Skylar Williams

Co-Founder and Head of Product Development

Skylar found himself in Indy, by way of Portland, Seattle, and Phoenix. Before Kombucha he was working in hospitality IT, where after 10 years, he said, "Enough is enough." His friends told him his homemade kombucha was so good that he should sell it - and so he did! Skylar spends his free time traveling, eating lots of fancy food, and thinking about Kombucha.

Favorite CCK Flavor: Pineapple Mint

Feel Good Fact: Enjoys doing headstands, especially after a couple cocktails.

Matt Whiteside

Co-Founder and CEO

Matt hails from the wild, wild west as a native of Arizona. After one too many sunburns in the desert, he followed a career that moved him through six cities before he finally landed with us (lucky him!). No sunburns for our fearless leader in the heart of a Midwest winter.

Favorite CCK Flavor: Peach Blossom

Feel Good Fact: Matt is a Type 1 Diabetic and a health & fitness fanatic. He claims to be the #1 kombucha-drinker on the team to support his diabetic-friendly diet. We can't verify this ranking is "factual", but he does have a personal kombucha kegerator in his office

Jeff Hawley

Assistant Brewer

When Jeff Hawley isn’t brewing the Kombucha that’s in your hand, he is homebrewing beer and wine. Not only is Jeff a versatile brewer, he’s also a veteran, musician, and traditional archer!

Favorite CCK Flavor: Peach Blossom

Feel Good Fact: Big ABBA Fan

Carly Traub

Market Leader - Indiana

Carly was once described by a customer as "Pleasantly Persistent" and works everyday to live by this motto. Having worked for a large broadline distributor Carly is no stranger to the food and beverage industry. When she's not professionally stalking her prospects, you can find her on her sailboat with her husband Matt (not our once sunburned one) and two young sons, Charlie and Davy.

Favorite CCK Flavor: Watermelon Hops

Feel Good Fact: Carly's family owned a bowling alley while she was growing up and she once bowled a 299, one point shy of perfection...just like her

John Stark

Operations Leader

With a background in pharmaceutical manufacturing and continuous improvements, John brings a passion for quality and efficiency to Circle City Kombucha. Starting as a Brand Ambassador on the weekends, John eagerly sought to learn more about kombucha and quickly become immersed in the Feel Good Community. Working for a company that has the Midwest at heart, was a no brainer for John, who in the past, has volunteered with community organizations in the southern Indiana and even ran for city council at the early age of 20. On any given day, you can catch John telling Dad jokes (not a father), running the streets of Indianapolis, or catching up with friends.

Favorite CCK Flavor: Pineapple Mint

Feel Good Fact: Indeed, he is not the Lord of the North or related to Ironman.

Komal Sheth

Marketing & Events Leader

When Komal isn’t out working, traveling with her partner, at a concert, or playing with her dog - she’s probably out striking a conversation with a stranger. Komal started as one of the OG CCK brand ambassadors and is now unleashing her creativity to make sure everyone around her Feels Good.

Favorite CCK Flavor: Strawberry Rhubarb

Feel Good Fact: As Lizzo would say - “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100%...” - Indian.

Meg Brown

Production Support

On any given day you can catch Meg humming and singing around the brewery. She enjoys cooking and hosting her family and friends and, with her quirky, dry sense humor, Meg also loves to make people laugh.

Favorite CCK Flavor: Strawberry Rhubarb

Feel Good Fact: She once visited three of the Earth's hemispheres in 3 days.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Future founders and long time friends, Freddy Ferro and Skylar Williams sample some of Skylar’s Kombucha homebrew in Portland, OR. Safe to say, the brew is good enough to discuss starting a Kombucha business!

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Skylar & Freddy connect with Matt Whiteside, fellow Arizona State alum, who joins the founding team on the mission to build the Feel Good movement.

Summer 2015

Summer 2015

Skylar Williams relocates to Indianapolis, crashing on Freddy Ferro’s couch. Circle City Kombucha is officially founded in June 2015 over a pint at Indianapolis’ Lockerbie Pub.

Fall 2015

Fall 2015

Recipe development completes and an Irvington charter school agrees to rent commercial kitchen space for production on nights and weekends.

Winter 2015

Winter 2015

Circle City Kombucha officially sells its first Kombucha to coffee bar, Thirsty Scholar.

2016

2016

Circle City Kombucha grows distribution in Indianapolis while continuing to operate out of Irvington charter schools. Space quickly becomes a problem!

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

Brewing begins out of our first brewery (aka The Kombucha Factory, aka The Kombucharie).

Summer 2017

Summer 2017

CCK puts focus on community education, participation in more than three weekly farmers markets.Skylar Williams officially becomes the first full time Employee.

2018

2018

With lots of help from family, friends, and partners along the way, the team grows to 4 full time employees, including Matt Whiteside, and more than 20 part time event staff. Brewing output has increased more than 50x in the last 12 months.

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