Coca-Cola USA is more than its 800-plus beverages. Coca-Cola USA is the 90,000 people the company and family of 68 independently owned bottlers in the U.S. collectively employ.
Chances are you may have seen a handful of these hardworking associates in TV spots or print ads from our new #CocaColaRenew cross-channel storytelling effort. Today, Coca-Cola Journey is now giving you the opportunity to get to know their stories.
Kansas City, Missouri
In 2016, Heartland Coca-Cola became the third new, independent bottler to join the Coca-Cola family in recent decades and Junior Bridgeman became its president and CEO. A former professional basketball star, his relationship with Coca-Cola began more than 30 years ago when he was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. During the off season, he volunteered at local basketball clinics sponsored by Coke. Giving back to the community has always been important to him, and he’s thrilled to be able to bring that commitment to the communities Heartland serves. Meet Junior.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Toni Donaghey is proud to call Coca-Cola her first and only employer, having been with the system for 45 years. She has managed special events in New Orleans and surrounding areas for 28 years. Among her many roles she ensures that Saints fans and Jazz Fest attendees all have all their favorite Coca-Cola beverages in hand. Meet Toni.
A Coca-Cola Scholar, Adan Gonzalez is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. When he’s not teaching at his childhood school, the son of two Mexican immigrants is serving as founder and dxecutive director of Puede Network – a youth leadership development program that emphasizes the importance of community and education in his low-income, predominantly Spanish-speaking hometown. Meet Adan.
Wesli Jones is a graduate of the College of Charleston and works as an associate producer on CNN’s digital programming team. The 23-year-old cancer survivor is a vocal advocate for annual physical exams and counsels other young people undergoing treatment. In 2012, she was one of only 150 students in the U.S. chosen from a pool of 87,000 applicants selected to be a National Coca-Cola Scholar. Meet Wesli.
Edress Irving and Willie Mua
Drivers for Coca-Cola Bottling of Alaska in Anchorage, Edress Irving and Willie Mua consider themselves family men both in and out of the Coca-Cola system. A father of four, Irving has been with Coca-Cola for 24 years, while Mua, father of five, has been part of the Coca-Cola family for 17. Both pride themselves on their customer relationships within the community. Meet Edress and Willie.
Currently plant manager for Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, Jamaal Medley has been with Coca-Cola as a manufacturing leader for over a decade and has a demonstrated track record of year-over-year improved results in each of his roles. A decorated veteran of The United States Navy, Medley credits his success at work with the foundation that serving his country helped inspired. Meet Jamaal.
Bill Odom is the co-owner of The Odom Corporation along with his brothers, John and Jim. The three siblings took leadership of the family-owned business in 1988. Prior to that, their father, Milt, ran the company after securing the franchise rights in 1937 for just $1. The three brothers worked closely with their father for years and continued his successful business model of building and maintaining relationships and treating people fairly. This approach continues to be the cornerstone of the company’s success today. Meet Bill.
Jon Radtke manages the company’s water stewardship program, which focuses on water conservation initiatives within manufacturing facilities, source water protection strategies, community water partnerships and sustainable agriculture initiatives within the supply chain. Radtke is proud of the impact these efforts are making in peoples’ lives and that his work has helped position Coca-Cola as an industry leader in water stewardship. Meet Jon.