From L to R, Brewport Partners Gina Traber, Kristian Krieger and Pat Cox
PAT COX - CFO / Partner, Director
Patrick’s experience as a food & wine industry professional is likely unparalleled, spanning four decades and extending (literally) from coast to coast.
Getting his start as a beer, wine and spirits manager for Peerless Importers in New York, his calling brought him west, where he then embarked on an 18 year career as a Store Team Leader for Whole Foods Markets in Southern California.
Pat's passion and experience with food is the driving force behind Brewport's Social Dining Experience concept!
KRISTIAN KRIEGER / Partner
A UCLA grad who finished with a degree in geography, but more importantly, spent 5 years (after all, what’s the rush?) organizing dozens upon dozens of fraternity events. That experience lead to years of working in various restaurants – from single independents to large corporations to Hennessey’s Tavern.
Starting as a server, Kristian moved up to bartender before eventually landing in management. Several Assistant Manager gigs were followed by several others as General Manager.
Kristian opened and has successfully operated The Tavern on Main in El Segundo for 15 years.
GINA TRABER CEO / Partner
Gina Traber (formerly Gina Villilo) . . . Just a small town girl, living in a beer world.
Originally from Ohio, Gina graduated from The University of Akron with a degree in Business and Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. She then went on to Harvard Business School, where she held the distinction of attending the University for one class (literallly . . . one class) before moving to El Segundo, California with her husband. She is the mother of an amazing young son named Bruce, (named after Bruce Springsteen).
Her industry experience spans more than a decade and includes a 3-year tenure at a brewery, where she set about learning every aspect of the brewing process from top to bottom. Her enthusiasm parallels that vast knowledge and her focused drive to forge strong connections among breweries and distributors alike affords Brewport the opportunity to feature selections unavailable anywhere else.
Recently, her ability to teach the nuances of the brewing process to others has proven to be exceedingly effective as she helms popular Beer Education classes at Brewport, as has her ability to impart the principles of proper draft beer maintenance and managerial acumen to Brewport’s staff.