Director of Operations
Thomas is a operations specialist, covering innovation, manufacturing and quality, supply chain and logistics, and purchasing for alcoholic and non-alcoholic brands. He is certified Master Brewer, completing coursework from The Siebel Institute in Chicago and Dömens Baruakademie in Munich. He has held most positions in the brewery, from drain scrubber to VP, and has brewed commercial beer on every continent except Antarctica (only because there are no breweries). Thomas was the Global Innovation Brewer at ZX Ventures (AB-InBev), where he focused on innovation and capabilities for global craft brands, and global cross brewing for specialty brands. He then moved to India, serving as VP of Brewing and Innovation at Bira 91, India's 4th largest brewing company. During his tenure, Bira 91 built state-of-the-art breweries in India, produced globally in Vietnam, Belgium, the UK, and US, and created an innovation platform to bring beers imagined in India to life. Many of Bira 91's core and innovation brands from this period have gone on to win awards in Europe, the first Indian beer brand to do so. Thomas then returned to the US and co-founded 1884 Brands, a consumer brands consultancy helping brands unlock pathways to profitability. There, Thomas has consulted a diverse portfolio of brands, including beer, hard seltzer, wine, RTD cocktails, cannabis, water, tea, coffee, dairy, and functional energy. Thomas is an alumnus of Miami University, with BAs in Economics and Comparative Religion, and is a Master Brewer graduate from the Siebel Institute of Technology.