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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Jeff Looker
Communications Manager

Jeff comes to OhioBev with extensive experience in multimedia content creation, and a passion for creative storytelling. A native of Northeast Ohio, Jeff has worked for several radio stations in the Akron area in a variety of roles, including audio/video production, news reporting, and on-air talent.  

 

In his free time, Jeff enjoys listening to music, playing tennis, and cheering on the Browns and Buckeyes.

 

Jeff earned a B.A. in integrated media from the University of Mount Union. He and his wife Dana live in Dublin, Ohio.

 

Q&A

 

Q: How long have you worked in this industry?

A: I was hired as the Communications Manager for OhioBev in 2020.

 

Q: What led you to this industry?

A: The opportunity to use the skills and experience I gained in my broadcasting career in new challenging and creative ways.

 

Q: What is your favorite beverage?

A: 1.) Coca-Cola: Simply Lemonade with Raspberry 2.) Keurig Dr. Pepper: Snapple Peach Mangosteen 3.) Pepsi: Gatorade Cool Blue

 

Q: What is your hidden talent?

A: I was the ballpark announcer for Minor League Baseball team the Akron RubberDucks.

 

Contact Information

Phone: (614) 442-1803

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

Board of Directors

Jim Ellison
Jim Ellison
President

Branch Manager

Keurig Dr Pepper

8400 Darrow Rd. Twinsburg, OH 44087

Matt Gilligan
Matt Gilligan
Member

Senior Market Director

PepsiCo Beverages North America

3245 Hill Ave. Toledo, OH 43607

Katy Fonde
Katy Fonde
Member

Area Sales Manager (Huber Heights)

Coca-Cola Consolidated

1000 Coca-Cola Blvd Huber Heights, OH 45424

Frank Buda
Frank Buda
Vice President

Zone Director (Cleveland/Northern Ohio)

PepsiCo Beverages North America

1999 Enterprise Parkway Twinsburg, OH 44087

Sam Meiner
Sam Meiner
Member

Ohio Market Unit Vice President

Coca-Cola Consolidated

4500 Groves Rd. Columbus, OH 43232

Nick DePinto
Nick DePinto
Member

Sr. Director, Field Operations, Ohio

Coca-Cola Consolidated

1560 Triplett Blvd. Akron, OH 44306

Jennifer Richmond
Jennifer Richmond
Member

Director, State Government Affairs

Coca-Cola Consolidated

5100 Duck Creek Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45227

Rick Kaplan
Rick Kaplan
Member

Sr. VP Marketing Strategy

G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc.

1241 Gibbard Ave. Columbus, OH 43219

Shana Jones
Shana Jones
Member

Zone Director (Cincinnati & Fairborn)

PepsiCo Beverages North America

2121 Sunnybrook Dr., Cincinnati, OH 43219

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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.”