Our Team

Meet the maltsters behind Riverbend Malt House.

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BRENT MANNING

Co-Founder

After nearly a decade as an environmental consultant, I’ve spent the last decade immersed in the wonderful world of craft malt. Since our inception, I’ve worn just about every hat. Production, bookkeeping, research, sales, you name it. Along the way I helped co-found the North American Craft Maltsters Guild and currently serve as President. I take great pride in the success we’ve had creating this new industry and look forward to seeing to grow in the years ahead.

BRIAN SIMPSON

Co-Founder

Like Brent, I spent quite a bit of time getting degrees and working in the consulting world. After a stint helping to operate a biofuels business, I realized that starting my own sustainable business was where my passion was evolving. The burgeoning beer boom in Asheville seemed like an obvious draw for many reasons – the most important fact being that it was an opportunity to help local craft brewers stand apart from the rest of the country by offering a locally-sourced product. When I am not working with malt, you might be able to find me out running on one of the many trails in Western NC.

SCOTT HICKMAN

CEO

In my 30+ years of sales, marketing and executive experience, the companies I have been drawn to have had two things in common: An obsession with high quality products and services and a strong focus on customer satisfaction. This, along with the emphasis on local sourcing and production, makes the opportunity to work with Riverbend and its talented team an ideal fit for me. When I’m not working you’ll likely find me outside enjoying our mountains with my family or quite possibly running on a trail, some distance behind Brian.

scott.hickman@riverbendmalt.com

Matt Thompson
Director of Sales
matt@riverbendmalt.com

Adam Demchak
Vice President, Engineering
adam@riverbendmalt.com

Sam Lewis
Production Manager
sam@riverbendmalt.com

Kim Thompson
Maltster & Shipping Manager
kim@riverbendmalt.com

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