THE TEAM

Meet the Team

Jon Thompson

Co-Founder

What Makes Me Qualified:

  • BSBA degree from University of Arkansas in Economics and Accounting
  • 30+ years of CPG food and beverage experience with 10+ years in adult beverage
  • Executive level management of large sales, marketing and field teams with oversight of $1,000,000,000 businesses
  • National and international experience with the world’s largest retailers and restaurant companies
  • The startup, merging and failing of a dot.com e-commerce company in 2000 – we all learn from our failures
  • Extensive community service involvement the past 10+ years with the Circle of Life Hospice as well as the Cystic Fibrosis, NWA Wine Opener

What Makes Me Fun:

  • I have three wonderful children, and two sons-in-law, which I truly love and admire
  • Business and personal travel have taken me from Beijing to Santiago to Rome to Moscow to Sydney; five continents, thirty-four countries, and to all fifty states
  • I’m as comfortable on a horse as I am in a boardroom…. Maybe more!
  • Am an avid fan of Kenny Chesney and the country roots lifestyle, but I do enjoy the Caribbean

Amber Muehlbach

Co-Founder

What Makes Me Qualified:

 

  • Master of Science in Horticulture from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business at Arkansas Tech University
  • Certified Professional Strategic Advisor through the Category Management Association
  • Category expertise recognized in “Outstanding Achievement Award” and PepsiCo’s ‘”the Bar Award” 
  • 13+ years in the CPG industry across several departments including Breakfast, Impulse, Chilled Juice, New Age/Soft Drinks, Salty Snacks, Hair Accessories, and Adult Beverages
  • Excels at manipulating big data sources as well as visualizing the end result needed to meet the client’s needs

What Makes Me Fun:

  • Loves “Tough Mudder” races, century bike rides, and running with her dogs
  • Periodically sneaks away to bury her toes in the sand in Mexico or snowboard on the slopes in Colorado
  • Published author in Golf Course Management magazine
  • Six adopted children: three dogs, one Shetland pony, and two miniature ponies
  • Favorite indulgences include all things bacon, wine, and candy

 

Kimberly Wilichowski

Co-Founder

What Makes Me Qualified:

  • Graduated from Wichita State University with a BS in Health Science / Minor in Mathematics
  • Nearly 25 years of retail experience with Walmart Inc.; Sam’s Club as a merchant, Walmart as supplier – including almost a decade in the adult beverage segment
  • Instrumental in developing a comprehensive costing/pricing model for Walmart’s Adult Beverage team which was recognized by Walmart
  • I started, nurtured, thrived and then failed with my own small business in the mid 2000’s; learning and growing with every decision which has made me who I am today – no regrets!
  • A licensed Real Estate agent in Northwest Arkansas (need a home?)
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What Makes Me Fun:

 

  • I am a proud mom of two beautiful young adults – Kendra and Kyle and married for almost 25 years my husband Kent.
  • I have a passion for soccer and played collegiate, D2 soccer at Westminster College on an athletic scholarship before girls played soccer!
  • Loves the beach, my boat, and my toes in the sand
  • Enjoy yoga, spin, sports of any kind
  • Board Member of the Bella Vista Animal Shelter;
  • Fundraising committee for the Cystic Fibrosis, NWA Wine Opener and was instrumental in driving the auction by securing donations the past several years
  • I have one speed – full throttle!
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Erika Nalley

Vice President - Business Integration

What Makes Me Qualified:

  • Wine Subject Matter Expert with accreditations including Certified Specialist of Wine and WSET Level 4 with Distinction
  • Management experience including up to 200 direct reports which drives the understanding and need to derive key information as well as translate it into action for all organizational levels
  • Promotional Sales background for both in-store/on-premise events as well as large scale events including Coca-Cola’s Kids Race Against Drugs concert campaign with Britany Spears
  • 10+ years in Adult Beverage including over 5 years in Distribution
  • Most recently, specializing in strategic pricing and customer development with national accounts

What Makes Me Fun:

 

  • Hiking with my husband- anywhere from Table Rock Lake to Patagonia/Argentina Side (where he proposed!) to Patagonia/Chilean Side plus Easter Island for our honeymoon!!
  • We have a “happy forever” home for rescues from the MAK German Shorthair Rescue Society
  • Board member for the Chase Family Foundation which raises food for our local seniors and provides shelters
  • Kappa Delta Alumna fundraising at the Walton Arts Center, including Backstreet Boy, Howard Dorough’s Lupus Foundation as I was an on-stage co-host with Barry Williams and featuring Deborah Gibson and The Monkees