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BARRIE HOUSE EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Margaret Kacerosky – Quality Assurance Inspector
Margaret has a very important role at Barrie House. She ensures all Barrie House finished goods that go out of the facility (single-serve capsules, espresso, whole bean, and ground coffee) are of the highest quality.  She inspects every part/component of the products (e.g., making sure lids are on properly, "best by" dates are printed correctly, nested boxes are glued, bag seals are tight, weight and oxygen numbers are within spec, etc.).

Our quality needs to be at the highest standards and Margaret strives on making sure that when she says it is “ok,” the product she reviewed really is the best of what Barrie House has to offer.

Thanks for your great work, Margaret!
20 Questions in Two Minutes
1. Years at Barrie House?
Four Months
2. Favorite part of your job? 
Drinking Coffee
3. Favorite coffee?
Espresso Roast
4. Number of cups of coffee per day?
Six!
5. Where did you grow up?
Irvington, NY
6. Any nicknames (now or as a child)? 
Maggs
7. How many siblings do you have & where do you fall?
Youngest of seven
8. Remote cabin in the woods or an oceanfront beach house?
Oceanfront beach house
9. You got the day off tomorrow. What are you going to do? 
Getting a Massage
10. Who should play you in a movie about your life? 
Sandra Bullock
11. Favorite TV show?
The Blacklist
12. Celebrity BFF. Who would be yours?
John Cena
13. Go to pizza toppings?
Pepperoni
14. Favorite season?
Fall
15. Dream vacation?
Bermuda
16. First concert?
The Cure
17. You win $1million. What’s the first thing you buy?
A car
18. What would be your superpower?
Break concrete bricks
19. Dream car?
'68 Mustang Convertible- Candy apple red with white interior
20. One thing you can’t live without?
My son
Andrew Bloostein – Quality Assurance Manager
As Quality Assurance Manager, Andrew has a very important role at Barrie House. He ensures that all Barrie House finished goods that leave the facility are of the highest quality. Not only does he manage a team that reviews/inspects and ensures every component and product is up to spec, but with his many years in the coffee industry, he also provides valuable feedback and education on all things coffee.

Barrie House quality needs to be at the highest standards and Andrew strives to make sure that all of our products - from the way they are packaged to the way they brew to the way they taste – are their absolute best.

Thanks for your great work, Andrew!
20 Questions in Two Minutes
1. Years at Barrie House?
"Four years"
2. Favorite part of your job? 
"Being around coffee"
3. Favorite coffee?
"Burundi coffee"
4. Number of cups of coffee per day? 
"Seven"
5. Where did you grow up?
"New York City"
6. Any nicknames (now or as a child)? 
"Blue/Bloo" (when asked for correct spelling Andrew responded with "usually with nicknames people are speaking them to you. They don't say 'Hey B.L.U.E'")
7. How many siblings do you have & where do you fall?
"One younger brother"
8. Remote cabin in the woods or an oceanfront beach house?
"Can I have a remote ocean-front beach house?"
9. You got the day off tomorrow. What are you going to do? 
"Housework"
10. Who should play you in a movie about your life?
"Jason Alexander"
11. Favorite TV show?
"Star Gate SG1"
12. Celebrity BFF. Who would be yours?
"Ryan Reynolds"
13. Go to pizza toppings?
"Good Sausage. Sliced in the round way"
14. Favorite season? 
"Spring"
15. Dream vacation?
"A European road trip"
16. First concert?
"Weird Al Yankovic"
17. You win $1million. What’s the first thing you buy?
"A house"
18. What would be your superpower?
"The same powers that Iron Man has"
19. Dream car?
"1965 Aston Martain DB9 - the James Bond car"
20. One thing you can’t live without?
"Zoe... and cheese"
Michael Paperny – Purchasing/Inventory Manager
Mike basically purchases everything that comes into Barrie House - from half & half for everybody’s coffee, to raw material for us to produce a finished good, to machinery and parts so that product can be made.

His main responsibility is to analyze and maintain levels of all raw material (lids, labels, boxes, filter paper, etc.) making sure we do not have too much or too little and to make sure materials are delivered on time and in the most cost-effective manner. Mike continually communicates with departments inside of Barrie House, as well as with vendors outside the building and across the ocean.

Thanks Mike!
20 Questions in Two Minutes
1. Years at Barrie House?
Five
2. Favorite part of your job?
Going home
3. Favorite coffee?
Clay avenue
4. Number of cups of coffee per day?
One
5. Where did you grow up?
Long Island
6. Any nicknames (now or as a child)?
Nappy
7. How many siblings do you have & where do you fall?
Two siblings and I'm the youngest
8. Remote cabin in the woods or an oceanfront beach house?
A remote cabin in the woods
9. You got the day off tomorrow. What are you going to do?Hanging out in the backyard,
drink some beers and play with my dogs
10. Who should play you in a movie about your life?
Never even thought about it... ME!
11. Favorite TV show?
Law and Order

12. Celebrity BFF. Who would be yours?
Jerry Garcia
13. Go to pizza toppings?
Cheese
14. Favorite season?
Summer
15. Dream vacation?
Hanging out in the backyard, drinking some beers, and playing with my dogs.
16. First concert?
Grateful Dead
17. You win $1million. What’s the first thing you buy?
A cabin in the woods so I can drink some beers and play with my dogs!
18. What would be your superpower?
Invisiblity
19. Dream car?
Mercedes sports convertible
20. One thing you can’t live without?
My Family

William (Billy) Fraioli – Inventory Control Specialist
As the Inventory Control Specialist, Billy oversees inventory control and keeping accurate counts. He is also in charge of giving all production rooms the raw material needed for that day’s production.

In addition to that, Billy is involved with shipping and receiving, making sure that all items coming in and out of Barrie House are in good shape and accounted for.

Thank you for all that you do Billy!
20 Questions in Two Minutes
1.  Years at Barrie House?
5 1/2 years
2. Favorite part of your job?  
Shipping Death Wish... Haha
3. Favorite coffee?   
Death Wish
4.  Number of cups of coffee per day?  
Right now just two
5.  Where did you grow up?
White Plains, NY
6. Any nicknames (now or as a child)?
Friman because my last name is Fraioli
7.  7. How many siblings do you have & where do you fall?
3 siblings and I'm the oldest
8. Remote cabin in the woods or an oceanfront beach house? Ocean Front Beach House, not even a question!
9. You got the day off tomorrow. What are you going to do?Run and paint. I am a painter
10. Who should play you in a movie about your life?
Willem Dafoe
11. Favorite TV show?
I don't watch TV but my favorite movie is Alien

12. Celebrity BFF. Who would be yours?
Kurt Russell
13. Go to pizza toppings?
Plain... Plain Jane!
14. Favorite season?
Summer
15. Dream vacation?
Hawaii, I've never been
16. First concert?
They're going to judge me with this one... Grateful Dead
17. You win $1million. What’s the first thing you buy?
Help my mom buy a house
18. What would be your superpower?
Go back in time
19. Dream car?
A 1950's Chevy Pickup
20. One thing you can’t live without?
My kids... and my wife, stick her in there too!

Indra (Gangadai) Persaud  - Machine Operator in Production A

Indra is a key part of bagged coffee production as a machine operator in production A. As a machine operator, Indra’s daily responsibilities include checking the work orders and making sure all items and products match, such as outer box labels, film, bag labels, flavors and more. She oversees getting the machines up and running each day and doing sample runs to ensure there is proper oxygen levels, bag weigh and no bag leaks. Indra ensures that all product coming off the machine meet the necessary quality specification.

Thanks for all that you do Indra!
20 Questions in Two Minutes
1.  Years at Barrie House?
29
2. Favorite part of your job?  
Seeing new products and coffee being produced
3. Favorite coffee?   
Breakfast Blend
4.  Mug, tumbler, or paper cup?    
Tumbler (Travel mug)
5.  Number of cups of coffee per day?  
I stick to only 1 cup per day
6. When do you have your first cup?  
5:30 AM
7.  Where did you grow up?    
Guyana, South America
8.  Any nicknames (now or as a child)?   
Indra, my first name is actually Gangadai
9.  What do you like to do in your spare time?  
Cook! I love to cook
10.  Who should play you in a movie about your life? 
My daughter
11. Favorite musical artist/band?    
I like to listen to cultural and traditional music
12. Favorite TV show?    
I like to watch Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy but I love anything on the Lifetime Network!
13. Favorite sports team?    
Not really
14. Favorite meal?    
RICE! We grew up on rice!
15. Favorite season?    
Spring
16. Dream vacation?    
Hawaii, maybe one day!
17. First concert? 
If I were to see anyone at a concert, I would like to see my traditional or cultural music  
18. Saturday or Sunday?  
Saturday 
19. What would be your superpower?    
The ability to help people in need. That would be my superpower
20.  One item you can’t live without?    
My grandchildren!

Tony Davenport - Roasting Plant Porter
Tony Davenport works at the Mount Vernon Roasting Plant and is an important part of the roasting team. He has been with Barrie House for 37 years and is one of our longest employed team member.

Tony works as a porter where duties include loading, unloading, and moving materials within the plant. He safely transports products and materials from receiving areas to storage areas and maintains safe working practices to ensure compliance with manufacturing standards.

Tony is a key part of keeping the roasting plant clean and safe for all.
Thanks Tony!
20 Questions in Two Minutes
1.  Years at Barrie House?
37 years. I started here in July 1983
2. Favorite part of your job?  
Cleaning
3. Favorite coffee?   
Swiss Mocha Almond
4.  Mug, tumbler, or paper cup?    
Tumbler
5.  Number of cups of coffee per day?  
3 on the weekdays and 2 on the weekends
Another four during the day. So 5-6 a day
6. When do you have your first cup?  
When I arrive at work at 6am
7.  Where did you grow up?    
North Carolina
8.  Any nicknames (now or as a child)?   
Tony Lee
9.  What do you like to do in your spare time?  
Go out
10.  Who should play you in a movie about your life? 
Tyler Perry
11. Favorite musical artist/band?    
I like the old-time music like R&B, Marvin Gay and Prince
12. Favorite TV show?    
Favorite movie, Rocky
13. Favorite sports team?    
NY Giants. But I have a cousin who played on the NY Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and San Diego Clippers. His name is Lowes Moore.
14. Favorite meal?    
Salmon and seafood 
15. Favorite season?    
Summertime
16. Dream vacation?    
My dream vacation would be out of this country…Israel
17. First concert? 
I saw Temptation play during the summer at Central Park  
18. Saturday or Sunday?  
Saturday 
19. What would be your superpower?    
I would like to be like Superman. Flying, super strength, invincible.
20.  One item you can’t live without?    
One thing I could not live without would be my family. 

Stuart Kopf - Customer Care Representative

Stuart Kopf is an important member of the Barrie House Customer Care team. He has been servicing and developing private label OCS accounts with us for over 30 years and is our resident expert on whole bean coffee, legacy business, and coffee contract management. Along with assisting customers with new orders, inquiries and/or problems related to products and services, he oversees and supports all green coffee contracts for corporate customers. Stuart also shares his knowledge of products and services offered by our company to develop new business relationships as well as supports e-commerce customers with tracking updates, coffee pairing suggestions and help desk support for managing their subscriptions accounts.

To get to know Stuart a little better, we asked Stuart 20 rapid fire questions about himself. See the questions and his answers below!
20 Questions in Two Minutes
1.  Years at Barrie House?
I believe I have 37 years in the books
2. Favorite part of your job?  
I enjoy billing orders…entering and billing orders
3. Favorite coffee?   
House Blend Extra Bold
4.  Mug, tumbler, or paper cup?    
Mug
5.  Number of cups of coffee per day?  
Two between 5am and 6am.
Another four during the day. So 5-6 a day
6. When do you have your first cup?  
Officially at 6am every morning
7.  Where did you grow up?    
Flushing, Queens
8.  Any nicknames (now or as a child)?   
 The Hoff
9.  What do you like to do in your spare time?  
 I enjoy gardening, cooking and I enjoy my pets.
I have a 33 year old parrot, a couple of tanks of fish and a dog
10.  Who should play you in a movie about your life? 
 Tom Hanks
11. Favorite musical artist/band?    
Bruce Springsteen – the Boss
12. Favorite TV show?    
This Is Us
13. Favorite sports team?    
The New York Giants
14. Favorite meal?    
A nice piece of halibut fish
15. Favorite season?    
Summer
16. Dream vacation?    
It was cancelled in September due to the virus
– a trip to Alaska
17. First concert? 
An interesting concert – Diana Ross and the Supremes
when I was 13 years old. Stevie Wonder opened for them  
18. Saturday or Sunday?  
Saturday 
19. What would be your superpower?    
To Fly
20.  One item you can’t live without?    
Coffee