- >Meet the Team
JoAnne Shaw is the 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, co-founded Coffee Beanery with his wife, JoAnne. Julius is Chairman of the Board and past Chairman of National Coffee Service and The Coffee Development Group. Gifted with numbers, he helps monitor our cash flow 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 of Coffee Beanery. In addition, she manages gift sets, fundraising, franchising, & wholesale. 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
Britain Butcher is the Director of E-commerce 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 e-commerce 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!
Bret is an experienced Senior Accountant with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Skilled in Catering, Budgeting, Food & Beverage, Hospitality Management, and Customer Service. Strong accounting professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Accounting from Davenport University.
Favorite Coffee: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe
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 the 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.
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.
Some of my first memories are working in my parents Coffee Beanery store and helping out making gift sets. I am excited to be able to work for a family company and add value and grow the brand. Working with franchisees is very rewarding and they feel like a part of our extended family. I love to golf and hang out on the lake with my buddies. Once you get to know me you know that underneath the big personality is a huge passion for the company and our franchisees.
Favorite Coffee: Hawaiian Kona