The 5th Ingredient Team

Pulkit K. Agrawal

Founder & CEO

Pulkit K. Agrawal (PK) graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and then began working in the beer industry as a Process Engineer for Ballast Point Brewing, where he focused on packaging lines and nitrogen beer. He soon discovered a need in the market for software that expanded beyond standard inventory management systems, where there would be an emphasis on the brewing process and quality, not just inventory tracking. In January 2018, Pulkit launched Beer30.

Ryan Allis

Co-Founder & CTPO

Ryan Allis (RAllis) graduated from Indiana University with a Master of Science in Bioinformatics, and then moved West to work in drug design for a biotechnology company in San Diego, CA. It would be nearly a decade before Ryan entered the beer industry as Director of Sales & Distribution for The Fat Cat Beer Company. His first impression of the industry was a lasting one, and in 2016, Ryan co-founded Protector Brewery, San Diego’s 1st Organic Beer Company. It was at Protector Brewery in 2018, that Ryan first met Pulkit, and joined him in building The 5th Ingredient.

Operations

Zach Volkman

Head of Revenue Operations

After developing a passion for craft beer while studying at The University of Pennsylvania, Zach started his career in the beer industry at Ballast Point Brewing as a Process Engineer. Following Ballast Point, he joined O’Connor Brewing and worked a variety of roles including Director of Brewery Operations and COO. He joined The 5th Ingredient in October 2021, inspired to bring Beer30’s brew process and quality data tools to more breweries around the world.

Product

Andrew Garrett

Project Manager

Originally from Texas, Andrew moved to San Diego in 2015. At the time, he was working in the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) industry, but then he decided to persue software development full time. He found a coding bootcamp called LEARN Acadmy, where he not only learned to code, but also met Pulkit and Ryan and was introduced to The 5th Ingredient. After graduating from LEARN, he worked as a contractor and eventually became one of the first T5I employees. Today, he helps manage the engineering team, and still writes code himself regularly.

Sales

Kiel Rohrbacher​

Account Executive II

Kiel has worked in all aspects of the hospitality industry throughout his career. Whether it was as a corporate trainer for a small restaurant group or running a taproom for a farm to fermenter brewery. He has also worked with a liquor distributor to get new products on the shelf. Kiel has always been the type of person to put the best solution in front of the customer to help them succeed.

Alexa Oliveira​

Account Executive

Starting in the taproom at Wynwood Brewing Company, in Miami, Alexa received her Cicerone Beer Server Certification, and happily educated guests on the beer making process! Soon after, she took a dive into learning more about kombucha and fermented beverages and became the sales rep for a local Kombucha company. Both experiences inspired her love for local brews and gave her purpose to continue to share the art of craft beverages.

Engineering

Josh Voitko

Head of Engineering

Josh graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a B.S. in computer science and has since worn many hats in the software field. After starting out developing news and data feeds, he went on to work with a range of data driven companies delivering custom enterprise-wide software suites to global AAA companies. He has experienced the software lifecycle across many industries, including news, reinsurance, gaming, sports, and now brewing!

Rich Truex

Sr. Full Stack Engineer

Rich was born and raised in the small town of Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. Choosing to stay close to home, he attended The Ohio State University on scholarship, and graduated with a BS in Computer Science and Engineering. Having worked in the software industry for more than a quarter century, Rich has experience in many fields - including healthcare, insurance, and financial - in roles ranging from developer to tech lead and software architect. In addition to being an avid homebrewer and beer enthusiast, Rich is also a fan of college football and NHL hockey.

Sameer Agarwal

Full Stack Engineer

Sameer is a Full Stack Engineer with a heavy inclination towards back-end coding. He has over 10 years of experience in software development and throughout his career, he has worked with array of clients - from start-ups to big MNC's. Sameer has his Master's in Software Engineering from a TIER 1 institute in India. When he's not working, he loves to spend time with his family and watch sports.​

David Rubinstein

Sr. Full Stack Engineer

Inspired by a friend who needed a website to buy and sell vintage Japanese toys, David built his first website, and never stopped. During his years in tech he has built websites and applications for nonprofits, lawyers, gamblers, artists, and now breweries. In addition to his work as a software engineer, David has run the royalty department and been an IT director at a music publishing company, been the lead baker at an award-winning pie bakery, run a Jewish Student organization, and worked as a music booking agent.

Customer Experience

John Milne

Head of Customer Experience

John has 6 years of experience in the brewing industry. He worked his way up from packing boxes to running a kegging line, cellar work running a centrifuge, dry hopping, etc. Of note, he spent many hours dialing in the in-line carb and nitro process with one of the process engineers, Pulkit. In 2019 John explored a new career path in software development and was lucky enough to reconnect with Pulkit who offered him an opportunity to intern with The 5th Ingredient where he's spent last 3 years using that physical experience to inform and build better brewing software.

Dave Short

Customer Experience Specialist

Dave has 12 years production experience in the brewing industry. He has performed just about every role on the production floor from packaging line to Brewmaster and Production Manager. During his time as Brewmaster he was fortunate enough to win a Gold Medal at World Beer Cup and brew a beer that took home a Bronze Medal in the Great American Beer Festival. His time running breweries has taught me many important lessons that he's now happy to share with other brewers in regards to product development and quality, production scheduling, inventory management, and supply chain logistics.

Marketing

Gabrielle Woerner

Content Marketing Manager

Gabrielle has 10 years of experience in the marketing industry. She has pretty much been involved in every role of B2C & B2B marketing from traditional to digital to business development. At The 5th Ingredient, Gabrielle is obsessed with cultivating new content that is effective and useful for the brewing industry. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, being outdoors and traveling.

Brand Ambassadors

Chris Nimptsch

Brand Ambassador (Profamo)

Steve 'Hendo' Henderson

Brand Ambassador (Rockstar Brewer)

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