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About Us

Our Story

As the trade association dedicated to promoting the preservation and advancement of Ohio’s non-alcoholic beverage industry, the Ohio Beverage Association (formerly the Ohio Soft Drink Association) is the voice for bottling firms, manufacturers and beverage companies across Ohio. OhioBev’s work creates a unified body within the beverage industry to support legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry, while supplying the public and policymakers with timely and accurate information.

Ohio’s beverage industry is a growing business that employs thousands of workers throughout the state, invests in communities and contributes more than one billion dollars annually in state and federal taxes. Our members offer consumers a myriad of brands, flavors and packaging choices and a full range of drink options: soft drinks, diet soft drinks, ready-to-drink teas, bottled waters, water beverages, 100 percent juice, juice drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks.

Collectively, our members have taken action and embraced innovation. Our efforts have cut calories in beverages and promoted the importance of a balanced diet and exercise in schools. We have made environmental stewardship a priority in industry operations, while searching for more ways to become even more environmentally conscious. We strive to communicate more effectively about our products and how they fit into a balanced lifestyle.

Please explore our site and learn more about Ohio’s beverage industry.

Our Staff

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Kimberly McConville, CAE
Executive Director

Kimberly represents the interests of the Ohio non-alcoholic beverage industry in all legislative and regulatory matters. Kimberly’s knowledge of legislative affairs, coupled with her financial expertise, allows her to serve as a liaison between the beverage industry, local and state government, and the public, to promote and maintain the general welfare of the beverage industry.

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Kimberly serves on the board of Keep Ohio Beautiful and The Ohio Society of Association Executives. She also serves on the Ohio EPA Materials Management Advisory Council and the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Kimberly holds a B.A. in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University. She lives in Westerville, Ohio.

Q&A

Q: How long have you worked in this industry?

A: I became OhioBev’s Executive Director in 2003.

 

Q: What led you to this industry?

A: The chance to represent stellar employers and community partners.

 

Q: What is your favorite beverage?

A: 1.) Coca-Cola: Diet Coke 2.) Keurig Dr Pepper: Bai Bubbles 3.) Pepsi: Bubly Pineapple

 

Q: What is your hidden talent?

A: I am a champion pie baker!

Contact Information

Phone: (614) 442-1803

Fax: (614) 442-1830
Email: kimberly@ohiobeverage.com

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Martha Mattson
Membership Services Manager

Q: How long have you worked in this industry?
A: I am a new addition to the Ohio Beverage Association in 2023, but have worked in the world of not-for-profit groups and associations for the past 20+ years.


Q: What led you to this industry?
A: I’ve known of the Ohio Beverage Association and executive director Kimberly McConville for several years. I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with her and the OhioBev members that so strongly support Ohio’s communities.


Q: What is your favorite beverage?
A: Coca-Cola: Coke Original Taste; Keurig Dr Pepper: Bai Nariño Peach Tea; Pepsi: Pure Leaf Honey Green Tea


Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: I love to knit scarves and hats!

Board of Directors

Sam Meiner
Sam Meiner
President

Ohio Market Unit Vice President

Coca-Cola Consolidated

4500 Groves Rd. Columbus, OH 43232

Katy Fonde
Katy Fonde
Member

Area Sales Manager (Huber Heights)

Coca-Cola Consolidated

1000 Coca-Cola Blvd. Huber Heights, OH 45424

W. Todd Marty
W. Todd Marty
Member

Sr. Director, Public Affairs & Sustainability

Coca-Cola Consolidated

5000 West 25th St., Indianapolis, IN 46224

Brad Stevens
Brad Stevens
Member

District Manager

Keurig Dr Pepper

3131 Transportation Road, Dayton, Ohio 45404

Shana Jones
Shana Jones
Member

Zone Director (Cincinnati & Fairborn)

PepsiCo Beverages North America

2121 Sunnybrook Dr., Cincinnati, OH 43219

Orlando McDonald
Orlando McDonald
Member

Plant Manager

PepsiCo Beverages North America

3245 Hill Ave. Toledo, OH 43607

Frank Buda
Frank Buda
Member

Zone Director (Cleveland/Northern OH)

PepsiCo Beverages North America

1999 Enterprise Pkwy. Twinsburg, OH 44087

Rick Kaplan
Rick Kaplan
Member

Sr. VP Marketing Strategy

G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc.

1241 Gibbard Ave. Columbus, OH 43219

John Rybarczyk
John Rybarczyk
Member

VP Sales and Services, Central Market Unit

Coca-Cola Consolidated

5100 Duck Creek Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45227

Who makes your favorite beverage?
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Our History

  • 2018 - Renamed to Ohio Beverage Association
    Stated purpose of group: “OhioBev believes in protecting and advancing the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Ohio through collaboration and education with our members, legislators and community partners.” We changed our name to better reflect the diverse portfolio of non-alcoholic beverages our members provide consumers. The tradition of integrity forged in 1914 also remains. Although mission statements change with the times, OhioBev proudly maintains core values and goals from every era.
  • 1970–2018 - Headquarters Remain in Columbus, Ohio"
    Stated purpose of group: “To promote in a lawful and legal manner the development, preservation, operation, maintenance, and general welfare of the soft drink industry of the State of Ohio. To foster a spirit of good will among those persons and firms engaged in the soft drink industry, to promote ethical practices in their relationships with each other, their employees, associates, and the general public, to the end that all interests may be served fairly…”
  • 1948 - Relocated to Columbus, Ohio"
    State purpose of group: “(t)o promote and to protect the interests of its members, to cultivate friendship, good-will and business cooperation among its members; to promote the sale and consumption of their products; and to standardize, as much as possible, the methods and efforts in the carbonated beverage industry, and generally to raise the standard of the bottled carbonated beverage industry in Ohio…”
  • 1914 - Formation of Ohio Bottlers' Association
    Stated purpose of the group: “Collecting and circulating valuable information relating to bottled soda water, artificial and natural mineral waters, beer, ale, etc., and allied products, and protecting the property and effects of all persons engaged in the above stated business, and maintaining the standard of purity and sanitary conditions surrounding the preparation and manufacture of said goods, and generally to promote and maintain the general welfare and interests of all members of this Association who are engaged in the above said businesses and to do allthings incident and necessary thereto.”
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