CHIEF OF BREWING OPERATIONS
As a musician and a leader in a thriving spiritual community, I’ve always been aware of the need for good friendships and things that facilitate those good friendships. I’ve been a keen observer of how the Craft Beer Revolution is taking the world by storm and how it’s fostering deep community.
I was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area. My family has deep roots here, and it’s part of my life goal to continue to make this place a thriving and wonderful community.
After high school and while working my way through college I started working construction jobs. Learning trades that made use of my hands helped me to come alive. I have a passion for building, for working, and for having something to show for yourself at the end of the day.
I began working at churches during my studies at the Cincinnati Bible College. I helped lead Student Ministries at the Vineyard Community Church in 1999 and was there until we started the Northstar Community Church in 2002. Since 2002 I have been leading worship as a musician and helping to oversee all aspects of our gatherings. In my current role I manage several high tech and mechanical systems. Understanding the flow and the makeup of these systems will greatly help in my ability to manage the brewery.
Learning to brew my own beer brought about deep revelations in regard to the care and craftsmanship that are required to make excellent beer. The quality of the final product speaks volumes about the care that goes into the creation. My constant pursuit of perfection may drive my cohorts wild, but the proof is always in the Pint Glass.
While on a professional ‘layover’ in Bismarck, ND I was privileged to make the acquaintance of an In-Vitro Fertilization Expert with a PHD in Molecular Microbiology. Dr. Andrew Weston taught me to brew beer. We spent many weekends creating and brewing ales in his house on the banks of the Missouri River.
I have continued to develop my brewing techniques and recipes in the intervening years. I have gone from making extract brews to custom all grain brews and have graduated from a propane burner on the back deck to a computer controlled brewing system in my house.
This has allowed me to develop a deeper level of understanding of water chemistry, yeast propagation, wort creation and hop varieties. My brew system is designed and manufactured by Blichmann Engineering and utilizes components common to professional-scale brewing systems. I have a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of brew systems and am able to troubleshoot most situations as they develop.
My passion is dreaming up new recipes, sketching them out on paper and then brewing and perfecting them in my home ‘lab’. This has resulted in a high number of unique and amazing beers. The recipes are filed and waiting for the opportunity to be unleashed on thirsty customers.
Rob graduated with a fine arts degree from the Ohio State University in 1988 and began home brewing over 20 years ago. Rob has worked as a professional artist and designer since graduating. He initially exhibited sculpture but over the last 10 years he has created a large body of photographic work which can be found in many residential and commercial locations around the tristate area.
His design experience includes working as a lead graphic designer for a publishing company for almost 8 years. In this position he was responsible for designing a wide range of books, which involved creating templates, working with artists and authors to gather all the necessary components, and then performing all the necessary creative and production tasks to deliver print-ready files to various book printers around the world including the US, Hong Kong and Italy.
Since then Rob as worked with a wide range of companies as a freelance designer, artist and photographer. His passion for good design and excellent craft beer give him the motivation to stay abreast of the craft brewing marketplace, design trends and brand strategies.
Rob considers it a dream job to combine his art, design and craft beer knowledge to ensure that Narrow Path Brewing Co. will become a well-defined integral part of the Loveland, Ohio community and a destination spot for anyone who appreciates distinctive, flavorful, local beer.
Rob, a 20-year resident of Loveland, is married (wife Anne- Marie) and has a 14 year-old daughter (Emma).
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Charles Luken currently lives in Mt. Healthy with his wife and three young children.
He is a graduate of Sycamore High School and attended both the College of Mt. Saint Joseph and the University of Cincinnati. After high school, Charles enlisted in the US Army Reserves, where he served for 5 years, including a six month tour of Iraq in 2003.
His career in the bar/restaurant industry began in 2003. He was head bartender at several establishments over a 10 year career, gaining the experience and knowledge needed to effectively manage.
With a growing family, he has tried to step out from behind the bar by acquiring his real estate license. He is working with Coldwell Banker West Shell while also waiting tables at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.
In 2008, he was taught to brew beer by the current head brewer of Christian Moerlein, Thomas Hull, and became very interested in craft beer and the possibility of a future in the growing industry. He is passionate about beer styles, brewing knowledge, and the way that craft beer brings people together.
Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble
Christina has six years of brand management, holistic marketing, and business management experience. She currently serves as Brand Manager, Upstream Family Care Innovation at Procter & Gamble. Previously she had brand management responsibility for Puffs facial tissue and the $3B brand Charmin bath tissue. On Charmin she was responsible for Charmin’s Ultra Strong, Ultra Soft and Basic businesses, product and commercial innovation initiatives, and oversaw the brand’s $120MM marketing plan. On Puffs she led the brand’s Olympics campaign and marketing plans. Christina is also the CEO and owner of Christina’s Candy Company, a candy buffet and cake pop provider in southern Ohio. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Dayton and her Masters of Business Administration at The Ohio State University.
Former CFO, iSqFt
A member of the organization from 2000-2008, Kathy focused on the company's finance, legal, accounting, human resources and banking areas. Prior to joining iSqFt, she had more than 15 years of experience at Mercantile Stores Company, a $3 billion retailer. She has demonstrated expertise in organizational and strategic planning and development of customer driven solutions. She also has proven success in identifying and implementing process improvements, resulting in significant cost reductions and improved operational efficiencies. During her retail career, Kathy held several management positions in information systems, strategic planning and finance. Prior to Mercantile Stores Company, Kathy spent three years in the audit practice of the New York office of Price Waterhouse. Kathy has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Scranton.
Senior Financial Analyst, The Kroger Company
Dan Cullis is a registered CPA with six years of corporate accounting and finance experience. After obtaining his MBA from the University of Dayton, he spent four years working as an external auditor with Grant Thornton, a global public accounting firm. As a Senior Associate, Dan specialized in the retail and manufacturing industries, and is well versed in corporate tax law. In 2013 Dan joined Kroger as the Kroger Technology Finance Manager, and held responsibility over a $270MM fiscal operational budget and a $250MM capital expenditure plan. Most recently Dan joined Kroger’s Capital Management group as a Senior Financial Analyst, working with internal parties to assess financial returns on a variety of real estate, technology, and manufacturing investments.
Executive Director, Joshua's Place
Lead Pastor, The Village Community Church Owner, The Boaz Company
The Boaz Company is a food service consulting company. Its owner, Kevin Peyton, is a 20 year veteran of the restaurant industry. Kevin is a former award winning restaurant owner and therefore, understands the complex difficulties of operating a profitable restaurant. He has worked and led in every aspect of the food industry and has comprehensive knowledge of the restaurant business. The Boaz Company offers a support in these areas.