Joe Short

Founder

Joe grew up in Rapid City and graduated from Kalkaska High School.  He began working in the hospitality industry at a young age as a waiter at the Dockside on Torch Lake.  Joe began homebrewing while attending Western Michigan University.  After beginning his professional brewing career with stints at the former Traverse Brewing Company in Elk Rapids, the former Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville and the former Jackson Brewing Company (later Zig’s Kettle and Brew), Joe decided to return to northern Michigan and start his own brewery. Since then, Joe has worked every position at Short’s.  Don’t be surprised if you stop by our pub and find him pouring beers and taking orders.  Behind the scenes, however, Joe spearheads the creative process, any construction or expansion projects, marketing, special events and overall direction of the company.   Joe is married to Leah Short, and they have two sons.

Leah Short

Owner and Visionary

Leah is from out west.  After years of working and playing hard in the mountains, she graduated from college and was prepared for a career path outside of the hospitality industry. But first, she decided to spend one last summer in northern Michigan.  As her lifelong friend, Joe Short, had recently opened a microbrewery in Bellaire, Leah hit him up for a summer job. The rest is history. Well, almost.  It is worth noting that during a whirlwind trip out east to visit Dogfish Head and see several Ween concerts, Joe convinced Leah to stay in northern Michigan. Upon her return to the pub, Leah created our delicious Ween-inspired food menu.  Through countless hours working in the deli, Leah also established the high standards of our gourmet deli operation.  Although Leah still misses the rugged, mountainous terrain of the west, she has also learned to love the beautiful lakes and woods of northern Michigan.  Leah takes great pride in the excellent food, beverages and service that our pub continues to offer its patrons.

Scott Newman-Bale

CEO

Scott moved to the U.S. from England in 1999 after a successful career as a Database designer for EA Sports. While attending college at Michigan State University, Joe and Scott met through a mutual friend. Scott’s background in business and real estate has been a tremendous asset to Short’s, earning him the nickname “The Magician.” While Joe’s focus was directed towards “the next big thing to excite craft beer fans in Michigan,” Scott was the guy who found a way to fund such projects and make them financially viable. In this way, Scott came on board at Short’s as a silent partner. By 2007, Short’s had grown to a point where it required Scott’s attention full time. In addition to his work at Short’s, Scott has also become a major advocate for craft brewers throughout the nation. He currently serves as President of the Michigan Brewers Guild, Member of the Brewers Association Government Affairs Committee, and has traveled throughout the U.S. advocating for craft breweries and brewers. When he isn’t working, Scott enjoys calling soccer “football” and tons of other English things like that. Scott resides in Traverse City, Michigan with his two daughters.

Tony Hansen

Chief Innovation Officer

Tony met Joe Short while attending a homebrew club meeting at the pub in late 2006. At that time, Tony was cooking at Boone’s Long Lake Inn while experimenting with homebrewing, biofuel production and organic farming.   Joe expressed an inspiring vision of what brewing could be and the need for help in the brewery. During one of the homebrew club meetings, Joe offered Tony a part-time job as a pub brewer. In 2007, as Short’s started to experience rapid growth, Joe began focusing on expansion and Tony’s role quickly transformed into a lead brewer position at the pub in Bellaire. In 2009, when the expansion was complete, Tony moved over to the production facility.  Tony manages production operations in Elk Rapids and oversees pub production along with R&D brewing.  Today, Tony designs the beer, the branding and the names for many of our beers.

Tyler Glaze

COO

Tyler, a native-Californian, attended Cal Poly before dropping out as a senior to stress out his parents and make the move to Michigan a year later. After spending a single summer on Mackinac Island, Tyler made the trip to Bellaire and joined the Quality Team as an intern in 2011. After getting the Short’s quality lab beefed up and completing the UC Davis Master Brewers Program, Tyler became a partner and Director of Quality at Short’s in 2014. Since then, he’s been helping many departments as efficiently as possible, officially becoming Short’s Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Tyler resides in Traverse City with his lovely wife Kendal, their handsome dog Beau, and a fridge full of Juicy Brut.

Pauline Knighton-Prueter

Chief Sales Officer

Pauline is originally from Farmington Hills. Growing up, she spent weekends in northern Michigan at her family’s cottage a couple miles from the Short’s pub. Her experiences drinking Huma at the pub sparked an interest in the beer industry. She graduated from the University of Michigan and shortly after started her Short’s career in the Marketing Department. Outside of selling beer, she enjoys drinking beer, playing with clay, tinkering in the kitchen, and spending time on the Northern MI lakes.

Pauline is also the Vice President of the non-profit organization, Fermenta, a Michigan women’s craft collective. The organization provides mentorship and scholarship opportunities for women in the fermented beverage industries.

Rachel Brege

Chief Financial Officer

Originally from Rogers City in Northeast Michigan, Rachel earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University.  After graduation, Rachel worked for eight years in public accounting in Traverse City and became a Certified Public Accountant. Looking for a change, she found herself at the Short’s family doorstep. Having always been a Northern Michigan native and loving all things outdoors, she naturally fell in love with Short’s “get outside and play” mindset. If you can’t find her on the trails, a lake, or exploring our National Parks, Rachel’s chasing after her eleven nieces and nephews.

pub management

Erin Kuethe

General Manager

Erin is originally from Battle Creek, Michigan. She moved to Lansing during her college years, spending two years at Lansing Community College before finishing her degree at Michigan State University. Erin was bit by the traveling bug when she landed her first post-college job in the British Virgin Islands. Since then she’s been all over the world, including South Africa, The Bahamas, Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, France, Peru, and India. Erin joined the Short’s Brewing Company family in 2012 working as a pubtender, and worked her way up through the ranks to become our Pub General Manager in 2015. When she’s not running our Pub like a well-oiled machine, you can find Erin (probably with her dog, Bruce Wayne, and her daughter, Claire) in the great Northern Michigan outdoors, enjoying disc golfing, hiking, running, biking, and water sports. Her favorite part about working for Short’s? “The people who work here are like family. The growth continuously challenges and excites me, and the company embodies all of the things I love about playing outside.”

CJ Short

Floor Manager

Jade Johnson

Floor Manager

Kenzie Hitt

Floor Manager

Summer Yeck

Floor Manager

front of house staff

Alexandra St. Pierre

Host

Ali Frimodig

Pubtender

Alissa Doll

Pubtender

Ashton Micheau

Host/ Pubtender

Beth Manning

Host/Pubtender

Bryce Poniatoski

Busser

Catherine Crites

Host/Pubtender

Charity Benoit

Busser/ Kitchen Worker

Claire Korejsza

Pubtender

Cristina Piecuch

Pubtender

Danielle Laufersky

Pubtender

Emily Vreede

Pubtender

Emma Hausbeck

Pubtender

Hannah Durand

Pubtender

Isaac Golden

Host

Jacob Johnson

Pubtender

Jason Page

Pubtender

Jenna Valentine

Pubtender

Jennifer Yung

Busser

Jon Steinhoff

Pub Tour Guide

Jonathan Chipman

Pubtender/ Host

Justin Mitchell

Pubtender

Kase Carl

Busser

Kathryn Pastotnik

Pubtender

Kaylieanna Becmer

Pubtender

Keith LaBeau

Sound

Kendall Fischer

Host

Khalie Blackall

Busser/Host

Lilly Morrison

Host

Madelyn Beller

Busser

Mark Jones

Pubtender

Melina Panagakos

Host

Merissa Whitley

Pubtender

Michael Freundl

Busser

Myles Westerhof

Pubtender

Niki Martin

Pubtender/Host

Nina Morris

Host

Olivia Vidal

Pubtender

Pearl Short

Busser

Ricki Windish

Pubtender

Ryan Hiltunen

Pubtender

Sam Meadows

Pubtender

Sarah Cole

Pubtender

Sarah Kearney

Pubtender

Seth Tucker

Dishwasher/ Busser

Starly Parish

Busser

Sydney Parish

Busser

Taylor Krizmanich

Pubtender

Tianna Hill

Host

Tiffany Clovis

Host

Trey Carl

Pubtender

Zach Bartee

Kitchen/Busser

Kitchen

Allen Johansen

Kitchen Worker

Aubrie Wildfong

Kitchen Worker

Ben Hurst

Kitchen Worker

Bryce Chapman

Kitchen Worker

Cassie Poniatoski

Kitchen Worker

Chelsea James

Kitchen Worker

Colleen Johnson

Dishwasher

Collin Rushton

Kitchen Worker

Craig Buechel

Kitchen Worker

Curtis Corbin

Kitchen Worker

Dylan Biers

Kitchen Worker

Ethan Carter

Kitchen Worker

Harold Ahrens

Dishwasher/Clean

Jacob Dunning

Dishwasher

Jacob Riley

Kitchen Worker

Jesse Bolin

Kitchen

Kadin Smith

Kitchen Worker

Kaitlyn Parish

Kitchen Worker

Karsyn Boettner

Kitchen Prep

KC Pavlichek

Kitchen Worker

Kerry Viszmeg

Kitchen Worker

Lisa Lockman

Kitchen Worker

Megan Morris

Kitchen Worker

Michael Moody

Dishwasher

Tanner Dielman

Kitchen Worker

Vincent Viszmeg

Kitchen Worker

Pub Brewing

Ryan Hale

Head Pub Brewer

Ryan is originally from Farmington Hills Michigan. While attending Eastern Michigan University to obtain a B.S. degree in telecommunication and film, he found a love of craft beer and homebrewing. Shortly after graduation, he landed his first job in the industry brewing at Arbor Brewing Company. During this time he and his now wife, who he met at Arbor, frequently visited Antrim County to stay at his family’s cottage on Torch Lake, and even became mug club members at Short’s. It was during one of those visits that his wife, Monica, heard a rumor that Short’s was looking for a front of the house manager and a brewer to add to the team. Long story Short, pun intended, they made the move north and started working for Short’s in December 2008. When not leading the pub brewing team, Ryan enjoys spending time on lakes, hiking, biking, snowboarding and hanging out with his wife and 2 children.

Luke Whitley

Pub Brewer

Mike Baltzell

Pub Brewer

Short's Mart

Paulina Sutton

Short's Mart Supervisor

Paulina grew up in Boyne City, MI. She went to Adrian College to pursue a music degree and started gigging around the Toledo, OH area playing in Orchestra Pits as a woodwind doubler. She can play a variety of musical instruments including but not limited to the saxophone, ukulele, and accordion. While attending college, Paulina started to grow an interest for craft beer and learned to home brew. After relocating to Mishawaka, IN for a few years working in a music store, she dreamed about moving back to Northern MI and aspired to expand her knowledge in the craft beer industry. Paulina started her career at Short’s working at the Pull Barn and worked her way into the Short’s Mart Supervisor position. When she’s not working, Paulina enjoys oil painting, kayaking, visiting breweries, and hiking with her dog, Marty.

Short's Mart

Esther Collis

Sales Associate

Kelsey Dalton

Sales Associate

Lindsay Olexa

Sales Associate

Production Brewing

Aaron Smith

Production Brewer

Aaron grew up in Greenville, Michigan. While attending Ferris State University Aaron began perfecting his skills as a homebrewer and discovering the newly emerging craft beer market. After graduation he made his way to Northern Michigan where he worked for a local television news station. The four years he spent in Northern Michigan prior to working at Short’s included many trips to Bellaire where he fell in love with all things Short’s. After sharing his homebrew with several Short’s employees, Aaron joined Short’s in September of 2010 as a Packaging Line worker, after a few months Aaron moved his way into the Cellar, and then in the spring of 2011 he began brewing for Short’s. According to Aaron, “The best part of working at Short’s is the limitless possibilities of what beer can be and constantly developing new and unique methods to create the highest quality beers.” When not brewing, Aaron enjoys gardening, traveling, and exploring the beauty of Northern Michigan with his wife, MaryJo, and two dogs: Winston and George.

Curt Guntzviller

Production Brewer

Curt, an Elk Rapids native, originally started his career in law enforcement. He soon realized his real passion was for brewing, this lead him to pursue a career at Traverse Brewing Company. Having met Joe during his employment with TBC, Curt approached Joe in 2008 about brewing at the Elk Rapids Production facility once it opened. With no exact date set for the production facility to open, Curt took the opportunity to work alongside Leah and Woj in the pub deli. He then moved to washing kegs in the pub’s basement, followed by cellaring and packaging at the pub.  The day finally came when the production facility became a reality, Curt then joined Tony and Steve where his passion became a fruition. Curt helps to head up the of brewers in Elk Rapids. As an avid outdoorsman, Curt is proud to call Elk Rapids home to him, his wife and 3 kids. When not brewing, Curt can be found hunting, fishing, or planning for the next epic Superbowl party.

Andy Brumbaugh

Cellar Worker

Cory Fisher

Cellar Worker/Brewer

Eric Vreede

Cellar Worker/Brewer

Erik Anderson

Cellar Supervisor

Hunter Ansell

Cellar Worker

Sean Niemisto

Production Brewer

Tyler Krych

Production Brewer

Quality

Joe Potter

Lab Manager

Joe grew up downstate on the west coast of Michigan, spending weekends and vacations at his family’s cottage Up North in Boyne City. During his first semester studying Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley State University, Joe was introduced to homebrewing as part of a Food Systems course, and it quickly evolved into an obsession. He became particularly interested in the “sciencey” side of beer. After graduation, Joe needed a “gap year” to unwind before applying to medical school, and landed a job at his favorite beer and homebrew store in Grand Rapids. It quickly became apparent that the beverage industry interested him much more than medicine, and joined the Short’s team at his first opportunity. When not testing beer, Joe enjoys cooking, ice fishing, and dreaming about the next season of morel hunting.

Angie Les

Lab Tech

Zachary Andrews

Quality Technician

Anthony DiGiovanni

Packaging

Bethany Dickerson

Packaging

Bruce Otte

Packaging

Cody Voss

Packaging

Dakota Kulwicki

Packaging

Darrin Kaiser

Packaging

Isaac Gilpin

Packaging

Jamie Day

Packaging

Mike Patterson

Packaging

Ransom Comfort

Packaging

Scott Klavon

Packaging

Tom Simmonds

Packaging

Warehouse

Dave Runkel

Shipping and Receiving

Zach Mendelsohn

Shipping/Receiving and Inventory Specialist

Pull Barn

Zac Zeigler

Pull Barn Manager

Zac grew up in Clio Michigan just outside of Flint.  Zac has worked in the craft brewing industry for 15 years, 7 of those years have been at Short’s. For the last few years, he has been managing the pull barn.  When not at work Zac likes to go sailing, swimming, and hiking.

Amy Smith

Pubtender

Jacob Elsenheimer

Pubtender

Kerry Kinery

Pubtender

Ryan Shore

Pubtender

Beer Liberation

Jon Wojtowicz

Chain Specialist

Jon, or “Woj,” was originally from the suburbs of Chicago and first started coming to Michigan with his family for summer vacations.  Upon graduating high school Jon enrolled in Western Michigan University to pursue a degree in Earth Science Education and Environmental Science.  This is where he first met Joe Short through some mutual friends and also tried some of the earliest versions of “Short’s” brew.  After graduation Jon decided he wanted to live in Northern Michigan and already had some friends there who happened to be opening a brewery.

Officially coming on board back in Feb 2007, Woj has spent time in many various roles with the company including Deli and Pub Manager, Beer Liberator, and Unofficial Short’s Historian. A lover of music, Chicago style hot dogs, and of course beer, he has successfully managed to incorporate all of these passions into many different avenues here at Short’s!

Adamo Legghio

Sales Representative

Eric Tranchell

Sales Representative

Hunter Boyd

Sales Representative

Joe LoCricchio

Sales Representative

Jonathan Klein

Sales Representative and Market Manager

Kerry Cochran

Sales Representative and Market Manager

Matt Shields

Sales Representative

Rachel Payne

Sales Representative

Tom Coyne

Sales Representative

Zack Schepel

Sales Representative

Marketing

Christa Brenner

Creative and Marketing Manager

Christa loves northern Michigan, so much so that she left a career in the ad biz where she worked with some of Michigan’s biggest and best brands to join the Short’s crew and lead the marketing and creative department. Originally from Mancelona, she moved to Grand Rapids for college and ended up sticking around. She cut her teeth in the hospitality industry, working many years at San Chez Bistro and drinking many beers at HopCat.

She’s got two awesome human kids, Elsa and Oscar, and one furry baby—an English shepherd named Sophie Marmalade. She is a cool mom who loves dancing and live shows, fashion and friends, hiking and travel. She hates cheese, it’s a long story. In her spare time you’ll find her scouring thrift shops for vintage treasures.

Kevin Marquardt

Graphic Designer

Laura Wittbrodt

Graphic Designer

Human Resources

Elizabeth Dewey

HR Manager

Elizabeth is from Elk Rapids and loves all that northern Michigan has to offer (though winters could be a tad shorter). She enjoyed living in the UP while earning her associate’s degree from Northern Michigan University before earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from Olivet College. With 11 years of experience working in HR, Elizabeth was excited to join the Short’s team in 2019. When she’s not working on corralling the Short’s team, Elizabeth enjoys to run, ski, play sports, or camp with her husband Ryan and their 3 kids.

Festivals and Events

Tim Reicha

Festivals & Events Director

Born and raised in Traverse City, Tim is proud to call northern Michigan his home. In the early years of Short’s, Tim and his family traveled the scenic drive around Elk and Torch Lake to the pub to enjoy live music, great beer and food. In 2013, Tim was finishing up his degree in Elementary Education when he got his first taste of the Short’s life while volunteering for an event. Little did he know that volunteering for many events would eventually lead him to head up Short’s Festival and Events department. Tim and his wife, Erin, have two college-aged sons. Nate is studying at Grand Valley State University and John at the University of Michigan. Tim serves on the Board of the Friends of Glacial Hills and truly cares about the impact the many area trails have on the health and appeal of our communities. He and Erin spend much of their free time outdoors, biking (even in the winter on groomed fat bike trails that Tim helps maintain), hiking, camping, kayaking, and walking their two Boston Terriers.

Robby Zahm

Festivals & Events

Maintenance

Bob Underhill

Maintenance

Darrel Kiel

Maintenance

Matt Hughes

Maintenance

Nicole Sprague

Cleaner

Renay Sowulewski

Cleaner

Scott Hendrickson

Maintenance

Administrative

Aaron Greenman

Accounting Assistant

Austin Radebaugh

Logistics Coordinator

Dannie Arnold

IT

Jeff Willecke

Senior Application Developer

Kate Thomas

Reception and Administrative Assistant

Mike Eardley

Purchasing Manager

Sarah Moir

Administrative Assistant