Over the past year or so, we’ve been focusing on bringing together a lot of the functions of our accounting department. And, to do so, we needed to find someone with a broad background.
“A lot of what Liz will be doing day-to-day had previously been outsourced,” says CFO Frank Stempin, “but we wanted to bring all of those functions in-house, and Liz was the final piece of the puzzle. She brings extensive experience in multi-company consolidation and financial accounting, so now we’ll be fully independent in all aspects of our finances.”
Welcome Accounting Manager Liz Feyas!
For the most part, Liz has been in Accounting for her entire professional life, having worked at our friends Morey’s Piers and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). Her most lengthy position was at Snow’s/Doxsee, a division of Bumblebee Seafoods located in Cape May.
“I worked for them for ten years,” she explains, “but, unfortunately, we went through three downsizes, and, in the third one, my position was eliminated.”
After Snow’s/Doxsee, Liz returned to Morey’s Piers for four years as their Senior Piers and Hospitality Accountant, overseeing the piers and hotels, before being downsized yet again due to COVID.
Once she began looking for a new job, she saw that we were hiring and thought it would be perfect for her.
“Who doesn’t like beer?” she asks, rhetorically. “I love beer. I like the technology behind brewing the beer, that production-type setting.”
However, once she began looking into Cape May Brewing Company as a company, she found that a lot of people had good things to say about working here.
“Everyone said that the people were great. The environment was great. It’s just a great place to work. I never heard anything negative. It seemed like it was a great opportunity to get back into that production setting and get into something a little different.”
Liz loves to travel, having just returned from a trip to Walt Disney World. She points to a trip to St. Kitts as being particularly memorable.
“Zip-lining through the Valley of the Giants,” she says when asked about her favorite adventure. “I’ve been on a lot of adventures, but that was one of the most memorable. It’s something that I’d never done before, but it was on my bucket list as something that I wanted to do.”
Liz says that the experience was gorgeous, high up in the mountains with wildlife and birds and monkeys and all kinds of interesting flora and fauna happening all around.
“It was a little scary because the girl in front of me, her second strap broke,” she says. “She came off of the zip-line, holding it in her hand, like, ‘Do I get to keep this?’”
She’s a big fan of country music, pointing to some of the big names in country as her favorites.
“Tim McGraw, obviously,” she says. “He’s always been one of my favorites. Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, there’s a bunch of them. Who’s the one who sings Hotel Room Key? And, whatshisface? He used to be with Hootie and the Blowfish.”
“Yes, Darius Rucker!” she says after we didn’t say “Hootie”.
When it comes to sports, Liz isn’t as much of a fan as she once was.
“For as athletic as I was when I was younger,” she says, “I’m not really… I’m a football fan. The Patriots. I don’t know how I feel about them right now, though, because I lost my two boys, so I don’t know if I’m a Patriots fan right now.”
Ultimately, Liz says she’s a homebody.
“I like to do stuff around the house,” she says, “whether that’s gardening, cleaning. I’m so exciting.”
She loves spending time with her husband, “Big Mike” — they’ve been together for 23 years, as of this month.
“We were high school sweethearts,” she says.
(All together: D’awwww…)
Together, they have a son, Michael, who’s a senior at Rowan University.
“He actually got a scholarship for Division 3 wrestling at Widener,” she says, “but after one semester there, he decided he didn’t want to wrestle anymore, so now he’s at Rowan.”
They also have a daughter Jazalynn, who’s a junior at Lower Cape May Regional, playing field hockey and is the manager for the wrestling team.
She also enjoys hiking with her 80-pound Labrador Retriever, Bella.
“She’s a sweetheart,” she says. “She’s my BFF.”
Having grown up in Cape May and spending most of her life here, Liz has a local’s love for the town.
“I love Cape May,” she says. “I know it’s a tourist destination, and we have a lot of people here over the summer, but my favorite part is our local’s summer. When we get to go to the beach, and we’re not surrounded by a thousand people, and we get to enjoy the sunsets, and we get to walk on the boardwalk, we stroll through Washington Street Mall. That’s what I love.”
Liz recognizes that the City of Cape May has done a lot over the past ten years or so to bolster the off-season.
“Having worked for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts,” she says, “they keep it functional for the whole year. Where everything used to close down and go completely dark, now there’s a lot of stuff going on. I think that’s a really great improvement.”
Liz is looking forward to the challenge of her new position.
“I’m looking forward to learning what the heck I’m doing,” she laughs. “I do know what I’m doing, but it’s different, and it’s going to be a challenge. I’m ready. I’m game. And I’m super excited for it.”
She’s also looking forward to meeting more of the Brew Crew. Right now, Liz is one of only three or four people who regularly go to the office to work — the rest of us have been staying home throughout the pandemic.
“I’ve only gotten the chance to meet a few people,” she says. “I’m looking forward to meeting everybody and channel those relationships.”
Regardless, she’s loving Cape May Brewing Company thus far.
“Hands down, I can tell you, one hundred percent, I absolutely love it,” she says. “I love it. I love the culture, and I’m totally drinking the Kool-Aid. I can’t get enough of this place. If I could work seven days a week, I probably would.”
She says that she’s loving the work, and everyone has been extremely supportive and helpful.
“The culture here is amazing,” she says. “People go out of their way to help you. I feel very comfortable.
“And the beer rocks.”
Liz is definitely loving the access to her favorite Cape May beer, Devil’s Reach.
“I think that was one of the first beers I tried the first time I came to the Tasting Room,” she says. “It’s always stuck with me. I love the flavor of it.”
Be sure to say hello to Liz the next time you see her around the brewery!