THE MAKERS

 

The Frísco team has been a collaboration amongst friends who naturally came together to make this product a reality. The idea first came up over a plate of noodles in Bangkok and little by little it developed in San Fransisco. This is the team and this is their story.

 
 
 
 
 
 

CHARLIE O'CONNELL

Founder and Driving Force

Driven by curiosity and guided by the locals, Charlie has spent his life chasing the experience; diving in head first and embracing as much as he can outside the borders, as well as right in his own backyard. With a consistent goal of marrying work and play Charlie studied Latin American Studies and Economics at Wesleyan University, allowing him to earn his degree, travel across South America, and work on a vineyard for a summer. After getting an MBA from UVA Darden, Charlie lived in New York’s Union Square, worked in Investment Banking and wandered the city as a flaneur, taking in all he saw. Eager for another adventure, Charlie moved to Singapore to work with containerized trade during the week and explored South East Asia’s exotic locals for 5 years. Most recently Charlie has come to San Francisco, to build his vision for Frísco, a craft spirit that embodies the principles of quality and global perspective, with the team. He remains an avid post card writer and has several trunks of costumes.


‘Frísco, like life, is meant to be enjoyed amongst friends with a nod to adventures around the globe. If taken too seriously it may not be fully appreciated.’


 
 
 
 

WOODSON SWIFT

Co-Founder / Distiller

Woodson Swift grew up in Sonoma County and was raised with a vast appreciation for the vine. His wine career started earlier than most, as he grew up helping his parents make wine in their garage. He then went on to work at some of the top wineries in Russian River Valley, graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Viticulture + Enology and worked multiple harvests in New Zealand. Woodson’s passion for wine extended to distillation after a trip to South America where he fell in love with Peruvian Pisco. A chance meeting in Bangkok brought long time friends Woodson and Charlie together and the idea for Frisco was born.

Also I think it's time to delete that quote.”


 
 
 
 

ESTEBAN MONTES

Marketing Director

Esteban Montes brings Frísco’s Latin influences and artistic vision to life, trained in the craft of design and art direction with a clear sense for visual storytelling. Esteban has mastered the art of moving brands beyond the aesthetic and really building an identity and lifestyle around a brand. A Parson School of Design alumni and a long time New Yorker he has worked with Jim Beam and countless brands. He currently lives on a mountaintop in Bogota with his wife, Carolina and pup, Bean.


“The Frísco credo is globally minded but locally produced in California,
it transcends borders and embraces new cultures.”


 
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