The Brew Crew

Our Team

The Brewmation team is lead by Kevin Weaver, Founder and President of Brewmation. In addition to our leadership staff, we have a team of expert panel builders, a manufacturing and production team, customer service, and sales.

(The rest of our team is coming! Below are some of the Sales Specialists that you might talk to...)

Kevin Weaver

Founder & CEO

Before starting Brewmation, Kevin worked for 24 years in various manufacturing management, and controls positions for Georgia Pacific, Lafarge, and Zumbach Electronics. In 2003 his home brewing hobby collided with his background and passion for automation, and Brewmation was born. Brewmation, now has well over 1,000 installations in various breweries and distilleries in North and South America, as well as several overseas installations.

Maria Arno Weaver

Vice President

Maria is a wine connoisseur and has been with the company since its humble beginnings. Not only is she the VP, but she also serves as the company's human resources director. She has accumulated over decades of experience in Human Resources including: processing new hires, benefits administration, payroll, workers compensation, training and development, records management, HR policy development and compliance, contract management, and generalist duties. She is also the company's event planner, never missing an employee's birthday or a special milestone the company has achieved.

Debbie Schwandt

Customer Service Manager

Debbie serves as Brewmation's Customer Service Manager. She has been the friendly voice on the other side of the line for many years now. She received her degree in general business administration and management from SUNY Orange, and has provided multiple decades of top notch customer service to many technical service industries. She is always eager to help out a customer no matter how challenging a potential issue may be with courtesy and professionalism.

John Kalinowsky

Sales Manager

John is responsible for ensuring the sales team stay abreast of the latest brewing discoveries and technologies. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and spent the first part of his career in manufacturing, followed by over decade in packaging design for the world's leading CPG brands. He is also involved in the Research and Development projects that clients often inspire with casual conversations and wish lists. An avid home brewer and craft enthusiast himself, John brings a unique blend of technical understanding and love of all things beer to the Brewmation team.

Michael O'Neill

Brewery Sales Specialist

As employee number 2 at Brewmation, Michael has been at the forefront of our brewery sales process for the better part of a decade. His time in the restaurant industry provides a unique perspective to brewpub operations, along with a wealth of knowledge to the art and science of custom brewhouse builds. With over 500 brewery installations and countless homebrews to his credit, Michael is continually expanding upon his expertise in brewery design and his mastery of the brewing process, equipment, and controls, making him an invaluable partner for any brewery build.

Jabien Letlow

Systems Sales Specialist

Building on a career in high-tech sales and seeking to turn his love of beer and brewing into a full-time job, Jabien joined the Brewmation team to provide his expertise in brewing and now leads our Distilling Systems group. He has designed custom brew houses and craft distillery systems for hundreds of installations, and his passion for and outspoken knowledge of sour beer has earned him multiple appearances on The Sour Hour podcast.

Brandin Stabell

Production and Technical Services Manager

As Founder and Head Brewer at North River Brewing, Brandin was one of Brewmation’s first customers. With a background in electronics and real world experience in production brewing and taproom operation, Brandin brings a unique and invaluable perspective to lead our Production team and is on the front line of our Customer Support team.

Mike Cohen

Engineering Manager

Mike started his career as an electrical technician and for many years climbed up the ranks with his observant skills of finding solutions that were often missed by others. Because Mike has such an extensive experience working in both production and engineering, he is able to have the foresight to determine what designs work, are cost effective, and can be implemented efficiently into a project. Mike has a taste for the finer things in life, such as liquor. His knowledge of spirits combined with his ingenuity has propelled Brewmation into the world of distilling.

Jennifer Varn

Shop Lead/Technical Writer and Illustrator

Jen provides Brewmation with a wide array of skill sets and hands-on creative problem solving experience to accommodate where help is needed in the organization. She graduated from the University at Buffalo, and earned a BFA in illustration and graphic design. She also attended B.O.C.E.S. to further nurture her carpentry skills. She is able to cultivate her experiences and be the production department's Shop Lead, as well as the resident technical writer and illustrator. She is a huge fan of Ommegang's Three Philosophers, a dark Belgian-style quadruple ale.

Ashley Wolfrum

Software Engineer

Ashley is the most recent hire from Brewmation, and in such a small frame of time she has played a profound role as the company's software engineer. Ashley designs, programs, and uses her keen problem solving skills to ensure Brewmation excels with the latest challenging projects. She received her Bachelor's degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Electromechanical Engineering. She also graduated Phi Sigma Pi and was an active leader in the Society of Women Engineers.