Meet Victory: Kelly Thomas

In this month’s Meet Victory entry, we move from the brewhouse to the corporate offices, and introduce you to Kelly Thomas, Sales Administrator extraordinaire. It’s Kelly, a proud Wisconsin native, who handles all the nitty gritty legalese to make sure that our beer is allowed in the 29 different states where it’s served.

Q: How long have you worked for Victory?
A: Three and a half years.

Q: What is the coolest thing about your job?
A: Besides working at a cool brewery. . . I think I like the fact that on a daily basis I get to work with and drink with the people behind such a great beer.

Q:  Your title is Sales Administrator, but tell us what that means.
A: I help get the beer in consumers’ hands, because I do sales support and compliance. Compliance is the registration and licensing to get beer into the 29 states that we’re located in, and the brands that are available in each state. No compliance, no beer.

Q: What is the worst job you ever had?
A: I’ve always had pretty good ones. I think my worst one was I worked at K-mart in the sporting goods/toys department, and people automatically assumed that I had kids of my own, at age 16, instead of taking me seriously about fishing equipment. Everyone automatically erred to the babies end, rather than the non girly stuff.

Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: I’m a huge James Bond fan. I have two James bond tattoos, original paperbacks, records, framed art. Sean Connery for life.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Teacher or librarian. It was kind of a toss-up.

Q: Now that you’re a grown-up, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I didn’t ever really plan on growing up. Can I have a beer and get back to you on that one?

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?
A: Buy a house in Wisconsin, and take my first trip out of the country ever. Because I was supposed to do that before I turned 30, and I did everything but.

Q: Finish this sentence. Beer is . . .
A: Scrumptrulescent. (It’s from one of those Will Ferrell skits, where he’s James Lipton on “Inside the Actors Studio.”)

Q: What’s your favorite candy bar?
A: Snickers.

Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: “Make like a tree and get out of here.”

Q: What is your perfect Victory food and beer pairing?
A: Prima Pils and [insert food here].

Q: What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
A:  The A-Team. It was the first one I thought of.

Q: They’re making a movie about your life, and it starts filming tomorrow. Who is cast as you, and who is cast as your love interest?
A: Love interest for sure is Paul Rudd. I would love to see Natalie Portman as me. She’s cute and sprightly. I’m not sprightly, but I’ll take it.


– K.H.

3 Responses to Meet Victory: Kelly Thomas

  1. Jeffrey Marsden August 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM #

    I love it when a plan comes together! Sorry for not keeping in touch. Prima is my nemesis!! Hope you are well.

  2. Jeffrey Marsden August 11, 2011 at 9:52 PM #

    By the way . . . its get the f*** outta here.

  3. Drew October 28, 2011 at 12:24 AM #

    KT is upbeat, positive and always a pleasure to work with!

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The Victory Brewing Story

The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts. Just months out of college, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft…
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