Meet Our Team

NOAH
"There's a science and a type of art that goes into each roast," as Noah, one of our roasters, describes it.⁠
Day to day, Noah's role requires him to manage green coffee and keep a close eye on the accuracy of each batch, which is what helps to deliver you consistently delicious cups of joe.⁠
Beyond his affinity for coffee, Noah is a kickass musician, loyal fan of Seinfeld, and can be found enjoying long walks on the beach at sunset.⁠
Noah is a genuine, interesting, and kind person, with a warmness no roasting machine can match.⁠
Thank you for being a thoughtful member of the Wicked Joe crew and for your careful attention to detail, Noah! I don't think there is a more appropriate person to tell, "you rock!"
 
TINA
"Listening to the equipment is one of the most important parts of getting this job done right: that, and letting people know they're doing a good job" explained Tina, team lead of our Frac and AJ departments here at Wicked Joe. This position requires her to prep her crew for the day, time her grinding before it is packaged into frac-packs for various customers, all the while inputting data and routinely checking for quality control. Despite juggling all these tasks, what strikes me most about Tina is her positive work ethic and lovable spirit.⁠
Tuning in is a difficult skill for most to master, but it seems to be effortless for Tina, both in regard to the intricate machines she operates and the people she guides. It takes a special type of person to listen and lead the way Tina does, and funnily enough, she describes her spirit animal as the unassuming sloth: “They may be slowest, but they are determined. They will cross crocodile infested water to get what they want, and they’re always smiling!”⁠
Tina's joy is infectious, and her humility, kindness, and patience are qualities we all should aspire to be more like. In her free time, Tina can be found playing disc golf and poker, or snuggling with her pup, Boone! She also told me she likes to bake, but I won't believe this until I see some sweets in the break room (hint hint). Thank you for encouraging us to be better people, Tina - both inside and outside of work!
 
BETH
“It’s so different every day, and I enjoy the fast pace,” described Beth, one of our Production Managers here at Wicked Joe. Beth’s day-to-day responsibilities include co-managing the Wicked Joe roastery and production floor, while upholding very high standards on both production and product levels. Beyond the duteous tasks of management, Beth is always looking for ways to make the world a better place. ⁠
Beth leads the charge on our Wicked Joe Community Garden, bringing in delicious goodies, like homemade salsa, from veggies she and other members of the team cared and nurtured for. Beth embodies the idea that "leadership is an action, not a position". She is the biggest cheerleader for everyone’s hard work, and often sees potential in others which they may not recognize in themselves. You can often find her on the floor working along-side her team, and she described how proud she was to be here and making a positive impact. ⁠
Funnily enough, when I asked Beth for three fun facts, she shared how she applied to Wicked Joe in the first place because it was organic. Her fun facts were described as her admiration of B-Corp, learning about sustainability and fair trade, and making a daily change in the world. I think this perfectly highlights Beth’s heart, selflessness, and effort to uplift the values she cares about. Beth is the first to sacrifice her needs for the betterment of the team and jumps at opportunities where she can lend a helping hand. Not to mention her smile, which lights up the warehouse more than this florescent lighting ever could! ⁠
The world is constantly improving because Beth is in it, and we’re so fortunate to have her inspire us with her conviction through action.
 
ZACH
“The people are my favorite part of the job” shared Zach, shipping lead here at Wicked Joe. He is responsible for the coordination of shipments leaving the facility, as well as receiving and inputting both data and goods which also come through our doors. Zach is also the kind of person you can rely on to trouble-shoot machine issues, willing to get down and dirty to make a difference, or at the very least, make you feel like someone cares and wants to help. He’s someone that’s always willing to learn something new when faced with a challenge, which has been demonstrated by the many hats he’s worn here (hairnet included). Simply put, he described his job as “getting stuff out the door and keeping machines running”.⁠
Right when we started our conversation, Tina (featured in a previous post), approached Zach asking for a hand in our flavoring room lifting a bucket. Without skipping a beat, he made it his priority to help Tina, and in a way that made it feel like that’s just something you do for your team, not as if it was an inconvenience, favor, or distraction. I think this quality often gets overlooked – we can all be good individual players, but not everyone is as naturally honorable a teammate as Zach. 
A good teammate can also always make you laugh, even when something isn’t going right. Zach is effortlessly funny in meetings with quick remarks and clever observations, but also can make you smile when you’ve been frustrated fixing a machine for the past half hour. Zach’s selflessness, humor, and down-to-Earth personality make me proud to be on the same team as him. Zach arguably also has the best tunes of the crew, sharing his love for music through ever-changing playlists he blasts from the forklift as he zips around the warehouse. Zach also likes to cook, and during the summer, he enjoys camping. Thank you for being consistently there for us, Zach, and for making the team better for it!
 
JASON
“I love my job because I can get a lot done. It’s the challenging and technical aspect that makes what I do so much fun” shared Jason, our newest team lead of the Fresco department here at Wicked Joe. Jason joined us here back in July and has excelled into this leadership position with confident ease, positivity, and persistence. His quick proficiency and adaptation when working with the Fresco is worth noting – along with his dedication to this duty. Often, he comes in early to warm the machine and leaves late in the evening to ensure that it is properly taken care of. Day to day, Jason leads his small team, troubleshoots with the machine, and maintains an optimistic attitude when confronted with a challenge. Our Fresco machine is responsible for a majority of the 12oz WJ bags of beans we produce, package, and ship day in and day out – so you can imagine how relieved we are to have Jason here leading this station. ⁠
Jason’s warm smile and gentle demeanor are refreshing and make him such a nice person to work with. He has a calm-patience and unmatched eagerness that those on his team greatly admire. The atmosphere of a room - let alone a sprawling warehouse - improves noticeably when he enters. Jason’s got a sort of quiet confidence which reminds us that believing in yourself starts within. He doesn’t need to boast about his awesomeness – he just is. He demonstrates his talents through his actions, which are most always more powerful than words. Jason exemplifies the adage that “humility is the surest sign of strength”. ⁠
When I asked for some fun facts, Jason asked if he could think about it and get back to me. After careful deliberation, Jason thoughtfully wanted to highlight his love for his wife, as well his affinity for videos games and peanut butter. I also thought it was worth noting how remarkably photogenic Jason is – if there’s any local modeling agencies looking, just know that Jason is already booked and busy here at Wicked Joe (so no, we’re not sharing him). In all seriousness though, we want to thank Jason for the cheer and quiet strength he brings to the team daily, and hopefully inspire you to get wicked confident in your gifts as well.
 
LAUREL
“I enjoy making sure the customers are happy and sometimes that means adding a little note if requested saying ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Happy Birthday’, adding a smiley face on the box, or whatever is asked. No matter how busy we are, the quality of what leaves Birds and Beans is most important” shared Laurel, team lead for our Birds and Beans department. Day to day, Laurel is responsible for answering emails, entering orders, as well as picking and shipping orders directly to people’s homes, which has become a huge thing more recently since COVID. Laurel also must juggle shipping to stores and making sure there is enough inventory to get orders out in a timely fashion. Making sure that every bag that leaves looks great and is exactly what the customer ordered is one of Laurel’s top priorities. ⁠
“I love that Birds and Beans is bird friendly coffee, so that means people care that are buying and drinking this coffee and have a love for nature, especially migratory birds. A percent of the proceeds goes towards local and national conservation partners.” Laurel’s hard work means that this special coffee is getting the attention and care it deserves. She is always willing to go the extra mile and is clearly proud of the work she produces and the team she leads. Her drive to constantly improve productivity and quality are to be admired - all the while being a lovely, patient, and helpful person to work alongside with. She is sweet and always carries a positive spirit.⁠
Unsurprisingly, Laurel exceeds standards in her personal life as well. Mother to an 11-year-old named Bella Ann, she has never missed a field hockey game, and has coached her softball team the last couple of years. They also love going to mud runs and riding four wheelers, which are pretty badass mother-daughter activities. Laurel also shared that she tries to go to as many country concerts as possible with her mom. People of excellence go the extra mile and do what’s right, even when no one is watching, and Laurel is certainly one of those people. How do you get wicked caring and go above and beyond in your personal and work life?
 
LARRY
“What I think is unique about my job is that I get to spend time in each department and get to learn about each and how that helps with the end product” shared Larry, one of our newer team members here at Wicked Joe. Larry is considered our lead custodian, and is responsible for maintaining a clean, safe workplace and to help whenever & wherever needed. This flexibility and willingness to serve are traits that make Larry a special type of person. He is the type to always find something to improve even when it is not his duty or an undesirable task, and does so with the upmost perfection and attention to detail – all the while maintaining an easygoing, warm persona. His receptiveness to learning new things and occupying different roles is to be admired. ⁠
Larry shared with me that he initially joined the team to set an example for his teenage son on the values of discipline, hard work, and merit. He has quickly connected with the team and shared how he wants to continue despite having previously retired. Larry has a sweet, open heart that is easy to connect with. I treasure the conversations we have, and this sentiment has been shared by others I’ve talked to on the team. He’s extremely down to earth, humble, and considerate of others. His sense of empathy comes from a place of experienced wisdom, and the authentic opinions and thoughts he expresses are more valuable than I believe he truly recognizes. Conversations with Larry remind me, “knowledge comes from learning – wisdom comes from living”. ⁠
Out of all the hats he’s worn, Larry described his life’s greatest role as being a father to his son. He shares his pride often, and how much he enjoys spending time together. Outside of work, Larry also enjoys reading to continue learning new things, as well as a passion for gardening and cooking. Larry has a been a unique gift to our team, and we’re grateful to have him around. He demonstrates how attitude and action can lead to a more positive life and sets a positive example for all of us here at Wicked Joe. How will you get wicked wise and choose to live today?
MARYANNE

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Wicked Joe team for the past five years I have enjoyed watching the company grow and working with the amazing people who make it happen. I’ve learned a lot especially about myself and will take this gift with me” shared MaryAnne, a treasured member of our team who will be moving 1,593 miles away to Florida. MaryAnne has been acting as our staff accountant. Her daily duties include record keeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bank reconciliations, review and maintaining monthly financial statements along with payroll and human resource functions. Her experience in the accounting field for the past thirty-four years and high-level organizational and time management skills have made her work that much more outstanding – all to not mention her interpersonal skills which have allowed her to get along and work closely with her coworkers. MaryAnne always looks for the good in people, and advocates for all members of the team. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her complain, as her fun, spirited, and non-judgmental personality make chats with her an absolute treat which leaves you smiling (did I mention she also shares literal treats that make you smile as well – I’ll take two cheese and crackers please!).

Eager, energetic, and enthusiastic, MaryAnne jumps at the opportunity to put in the work to make a difference. Recently for the holidays, MaryAnne wrote every single member of our team a Christmas card, coupled with a scratch-off ticket. This gesture seems relatively small on an individual level, but when considered in the big picture really speaks to her thoughtful nature and attention to detail. MaryAnne is the type to always make sure everyone is included, seen, and represented. When MaryAnne initially shared that she learned a lot about herself during her time here, I wondered what this could mean. Maybe for her, “when you choose to see the good in others, you end up finding the good in yourself”.

MaryAnne goes above and beyond for her family as well - being the mother to three sons and two stepdaughters, she always ensures everyone’s needs are being met. Despite this responsibility, she still finds time to give back to the community by donating many hours to volunteer work. She also loves the beach, sunshine, and palm trees – as evident by her exodus to Florida. “Thank you to Bob, Carmen, and all the co-workers I have had the opportunity to meet and work with. Wicked Joe and the team may you have many more great years!” We will miss you so much, MaryAnne! Thank you for everything you have done for our team, and for teaching us to #getwicked considerate day in and day out!

JOHN

“When I come to work, I like to bring a positive attitude, you never know when someone else is having a bad day, so I like to think having a positive attitude may cheer them up a bit if anything” shared John, a member of our Wicked Joe crew who works in our Birds and Beans department. This week marks the third-year anniversary of John joining our team. John’s primary duty is working at the ship station to get the orders out in a timely fashion. This means handling home subscription orders, individual home orders, and bulk orders that are being shipped to stores day to day. He is the second-in-command when team lead Laurel (featured in previous post) is not available to come in, speaking to his reliability. He spoke highly of his department, saying, “they are such great coworkers, and I feel as though we work well together as a team” going on to further share, “the workers at Wicked Joe are great people, they make coming to work enjoyable.”

John told me he’s not one for talking about himself, and I feel like these quotes really demonstrate his consideration and care for others, as well as natural humility. His loyalty and respect towards those he works alongside with is truly admirable, and this feeling of knowing there is someone who has your back at work is really special. John is the type that is unassumingly gentle, stepping up here at Wicked Joe to directly care for the most sensitive, misunderstood, and overlooked of creatures – bees. John took the dedicated responsibility to nurture and watch over the bee boxes we’ve had here since 2020. He also manages his own hives at home, making himself quite the busy bee. The valuable bees John provides sanctuary for produce a golden honey that is much like his unwavering kindness and tender heart - sweet to the soul. It’s the sort of good nature that brings comfort and security, and I’ve shared with John how his warmth makes Wicked Joe feel even more like home to me.

This soft side also extends into his personal life, as John described his love for his future wife to be and the motorcycle rides they share (I love the dualism of soft, loving devotion, and this tough, badass couples pastime). He also told me of his fondness of spending time with family, especially with his children and grandchildren. Due to his modesty, John didn’t acknowledge how he is also easy-going, funny, and very nice to chat with. He taught me a lot personally about bees right off the top of his head, and I cannot speak more highly of his investment and intuition when caring for these remarkable creatures. We want to thank John for the patience and support he gives to all living-beings both big and small, and we’ve been better as a team the past three years because he is here.

LINDSAY

“Overall, I have grown a lot here over the years, and Wicked Joe has given me the opportunity to be involved in many facets of the business and learn a variety of skills” shared Lindsay, our CRM and Marketing Assistant. Those are her official titles, but like many here at Wicked Joe, she helps in a bunch of different areas so “every day is exciting”. She works a lot directly with our customers, making sure they are satisfied and solving any possible issues, while building sincere relationships along the way. Lindsay also works cross functionally with our sales and fulfillment team and NetSuite/ERP team! Moreover, she also is involved with our EDI system, Amazon marketplace, Ecommerce platform, trade shows, and much more!⁠

            This flexibility and collaborative spirit speak to Lindsay’s open-minded, eager-to-learn personality. She shared, “we all really had to come together as a team to adjust and adapt to our new system and provide support for each other along the way.” What strikes me most is how genuinely supportive and encouraging Lindsay is, always greeting others with a smile and unrelenting kindness. I think when responsibilities begin to mount, it can be easy for our attitudes to decline. Lindsay perfectly demonstrates, 'being easygoing when you have a goal to reach seldom makes the going easy', as her positive spirit doesn't waver despite taking on so many roles. ⁠

            Lindsay first interned at Wicked Joe during the summer of 2017 and started a full-time position here when she graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2018. If you stalk us back to those years, then you can see her bright personality shine through as she formally managed this account! Lindsay is originally from Long Island, New York – and never thought she’d live in Maine, but after spending a summer here she fell in love with the state. After settling, she found it perfectly fitting to adopt a chocolate lab puppy named Baxter, whose world she revolves around when not at work! Lindsay fits right in with the down-to-earth disposition of us Mainers, and we're so blessed to have her on our team. ⁠

STEVE

“Paying attention to even the smallest details is very important and something I’ve always been good at doing” shared Steve, production lead for our roasting department here at Wicked Joe. Steve keeps track of all the coffee being roasted, ensuring the area is organized and making sure everything runs smoothly. He watches over four different roasters, organizing and delegating the work orders that need to happen on each day for production. He described, “making sure everything is 100% accurate is the most important part of my job”. ⁠
You can consider Steve an OG – he’s been with us since the Water Street days, for almost nine years. Steve is kind, hardworking, and not afraid to try new things. He holds immense knowledge of the coffee process and the art of roasting. One thing you can’t teach is to care, and Steve is deeply sensitive to making sure the job gets done well and that others are okay along the way. Calm and composed, he quietly leads his team and is a reassuring mentor and crew-mate for all. I’ve always been struck by Steve’s consistency and integrity, his exceptional character always shines through, even with few words. Steve reminds us, “master yourself and you master your environment, such is the nature of wisdom”. ⁠
Beyond his artistry in roasting, Steve expresses his creativity in a plethora of ways. He shared with me how music is a huge part of his life, enjoying listening to tunes as much as he does playing instruments and writing songs. He also does DIY projects, currently remodeling all kinds of things in an old house he purchased. His newest hobby is sculpting, along with other various art projects. This makes Steve quite the roaster, musician, carpenter, sculptor, artist extraordinaire (did I mention he’s also a father?). Thank you for coming in and making a difference here, Steve. The consideration you invest extends much farther than just improving the quality of the beans, but also the quality of our morale. ⁠

EAGAN

“I get to do a little bit of everything around here, so I have to be ready to handle several different things at once. I love that I get the opportunity to learn about the business from all sides” shared Eagan, our business systems associate here at Wicked Joe. Eagan’s duties really depend on the day, as in his time here he has worked in every department on the production floor, completed an Enterprise Resource Planning related internship, a B Corp related internship, assisted with accounts payable and accounts receivable, and will be doing sales and marketing related activities as well as helping prepare for our upcoming B Corp re-certification. Eagan is one of the first people called to troubleshoot and lend a hand to problems that arise, sacrificing personal responsibilities to support the larger team, even if it means having to work extra hours to catch up.⁠
Eagan has consistently carried himself with nobility, integrity, and thoughtfulness. I remember countless times asking Eagan for help with a machine or general issue, and him noting, “well, I don’t really know myself what to do, but let me come take a look”. He is the type that is eager to learn, apply this knowledge, and make a difference. He cares deeply for his team, and advocates for their needs whenever he can. More broadly, he strives to have an impact on our local community and planet, as his heart leads with an authentic consideration for how he can make the world a better place. ⁠
In his time off from work, Eagan is building a camp with his dad, enjoying being out in the woods and spending time with his loved ones. Another passion of Eagan’s is running, disciplined enough to go out almost every day. He’s represented us a few times in various local races! In the words of Steve Prefontaine, Olympic long-distance runner and one of Eagan’s athletic inspirations, “success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.” Whether it’s on a run or in the context of work, Eagan stays present and persists, with the strength of character and wit, which inspires us to #getwicked ambitious and strive to be the best version of ourselves we can be!⁠