Meet The Probrew Team

Brian Loughrey

Director of Business Development
New Berlin, WI
Brian comes from a sales background with companies like Heineken and Goose Island, so he knows beer and the beer industry. He cut his teeth on the operations side while working for Country Malt, and now he’s our go-to dry guy for his expertise on grain, malts, malting, etc. He also knows or is known by everybody – so you may already know him, yourself! Brian is very active in the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) and was recently appointed VP of the Milwaukee District chapter. Contact Brian

Bob Thomas

Director of Sales & Business Development
South East Region

Bob signed on as the Director of Sales and Business Development for the South East Territory in September of 2018. His experience in the brewing and beverage industry dates back to 1993! For the first five years, Bob worked for Barry-Wehmiller Filler Systems as a Product Manager/Service Tech where he traveled the country installing a variety of equipment at companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, and Miller Brewing Company. He transferred into sales with the company for the next 7 years. He has since worked for companies like New England Machinery, CFT Packaging, and Bevcorp. Contact Bob

Dave Nelson

Director of Sales & Business Development
North East Region

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Strategic Marketing from Clemson University in 2008, Dave Nelson spent 7 years as a Sales Manager at The Raymond Corporation, followed by almost 2 years at Landsberg Orora where he created an entire beverage packaging division from scratch, including developing the sales of equipment and consumable packaging materials for beverage canning and bottling lines. Dave plans to share & utilize the knowledge learned from his earlier careers with new & existing ProBrew customers. Dave met the ProBrew team at CBC in Nashville, TN and in September of 2018 he came onboard as the new Director of Sales and Business Development for the Northeast. Contact David

Chad Urlaub

Director of Sales & Business Development
West Coast Region

Chad started with ProBrew in September of 2018, promptly taking over the Director of Sales and Business Development for the West Coast. Chad comes from a solid history of craft beer and considers brewing a family tradition. His uncle, John Urlaub, founded Rohrbach Brewing Co. in Rochester, NY back in 1991. Rohrbach Brewing is now currently the home of a ProBrew 20bbl, semi-automatic brewhouse. Chad took on several positions at the family brewery before making a career change to work with street/light rail cars at Siemens Urban Transportation in Sacramento, CA. Chad holds a degree in Biochemistry and Business from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Chad currently resides in Sacramento, CA., and is geographically well located to service the over 1,000 California craft breweries plus the several hundred in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, etc. Contact Chad

Dave Nappier

General Manager

Dave Nappier joined the team as ProBrew’s Technical Director in July of 2018 and has recently been promoted to the lead role of General Manager of ProBrew. Dave comes from a rich history in technical service and leadership, with career highlights including Field Service Technician at Anheuser- Busch’s Metal Container Corporation where he worked hands on with some of highest speed can seamers in the world, managing a 32-person crew at Pneumatic Scale Angelus, and leading the Technical Service team at Ardagh Group. His technical can seaming expertise and mechanical aptitude, plus his managerial experiences makes him a perfect fit to manage the ProBrew team. Contact Dave

Jim Zuperku

Manager Brewery & Brewhouse Engineering

Jim has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a long career in the food and beverage processing, heat transfer technology and brewing industries. He got his start working for an engineering and manufacturing company in Wisconsin and joined ProBrew almost three years ago. Among his many roles at ProBrew, he has worked on several ProBrew brewhouse designs, and he has served as Project Engineer for several craft brewery and brew-house projects for companies like Baja Brewmasters, Raised Grain and a long list of others. Since Jim joined ProBrew, he’s been up to his neck in brewhouse and brewery design projects ranging from smaller 3-bbl systems to 20-bbl systems and, more recently, a fully-automated, 50-bbl, 4-vessel system.

Darin Bertsch

Manager ProFill Canning

Darin has a lot of experience working with both high-speed and low-speed canning and bottling lines. As a 17-year veteran in the technical field service group and the turnkey lines group for KHS, Inc., Darin has seen everything from 2,200 can per minute lines running at MillerCoors and Anheuser- Busch to 90 can per minute lines at Raised Grain and Matanuska Brewing. Darin’s experience, can-do attitude, and awesome customer service talents make him a perfect fit to support ProBrew’s rapidly growing customer base of canning and bottling lines and systems.

Roxanne Gorham

Marketing Coordinator

Roxanne started as an intern at ProBrew in 2016 as she worked towards wrapping up her Marketing Degree at Waukesha County Technical College. After graduating with honors, she has personally helped grow ProBrew’s name and presence in the industry. Roxanne manages the day-to-day aspects of ProBrew’s marketing and advertising programs, social media marketing, and website development as well as ProBrew’s participation in industry events in support of the business development representatives and the ProBrew Team.

Derek Vanstone

Brewing & Beverage Science Engineer

Derek may be young (24), but he’s done a lot in a short time, and most of it has to do with brewing, breweries and brewing engineering. Derek is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Bio-Science Engineering School where he learned the science and engineering of brewing. Moreover, he’s put his education to work by working for 1+ years at Capital Brewing in Madison, then City Lights Brewing for 6+ months in Milwaukee, WI, where he ran much of the brewing, cellar and canning operations, and then landed a sweet gig as a project engineer for Lagunitas in Chicago. He’s ready to help any ProBrew customer.