Meet the Team
GET TO KNOW US
Gregoire Gueden is the president of Spiribam and the CEO of the spirits division of GBH. With a mind constantly in motion, he is typically found between Paris, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Mauritius, or visiting a key export market. He spends his precious time with his wife and three children when he can break from pouring his rum all over the world.
Ben Jones is the managing director of Spiribam North America. A lover of good food and great music, it’s natural Jones is usually around awesome people and gorgeous rum. His life kind of reads like a popular Caribbean anthem:
1 of Sour: Can read balance sheets
2 of Sweet: Has two kids which he claims are the two greatest blends he ever made.
3 of Strong: Loves good rum and all the fabulous experiences that come with it.
4 of Weak: He and his lovely wife enjoy a wonderful life in South County RI with their family.
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Kiowa Bryan originally hails from Vermont where she took her first job in the food and beverage industry over 20 years ago. She has been working with Spiribam for over six years and in her spare time enjoys belting Christmas carols far into February, reading political biographies, and snuggling her dog Martinique Warrilow McFly.
Margot Janson was born and raised in Rhode Island. She completed her MBA in Spain and worked in Boston prior to returning to her favorite “Ocean State” to join Spiribam. Margot manages supply chain and is at the helm of developing and maintaining our CRM systems. She loves spending time outdoors and experiencing new things.
Becca has been working in the hospitality industry for over ten years at various cocktail bars in Austin and Houston. She loves the drama of lighting drinks on fire and developed a knack for blending intriguing rum cocktails for her guests. Becca is passionate about her work and the community it creates as well as all four of her dogs!
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Kigan Jo is a seasoned bartender, rum enthusiast and indie music entrepreneur from Brooklyn with deep roots in Saint Lucia. Kigan is currently a Brand Ambassador for Spiribam representing rums from his native island and more in NYC and recently co-founded The Ideal Bartender Collective.
Originally from SF, Lexie moved to RI and graduated from Salve Regina with a degree in Marketing. She continued on to receive her MBA from the same University. Lexie started her career with Spiribam as an intern, and soon after transitioned to a full time role. She enjoys hockey, hiking and exploring the world of rum!
In 2005 Dale Clarke and his late wife Anna Clarke started Mega Metro Marketing LLC. While working for Mega Metro Marketing, Spiribam USA became Dales favored client. Dale took pride in presenting Spiribam products to accounts, and then following up and supporting those accounts afterward. In 2020 Dale officially joined the Spiribam team and Market Manager of the New York Market.
Anays is a dedicated and well versed spirits professional, ready to build and grow the Spiribam portfolio in her territory!
Jeff Stockton started bartending over 10 years ago and has run bar programs in Brooklyn, NY and Atlanta, GA where he currently resides. He has long held a passion for r(h)um and began working with SPIRIBAM just over 2 years ago. He spends his free time reading sci-fi, gardening, and longing for a California burrito with his wife and son.
Moscow native Ania Robbins tended bar in London, Mobile, and Austin. After finishing graduate school she found herself wanting to pursue a career in the beverage industry. This is where she discovered and started exploring the world of authentic rum, which eventually lead her to join the Spiribam team in 2016. Besides rum, Ania loves DIY home design projects, hiking and listening to true crime podcasts.
West Coast Manager
Melanie Hartman has extensive experience in the spirits industry, notably in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jesse Porter has worked as a bartender, a sommelier, a manager, and a wine director in a number of noted Los Angeles bars and restaurants. He has also worked as a beverage writer, editing and writing articles concerning wine, spirits, beer, and cocktails. In his spare time, he plays tennis adequately, pickleball passably, and golf badly.
Dean Hurst has spent the past 30 years in the hospitality industry, and his experience ranges from short-order cook to fine dining management. Over that time, Hurst’s interest in the bar business became a focus that eventually defined his career. Exploring different markets, working at cocktail events across the US and traveling to distilleries around the globe have all shaped Hurst’s understanding of spirits and cocktails.
Midwest Territory Manager
Ian is a New England native who started work in the restaurant industry over 15 years ago. In that time he has worked for some of the best chefs all over the east coast from Charleston SC to NYC and Providence, RI. He enjoys spending his free time in the mountains skiing and hiking or whatever other outdoor activities the north east has to offer.