Seattle-based Talking Rain Beverage Co., the maker of Sparkling Ice beverages, appointed Ken Sylvia to CEO, effective April 12. As a driven leader, Sylvia will continue to fulfill Talking Rain’s mission of “Creating Connections with Every Sip” by prioritizing employee development, community engagement, product innovation and corporate responsibility, the company says. 

Since joining Talking Rain over a decade ago, Sylvia has served many leadership positions within the organization. Throughout his tenure, Sylvia has helped secure and build out the national distribution network, along with playing an integral role in advancing the company’s retail strategy. Most recently, Sylvia has served as chief operating officer where he oversaw sales and supply chain operations.  

Sylvia has successfully worked to optimize the platform which Talking Rain operates to ensure a sustainable business model. As CEO, he will play an instrumental role in scaling the growth of the company, creating value, and exceeding Talking Rain partner and customer expectations.  Prior to joining Talking Rain, Sylvia spent his early years in the beer wholesaler and food service distribution industry.   

“I am grateful for this extraordinary opportunity and the overwhelming support within our organization to allow me to continue my journey with Talking Rain as Chief Executive Officer,” Sylvia said in a statement. “I’m humbled to work for an organization that is so very special. We have an amazing company and an incredible brand but what truly sets us apart is our people. I’m so thrilled to wake up every day and take on this journey with all of them.”