We are proud to have seventeen employees on our payroll, and eight professional subcontractors working closely with us. We work hard to pay higher than average wages and keep staff employed year round, with benefits for full-time employees. We provide help with the cost of ski passes and subsidize life insurance, disability, dental and hospitalization benefits through AFLAC. We also try to provide a supportive vacation policy, with fulltime employees receiving paid vacation, and we create a work environment that supports parenting. We are an equal opportunity employer who recruits exceptional staff without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual preference, status as transgendered, etc.
Karen Hoskin is President/CEO and Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Montanya Distillers. She plays a strong role in choosing distilling cuts and selecting spirits that are ready to bottle from the barrel. She participates in and helps manage the bottling lines. She also handles national sales and marketing, brand development, events, web design, social networking, graphic design, advertising, product development, mixology, company strategic planning, HR, and the busy rum bar and restaurant. She is also occasionally found tending the patio gardens.
Brice Hoskin is Head Distiller Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the company. Brice designs the distilling process and manages the Distilling staff, in addition to handling proofing, bottling, federal compliance, wholesale fulfillment, quality control, and product development. He is a Colorado native, born and raised in Grand Junction, CO. He is also a crazy inventor, often making what we lovingly call "Brice Devices" - just that thing you need to automate or fix any procedure that needs extra attention.
Renee Newton is a full-time Distiller. She makes rum on two stills at once, gives tours, works the bottling line, handles fermentations, and regularly assists in the Tasting Room when needed as well. She's a true Southerner from Georgia and North Carolina and brings southern hospitality and manners to our visitors every day, even here in the Colorado mountains. She also often sings at the top of her lungs while distilling, and she's got a pretty good voice!
Alyssa Lile is our General Manager. She is originally from Littleton, Colorado and settled in CB after graduating from CU. She joined Montanya in late winter 2012 and has taken a strong role in mixology, staff management, cocktail menu development, bottling, bookkeeping and more. Most of all, we love her for her wonderful humor, sly crassness and light-heartedness.
Brie Garner is our resident Chef and Kitchen Manager. She develops our food menu and makes sure every item is lovingly prepared with amazing attention to flavor and freshness. She works hard to source local ingredients from regional farmers all year round. She hails from back east in MA.
Kyla Ostler is Director of Business Develpment and Global Brand Ambassador for Montanya Distillers. She was a bartender and bar manager for The Kitchen restaurant in Boulder and Denver. Kyla is a talented bartender and so when she decided to move on from the Kitchen, we were pretty much waiting outside the door to scoop her up for our team.
Michelle Baldwin is an independent mixology consultant who has been helping Montanya since 2009 as a Brand Ambassador. Michelle travels the USA (and world!) with Karen and on her own promoting and representing Montanya at events, trade shows, and meetings. She is also a well-known Burlesque Dancer better known as Vivienne VaVoom.
Jodi Harper Nute is a Silverton transplant like owners Karen and Brice Hoskin. Jodi is a major part of our creative team since 2011, making our truffles and bitters, creating many cocktail recipes, and acting as de facto in house counselor and motivational therapist for all the staff.
OTHER MONTANYA STAFF:
Meredith Casciato, Rather Hosch, Wade Koeman, Heidi Shabo, Aimee Artigues, Brandon Muller, Caitlin Ward, Nate Hoskin, Meg Craver - plus we can't forget our awesome cleaning crew, accountants, attorney, architect, and more. THANKS ALL!