Alan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Armed Forces Brewing Company, Inc. Alan is a 35-year veteran of the food & beverage industry and has a passion for craft beer and the Military. He has led, operated, and grown profitable multi-unit independent food & beverage groups in the Denver, Kansas City, and Charlotte markets. Alan comes from a four branch Military family. His grandfather, father, brother, nephew, two uncles, and several cousins all served in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force. His cult-like dedication to Boston sports teams and Nebraska and Navy Football is annoying.
Robert J. O’Neill is on the Armed Forces Brewing Company's Board of Directors and is the company's Director of Military Relations and National Brand Ambassador. He is one of the most highly-decorated combat Veterans of our time, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and was a Combat Leader for the infamous SEAL Team 6. Robert is also a highly sought after global public speaker, social media influencer, and best-selling author of the book “The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior.” Since leaving active duty, O’Neill is also the founder of the Special Operators Transition Foundation, which provides individualized transition support for Special Operations heroes and their families. To learn more about Robert O'Neill, go to www.robertjoneill.com
Bob Rupprecht is Armed Forces Brewing Company's Chief Brewing Officer and an award winning brewmaster. He is in rare company to be one of a handful of brewers to win the Maryland Governor’s Cup for Excellence in Craft Beer Brewing. Bob is an expert in all aspects of brewery operations, from recipe development to purchasing, to production and packaging. He has been involved in contract brewing for several international customers as well as fledgling Nanos. Bob has the mack-daddy of all home brewing systems in his custom man-cave where he created Armed Forces’ deliciously successful Cat Shot Lager and Special Hops IPA recipes. It’s pretty simple, Bob Rupprecht is a legacy brewmaster and he makes incredible beer.
John is the Director of Sales for Armed Forces Brewing Company. John is a US Navy Veteran and served on the USS Missouri Battleship BB63. He was one of the recommissioning crew members and is a plank owner. John served in the Persian Gulf during the Iran/Iraq war and is a proud Veteran. After leaving the military, John entered the beer industry. He has spent the last 30+ years in leadership positions and managed sales teams in multiple States; twenty-five of those years on the distributor side and the last eight years at Lagunitas Brewing Company. While at Lagunitas, John incrementally grew the Lagunitas footprint from 50,000 cases in Florida to just under a half of a million cases, making it the 4th largest state of unit sales in the company. John dedicates his life to God, family and charitable work through his church along with Veteran programs to help those who have sacrificed so much.
Ray is a shareholder and advisor to Armed Forces Brewing Company. He is a Navy SEAL Veteran with multiple tours and other numerous overseas security details. Upon leaving SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two (SDV-2), Ray turned his passion and SEAL Team experience to the world of self-improvement and team building. Ray is the Founder of CONQUER, a leadership and team building program designed to push you physically, mentally and emotionally for individuals to break through personal barriers. He has also starred in the film “Captain Philips” with Tom Hanks and was selected by The United States Navy as the Ambassador to be featured in the “Indoctrination” film showed to all recruits at the Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Command.
McB is a shareholder and advisor to Armed Forces Brewing Company. On the heels of a 24-year career as a Navy SEAL, Darren McBurnett has become an accomplished speaker and motivator, presenting to companies and groups including CDW, Rite-Aid, Walk-Ons, Albany Road Real Estate Partners, Hilton Hotels, BMO, National Quarterback Club, Fidelity Investments, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, and many others. He is also an award-winning photographer, his professional portfolio including work for NIKE, National Geographic, Fox and Friends, Rolling Stone, CBS SEAL Team, and the movie “Act of Valor.” His work has appeared on everything from album covers to billboards to walls of Fortune 500 companies and is in the homes of Charlie Sheen, Kid Rock, Jim McMahon, John Rich, Brent Burns, Roger Clemens, and John Daly. One of his eagle photographs hangs in the White House.
Major Ed Pulido is a shareholder and advisor to Armed Forces Brewing Company. U.S. Army (Ret.) Major Pulido is the Founder and CEO of John Daly - Major Ed Heart of a Lion Foundation which provides mental, physical and wellness support to our nation’s children and Americas Veterans. Additionally, he was the Sr. VP of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a Veteran’s charity which provides the spouses and children of the fallen and wounded educational scholarships. Major Ed is also a founding member of Warriors for Freedom Foundation, a leadership institute focused on the mental, physical and wellness support of our wounded Veterans and their families. He is the spokesperson for AROGA Health. Finally, Major Ed is the Founder of Warrior Nation, a movement focused on the rights of liberty, freedom and patriotism with an autobiography entitled Warrior for Freedom: Challenge, Triumph and Change, the Major Ed Pulido Story.
Gretchen Smith is a shareholder and advisor in Armed Forces Brewing Company. Gretchen served in the Unites States Air Force as a SrA serving 3 years of her tour overseas providing physical and operational security assigned to the NATO AIRCENT HQ-Allied Air Forces Central Europe- at Ramstein Air Base. She is the founder of Code of Vets. The inspiration is her father an Airborne combat vet who lost his battle with PTSD. Her org has assisting thousands of veterans in crisis/need across the nation in real time utilizing social media platforms. Gretchen will be a key advisor for the company’s Airmen Brewery brand development and objectives.
LTC (Retired) Scott Mann is a Green Beret and a shareholder and advisor to Armed Forces Brewing Company. Scott spent almost 23 years in the Army and 18 of that in Special Forces and Special Operations. Scott spent 10 years in 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) deploying to Central and South America, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Scott is a real estate entrepreneur, public speaker, best-selling author, military analyst, human connection expert, and advocate for veterans and veteran’s families. In addition to helping warriors find their voice and tell their story in transition, Scott wrote and acted in the play and film Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret and founded the company Rooftop Leadership.
Chris Page is a shareholder and advisor to Armed Forces Brewing Company. He is currently a regulatory compliance consultant and an Information Operations (IO) Planner in the US Army Reserves. Chris was just mobilized in support of European Command's (EUCOM) "European Deterrence Initiative". He has been working in the Veteran Service Organization (VSO) space in NYC for many years now. Chris is also the founder of the Army Week Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving active military and veterans. Army Week hosts the annual Army birthday gala in NYC and recognizes a Veteran who has given back significantly to their community. He is also a board member on several Veteran non-profit boards dealing with wide ranging issues such as ending homelessness and highlighting the sacrifices of Veterans from generations past. Most recently Chris took command of the Weehawken American Legion Post and brought in a team of current generation Veterans in order to bring new life into the organization.
Brian Knoblock is a shareholder and advisor in Armed Forces Brewing Company. Brian served in the Unites States Marine Corps as a Corporal in the l Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group. He was deployed in 2004 as part of the Operation Iraqi Freedom II mission where he took part in the 2nd Battle of Fallujah as a pointman on his Force Protection Team. Brian will be a key advisor for the company’s Jarhead Brewery brand development and objectives.
Heather Blorstad is Armed Forces Brewing Company's Corporate Assistant. She is a professional pastry chef and graduated from Baltimore International Culinary Collage with a bachelor’s degree in restaurant management. She has worked in both hotels and restaurants with her last position being a Sous Chef in a Latin restaurant before joining our team. Heather enjoys going to local breweries and has been an avid homebrewer for the past 4 years.
Jason is a Co-Founder of Armed Forces Brewing Company, Inc. He is a network systems engineer and team leader for the U.S. Department of Defense. He graduated from Gallaudet University with a degree in Computer Science in 2007. Jason’s expertise is in Information Technology, Information Security, System Engineering, Project Management, Change Management, Budgeting, Acquisitions, and craft beer. When he is not on-duty, Jason travels the United States to attend craft beer festivals and new brewery openings. He has been involved in Maryland craft beer legislation and testified before the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee on several pieces of legislation affecting Maryland’s craft beer industry and deaf business owners. Jason is also instrumental in the development of Armed Forces’ beer products and quality control.
Amit is a Co-Founder of Armed Forces Brewing Company, Inc. He is an Administrator for Acquisitions and Grants at the United States Geological Survey. He graduated from Gallaudet University with a degree in Communication Studies in 2014. Amit travels the United States to attend craft beer festivals and new brewery openings. He has a keen finger on the pulse of the craft beer industry nationwide. He is also instrumental in the development of Armed Forces’ beer products and quality control. Amit advocates for and assists other entrepreneurs in the deaf community with their start-up businesses.
Amber is a shareholder and a marketing advisor to Armed Forces Brewing Company. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech University with a dual degree in Multimedia Journalism and Family Consumer Science. Amber was a collegiate cheerleader throughout her career as a Hokie, a member of Alpha Phi sorority, and worked closely with the VT Athletics Marketing Department. She is the CEO of her own social media marketing and digital advertising company PrettyAsPeaches.com and the co-owner of Double Tap Marketing LLC. Amber is also the Marketing Director for the City of Suffolk, Virginia.