Our Team

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Chris Barbin

Chairman & CTO (Chief Tequila Officer) | Chicago

Chris Barbin fell in love with tequila over a decade ago. After visiting dozens of craft distilleries, sipping hundreds of brands and eventually discovering the products from #1477, he believed there was a better way to educate consumers while helping quality boutique distillers enter the US Market - creating the Sip Platform to do just that.

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Keith Antoon

Co-Founder & Head of Global Operation | South Florida

Keith Antoon is a serial small business owner, and jumped at the chance to work alongside Chris in sourcing, importing and fulfilling sales of super-premium tequilas, and changing consumer expectations on what white glove service should be.

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Lori Csaszar

Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Giving | Chicago

Lori’s love of Tequila is second to her love of doing good things for others. As the point person for our extensive investor network, Lori helps spread the SipTequila message through charitable events, corporate gifts, and more. She also manages the broader charitable efforts of SipTequila, as we make quarterly donations to organizations that help support access to food and water, education, and human rights.

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Kirk Crenshaw

Co-Founder Digital Experience & Growth | San Francisco

Kirk Crenshaw is a marketeer, music-lover and non-profit advocate trapped in a search ninja’s body. He enjoys helping people find what they are looking for, and is his happiest when he can introduce brands that exceed expectations

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Carolyn Kissick

Education & Tasting Experience | NYC

Carolyn brings over a decade of tequila expertise to the team. She sits on the panels of several high-level spirits competitions, leads educational trips throughout the Tequila regions of Mexico, and fills her cup by helping inform and inspire others to fall in love with agave spirits.

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Juan Pablo Diz

Mexico Operations | Guadalajara, MX

JP heads up daily operations in Mexico. From sourcing new items, developing procurement solutions, and getting tequila into the hands of people who are looking for it- he is the heart of the business from the place where it all begins.

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Jorge Arana

Creative Director | Chicago

Jorge Arana ensures that all we are and all we do is as beautiful as Tequila itself. From cinematography for our brand videos, to social aesthetic and site design- he ensures that we reflect the terroir and the people in a way that captures the essence of what tequila is all about.

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Payton Savikas

Head of Customer Experience & Inside Sales | South Florida

Payton is the lady behind the hand-written notes to each of our customers. She leads order fulfillment, and manages the daily operations of our tasting room, as well as ensures amazing customer experiences for each and every shopper.

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Mercedes Mark

Operations Manager | South Florida

Mercedes is the one who gets it done! Whether managing the warehouse, scheduling pick-ups and deliveries, or ensuring that orders all go out on time and in full, when you receive a package from SipTequila, Mercedes has a role in getting it there. In her free time, she also helps run the tasting room events, bringing Tequila smiles to all of our in-person guests.

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Carlee Flynn

Customer Experience Manager | South Florida

Carlee specializes in ensuring that each and every one of our customers have the best shopping, shipping and sipping experience possible. She always goes above and beyond to help find the perfect gift, new expression, or subscription arrival, and supports our in-person events as well.

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Kayla Capen

Marketing and Event Specialist | South Florida

Kayla drives our social media calendars and real time social media responses; if you are messaging with Sip, there is a good chance it is Kayla writing back. When she’s not promoting Sip in the virtual world, she is building Sip in the real world, tackling our Florida based-events, product shoots, and more.

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Kyle Roche

Board of Directors, Advisor, and Investor | Seattle, WA

Kyle Roche is a startup veteran based in Seattle, WA. Kyle was the founder and CEO of 2lemetry, which was acquired by Amazon in 2015. He is currently an Executive at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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