Meet Victory: Jen

Meet Jen, Victory’s Vice President of Finance & Corporate Strategy. She oversees the Human Resources and Accounting functions at Victory. As part of this role, she works with all departments within the company in order to promote and meet our long-term growth goals. In other words, she plots the strategy for Total Global Domination by Victory Brewing Company.

Q: How long have you worked here at Victory?

A: I have been at Victory since February 24 – yes, of 2014. However, I have been a friend of Victory since 2007 as the company’s banker at First Niagara. I first worked with Ron and Bill on the restaurant renovation, and my final loan was for the construction of our Parkesburg Brewery – it’s been quite a fun 7+ years.

Q: What is the best thing about your job? And the worst?
A: The culture at Victory is the best thing and why I wanted to be here. Victory is driven by high-energy, innovative people who care deeply about our community and it comes through no matter whom you know or work with. That, and drinking with the people that make the best beer in the world, of course. The worst thing is the brewery-appropriate footwear we have to wear.

Q: What was the worst job you ever had?
A: I have almost exclusively had an office job since I was 13 (really – I’m so exciting), but I think the stint as an assistant for the reference desk librarians when I attended the University of Richmond was BY FAR the most boring.

Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: I have been to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) five times, and I can’t wait for my next trip.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
A: I very, very briefly wanted to be a nun (hahahahaha – I was 7). In high school, I thought being in the US Foreign Service sounded great because you get to travel to all these amazing places, that is, until I realized that I didn’t speak any foreign languages very well.

Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: Most people say summer, but my parents made me work all the time. What I really miss, especially in summer, is being in a shore house…of course, I wasn’t exactly a kid when I did that.

Q: If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
A: Probably one of my Grandma Warner’s Labor Day parties. My grandparents passed away before I was an adult, and it would be great to drink a beer (or two) with them.

Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is…
A: an important part of every life event. At least all of mine!

Q: What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
A: Sadly, it’s Moves Like Jagger. I’m blaming my kids. If I could choose, I’d say Any Way You Want It, because face it, that song is awesome.

Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: “Come again? You know I don’t speak Spanish. In English please…” – Ron Burgandy, Anchorman

Q: What is your favorite Victory beer and food pairing?
A: Christmas cookies and Storm King.

Q: If you knew the world was ending, what would you do differently?
A: I would spend as much time with my husband and three boys as I could…in New Orleans.

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
A: Time travel, so I could prevent past fashion disasters.

Q: Which celebrity do people tell you that you resemble?
A: I have been told Blythe Danner, specifically from The Great Santini, and more recently, Zooey Deschanel when she was Jovie in Elf.

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
A: Will Ferrell, naturally.

Q: What would you name the autobiography of your life?
A: Jenny Fun Times: A Tale of Self-Deprecation

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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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