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 and 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.
Rose Reyes is our Chef. She grew up in a time and place where farm-to-table ingredients were the only way to prepare food – shopping at the local farmer’s market for what was the freshest. Watching her mother work with what was available still stands as one of Rose’s strongest inspirations. Now formally trained at the Cook Street School of Culinary Art in Denver, Rose integrates that dedication to freshness into her Nouvelle Cuisine dishes that sparkle with an Asian Fusion twist. Her modern interpretations of wine country gastronomy reference classical French and Italian while assimilating the roots of her ethnic influences. Her sensibilities dedicate her to the full range of aesthetic and sensual experiences of eating – of the visual and textural ingeniously followed by a surprising and delightful explosion of tastes. Rose was with us for a brief stint in the summer of 2014 before leaving for culinary school. She returned to Montanya full time in the spring of 2016.
Travis Colbert is our Assistant Distiller. Originally hailing from Martinsburg, a small town in Central Pennsylvania, Travis migrated to Colorado as so many before him in 2005. Along with his wife Ann and Blue Heeler named Badger, he moved to Crested Butte in the Fall of 2014 from Leadville. He joined Montanya in early Spring 2016 after spending the past decade roasting coffee and honing his skills as a barista. When not keeping an eye on the stills, Travis can be found roaming the hills on foot, bicycle or skis
Brandon Muller is our Kitchen Manager. He is responsible for all culinary day-to-day operations, which include cooking, ordering food, sourcing local products, and contributing to new menu ideas. He also manages employee scheduling. Brandon originally hails from Toms River, New Jersey, and he is a graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He moved to Crested Butte in 2013 and has been a part of the Montanya team since the summer of 2015.
Wade Koeman, our General Manager, is a Colorado native who grew up in Montrose and Telluride. He is a musician and sound engineer, and handles Montanya's vibrant music venue bookings and musician support. He also assists our General Manager with Tasting Room operations and oversees our Mercantile area to keep it well stocked with great merchandise. Wade and his wife Marjani, who is a math teacher at the community school, returned to Colorado from Maryland in 2015 to join family also living in Crested Butte.
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:
Heidi Shabo, Aimee Artigues, Caitlin Ward, Nate Hoskin, Meg Craver, Danny Prieto, Molly Abromitis, Juliette Eymere, Meagan Young, Toby Levin - plus we can't forget our awesome cleaning crew, accountants, attorney, architect, and more. THANKS ALL!