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Kathy Hall

Purchasing Agent

How long have you been with Origlio? 16 years.

What positions have you held within the company? I started as an Account Specialist before moving into sales where I was a rep in Bucks County. I then worked in corporate communications before moving to the purchasing department.

What does your current job entail? I forecast current sales trends, purchase inbound products for Origlio Philadelphia and Reading, collaborate with brand managers to capture current market demands and communicate order issues or changes with sales. I also work with our warehouse team to communicate potential inbound changes and identify inventory or code date issues.

What do you like most about your position? It’s fast-paced, which I like, but without a doubt my favorite part is the people. You know you’re lucky when you want to have a beer with your co-workers at the end of the day.

What is the most challenging part of your job? Keeping up with the rapid change of rate of sale for hundreds of SKUs. In a perfect world, we would never run out of product, and we would never have product run out of code. Finding the balance is like hitting the bullseye on a moving target.

What does it take to be a top-notch Purchasing Agent? You need to control what can be controlled, stay focused and organized, have the willingness to learn from your mistakes, offer transparency across departments and be willing to hustle.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? My free time is consumed with my kids’ activities. But whenever possible, my husband and I love to enjoy a beer together while binge-watching Netflix.

Speaking of your husband, he is a brewer at Yards. There must be a lot of beer industry talk in your house! Since we have two young kids, our conversations typically consist of I Spy or the animal game. But we do have a unique industry perspective, with Matt in the production end and me in the wholesale end. When the pandemic first hit, I was ordering double/triple quantities to keep up with sudden increase in demand. He would say, “You know that order won’t be filled. Breweries don’t have excess liquid sitting in tanks, the material or the manpower to package and ship double what you needed two weeks ago.” Unfortunately, he was right, but my job was to keep trying.

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be, past or present? Steve Carell, Jim Curtain (the Head Coach of the Philadelphia Union) and Tom Petty.

What are three things on your bucket list? A personal tour of the new Yards brewery (haha), traveling the country with my family and retiring young enough to enjoy my health, family and friends.

Do you have any favorite winter activities? I enjoy sledding/tubing with my kids. My husband loves to snowboard, so maybe one day we’ll get out together as a family and get a lesson.

If you could be anywhere, drinking any beer… Allagash White in front of any body of water.