JoAnne Shaw is co-founder with her husband Julius of Coffee Beanery in 1976 and the President and CEO. She started the company because she wanted to give people the ability to enjoy the very best specialty coffees available. JoAnne’s a visionary whose entrepreneurial spirit has led beyond opening her first stores to franchising, roasting and packaging. She has a passion for creating vertically integrated opportunities and is always envisioning new avenues to spread her passion for Coffee Beanery coffee.
Favorite Coffee: Guatemalan Huehuetenango and Coffee Beanery’s Beanery Blend.
Julius ShawJulius founded Ye Olde Coffee Service in 1967 and then in 1976, cofounded Coffee Beanery with his wife, JoAnne. Julius is Chairman of the Board and and past Chairman of National Coffee Service and The Coffee Development Group. Gifted with numbers, he helps monitor our cashflow and maintains the financial health of the company. He enjoys golfing and traveling and especially going to Florida when winter weather hits.
Favorite drink: Costa Rican La Minita
Favorite thing about working at Coffee Beanery: Hearing how people love our coffee even without asking
Bucket list: Traveling to Greece
Laurie Shaw is the COO at Coffee Beanery. In addition, she manages gift sets, fundraising and ecommerce. As a mother of 6 children, she is a multi-tasker and has no problem delegating tasks (sometimes even to her grown children). Feeling blessed to have such a positive and “can do” group of people to work with…. up for any task even rebuilding a store in 9 days. It was said it couldn’t be done but with our amazing team (and not a lot of sleep)…it was accomplished!! A nerd at heart, she loves reading and learning about virtually any subject.
Favorite Coffee: Iced Fudge Ripple
1970….Kevin started fixing coffee machines in the kitchen at the age of 6, he had to stand on a milk crate because like most 6 year olds he was short. After successfully extricating himself from Fenton public school system in 1982 he had a brief encounter at Central Michigan University cementing his entrepreneurial direction, where he started several successful seasonal businesses. He formally joined the family business (1986) as a manager of the Ren Cen store in Detroit and soon after moved back to corporate to develop the roasting, flavoring and packaging processes that have evolved into what you see today. 1989 started selling franchises,
Favorite coffee: Hawaiian Kona
Ken brings 15 plus years of experience in manufacturing and distribution to Coffee Beanery including the lean manufacturing and six sigma disciplines. He is a family man with two boys and a daughter who he enjoys spending time. He is a culture builder and great mentor and hugely responsible for ensuring our coffee is the best in the world.
Favorite Coffee: Sea Salt Caramel
Britain Butcher is the Director of Ecommerce at Coffee Beanery. Working in a corporate store during college and then interning in the marketing department, she has literally grown up in the company. Her graphic design skills and ecommerce management make her an integral part of the Coffee Beanery team. Graduating with degrees in Marketing, International Business & Graphic Design from Saginaw Valley State University she was employed full time at CB in 2013.
Favorite Coffee: Costa Rican La Minita and Favorite Drink is the Caramel Apple Smoothie!
Bob Ashley started working in the marketing department for Coffee Beanery in 2006. 10 years later he is now the Operations Manager and Business Consultant for the company. When he isn’t on the phone with franchisees, following up on projects and store openings he is planning lunch with his co-workers. He combines his love for Coffee Beanery, travel and food to passionately fill his role here in supporting our stores. Bob also enjoys spending time with his family and instilling a love of hockey and football in his two sons.
Favorite Coffee: Favorite coffee is Costa Rican La Minita – Favorite Drink is Iced Fudge Ripple
Patti Tushim is the Marketing Manager for Coffee Beanery. She started in one of our corporate stores back in 2006 as a seasonal employee and quickly worked her way up to corporate office, first in Operations, and then in Marketing. Her primary focus includes store campaigns, social media management, drafting press releases, store design and sourcing fun new items for our stores. Her team members jokingly kid that Patti is 110%...110% of the time and she applies this passion to her job and family every day.
Favorite Coffee: Café Carmel® made with our Caramel Pecan Pie coffee with a dash of cinnamon on top….it’s so good!
After going to school for Computer Business, she discovered it was definitely not what she wanted to do with her life. After starting to work at Coffee Beanery in 1996 she found her niche as the Franchise Coordinator and helping out with customer service.
Favorite Coffee: Costa Rican La Minita, with 2 French Vanilla creamers..I also like it over ice.
Shawn SarverShawn Sarver is the Payroll and HR Manager for the Coffee Beanery. Shawn has 30+ years of experience in both payroll and accounting. Shawn grew up in a small town in Southern Ohio. She received her Associates Degree in Business from Miami-Jacobs Career College. After marrying her husband, she spent twenty years moving and living in several states plus overseas. In February 1992, after her husband retired from the Air Force, she and her husband moved to Michigan. Shawn enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and their Corgi- Shelby.
Favorite Coffee: Macadamia Nut and Blueberry Cobbler are my favorite with French vanilla creamer and sugar.
Favorite thing about working at Coffee Beanery: Enjoy working with everyone on daily basis. In the many years that I have been here at the Coffee Beanery, I have worked with some amazing, caring people.
Bucket List: Travel and play golf in states on the East and West Coast of the United States. I would also like to revisit Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Jeanelle started working at Coffee Beanery in 2007 in the Order Department where she continues today working with customers and franchisee’s to ensure orders are placed and shipped in a timely matter. She is definitely a customer favorite as we get so many nice compliments on her outstanding customer service. Jeanelle enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, reading and traveling to warm places.
Favorite Coffee: Coffee Beanery’s Caramel Apple Smoothie. It is delicious!
Jennifer Kidd started her coffee career in 2000. She has worked in accounting for her 15 years with the company. Duties include Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Corporate Store Financials, Purchasing and Franchise Sales Reporting. Jennifer enjoys sports and spending time with her family.
Favorite Drink: Green Apple Caramel Smoothie
Kerrie began in 2004 working in the gift set area as a seasonal worker and then was hired full time as a store puller. In 2009 she advanced to her role as a shipping and receiving specialist. Currently she is the shipping and receiving supervisor and manages the distribution side of the warehouse. Her positive attitude and willingness to work hard have really made her an invaluable part of the team.
Favorite Coffee: Café Carmel® with extra whipped cream but I also love the Caramel Apple Smoothie.