By: Drew Capozzi, HDC Merchandiser Published:
Jessie, what’s your job here at Harpoon, how long have you worked here?
I am the director of Harpoon Helps and Sponsorships, which means I work on activating the “love life” part of our mantra: “Love beer. Love life.” We do this through event sponsorships like fun runs, obstacle course races, and other active lifestyle events across all our markets. Through Harpoon Helps, we raise money through our marquee fundraising events, while making in-kind donations to support non-profit organizations on a weekly basis. No matter what your passion is (fundraising, running, biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, etc.) we think you and your friends deserve to celebrate with a fresh cold Harpoon beer!
How many years have you participated in Movember and why do you do it?
This will be my 4th year on Team Harpoon. I think I share the feelings of most women during the month of November when the creepiness, I mean, handsomeness, increases with every moustache I see! I actually think this campaign is really smart and funny, not to mention important. Various members of my family have been hit with cancer over the years, and as someone who cares passionately about breast cancer awareness month in October and has been impressed by what that does to activate women (and men) for the cause, I think it’s equally important to focus on men’s healths. When I hear that on average, men die 6 years earlier than women, it scares me. Cancer does not discriminate and it’s important to make sure the men in our lives are aware of the risks and taking care of themselves on a regular basis.
Unless you have the ability to grow facial hair, how do you do it as a “Mo Sista?”
Team Harpoon has a Movember Party the week of Thanksgiving each year where we (the Mo Sistas), judge our Mo Bros Stache’s for various categories like: “The mustache most likely to get you a gig as a model,” “The mustache most likely to get you put in jail,” “The mustache most likely to get you a spot on Magnum PI (a.k.a. “The Selleck Relic”), and the list goes on. There’s also a category for the “Best non-stache stache,” which I am proud to have won 2 years ago. (see photo). We female Harpooners have fun with it and make our own staches for the party. One year I made a stache out of malted barley, another gal made one out of hops, one out of Cheetos and spaghetti, or we wear fakes ones you can buy in a store.
Fundraising can be tough, any suggestions?
I know it’s tough to ask your family and friends for donations, but I’ve found that it’s always good to ask. You’ll probably be surprised who ends up donating and who doesn’t. You never know if the cause is going to hit home for someone. Or perhaps there’s someone out there that has been meaning to donate to Movember this year but hasn’t been given the opportunity. They see your email or Facebook post and it triggers them to donate. No amount is too small, so just put the ask out there and see what you can do!
Now that I’ve put such an attractive picture of myself with a full mustache on the internet, I’m going to go share this blog on Facebook. (and I better get a few donations for it!) You can donate to my page here.
Thank you Mo Bros and Mo Sistas for increasing awareness and research for men’s health initiatives!
By: Jennifer Frederick, Senior Accountant Published:
In 2014 we became employee-owned. Sounds cool, but what does that mean exactly you ask? This new structure of employee ownership means you can count on Harpoon to stay independent and dedicated to its mission: brewing great beer and sharing unforgettable beer drinking experiences. In order to do that, we have some pretty incredible people working at the brewery. This blog series - The Harpoon Employee-Owner Spotlight - is meant to introduce you to those people. That way, when you see them at the brewery or in your neighborhood, who know who to high-five (or hug).
This month, meet Jen. As part of the Finance team, Jen's on the accounts receivable side - aka she's responsible for receiving the mulla owed to us.
Name: Jennifer Frederick
Title/Department: Senior Accountant / Finance (Jen handles the mulla coming into Harpoon)
How did you get started at Harpoon? Since living in Boston, I’ve been a huge fan of Harpoon. I loved coming here for the tours, events, beer, and once the beer hall opened, the pretzels! I remember getting put on a tour years ago and thinking how happy and upbeat everyone was. I loved coming to the brewery for a charity event and seeing that everyone was involved, it wasn’t just beer hall staff. It seemed like a great sense of community. Once I finally saw a Finance position open, I jumped on it! It was the first cover letter I ever wrote straight from my heart, and from there, it’s been history! I feel like it has been a perfect fit, I enjoy coming to work every day and really enjoy the company of everyone I work with. It’s nice to work in a place where work and life are very intertwined, and even better that there’s great beer involved!
What are the different jobs you’ve had? I’ve had a variety of jobs…my first job was working in a small hobby store, from there I went on to waitress, then work at a car rental agency, followed by working in a café and hostel in Europe. After that, I landed in Finance and worked at a couple of universities, and now here I am!
What do you like about Harpoon? The people and the culture! Accounting is pretty much accounting, but the people make this job about so much more than that! I love working in a place where the culture is just as important as the everyday work. Some days, working here is exactly what you think working in a brewery would be like, there’s a beer vending machine, we have days where we get to brew beer, volunteer at beer festivals, and work on entries for the homebrew competition. The culture here is incredible, and what makes this completely different from any other place I’ve worked. People at Harpoon truly do love beer and love life.
What’s changed, if anything since being ESOP? It seems to me more people are vocal about ideas for changes and ways to strengthen the company. There’s also a bit more time scheduled to celebrate the amazing team here and great company we work at. We now have monthly Owners Club events where, as employee owners, each department is tasked with planning a small event for the company. It’s a great way to interact with people you might not see during the course of your everyday work. I think the ESOP has really just helped to build on the sense of pride and ownership everyone has in the company along with the fact that we’re all a team.
Favorite beer? Depends on the time of day…cider is my morning pick, stout if it’s any later!
Who would you want to sit at our bar and have a pint with? Anna Kendrick, the girl is hilarious!