Our team’s expertise is diverse and expansive, and includes: global innovation, winemaking, brewing, food science, and chemistry.
Chief Executive Officer
Debbie Novograd is a problem solver and forward thinker. Her ability to not only look at larger existing problems, both internally and externally, but identify future opportunities in the marketplace to meet consumer trends and needs is what propelled her over the last 25 years through leadership roles in marketing and business development for food and beverage behemoths like Starbucks and Aramark. As Director of Marketing for Starbucks International, Debbie utilized brand innovation to define Starbucks in each new market, marrying consumer needs with company deliverables. At Aramark, Debbie moved into operational management and business development solidifying new partnerships and retaining national accounts. Both of these roles would prove to perfectly position her for what was to come. Under her leadership, BevZero now stands at the forefront of beverage innovation in the dealcoholization and infused beverage space helping global beverage brands of all sizes develop new products, as well as improve existing ones by guiding them through a step-by-step process that allows them to produce the highest quality products. As Debbie leads BevZero into the next decade of beverage innovation, she will continue to use her foresight, her team’s expertise and the company’s cutting-edge technology to not only develop next-gen beverage products, but to change the overall perception of social beverages and consumers’ relationships with non-alcoholic and lower-alcoholic drinks.
Food Scientist / R&D Laboratory Technologist
Kelsey graduated Sonoma State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. While at Sonoma State she did focused research on food related chemistry such as the study of bacteriocins and vanadium dependent haloperoxides. She has been working at ConeTech since 2018 in a temporary position, until her graduation, June 2019, in which she started full time as an R&D Laboratory Technologist. Kelsey’s previous experience in the wine industry includes Gallo and Punchdown Cellars. Since joining ConeTech, Kelsey has played a key part is helping to build ConeTech’s smoke taint treatment methodology.
Director, Product Services and Winemaking
Kayla earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Enology and Viticulture at Cornell University. As a Sonoma County native, she has been working in wine production since she was 16 years old, and has gained cellar, vineyard, and laboratory experience from notable Sonoma and Napa wineries such as Chalk Hill, Raymond, Quivira, and Clos du Bois. In 2014 she traveled to Chile to work at Château Lafite Rothschild’s Viña Los Vascos. Kayla spent the last few years in the laboratory at Paul Hobbs Winery before joining the BevZero team.
Brewer / Consultant
Chris graduated from the University of Alaska in Food Science. He has been brewing beer and winning awards since the age of 23. Chris co-founded Coachella Valley Brewing Company and held positions including owner, co- founder, acting COO and Brewmaster. Chris has worked in the craft beer industry for 25 years earning over 400 medals and ribbons.
Winemaker & Product Advisor
Megan Brodie graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology. Throughout her studies, and since graduating, Megan has worked for a couple wineries in the Bay Area, Fort Point Beer Company in SF, Domaines Vinsmoselle in Luxembourg, and served in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, with a focus on sustainable agriculture. More recently, Megan worked as the Head Winemaker for Karah Estate Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap winning many awards for her wines, and later as the Consulting Winemaker for the design/build of Pur Noire, a winery and tasting room in Houston, Texas. Megan joined the BevZero team in May of 2021 and is excited to be working as the Winemaker & Product Advisor in the NA, low-alcohol, and infused-wines division.
Business Development & Sales Director EMEA
Irem was raised in Istanbul and spent years studying and working abroad in the UK, Spain, Turkey, Germany, and the United States. Irem holds a degree in Chemistry from Istanbul Polytechnical University, a master´s degree in International Business and Marketing from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, is a WSET Diploma Holder. and in 2019, became a WeinAkademiker after writing her thesis on the impacts of Big Data in the Wine Industry and is currently completing the Master of Wine program. Prior to joining BevZero as Business Development and Sales Director, EMEA in 2021 Irem held the positions of Marketing Manager and Wine Buyer with AYZA NYC based in New York and Senior Global Brand Manager with Torres Family based in Barcelona. Irem also worked for several years as a winemaker in Spain, Cavas Torello, and teaches WSET Level 3 courses in Barcelona. Due to her vast international experience Irem speaks multiple languages including Spanish, English, Turkish.
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