Meet Our People

Our team comes from many walks of life, and many of them call Minden home. If there's one thing we have in common, it’s a passion for artisanal spirits.

Christopher Bently

Owner & Visionary

As an avid environmentalist, Christopher Bently insists on nothing less than exemplary green operating practices in all of the Bently Enterprises companies.

His most recent project was the renovation of the Second Farmer’s Bank in Minden, NV. This building is applying for LEED Platinum certification, which would make it the sixth non-residential space in the Silver State to have attained the highest possible certification.

Christopher is no stranger to historic building renovations. In 2001 he purchased an art deco building on Union Square and renovated it to LEED Gold EBOM standards. In 2005 he purchased the former Federal Reserve Bank Building of San Francisco, and renovated it to LEED Silver CI standards. Finally, the recent office renovation of the Bently Holdings corporate offices in San Francisco earned all possible points for its LEED Platinum certification.

I see no sense in building new structures when we have beautiful historic properties left abandoned. We need a sense of tradition and worth brought back to our culture. A disposable world just won’t do.

Jason Tollmann

General Manager

Jason is a management expert with over two decades of leadership on plant floors. During this time he’s worked with companies like Nestle/PowerBar and Starbucks to oversee safe plant operations, led large teams of employees, achieved site readiness for OSHA certifications, and developed safety and troubleshooting programs that kept his floors running smoothly. As a leader, Jason strives not only to keep his plants safe, but to work closely with employees to create high-performance work teams focused on treating each other with dignity and respect, all while achieving amazing results.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Food Administration from California State University, Chico Lean Six Sigma Certification from Villanova Online, and is an Association Manufacturing Excellence Western Region Board Member.

Bryan Davis

Marketing Director

Lucas Huff

Tasting Room Manager

John Jeffery

Master Distiller

John earned a graduate degree in food chemistry from Michigan State University, where he focused on fermentation and distillation. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, and worked as a sound engineer, physical therapy aid, and personal trainer before joining the world of distillation.

At MSU, John worked with distillers from all over the world to make products and to set up startup craft distilleries. He also ran the university lab, performed analytical research on spirits, and even helped with a court case by recreating a prison still made from a garbage bag and a clothing iron!

Outside of work John loves the mountains, desert, ocean, sky, trail wandering, foraging for plants, smelling and tasting things, and cooking with what he finds. He also enjoys building things, writing books, and making stop-motion animation movies with his kids.

Ryan Quinlan

Distiller

Ryan Quinlan has degrees in Biology, Chemistry and Art, and a belief in blending the boundaries between Art and Science. He is well versed in the alchemy of fermentation through his many different roles in the Craft Brewing Industry as brewer, production manager, and consultant. Through these ventures he developed a passion for distillation, and embraced the history and endless intricacies that go into it.

When he’s not vaporizing ethanol, you can find him picking the banjo, catching photons with his camera, and taking microbiological adventures making fermented foods. But most of all he enjoys spending time in and around the Sierras with his wife, and their trusty canine sidekick.

Bryce Butko

Assistant Distiller

Bryce is a Nevada local and graduated from UNR with a degree in business management. After graduating he went on to distill at 7 Troughs Distilling Co., specializing in antebellum whiskey distillation.

An avid outdoorsman, Bryce's favorite activities are rock climbing, camping, and kayaking. He loves exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains and climbing first ascents in the Nevada Desert.

Chelsea Hendricks

Assistant Distiller

Chelsea comes to the distilling industry with a brewing background. She got her start with breweries in Alaska, and plans to take her knowledge and experience to the next level.

As a member of the Ladies Knitting Society and Anarchist Club Chelsea can neither confirm nor deny whether any of the yarnbomb pieces found around town are hers. However, she can confirm that she purchases extraordinary amounts of yarn. Chelsea also loves getting dirty: she kayaks, hikes, bikes, fishes, and forages. She is currently exploring the Sierras on her mountain bike while trying to not fall. Science fiction and Bruce Willis are the two loves that take up most of her heart. Well, three loves: there is also cats. Chelsea loves cats, and is an avid collector of internet cat videos.

Cameron Kelly

Assistant Distiller

Cameron grew up in Northern Nevada and comes from the world of beer, where he was a professional brewer, production manager, marketer, and director of sales for a regional craft brewery.

In his spare time, Cameron loves to play disc golf, see live music, ski, drink whiskey (Bourbon, mostly), and recently started playing the ukulele. He’s excited to get back to scrubbing tanks, mashing grains, and making creative liquids for people to enjoy.

Krysten Haemel

Distillery Operations Coordinator

KassaDee Ketelaar

Quality Assurance Specialist

Jim Pisciotti

Production Process Specialist

Jim spent 15 years at the Starbucks roasting plant in Carson valley working as a senior machine operator. While there, he was involved in the commissioning of several packaging machines; he was also responsible for training new machine operators, leading in changeover activities, developing trouble shooting guides, and implementing process improvement activities.

An avid cyclist, Jim enjoys trail running with his wife Shawna, and skiing and golfing with his daughter Shyla. They recently rescued a 1-year-old lab named Duke, who’s now their newest trail running buddy.

Ingrid Wetzell

HR Director

A native of the Dominican Republic, Ingrid Wetzell moved to the United States in the early 80s to study hotel and restaurant management. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and later graduated from the Executive Development program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Over the course of her career, Ingrid has worked in the hospitality business as an assistant general manager and later as an human resources director; these positions took her to the states of New Jersey, New York City, and Washington DC. She later relocated to Lake Tahoe to pursue work in the gaming industry’s Human Resources sector.

Brady Frey

COO

Utilizing an extensive background in design, development, marketing, technology, and management, Brady is tasked with marshaling all aspects of Bently Enterprises. He has over a decade of management experience, including an extensive background in art direction, marketing, design, color theory and psychology, UI, UX, front-end, and back-end development. He's designed, developed, and led teams for household names such as William Sonoma, the GAP, Nike Town, Harley Davidson, Snap-on, the Smithsonian, ComEd, Verizon, AT&T, Pixar and PG&E. He got this way from reading too much and staring at his computer screen when he should have been outdoors. His obsessions vary, but include music, art history, philosophy, psychology, astronomy, mathematics, martial arts, and burritos.

Jeff Jarboe

CFO

Jeff was born and raised in the Midwest. In 1978 he graduated from Ohio State University with a BS Business, majoring in Accounting. He has been a California certified CPA (certificate #30961) since 1980. This is over 35 years of finance and accounting experience that span a huge array of industries — from accounting to CFO — as well as industries such as real estate to manufacturing. Jeff has been married most of this time, and he and his family love to camp, boat, and water ski.

Larry Vincent

Director of Construction

Larry has worked in and around construction most of his life, starting with his dad in the garage. He taught Larry the basics, including a lesson on how to keep his fingers… so far so good! Larry’s career was typical of a construction guy until going to work for Bently Nevada Corporation. The entire time (over 20 years) he has worked for the Bently Companies has been an educational experience.

Matt McKinney

Ranch General Manager

Matt grew up on ranches in the Rocky Mountains. Attending California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo he studied Animal Science, earning an MBA in Agricultural Business. After college he worked on two of the largest seed stock ranches in California.

Joining Bently Ranch in 2001 he is able to concentrate on commercial cattle production. Leading the ranch and farm into a more holistic model, Matt and his team are learning techniques required for direct meat sales and grain growing.

Matt Drew

Maltster

Matt holds an undergraduate degree from Washington State University and has attended the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He's also a Member of the Craft Maltster's Guild and the American Malting Barley Association. His certifications include a WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits, and a Cicerone Certified Beer Server.

In his free time, Matt loves travel, mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, playing drums and guitar, painting, drawing, and graphic design.

Yvette Marie Conde

Controller

Yvette has six years of service with Bently Holdings, and is a California Certified Public Accountant and a Notary Public of California. Yvette holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. She is a member of the CalCPA, AlCPA, and the NNA. Yvette enjoys running, skiing, motorcycling, scuba diving, traveling, challenging herself, and learning new things. Dogs hold a dear spot in her heart and she plans on running her own animal shelter someday.

Theresa McCoy

Accounting Supervisor

Theresa earned her BA Degree from L.I.F.E. Bible College in Los Angeles, California; she continued her education in Accounting at WNC – Western Nevada College.

Theresa is honored to be the wife of the most wonderful husband in the world, and is a proud mother of two terrific kids. She is thankful to be a part of the Bently Team.

When she is not doing her accounting thing, Theresa enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Some of her favorite things to do include long trips on her motorcycle with her husband, snow skiing with anyone who’ll go with her, roller-skating with her daughter, and hiking in the mountains.

Jae Henderson

Project Manager

Carlo Luri

Director of Government Affairs

Prior to joining Bently Enterprises Carlo held various sales and management positions in the chemical and environmental industries, including a stint with actor Kevin Costner developing oil spill cleanup technology. Carlo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno; he is also studying environmental science at Rutgers University.

When not in the office Carlo can be found hiking or mountain biking the beautiful trails of the Carson Valley, kayaking on Lake Tahoe, or skiing in the Sierras with his twin sons Dante and Mateo.

Eugene Santos

IT Director

Eugene has been with Bently Holdings for seven years. Eugene began his tenure at Bently Holdings as a junior graphic designer, eventually becoming an integral member of the development team where he helped code websites and build custom web and iOS applications. Eugene’s interests then began to branch out into the IT field, where he excelled for several years before becoming the IT Manager for Bently Holdings. His certifications include “Tall, Dark, and Handsome.”

Scott Shearer

Art Director

Scott’s been in the design field for most of his career, beginning as a staff artist with several national motorsports publications before moving out West. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associates of Science. His creative contributions have spanned a diverse group of companies, ranging from Lockheed Martin, MTV, GE, and Nickelodeon.

Scott is passionate about motorcycles and bicycles; he used to race, but now just enjoys the ride. He loves spending time outdoors. When he’s not out in the Silver State wilderness, he’s spending time with his dog, watching college football, cooking, drawing, or tinkering with all things mechanical.

Tyler Cassacia

In-House Attorney

Tyler has worked at Bently companies for nine years. He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University and a J.D. from UC Hastings with a concentration in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

At the age of 19, Tyler began a career in real estate by earning his salesperson license. Five years later, he received his broker’s license.

In recent years, Tyler has pursued a career in law. He has earned membership on the state bars of both California and of Nevada.

In his free time, Tyler loves to visit Reno with his 95-year-old grandmother, mother, and partner; the dealers at their favorite casino even know them all by name! Tyler also enjoys relaxing on vacation in places like Maui, and traveling to actively explore the world.

Mark Gruver

Security Manager

Mark served in the US Navy for a decade, where he was an Interior Communications Electrician First Class and did the Trusty Shellback six times (that's an age-old line-crossing ceremony sailors do when they pass the equator). After working as an electrician, mark began his journey into security by serving for a year as the Master at Arms on a ship - one of the oldest rankings still in existence in the US Navy.

After serving in the Navy, Mark was a police officer in Cordell, Oklahoma where he was a Crime Scene Photographer and experienced a tornado up close (and he thinks that one is plenty for a lifetime).

In his free time Mark undertakes a wide range of unique hobbies that include shooting, PC computer repair, amateur radio operation, metal detecting (A.K.A. find more trash than treasure), photography, and even ghost hunting (he's still looking for proof). Mark is a professional dog trainer who focuses on Schutzhund, a German dog sport, with his favorite breed the German Shepherd. He loves spending time with his children and grandchildren.