario is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of a wonderful daughter.
  • He spends free time with his daughter and riding his morotcycle.  
 

 

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Adam Winkelmann

Non- Alcohol Division Manager

 

Education:
  • Angleton High School
  • Attended Stephen F. Austin College.  Adam’s studies were based in Business Administration.
How did you get to KDC?
  • I spent 5 years with the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department before moving into the beverage industry.  I signed on with Coca-Cola in 1998.  After climbing the corporate ladder transferring to various locations in the state I saw what I knew would be a fantastic opportunity at Kristen Distributing.  I joined the KDC team as the Non-Alcoholic Division Manager in 2008.
  • Number of years in the business: 14
  • Number of years at KDC: 3
Current Job Duties
  • Coordinates all non-alcoholic supplier communications and programs, mentors non-alcoholic sales team, oversees Bryan and Temple locations, responsible for new product introduction and inventory management.
Adam is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 3 great children.
  • Adam was awarded Salesman of the year in 2009 by Nestle Waters of North America.  He is a dedicated salesman who encourages his team to win through persistence and service.  In his spare time Adam hunts, fishes and plays with his children. 
 

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Dale Smith

Sales Manager- Non-Alcohol Division

 

Education:
  • Edinburg High School
  • Graduate of Texas A&M University, Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 1999.  Awarded a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science.
How did you get to KDC?
  • I have been in the beverage industry for 8 years.  I started as a merchandiser with Coca-Cola, moved to driver and have spent the last 7 years as a Sales Account Manager.  I joined KDC in 2008 when I saw an opportunity to further my career in a booming beverage category.  I joined KDC with a burning desire to provide world class customer service.
  • Number of years in the business: 10
  • Number of years at KDC: 3
Current Job Duties
  • Communicates non-alcoholic supplier programs to sales team, mentors non-alcoholic sales and merchandising staff, attains and maintains non-traditional accounts in the Brazos Valley.
Dale is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 1 great child.
  • Dale's team was integral in catapulting KDC into the national spotlight by achieving superior sales standards for Nestle Waters of North America.  His team cemented KDC's award for Distributor of the year for 2009.  Dale is happily married and enjoys being outdoors and playing sports. 
 

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Eric Ogletree

In-Town Sales Supervisor

 

Education:
  • Klein High School
  • Attended Blinn College.  Eric's studies focused on Business Administration.
How did you get to KDC?
  • I have been in the beverage industry for more than 20 years.  I spent almost 12 years with Coca Cola.  My last 8 years have been with Miller affiliated businesses.  I have done everything from merchandising, driving, sales, to being in a supervisor.  I believe this company has a tremendous future in store, and I am glad to be a part of it.
  • Number of years in the business: 22
  • Number of years at KDC: 3
Current Job Duties
  • Trains new employees, manages inventory, supervises rotation, oversees presales, coordinates merchandisers, and mentors KDC's stellar sales staff.
Eric is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 4 great children.
  • Eric comes to KDC as a decorated sales supervisor from the Houston area.  In 2009 he purchased a Harley Davidson and enjoys riding on weekends.  Eric is a sports fan; football and baseball being his favorites.  He plays in a hardball league in BCS and is thrilled to be back in Brazos County. 
 

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Daniel Acevedo

Large Format Store Supervisor

 

Education:
  • Bryan High School
  • Attended Blinn College.
How did you get to KDC?
  • I started in the grocery business in 1994 with Appletree Markets.  I moved on to Albertson's in 1996 where I worked for 8 yrs as frozen food and dairy department manager and finally ending as the receiving manager.  I came to KDC in November of 2004 and started as an account manager in the large format stores.  I was promoted to Large Format Supervisor for Brazos County in May 2008.
  • Number of years in the business: 16
  • Number of years at KDC: 6
Current Job Duties
  • Oversees 3 salesmen, 1 driver, and 8 merchandisers, ensures daily execution of merchandising, rotation, distribution, pricing, and displays.
Daniel is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to be a parent of 1 great child.
  • Daniel has been happily married since 2004.  He and his wife welcomed their first child in 2010.  Daniel enjoys his job and his sales team and it shows.  When he has free time he is with family and friends, enjoying a full bodied beer, and cooking outside.  Daniel is an avid softball player who also loves fishing, and wing shooting.
 

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Jacob Kristen

Off-Premise Analyst

 

Education:
  • Bellville High School
  • Graduate of Texas A&M University, Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2006.  Awarded a Bachelor of Bachelor of Arts in Agriculture Leadership and Development.
  • Attended a 1 year Bible College.
How did you get to KDC?
  • I'm the oldest Kristen child and the 4th generation of family leadership here at KDC.  I've been involved in the family business for as long as I can remember.  I have done just about everything in the company from route assistant to warehouse operations.  I am now the off-premise analyst and reset captain.
  • Number of years in the business: 21
  • Number of years at KDC: 21
Current Job Duties
  • Maintains records of cold boxes in KDC territory, coordinates with management and sales staff to execute cold box resets, follow-ups on sales progress and builds strong relationships with account owners.
Jacob is exceptionally proud of:
  • Jacob has been certified by MillerCoors in cold box resetting.  He has dubbed himself the “black sheep of the family” because he is the only one of the 3 Kristen children to attend Texas A&M. Jacob wears his grandfather’s Aggie ring proudly.  He attends many KDC and community events and is looking forward to buying his first home, right here in Aggieland.
 

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John Kristen

Sales Manager 

 

Education:
  • Bellville High School
  • Graduate of the University of Texas class of 2008.  Awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Government.
How did you get to KDC?
  • It has always been quite evident what I want to do in life; my first word was beer.  I have been working in the family business my whole life.  My most valuable education has come from the positions I've held at KDC, including: weekend pull-up, off and on premise merchandising, route assistant, and salesman.
  • Number of years in the business: 20
  • Number of years at KDC: 20
Current Job Duties
  • Conducts sales meetings, works with supervisors and salesmen to achieve distribution and sales goals, coordinates ordering with Operations Manager,  organizes incentives, tracks sales goals, manages every aspect of selling at KDC, creates on-premise promotional calendar, oversees promotional models, coordinates efforts with the marketing department, communicates marketing programs to sales staff, executes national programs in local on-premise accounts.
John is exceptionally proud of:
  • John is excited about his future with Kristen Distributing and feels privileged to be part of the company and industry his great grandfather, grandfather, and father have worked so hard to grow for the last 80 years.  John recently bought his first home and looks forward to settling into his leadership role at KDC and his new life in Aggieland.
 

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Julie Ford

Comptroller

 

Education:
  • Calallen High School
  • Graduate of Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2002.  Awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Business.Currently working on Master in Accounting through University of Dallas Class of May 2015.
How did you get to KDC?
  • After graduation I worked as a licensed financial advisor.  I joined the KDC team in 2006 as the pricing statistician bringing business finance, accounting, and customer service knowledge to the table.  I was promoted to Comptroller in October 2007.
  • Number of years in the business: 8
  • Number of years at KDC: 8
Current Job Duties
  • Oversees all areas of the office, accounts payable, accounts receivable, state reporting, banking, budgeting, and preparing financial statements.
Julie is exceptionally proud of:
  • I’m thankful to have a wonderful family and a great career.
  • Julie’s hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, fishing, and watching movies.
 

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Sarah Henrichs

Assistant Comptroller & Human resources manager

 

Education:
  • Mac Arthur High School 
  • Graduate of Texas Lutheran University, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Psychology
How did you get to KDC?
  • I was working as the Associate Director for Catering at A&M and our KDC Representative, Ivan Bryand had notified me about the Assistant Comptroller position. After meeting with Nancy and Julie I was excited for the opportunity to further my career in Accounting and HR.  After only a short time here I have grown to love this industry and the great company KDC is. It is very much a family environment and allows for many opportunities for growth. 
  • Number of years in the business: Less than one. 
  • Number of years at KDC: Less than one. 
Current Job Duties
  • Manages all aspects of the Human Resources department and assist with accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other areas as needed.
Sarah is exceptionally proud of:
  • I am extremely proud of my son and family. I feel truly blessed to have very supportive friends and family. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far and look forward to many years to come. 
 

 

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Nancy

Marketing Manager

 

Education:
  • Sam Rayburn High School

     

  • Graduate of Texas A&M University, Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2004.  Awarded a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.
How did you get to KDC?
  • Originally from the Houston area I relocated to B/CS in 2000 to attend Texas A&M University.  I joined KDC in June of 2007 after a short, but fruitful, stint in the Texas wine industry where I coordinated marketing efforts for the largest privately owned winery in the state.
  • Number of years in the business: 8
  • Number of years at KDC: 7
Current Job Duties
  • Plans events, maintains event budgets, maintains printing budgets, develops local programs, executes national programs, communicates with Sales Manager, manages “Drink Responsibly” campaigns, coordinates marketing and POS efforts, supervises media campaigns, communicates with suppliers, manages company uniform program, fosters and creates relationships with local charities, spearheads KDC's new Print Outsourcing division, manages website content, and assists Mark Kristen.
Nancy is exceptionally proud of:
  • I am one of the lucky few that can say "I love my job". Kristen Distributing Company has provided the opportunity for me to grow as a person and a professional.  I'm proud to be an employee of a company that highly prizes personal growth and development, and has a strong history of business success. I'm also the proud owner of a 70 year old house in the heart of Bryan!  I enjoy weekends restoring it with my new husband.   

 

 

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 Point of Sale & Printshop Manager 

Education:
  • Graduate of Hesperia High School.  
  • Allen Hancock College with a degree in Multi Media Arts and Communications.
How did you get to KDC?
  • I saw the listing for my position on a craigslist add and thought it looked like a great opportunity to further my experience in graphic design and saw possible management opportunity.  After contacting and meeting with Nancy I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.  The work is fast paced and challenging but I love that about it. It fills my need for a creative environment and I absolutely love the folks I work with.  I feel privileged  to be able to work for Mr. Kristen in this great company.
  • Number of years in the business: 6
  • Number of years at KDC: 3
Current Job Duties
  • Manages all Point of Sale and printshop assets (graphic design) and coordinates their implementation and placement into the market with other members of the management team.
Zach is exceptionally proud of:
  • My wife who is not only a great mother to our four boys but their teacher and mentor as well as my best friend and companion.
  • My boys are the most unique children I’ve ever met. The impact they’ve made on people’s lives are amazing! People in our community have been inspired by them in many ways.
 

Kari SummersKAri

 Pricing Analyst

Education
  • New Caney High School
  • Attended Blinn College
How did you get to KDC?
  • After High School I relocated to the Bryan College Station area.  I began at Kristen Distributing Company in July of 2012 as Administrative Assistant.  After 3 months I was promoted to the management team as Pricing Analyst, which is my current role.
  • Number of years in the business: 2.5
  • Number of years at KDC: 2.5
Current Job Duties
  • Communicates pricing to retailers, creates monthly promotion reports for retailers regarding products on deals, coordinates rebates, manages all aspects of pricing, and drafts business plans for all suppliers.
Kari is exceptionally proud of:
  • I am exceptionally proud and appreciative of the advancement opportunities Kristen Distributing company has provided me.  I'm thankful to have a supportive family and wonderful friends.  I'm excited about being a part of the Wholesale Beverage Industry!  

 

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