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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Sarah Wynne
Member Services Manager

Sarah is the Member Services Manager for The Ohio Beverage Association. She assists the Executive Director with day-to-day tasks within the organization. Sarah’s background with retail merchandising and service, along with education in politics and relations help her to be of assistance to our OhioBev members.

 

Sarah holds a B.A. in political science with an international relations concentration from Kent State University. She currently resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio.

Q&A

Q: How long have you worked in the industry?

A: I am brand new, I started at OhioBev in March of 2022!

 

Q: What led you to the industry?

A: I graduated from Kent State University in December of 2019, quite literally just before covid shut down everything. I have been eager to join the professional world and there are so many more avenues open, and one of them brought me here!

 

Q: What is your favorite beverage?

A: 1.) Coca-Cola: it is a tie between Diet Coke and Peach+Honey AHA 2.)  Pepsi: Starbucks Sweet Cream Nitro Brew 3.)  Keurig Dr Pepper: Peach Canada Dry Ginger Ale or Squirt (fun fact: only recently realized it was grapefruit flavor)

 

Q: What is a hidden talent of yours?

A: I can self-produce podcasts!

Contact Information

Phone: (614)442-1803

Fax: (614)442-1830

Email: sarah@ohiobeverage.com

Board of Directors

Frank Buda
Frank Buda
President

Zone Director (Cleveland/Northern OH)

PepsiCo Beverages North America

1999 Enterprise Pkwy. Twinsburg, OH 44087

Mike Eichner
Mike Eichner
Member

Territory Sales Director (Columbus)

Keurig Dr Pepper

960 Stelzer Rd. Columbus, OH 43219

Shana Jones
Shana Jones
Member

Zone Director (Cincinnati & Fairborn)

PepsiCo Beverages North America

2121 Sunnybrook Dr., Cincinnati, OH 43219

Sam Meiner
Sam Meiner
Vice 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

Rick Kaplan
Rick Kaplan
Member

Sr. VP Marketing Strategy

G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc.

1241 Gibbard Ave. Columbus, OH 43219

Nick DePinto
Nick DePinto
Member

Sr. Director, Field Operations, Ohio

Coca-Cola Consolidated

1560 Triplett Blvd. Akron, OH 44306

Matt Gilligan
Matt Gilligan
Member

Senior Market Director

PepsiCo Beverages North America

3245 Hill Ave. Toledo, OH 43607

W. Todd Marty
W. Todd Marty
Member

Sr. Director, Public Affairs & Sustainability

Coca-Cola Consolidated

5000 West 25th St., Indianapolis, IN 46224

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Our History