A native of North Dakota, Mark Anderson studied aviation at the University of North Dakota where he
achieved flight certifications for private, commercial, instrument, multi engine, seaplane and CFI and
type rating. He began his career trading futures at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange with a $5000 credit
card advance. Mark then founded Killer Whale Holdings, which arbitraged physical commodities against
derivatives on multiple exchanges. He subsequently launched Capt Drake LLC, a leading global supplier of
non-GMO sugar and citrates. A serial entrepreneur, Anderson founded Drakes Organic Spirits, the largest
capacity organic alcohol company in the United Stated and the first to achieve all five certifications:
Organic, Non GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free, Vegan and Kosher. Anderson resides in Minnesota with his
family where they actively run Long Lake Animal Rescue, giving large and small animals a second chance.
Drake’s Master Distiller
Founding member of Rum Runner Press, Inc. President of Rum University, and publisher of “Got Rum”
Magazine, Mr. Ayala has created the quality standards in the production and marketing of rum for over 25
years. He is the industry go-to, hired by major brands to fix QC and distillation issues.
Drake’s Chairman of the Board
Retired after 35 years as a Senior Executive of Southern Wine and Spirits, Mr. Allen is widely respected
throughout all 3
tiers of the U.S. wine and spirits industry. Allen began his career at Southern where he worked as Vice
President, through Executive Vice President, to Senior Vice President, managing sales staff through
Hawaii, Colorado, New York, and California. In this capstone role at Southern, Allen was the company’s
senior executive of fine wine supplier relations in the all-important California wine regions.
Drake’s VP of Sales
Tom has 30+ years in the retail industry leading all capacities of operations, merchandising and marketing from a store and corporate level. A former Target executive, he led new concepts and innovation in the food and beverage area. Tom is customer centric and always on the hunt to find a new or better way of delivering items and experiences. Certifications include WSET III Advanced, CSW, Court of Masters Sommelier, Cicerone.
Drake’s Founding Member
Jensen has extensive experience in the food and beverage ingredients supply chain and was first to
Project verification for sugar and citric. He has a strong background in contract negotiations,
accounting, and management
Drake’s Advisory Member
Director of Bodegas Pomar, a subsidiary of privately-owned Empresas Polar headquartered in Venezuela,
since 1996. Cerveceria Polar was originally founded as a brewery in 1941 then diversified to making
sparkling wines and cognac (though a JV with the French cognac and manufacturer Martrell) and remains
the largest and best – known brewery in Venezuela. Over the years, Cerveceria Polar diversified to an
array of industries, mostly related to food processing and packaging.
Drake’s Board Member
President/Founder of New Age Beverage, a Denver-based distributor that created multiple beverage brands.
Mr. Lebon has 30 years of experience in beverage distribution and brand management.
Legendary Minnesota businessman and co-founder of Grand Casinos Inc., Berman is credited as one of the
early visionaries in the development of casinos outside of the traditional gaming markets of Las Vegas
and Atlantic City. Besides Grand Casinos, Inc., he has served as chief executive officer, board member
and executive chairman at numerous national companies. Berman currently serves as chairman of Allied
Esports, a premiere esports entertainment company he recently launched.
Jim Sexton brings over almost 40 years of expertise to the table, with several years working with the
wholesale side as Vice President for a major national insurance carrier. Jim brings this important
dimension along with his strong interpersonal relationships to his trusted strategic partners and
Drake’s Founding Member/VP of Sales Minnesota
After pursuing a career in rugby, which culminated in co-captaining the Wisconsin Women's Rugby Football Club to a USA Rugby National Championship in June 2015, Katrina joined the team Mark and Kristen Anderson built to launch Drake's Organic. A utility player of sorts, Katrina has worn several hats within the company, relying on her strengths of willingness to learn, work ethic, and understanding that no job is too small if it helps progress the company.
Drake’s VP of National Sales
Todd Kunesh is a seasoned veteran who has held executive positions that include vice-president of sales, director of operations and director of food & beverage. Todd has over 30 years of progressive experience in the beverage brand building, bar, restaurant, gaming and hospitality industry. He has operated TKO Beverage Brand Building since 2011. He has also worked for industry giants MGM Resorts International, Golden Gaming Inc, Station Casinos, Hard Rock International and Deep Eddy Vodka before joining Drake's.
Drake’s VP of Sales, East Coast
Before joining Drake's, Richard enjoyed a 35 year career with Southern Wine & Spirits (SWS). At SWS, he held various positions including vice president and general manager of South Florida where he was responsible for $800 million in sales and over 1400 employees. He consistently increased bottom line profits. The Miami resident originally served as a member of Drake's advisory board before assuming his executive position.
Drake’s VP of Sales, California
During his 29 year adult beverage industry career, Jason has excelled within every facet of the three-tier beverage industry, and has been able to acquire accreditations for CSW, CSS, WSET III advanced and an intro sommelier certification. He has developed long-lasting relationships with retailers, suppliers, and distributors. Jason is excited to bring his adept skills at sales management, integrating sales with marketing, building new brands, reinvigorating mature brands, educating distributors, motivating buyers to nurture a positive “can do” culture at Drake’s Organic Spirits, LLC.
Drake’s VP of Sales, Texas/Advisory Board Member
Glynn Bloomquist is the founder and CEO of Tejas Global Resources. He is the former Executive Chairman of Home Run Dugout, a Texas-based Entertainment company. Bloomquist’s partners are Ryan-Sanders Baseball which includes baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, Nolan Ryan. Glynn is also the former CEO and Chairman and Co-Founder of Empresario LLC, the first Texas Spirits House and has a portfolio of Texas-based spirits, including tequilas, liqueurs and non-alcoholic mixers. In March of 2018, Bloomquist engineered the merger of Empresario with Dripping Springs Distilling.
Northeast Regional Sales Manager
Kevin brings over 30 years of rich sales experience and deep industry connections in the Spirits and Wine industry. His diverse career includes roles as VP of Eastern Sales, Regional Sales Manager and State Manager. Kevin has worked for industry giants Brown-Forman, Beam Wine Estates and high-profile wineries such as Chalk Hill, J Vineyards, and Sonoma Cutrer. He is proud to have earned his WSET Level II certification.
Drake’s Packaging and Production Manager
Cathy has 15 years of project management experience working in the spirits manufacturing business. Her extensive experience is primarily focused on identifying the most cost-effective solution for the optimization of ingredients, packaging, and production based on her strong relationships with material vendors and production facilities. She is a very driven, organized, and results-oriented individual, which are key strengths when coordinating packaging/production efforts with the rest of the Drake's team.