Our Team

   
Our Leadership
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Brandon Knudsen

Co-Founder/President
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Camrin Knudsen

Co-Founder/Vice President
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Alisha Charlo

Controller
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Nikki Rivera

Director of Operations
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Dani Wanner

Director of Product Development and Training
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Kathryn Bleeker

Director of Marketing and Communications
Our General Managers

About Brandon

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Brandon is a dedicated and service-oriented business leader who has over ten years of experience in the coffee shop industry. He was born and raised in California where he eventually met his wife and business partner, Camrin Knudsen, playing basketball at College of the Redwoods Junior College. Together, they both moved to Ashland, Oregon where they attended school and where Brandon continued to play basketball.

It was around that same time that both Brandon and Camrin decided they wanted to start their own business together after college. In 2003, they moved to Colorado to start their new adventure, first owning a small, pre-existing coffee shop in Thornton, Colorado, then eventually opening the first Ziggi’s Coffee location in Longmont, Colorado in 2004.

Brandon will tell you that he didn’t actively seek out the coffee business, rather it naturally chose him, thanks to the social nature of it and getting the chance to interact with various individuals and communities. Brandon’s passion for customer service and community support is not only evident through his business, but also outside of it, as he has been actively involved in his local community by holding a position on the Board of Directors for the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce for three years, leading the Skyline High School men’s basketball team as the head coach for four years, speaking at various small business panels and coaching youth club sport teams.

His favorite part about starting a locally owned and operated business in Colorado is the tremendous amount of support and positive energy Coloradoans have towards supporting small businesses and making sure they succeed.

Outside of Ziggi’s, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf with his oldest son Elijah and raising their newest addition to the family, son Isaiah.

"My favorite part about owning Ziggi’s is getting to mentor our managers and franchisee owners to become great business leaders. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about owning a small business through trial and error and it’s been a fun and exciting challenge sharing my insights and watching our managers become successful at running their own stores as well."

About Camrin

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Camrin is a passionate and detail-oriented business leader who has over ten years of experience in the coffee shop industry. She was born and raised in Alaska, but then moved to California, where she eventually met her husband and business partner, Brandon Knudsen, while playing basketball at College of the Redwoods Junior College. Together, they both moved to Ashland, Oregon where they attended school and where Camrin held her first barista position.

Having had parents who owned and operated their own business while growing up, Camrin decided, alongside Brandon, that they wanted to start their own business after college. In 2003, they moved to Colorado to start their new adventure, first owning a small, pre-existing coffee shop in Thornton, Colorado, then eventually opening the first Ziggi’s Coffee location in Longmont, Colorado in 2004.

Camrin’s favorite part about owning Ziggi’s in Colorado, is not only all the positive support they receive from residents wanting them to do well, but also getting to partner with other local businesses. When she’s not busy visiting each store and occasionally jumping behind the counter to help make drinks, Camrin loves spending time with her family and watching their oldest son, Elijah play sports, going on hikes, camping and enjoying the outdoors.

"My favorite part about our business is the relationships we’ve built with our customers, communities and employees over the years, as well as the flexibility of being a mom and getting to spend time with my two sons. My hope for our business is that we will eventually get to expand all over the state and that it becomes a well-known, strong enough company for our sons to take over some day.

About Alisha

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Alisha was born and raised in Alaska. She has worked for Ziggi's intermittently for the past 11 years. She started working at the Main Street coffeehouse in 2005. She has worked all of the locations throughout the years and managed or assisted all locations in some capacity. She is currently the Controller for Ziggi's Coffee. In her role as Controller, her responsibilities include payroll, paying bills, conducting end of the month reports, and bookkeeping. She is very professional, reliable, hardworking, responsible, diplomatic, and detail oriented. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, sports, and anything outdoors.

"My favorite thing about working for Ziggi's is that I love what I do. I can work from home and still be very active in my family life. I also love when I go in and help in the stores because we have amazing customers. I love seeing the faces of regulars who I have gotten to know over the past 11 years. Some of our customers I have known for years and it's so fun to know that they still come in and love our coffee."

About Nikki

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Nikki is a detail-oriented and business-minded professional who has over a decade of experience in the food and beverage industry. She started working for Ziggi's Coffee as a barista in 2006. She has an Associates of Arts degree and is very close to finishing her Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in International Relations. She hopes to finish her Bachelor's degree within the next few years and move on to obtaining a Master's in Business. Over the past several years she has managed five locations and opened two new locations including the company's first combined coffeehouse and drive-thru location. Her areas of expertise include professional development, business performance analysis, and business processes and organizational planning.

As Director of Operations, Nikki is responsible for franchisee training and development, performance coaching, leading and assisting franchisees in day-to-day operations, overseeing the success of all franchise operations, business performance analysis, and providing on site consultations.

Nikki's hobbies and interests include martial arts, writing poetry, photography, traveling, hiking and spending time with her family.

"There are many reasons why I love being a part of this business. Each store has such a unique vibe and positive energy and I love meeting all of the customers who come through our café and drive-thru locations. I love being challenged and having a job that always keeps me busy! My co-workers and staff are wonderful and I love the owners, Brandon and Camrin!"

About Dani

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Dani is currently the Director of Product Development and Training for Ziggi's Coffee. She has worked for Ziggi's for eight years. She is a Colorado native and the mother of two boys ages twelve and three and a half. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2001 with her Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Human Studies. She received a post Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and taught fourth grade for three years.

She is a former personal trainer and fitness instructor. Some of her hobbies and interests include running, swimming, biking, weight training, and spending time with her husband and children.

"I love working for Ziggi's! My favorite part about working for Ziggi's is the strong connection to the community I've developed over the past eight years. My work at Ziggi's has given me sense of belonging in the community that I have never had in the other places I've lived. I love going to the grocery store or gym and running into my customers. Ziggi's has given me the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with so many wonderful people from all walks of life. I also have one of the best working environments. The energy and positive vibe created by my staff and customers makes me look forward to coming to work each day."

About Kathryn

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Kathryn is a seasoned communication and marketing specialist who is passionate about 21st-century storytelling and reaching key stakeholders in new and innovative ways. As Director of Marketing, she is responsible for developing and executing integrated marketing and communication strategies that support the overall business goals and development for Ziggi's Coffee. In addition to strategic efforts, Kathryn also directs and oversees all online communication, including social media and website development, as well as media relations, branding, advertising, product development, marketing training and more.

Prior to joining Ziggi's Coffee, Kathryn has held a variety of other marketing and communication positions, most notably with Sports Illustrated Magazine, Rudi's Organic and Gluten-Free Bakery, Linhart Public Relations, CU-Boulder Office of Admissions and the National Tropical Botanical Garden. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013.

"Having grown up in the same the community where Ziggi's was started makes my job all the more exciting and fun - especially when I get to share our story with other local communities as our business continues to grow. Our entire team is so dedicated, friendly and extremely hardworking. We also have some of the best customers!"

About Chris

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Chris is currently a General Manager at the Main Street coffeehouse in Longmont, Colorado. He has over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry with nearly a decade of experience at Ziggi's Coffee. He loves to go hiking, mountain climbing, archery, going to concerts, and traveling around the world.

"There are many things I love about working for Ziggi's such as building relationships with our regular customers. Our coffee roaster, Coda Coffee, is outstanding. I love that the majority of our products are mostly local."

About Chrissy

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Chrissy Nolting has been a part of the Ziggi’s team for nearly two years and is currently the General Manager of our Hover Street drive-thru location in Longmont. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing video games and hiking, as well as attending the yearly Renaissance Festival with her husband, because as she puts it, “where else is it acceptable to wear a dragon puppet on your shoulder?”.

“My favorite part about being a Ziggi’s manager is that I love getting to know our customers and creating a welcoming environment that makes people want to come back and visit us.”

About Morgan

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Morgan Barnes is currently the General Manager of our Firestone drive-thru location in Firestone, Colorado. She has multiple years of customer service experience under her belt and has been with Ziggi’s since 2014. When she’s not at Ziggi’s, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and playing with her dog.

“What isn’t there to love about working for Ziggi’s? The environment is the best! I love that I have been able to get to personally know customers and all my co-workers. It makes going to work so much fun!”

About Amy

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Amy is currently the General Manager at our Belle Creek café and drive-thru location in Henderson, Colorado. She has worked at Ziggi’s for more than a year. Prior to Ziggi’s, she has had more than 13 years of experience running her own business as a master nail technician. When she’s not busy in the store, she enjoys scrapbooking, crafts, spending time with family and friends and celebrating her two favorite holidays: Halloween and Christmas. She has four amazing fur babies, three amazing children, two of which also work for Ziggi’s, two amazing stepchildren and a loving husband.

“My favorite part about Ziggi’s is that no one can beat the coffee flavor! I love being a part of a family that not only believes in me, but also believes in our employees. I love coming to work knowing I will be working with a bunch of great individuals and knowing I get to make someone’s day!”

About Sarah

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Sarah Bigfeather is currently the General Manager of our Francis Street café location in Longmont. Prior to becoming a GM, she got her start working as a barista and then eventually working her way up to an assistant manager role at our Main Street café location in 2016. Aside from keeping the store running on a day-to-day basis, Sarah enjoys the customer service aspect of working at Ziggi’s. From keeping the shop atmosphere exciting and fun to forging relationships with customers and the community, Sarah is all about making someone’s day a little brighter. When she’s not fulfilling her duties as manager, you can find her doing DIY home décor projects, hanging out with her husband and two dogs, watching history documentaries, listening to 90s pop music or engaging in anything Harry Potter related.

“My favorite thing about working at Ziggi’s is the community it fosters! You really get to know customers and I love being able to put a smile on their faces – whether it’s by remembering their order, asking about their family or simply providing them with delicious coffee!”

About Emily

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