Meet Kevin Gildea, Total Beverage Solution’s beer market manager in Illinois and Wisconsin. Kevin has an abundantly positive attitude and a major passion for traveling. Find out more about Kevin and all of his world travels in our Q & A below.
How long have you been working for TBS?
Just over three years. (Started March 2015)
What is your title?
Market Manager-Beer IL & WI
And what do you do in that role?
Whatever it takes! I was washing glasses and collecting dirty plates last week at our Chicago Weihenstephan Braupakt Launch.
We have a three-tier system to sell beer in the U.S.A. Rather than share a long job description with several responsibilities, I’d sum it up as: finding solutions, educating and aligning the three-tier system so we are all moving in the right direction to build all of our brands and businesses together, with the consumer winning out in the end, because they get to enjoy our brands!
What is a day at TBS like in your shoes?
The Term “Market Manager” means you own it! I love it that you never have the same day twice. You always need to prepare for your calls, whether it be with a distributor partner, chain buyer, independent on or off-premise retailer. You need to be prepared to speak to inventories, pricing, marketing, sales, delivery days, quality control and retail space for our entire portfolio of brands. The unexpected is happening all around us, properly prepared people are ready with solutions when the unexpected happens!
Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in the Boston Area. (Go Red Sox!) I presently live six doors North of Wrigley Field (Go Cubs!) Married the beverage business/customer service industry a long time ago! I knew I loved it the first day I started. I have moved six times in the last 20 years, five different states, and have enjoyed the experience of all of them for their own uniqueness. The majority of my family lives in North Carolina and one sibling living in Ireland. Not sure how they ended up there, but I’m happy to have them!
Goombay Smash, featuring our Ron Abuelo and Ron Cortez and Rum Jumbie products
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 1 ounces of Rum Jumbie Coconut Splash
- 1 ounce of Ron Cortez Blanco
- 1 ounce of Ron Cortez Ora
- 2 ounces of Ron Abuelo 12 Year Rum
- 2 pineapple wedges
- 2 orange slices
What do you like best about working at TBS?
The team I work with. The flexibility that comes with being a mid-sized supplier. Building and educating the public on our brands, so they may enjoy the experience.
What is one thing at work you can’t do without?
Our team at HQ! Without them, we can’t function!
Favorite place to travel?
Growing up in New England as a kid, we never travelled further than the station wagon could take us.
As an adult I’ve released my passion to explore and experience! I have had the opportunity to visit 37 states and 23 countries in the last 21 years. Aruba is my favorite! Been truly blessed!
Describe your perfect meal:
My perfect meal is Buffalo Wings and pizza, a cold Weihenstephan Original at a local sports bar, while watching a game, with a group of friends.
Any charity near and dear to your heart?
ALS One, a friend and college teammate (football) of mine, Kevin Gosnell, founded the organization to find a treatment or cure for ALS by 2020. With Kevin Gosnell’s leadership and determination, ALS One raised millions before his passing from ALS in August 2016. The ALS One Team continues their incredible mission to stamp out ALS today! I encourage you to visit the website to learn more!
What do you do in your free time?
- Experience Chicago’s Restaurant and Bar Scene
- Chicago Lakefront
- Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field (Fenway Park when an option)
- Chicago Summer Festivals
- Watching all sports
- Mastering cooking
- Read often
If you could have one super power, which would you choose?
The Wonder Twins would form a building to shelter the homeless and shape a commissary to feed the hungry.
If you could travel to one place on earth, right now, where would you go?
Best advice you ever received?
As pertaining to sales, “Never get too up when the going gets good, and never get too down when the going gets bad.”