CEO & Managing Director, Keeper of the Quaich
Ed Kohl is the CEO and Managing Director of Keeper’s Quest Inc, dba Quest Brands with more than three decades of experience in the wine and Scotch industry, he is a brand builder from beginning to end.
Ed is a customer-focused professional known for building strong, effective relationships and maximizing sales opportunities with his knowledge of the distribution channels. His proven sales talent has resulted in securing key accounts, cultivating strategic relationships, increasing his customer base and generating revenue. Ed is persistent in achieving set goals while building company value.
He started the company with only one brand and a strong belief that his company could grow — and this it did. With 10 more brands in the portfolio, the company has a growth rate of 30% annually, and it’s poised for a positive future. Today, Ed is known as the “Spirit and Scotch expert” to thousands in the industry. He conducts workshops and seminars around the USA with the goal of educating people on the nuances of Scotch and spirits, including the distillation process, tasting and more.
With a focus on expanding the company offerings to include specialty spirit categories outside of the current offerings, Ed and his team are creating a seamless interconnected communication with distillers, retailers and consumers. His main effort is to connect with the consumer who is not interested in the everyday brands, but who wants a new experience with a new brand. This includes Millennials who are considered the growth and expansion in the spirits industry whether they purchase in retail stores, bars, or restaurants.
His company serves as the U.S. importer of great spirits, and as a true whisky fan, Ed ensures that the spirits he imports are authentic, all natural, and each has its own unique story to tell.
In 2012 Ed was inducted into “The Keepers of the Quaich,” a Scotland original organization that honors and gives recognition to individuals who have worked, excelled and promoted the growth of Whisky and Scotch for more than 10 years.
Lynn has more than 45 years of experience in the beverage industry as Ed Kohl’s lifelong partner. She has been an integral part in promoting the spirits business for the past 25 years as a liaison to Ed. With multiple trips, overseas to various distillers and millions of miles of travel she has experienced various layers of sales and marketing specializing in direct consumer promotions. She has conducted many onsite tastings throughout the US and has an ever-expanding knowledge of the spirits industry.
V.P., National Sales Director
Ryan Kohl started in the beverage industry in 2011 as the Southeast District Manager for ImpEx Beverages. He was responsible for conducting consumer base seminars all over the Southeast region of the United States and has been accredited in doing over
1000 educational seminar tastings, showcasing his knowledge in a wide array of spirits from Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Gin, Cognac, and Armagnac. His passion for single malt had promoted him to open the Scenic City Whisk(e)y Society in Chattanooga, TN in 2012. He has been building and maintaining strong, close relationships with manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and consumers. After several years in the beverage industry Ryan looks forward to expanding his knowledge with the guidance of his grandfather Ed Kohl in Quest Brands.
V.P., Director of Operations
Joe comes to us with an extensive background in Management and Operations. He began his career in the construction industry after college. After 25 years in construction as a Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, then Division Manager he started his own company. That led him to meet the Kohl family. After working with the Kohl’s on several projects, he realized this industry was what he wanted next in his career. Taking on their management and logistics, Joe was a perfect fit for the Quest team. Joe has always enjoyed the beverage industry and is happy to use his management experience to make things run smoothly for Quest Brands.