What Keeps Evans Moving Forward?

The Evans Team

27 April 2021

You know you’re in Wisconsin when the bartender assumes your Old Fashioned is mixed with Brandy.

We sat down with Brett Bauer, Vice President of Business Development, and talked about what keeps Evans moving forward. We also talked about a specific drink recipe you may want to get from him, but you'll have to read to the end to find out what that is.

What gets you excited about what you do at Evans?

When I work with multiple levels at an organization, we can bring that team together to make a collaborative business decision that benefits that company and its various business units.

What’s your favorite type of customer?

A collaborative customer. One that not only wants to make their organization better but to make Evans better as well. Being open and candid will make the partnership better. Addressing any issues or challenges immediately with transparency can prevent many problems down the road. I love that Evans is a highly transparent organization. The more transparent our clients can be, the better solutions we will provide, and the longer our relationships will last.

Adapting to COVID. How’s it been?

The biggest challenge for me has been not being able to be in front of people face to face as much I would like. Virtual meetings are great, but there’s something special about shaking someone’s hand and being able to sit down with them on a more personal level. I love building and forming relationships, which is more challenging in this environment. 

What’s the most important thing a customer is looking for from Evans?

They are looking for solutions that will positively affect all the business units. The CFO wants to know how it will affect costs, and accounting may want to know how it will improve their department's efficiency, while transportation may be saying, “Are the products going to be picked up and delivered on time?” Rightfully so, they should all be thinking about their business unit and how Evans can positively impact them.

When we say "consistency" and "Evans," what does that mean to you?

We have built an excellent foundation with great people, proven processes, and sophisticated technology. One way we stay consistent is to stay hungry. We are always looking to improve our service offering so we can positively impact our clients.  

Brett Fun Facts:

  • Has been with Evans for six years
  • Originally from Emporium, Pennsylvania
  • Moved to WI when he was ten but is still a diehard Steelers fan and has even convinced his son and daughter to become Steelers fans as well
  • Favorite movie: Tommy Boy
  • Loves coaching youth sports
  • Passion for making a fantastic Wisconsin Old Fashioned! See Brett’s favorite recipe below, and hit him up on LinkedIn if you have a favorite recipe to share. 

Traditional Wisconsin Old Fashioned

  • Two Luxardo brand cherries and ½ orange slice into glass

  • 3-5 dashes of Angostura Bitters

  • 1-2 sugar cubes

  • Small splash of Squirt (teaspoon or so)

  • Muddle ingredients (try not to muddle rind of orange)

  • Fill glass with ice

  • 1 ½ to 2 shots of Korbel Brandy (can substitute Bourbon)

  • Top off glass with Squirt

  • Garnish with a Luxardo cherry and small slice of orange

The Evans Team


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