Partner and President
As president Ken’s focus is directly leading the organization’s sales, distribution, marketing, and hospitality divisions while coordinating production efforts to align with organizational strategies. A seasoned leader, Ken is also responsible for organizational development and navigating Alter from a young upstart brewery to an industry leading, multi-faceted brewery and hospitality organization.
Ken has almost three decades of experience in the food service, hospitality and craft beer industries highlighted by his 9 years leading Bottleneck Management’s expansion and 3 years leading Stone Brewing’s Midwest sales and distribution arm. With Bottleneck, as head of operations, Ken grew the company from one tavern and $1M in revenue to 7 restaurants across multiple concepts grossing over $35M in revenue. Ken’s passion for craft beer brought him to Stone Brewing in 2015 where he successfully led Stone’s Midwest sales and distribution arm to company leading annual double digit growth from 2015 through 2018. A burning entrepreneurial spirit coupled with the hospitality industry having never left his blood led him to his current position with Alter.
Ken was elected to the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild in 2021 where his focus is on honing the guild’s ability to increase consumer access to Illinois craft beer through meaningful fundraising, consumer awareness, and effective legislative change.
When not concentrating on Alter or the ICBG Ken plays an “above average” brand of golf, a “below average” brand of guitar, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. A Bartlett, IL native, after a 24 year run in Chicago, Ken and his wife Julie currently reside in Glen Ellyn, IL.
“If you’re not sure where you are going, you’re liable to end up someplace else..”
– Robert F. Mager