Our Management Team
All promoted from within, these individuals bring invaluable years of experience and company knowledge to their leadership.
Paul BussierePresident / Chief Executive Officer
Charlie SmithChief Financial Officer
Deb LahteineSenior Vice President
Jeffrey AnnisVice President of Administration
Michael BrazelVice President of Sales & Marketing
Jay FraryVice President of Wine & Spirits
Brian McGuireVice President of Operations
Maressa PorterLegal Counsel and Compliance Officer
President / Chief Executive OfficerSFC employee since 1994
Paul has worked in multiple states, divisions, and departments across our network of companies during his career. His employment with the Sheehan Family Companies began in early 1994 at L. Knife and Son as a Sales Analyst. In 1995, he moved to TJ Sheehan and became the Assistant Operations Manager. In 1996, he moved to Union Beer, first as Accounting Manager, then held various positions in Sales Management, and ultimately became the Assistant General Manager. In early 2013 he moved from Union Beer Distributors to establish and lead Craft Beer Guild Distributing of New York as its General Manager.
In 2016, Paul returned to the company’s headquarters at L. Knife and Son as Senior Vice President, a position he held until he was appointed CEO and President in 2017. Paul is an undergraduate of Boston College and holds an MBA from New York University.
“Do your job.” – Bill Belichick, Head Coach of the New England Patriots
Chief Financial OfficerSFC employee since 1984
Charlie began his career with The Sheehan Family Companies in 1984, as the companies’ first Budget Manager. In 1992, he was named General Manager of the company’s then largest distributor, L. Knife and Son, Inc. in Kingston, MA. Charlie was promoted to Vice President Finance of The Sheehan Family Companies in 1999 and was named Chief Financial Officer in 2019. Charlie earned a BA in Business Administration from St. Michael’s College and an MBA from Clarkson University.
"If it seems like the way to a solution is too difficult, it probably is."
Senior Vice PresidentSFC employee since 1993
Deb started her career with The Sheehan Family Companies at Seaboard Products in Danvers, MA in 1993. Fresh from completing her bachelor’s degree at Ripon College, she accepted a temporary sales support position. Before this temporary assignment ended, she was offered a permanent position as a Sales Administrator, and then not long after, a Sales Analyst. In 1995 Deb transferred to Beechwood Sales & Service in New Berlin, WI to take the role of Office and Sales Administration Manager. Though Deb loved Milwaukee (and returns whenever she can), in 1999 she accepted a role working in SFC’s IT department in Kingston, MA.
Over the next 11 years Deb served as IT Assistant, Budget Manager, Help Desk Support, Application Support and worked on many IT Projects, while also earning her MBA at Bentley College. In 2011, Deb became the Information Systems Manager, and in 2012 the role was changed to VP of Information Systems. Deb led her staff with a solutions-based approach for 8 years. In 2018, Deb was promoted to Senior VP, bringing that solutions approach to cross-department and cross company initiatives.
Deb’s favorite thing about working at the Sheehan Family Companies? The people.
Outside of work, Deb enjoys a great beach day, days at the lake, travel, time with family and friends, as well as a cold beer and finely crafted cocktail.
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
- Lou Holtz
Vice President of AdministrationSFC employee since 1983
Jeffrey began his career at The Sheehan Family Companies as an Office Manager at Seaboard Products in 1983. Three years later, he became the Office Manager at our L. Knife & Son, Inc. location. In 1989, he was promoted to Human Resources Manager. With his dedication and success in the Human Resources field, Jeff was promoted to VP of Administration in 1998 and has held the position since. As a double graduate from the University of New Hampshire (with a BS and an MBA), and career with the company spanning over 40 years, Jeff has seen many sides of the beer industry.
“90% of success is showing up, the other 10% is asking for the order.”
"The secret to success is surrounding yourself with great people.”
Vice President of Sales & MarketingSFC employee since 1983
The Sheehan Family Companies were expanding beyond its two Massachusetts operations (L. Knife & Son, Inc. and Seaboard Products) to Syracuse, New York back in the spring of 1983, when Michael joined the L. Knife & Son Team. He learned the beer business with the help of many, from a variety of roles, over his forty years with the company. Michael credits and thanks most, Gerald Sheehan, his mentor for all forty of those years, for his immeasurable tutelage. In 1988 then Sales Manager, Michael was asked to join Seaboard Products in Danvers, MA. There he assumed the role of Anheuser-Busch Equity Manager and General Manager. By 2000, The Sheehan Family Companies had grown to seven operating units, with locations in New York, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. It was then that Michael was asked to transition into the Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Since then, Michael has been an integral part of our company’s successful expansion to twenty operating units across the country, and with the development of our teams and of our portfolio of brands, cultivating strong relationships with all our team members, and hundreds of the world’s best suppliers.
“If you don't drive your business you will be driven out of business.”
- B.C. Forbes
Vice President of Wine & SpiritsSFC employee since 2003
Jay began his career with The Sheehan Family Companies in 2003 with New York City based, Union Beer Distributors. Starting in the Sales Department, he quickly rose to the position of Assistant Sales Manager and then Marketing Manager, playing a critical role in expanding Union Beer’s event-based marketing platform. In 2012, Jay developed Blueprint Brands, a spirits program and portfolio as The Sheehan Family Companies’ entry into the spirits business. Jay assumed the role of General Manager for Blueprint Brands and later became Vice President of Wine & Spirits when he expanded the wine and spirits portfolio across our network of distributors. In 2016, Jay integrated the Blueprint Brands portfolio into The Sheehan Family of Companies importing company, St. Killian Importing, where the import portfolio is now nationally distributed in a network of over 50 distributors. Jay obtained his undergraduate degree from Marist College in 2002 and his MBA from St. John’s University in 2007.
“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
- John Wooden
Vice President of OperationsSFC employee since 1981
The Sheehan Family Companies had just two divisions when Brian joined us in 1981, a freshly minted UMASS graduate. Working his way up from Staff Accountant, he was promoted and brought value to various managerial roles. Central to his contributions was the integration of operations across our network of distributors — no mean feat! Brian was awarded his MBA from Northeastern University in 1994, the same year he was promoted to VP of Operations. Today, he’s also a valued Senior Manager of the company.
“To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.”
- Isaac Asimov, Foundation
Legal Counsel and Compliance OfficerSFC employee since 2004
Maressa began working for The Sheehan Family Companies as a sales analyst at Beechwood in 2004, immediately after graduating Marquette University with her undergraduate degree in Economics. While working at Beechwood, she attended Marquette Law School at night and graduated in 2012 with her law degree. Maressa was then hired as an attorney with the Sheehan Family Companies to negotiate contracts and oversee new licenses. In 2017, she was promoted to her current role as Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer where she develops trade practice compliance programs for all states, trains employees on multiple topics, including sexual harassment, and oversees the legal department.
When she isn’t advising The Sheehan Family Companies, you can likely find her spending time with her husband and kids or running a Ragnar race.