Alan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Armed Forces Brewing Company, Inc. Alan is a 35-year veteran of the food & beverage industry and has a passion for craft beer and the Military. He has led, operated, and grown profitable multi-unit independent food & beverage groups in the Denver, Kansas City, and Charlotte markets. Alan comes from a four branch Military family. His grandfather, father, brother, nephew, two uncles, and several cousins all served in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corp, Army, and Air Force. His cult-like dedication to Boston sports teams and Nebraska and Navy Football is annoying.
Bob Rupprecht is Armed Forces Brewing Company's Chief Brewing Officer and an award winning brewmaster. He is in rare company to be one of a handful of brewers to win the Maryland Governor’s Cup for Excellence in Craft Beer Brewing. Bob is an expert in all aspects of brewery operations, from recipe development to purchasing, to production and packaging. He has been involved in contract brewing for several international customers as well as fledgling Nanos. Bob has the mack-daddy of all home brewing systems in his custom man-cave where he created Armed Forces’ deliciously successful Cat Shot Lager and Special Hops IPA recipes. It’s pretty simple, Bob Rupprecht is a legacy brewmaster and he makes incredible beer.
Robert J. O’Neill is Armed Forces Brewing Company's Director of Military Relations and National Brand Ambassador. He is one of the most highly-decorated combat Veterans of our time, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and was a Combat Leader for the infamous SEAL Team 6. Robert is also a highly sought after global public speaker, social media influencer, and best-selling author of the book “The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior.” Since leaving active duty, O’Neill is also the founder of the Special Operators Transition Foundation, which provides individualized transition support for Special Operations heroes and their families. To learn more about Robert O'Neill, go to www.robertjoneill.com
Jeff Jennings is Armed Forces Brewing Company’s Chief Operating Officer and has been one of the top F&B owners/operators/consultants in the Southeast for over 30 years. He has C-Suite multi-state, multi-unit experience in managing and directing all F&B operations for numerous flags under the Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, and IHG brands. Jeff has been involved with over 50 openings, remodels, and consultations in his career. His dad served as a First Lieutenant in the Air Force and his uncle was in the Navy. Jeff attended The University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and currently resides in Asheville, NC - “Beer City USA” - one of the biggest craft beer markets in the country.
Jason is a Co-Founder of Armed Forces Brewing Company, Inc. He is a network systems engineer and team leader for the U.S. Department of Defense. He graduated from Gallaudet University with a degree in Computer Science in 2007. Jason’s expertise is in Information Technology, Information Security, System Engineering, Project Management, Change Management, Budgeting, Acquisitions, and craft beer. When he is not on-duty, Jason travels the United States to attend craft beer festivals and new brewery openings. He has been involved in Maryland craft beer legislation and testified before the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee on several pieces of legislation affecting Maryland’s craft beer industry and deaf business owners. Jason is also instrumental in the development of Armed Forces’ beer products and quality control.
Amit is a Co-Founder of Armed Forces Brewing Company, Inc. He is an Administrator for Acquisitions and Grants at the United States Geological Survey. He graduated from Gallaudet University with a degree in Communication Studies in 2014. Amit travels the United States to attend craft beer festivals and new brewery openings. He has a keen finger on the pulse of the craft beer industry nationwide. He is also instrumental in the development of Armed Forces’ beer products and quality control. Amit advocates for and assists other entrepreneurs in the deaf community with their start-up businesses.
Amber is the first person to officially join the Armed Forces Brewing Company Advisory Board. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech University with a dual degree in Multimedia Journalism and Family Consumer Science. Amber was a collegiate cheerleader throughout her career as a Hokie, a member of Alpha Phi sorority, and worked closely with the VT Athletics Marketing Department. She is the CEO of her own social media marketing and digital advertising company PrettyAsPeaches.com and the Vice-President & Director of Iconic Collective marketing and talent agency. Amber is also the Marketing Director for the City of Suffolk, Virginia.
Ray is a Member of the Armed Forces Brewing Company Advisory Board. He is a Navy SEAL Veteran with multiple tours and other numerous overseas security details. Upon leaving SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two (SDV-2), Ray turned his passion and SEAL Team experience to the world of self-improvement and team building. Ray is the Founder of CONQUER, a leadership and team building program designed to push you physically, mentally and emotionally for individuals to break through personal barriers. He has also starred in the film “Captain Philips” with Tom Hanks and was selected by The United States Navy as the Ambassador to be featured in the “Indoctrination” film showed to all recruits at the Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Command.
McB is a Member of the Armed Forces Brewing Company Advisory Board. On the heels of a 24-year career as a Navy SEAL, Darren McBurnett has become an accomplished speaker and motivator, presenting to companies and groups including CDW, Rite-Aid, Walk-Ons, Albany Road Real Estate Partners, Hilton Hotels, BMO, National Quarterback Club, Fidelity Investments, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, and many others. He is also an award-winning photographer, his professional portfolio including work for NIKE, National Geographic, Fox and Friends, Rolling Stone, CBS SEAL Team, and the movie “Act of Valor.” His work has appeared on everything from album covers to billboards to walls of Fortune 500 companies and is in the homes of Charlie Sheen, Kid Rock, Jim McMahon, John Rich, Brent Burns, Roger Clemens, and John Daly. One of his eagle photographs hangs in the White House.