Brewing is a testosterone-heavy industry — there’s really no getting around that. The common concept of a brewer is a big, burly guy with a big, burly beard making big, burly brews. And at CMBC, we’ve got some big, burly guys.
But we also have our fair share of women working at CMBC. And thank goodness! We love our big, burly guys with their big, burly beards, but having a well-diversified gender base at any workplace is certainly a welcome thing.
Financial guru Nakeya Barreto came onboard the CMBC ship in August. Her name is mispronounced by 88% of people she meets. Other fun facts are below. (And it’s Na-key-ah Buh-ret-toe, by the way…)
I AM FROM…Here. Born and raised.
MY FAVORITE CMBC BEER IS… Honey Porter.
MY FAVORITE NON-CMBC BEER IS… Rubaeus Rasberry Ale from Founders.
MY FAVORITE HOBBY IS… trying new recipes. I’m especially intrigued by the ones that have the least amount of ingredients. I actually make a five-ingredient vegan and yeast-free bread that’s way too easy to eat.
THE LAST TIME I LAUGHED UNTIL I CRIED WAS… when someone bought me a fart book. It had 10 different fart noises and a story to go with each one…
THE SUPERPOWER I’D LIKE TO HAVE IS…flying.
SOMETHING PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT CMBC IS… that everyone gets along so well.
MY FAVORITE CARTOON IS… Does Mary Poppins count? It has cartoon parts…
MY BIGGEST FEAR IS… You’re not supposed to tell people your biggest fear!
THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON I’VE EVER MET WAS… A few, but they’re just people right? However, I once introduced a date to a friend who is a close friend of Denzel Washington, and he got so wide-eyed that I blurted out “Are you star struck or something?” That didn’t go well.
MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE IS… heavy nose breathers.
THE SPORTS TEAMS I FOLLOW ARE…I don’t follow sports.
IF I COULD, I’D SPLURGE ON… a stay at an off-the-grid cabin in the woods for two weeks!
SOMETHING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT ME IS…that I’m in ministry training school.
THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… to consider how difficult it is to change yourself before you try to change someone else.
IF I WERE AN ANIMAL, I WOULD BE…a bird.
MY HIDDEN TALENT IS… I’m capable of performing minor car maintenance like changing my oil, changing my brakes, and doing a tune-up. I also have a current cosmetology license and cut and highlight my own hair!
I WAS DRAWN TO CMBC BECAUSE… There’s a big difference between working for a company that is chasing money opposed to working for a company that is following a passion. The people here put in lot of hard work following a passion and everything else just sort of falls into place after that. And working with [marketing guru] Alicia Grasso again is like delicious multifaceted aromatic beer head atop an ice cold fresh-poured beer.
IF I HAD TO NAME A CMBC BEER TOMORROW, I WOULD CALL IT… Eve’s Rebellion, and it would be an Extra Pale Ale. In it, I’d like to package some coconut and citrus flavors to mimic a sunset’s brilliant colors, beautiful clouds and the ability to change the entire mood of a day.
MY FAVORITE BAND IS… NeedToBreathe.
MY KARAOKE SONG IS… “Love” by Keshia Cole but ONLY with my daughter.
We’ve been talking a lot about the monetary impact of the craft beer industry in Jersey – how it pumps $777 million into the local economy, and how it creates jobs like gangbusters. We know this from personal experience. To keep up with demand, we’ve been adding employees to our staff like hops to an IPA. The latest to join the CMBC team? Nakeya Barreto, financial guru.
Nakeya brings with her 17 years of experience and, no matter where she’s crunched numbers previously, she’s enjoyed a nice Honey Porter after a long day at the office.
“I didn’t even say this when I interviewed for the position at the brewery, because I was afraid [CMBC President] Ryan would think I was embellishing,” Nakeya says. “But the first time I came here was in 2012, back when there were few employees and open days were limited. I walked in and said, ‘Who are these people and how do I work for them?’ I just got this feeling of good energy — the excitement, the happiness, the way everyone was interacting and having a great time. I’m a workhorse, but I like to be comfortable and have fun, too, and I knew even then I’d love to be a part of a company like this.”
When Nakeya isn’t working, she’s working out at North Beach gym, reading, and – as of Monday — looking forward to her first brew day, where she’ll learn the ins-and-outs of the beer-making process by trailing a CMBC brewer.
“My first day on the job, they told me I was going to get to see how the magic happens, and I intend to cash in on that,” she says. “I haven’t let anyone forget! I’m excited to learn everything from beginning to end, and I know I’m going to grow by leaps and bounds.”
Welcome to the fold, Nakeya, and congrats on becoming CMBC employee #37!
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