ICBRKR EXTRAORDINAIRES: Meet Melissa Kalimov, COO of RISE Brewing Co.

Welcome to our ICBRKR Extraordinaires Series, where we periodically highlight one extraordinary ICBRKR. Our community is our backbone, and we’re proud to bring together such a passionate and engaging group of people. ICBRKR: MEET YOUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY. ⚡️

This week, we introduce you to Music Lover, Wellness Guru and Urban Explorer, Melissa Kalimov. As the Chief Operating Officer of RISE Brewing Co, Melissa is a kickass woman in business who we’re excited to count among our ICBRKR Extraordinaires. Get to know her below and connect in the ICBRKR app!

Hey Melissa! We’re big coffee lovers so we’re excited to hear more about what you do. Tell us, how did you end up in a coffee startup?

RISE Brewing Co is a nitro cold brew coffee startup -- we deliver kegs and cans of coffee to offices across the country, and you can find us at Whole Foods, Safeway, Erewhon and more! My background is mostly in merchandising -- product selection and strategy. I started off in apparel at babyGap online, then moved to home goods with UncommonGoods, and feel lucky to have found myself in Food & Beverage! I was the last member of our founding team -- joining right when we had figured out the flavor of the coffee and the look/feel of the brand, and were getting ready to start selling our product to offices, restaurants and cafes in NYC.

Awesome! What’s it like to be a woman in a Chief Operating Officer role?

Starting a company is a crazy hard experience for anyone! It takes a lot of grit to fight through the tough moments -- the lows are low but the highs are high, and it's extra rewarding when you get your big wins. I think it's equal parts exhilarating and challenging regardless of gender, but it's important for women to know that they should be and deserve to be in the room making the big decisions.

Preach! We know you’re a big foodie. Why are you so passionate about it, and what’s your favorite food?

I love to cook, and you'll often find me Instagram story-ing my kitchen adventures. In this age where we're looking at computer or phone screens for often the majority (!) of our days, it's important for me to have a place to go where I can't look at a screen and need to work with my hands. I love the feeling of having created something at the end just as much as I love the meditative process of chopping and challenging myself with a new recipe.

As for my favorite food: I love a great street taco and a Greek salad with extra lemon squeezed on top!

So healthy and delicious! How about your favorite city?

I grew up in LA and live in NYC, so it would be hard not to pick one of those two! I also love Austin, TX and Miami, FL. When I travel, my favorite thing to do is to find tiny coastal towns and post up at the local watering hole.

Livin’ it up with the locals! Love it! Speaking of connecting with your local community, what do you like most about ICBRKR?

ICBRKR is an awesome way to connect with others who are ambitious and career-minded but also love to unwind and find new adventures.

Last one, rite of passage: what is your guilty pleasure?

Sour candy -- particularly those sour belt strips.

Thanks for chatting with us, Melissa! We love RISE coffee and stand by all the great work you’re doing as a woman in business. Keep kicking butt!


Use ICBRKR to connect with Melissa and other extraordinaires in LA, New York, London, and around the world. If you think you, or a fellow ICBRKR friend, make for the perfect feature, hit us up at info@icbrkr.com!

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