I joined the JONES team in March 2004. I have been in the beverage industry since 1995 spending a few years on the distributor side of the business then moved to the supplier side. Home base is West Des Moines, Iowa with my beautiful wife Krista and our adorable kids Maxwell and Olivia. I spend most of my work time traveling across the country visiting our great distributors and retailers. My free time is spent with my family, friends and anything outdoors.
JONES is truly the spirit of the beverage industry and I’m very proud to be a part of it!!! We have over 1 million Facebook fans that love this brand, unique flavors and beverage innovations we develop. We have a great team at JONES and someday will be a $100,000,000 company.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "They don't care what you know...until they know that you care!!!"
ACTIVITIES: Anything outdoors hot, cold, water, snow or dirt (Snowboards, Long boards, Boats, Paddle Boards, Motorcycles, Mountain Bikes, Canoes and anything my kids want to do!!!)
Aron VP of Sales - Canada and U.S. Northeast
Aron was born and raised in South Africa. Along with his family, they found their way around the world before finally settling in Toronto, Canada. "BRRrrr!" He says, "I often get asked if I had a pet lion growing up, so it only seemed fitting that my picture shows me playing with a lion cub (I didn't have a lion btw)."
From a professional standpoint, he has done everything from Life-Guarding, to Day-trading the stock market, to Sales. Sales, however, has taken up the majority of his professional career. He has spent several years developing the Ontario and Western Canada markets in the consumer packaged goods industry and, as a result, found his way to reside in British Columbia.
He currently lives in Ontario after spending a year in Vancouver with, what he calls, "the cutest dog in the world - Simba, A.K.A - Little Monster, A.K.A - Mr. Happy (as his tail is always wagging - even when he's dreaming)."
Pet Peeves -Traffic, and Public displays of affection
Favorite sports - Surfing, swimming, white water rafting, and anything else in the water.
Favorite foods - Pizza, hamburgers, poutine (you'll have to come to Canada and try it).
Born in Montreal, Quebec, I live with my Girlfriend Myriam and my dog Mya.
I like :Travelling, Cooking, Playing, Camping, Golfing, BBQing, Dancing, Cirque duSoleil, Mojitos, Cashew, Ping Pong, Mad Men, Fringe, Rocky, Die Hard, Atila the Hun, Gengis Khan, Dreaming, Any Playa, Montreal Canadiens, Expresso, Jones Soda.
I am: Epicurean, Positive, Curious, Calm
Twin Brother : Maxim Sister: Michelle
Favorite Jones: Strawberry Lime
Paul VP of Sales - Midwest and Southeast
I started my career in the beverage industry during the last century and have been exposed to all aspects of the business. I've seen what makes a company energetic and successful so with that being said, I'm very excited that I’ve made my way to Jones Soda!
I was born and raised in the mid-west (I know where the bodies are buried) and currently live in Cincinnati with my lovely wife Lynn and wonderful kids, Drew and Bailey. When I'm not at work, you'll most likely find me poolside listening to the Reds.
Because you asked what I like most - The Beatles, baseball (Cincinnati Reds), football (Chicago Bears), horse racing, the beach, Star Trek (the one with Spock), Jack Bauer, goats and ice cream.
Things I'm not a fan of (at all!) - birds, sandwiches that fall apart while you eat them, snow and sleeping in an airport.
Larry carried the Three Stooges!
Jon Territory Manager - Michigan/Chicago
I joined Jones Soda in 2014 with passion and ideas for the beverage industry. I'm eager to hit the ground running and make an impact on the Michigan and Chicago markets. I’m very excited to be a part of the Jones Soda family! I have been in the beverage industry for 7 years, and Jones has been a strong brand in my territory since day one. I plan on continuing that legacy throughout my career with the company.
Likes: Art, all sounds of music, home cooked meals, local farm markets, golf, home brewing, fishing the beautiful lakes and rivers Michigan offers...we are spoiled in natural beauty, hiking, funny people!, and my family.
Dislikes: littering, potholes, raw onions
Favorite Jones Flavor: Berry Lemonade
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple”.
Jeff Regional Manager - Southwest
I joined the JONES family in April 2015, following a few years in the craft beer and cider industry. I am looking forward to growing JONES availability, visibility and market share to new heights in the Southwest region.
Born and raised in Michigan, I decided to trade in 23 years of humid summers and cold winters for beautiful Santa Barbara, Calif. Also called "The American Riviera", this is where I have called home for the past 12 years, and currently reside here with my best friend and wife Amy, and our two amazing kids, Addison and Merrick. I love spending as much time with my family as possible!
My likes: Italian food, the ocean, playing all sports, traveling (have been more than half way around the world and lived in Egypt for two years), the sound of a single-engine airplane, the smell of fresh cut grass, good beer and barbecuing.
My dislikes: clutter and wearing sunglasses indoors.
Favorite JONES: Green Apple
Favorite quote: "Every strike brings you closer to the next home run."
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