Gourmet Jerky Since 1977

Chapter One: Charlie Does Jerky

In 1977, a butcher and artisan named Celestino “Charlie” Mirarchi started making jerky. Charlie was definitely a doer. In fact, he was so busy making jerky that he couldn’t devote much time to selling it. So, his snacks remained a hidden gem—until Eugene and Susan Kang discovered it at a roadside stand on a trip to the Grand Canyon. They loved the jerky so much they decided to track down the maker. Soon, the trio went into business together—with a mission to share their meaty secret with the world.

Chapter Two: Doing Things the Right Way

Slowly but surely, more and more people found Country Archer jerky, and our snacks found their way into specialty grocers and other outlets. Fans started asking for variety, and so we channeled our passion into new recipes. And while we could have taken shortcuts, we chose to go with what we know. True to Charlie’s tradition, we still craft each batch with grass-fed beef, cage-free turkey, and quality pork.

Chapter Three: Let’s Do This

Today, we’re putting on our big-kid pants and taking our not-so-secret story nationwide. There’s still just one kitchen, although it’s quite a bit bigger now. And for doers who want to do more—and do it well—there are lots more ways to enjoy Country Archer meat snacks, and lots more places to find them. Heck, you can even order a box of bars, sticks, or jerky packs right here online. We think Charlie would be proud.

How It’s Made

Grass-fed beef and cage-free turkey.
Lean cuts for maximum protein.
Simple, honest organic ingredients.
Extended marinating. Zero shortcuts.
Slow cooked for maximum noms.
Direct shipping to your store or face.

Meet The Team

Our fearless leader never has a problem keeping busy. Ironically, this avid outdoorsmen can be found most often in the test kitchen dreaming up new flavors, products and who knows what else. A recent convert to CrossFit, Eugene's love-hate relationship with burpees is ever evolving. Foodie, meat monger, serial entrepreneur... he wears many hats.

Eugene Kang


Susan hates waste. Whether that be food, money, or time she cannot stand it. This translates to her hobbies. As an avid gardener, she gives high praise to her compost bin. In her eyes, why waste precious resources when they could be turned into black gold!

Susan Kang


An unapologetically carnivorous nerd, Jeremy has long sought to merge his two greatest passions of meat snacks and business optimization. His love of jerky – “freedom meats” as they are known at his house – is surpassed only by his love of financial models and lean manufacturing. When not at work, Jeremy is often a character actor for the Disney scenes his daughters recreate at home.

Jeremy White

Chief Operating/Financial Officer

Tim lives, breathes, and eats meat snacks. At 44, he’s still hitting PRs on the regular and giving his younger counterparts a run for their money at his local Cross Fit. Burpees, double-unders, thrusters…he eats them for breakfast.

Tim Bateman

VP Of Sales

Yogi, boot camper, boot strapper. You think you hustle? Mat hustles harder. When Mat isn't working... just kidding, Mat is always working.

Mathew Thalakotur

Marketing Director

Francis Suh

Director of Finance

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Half man, half me. You’ll never know that he buys all of his clothes from Costco. A master in the game of people watching and batting cages. Nothing is better than a good burger or thick pancakes. He wins at buffets. He used to think he could be a professional athlete but those hopes faded when my sisters beat him at everything. “If you feel like you are going through hell, keep going!”

Cameron Sanchez

Director of Sales - Southwest

Gary Hedges

Director of Sales West

Tom Vujovich

Director of Sales East - Convenience

Brandon Bayman

Director of Sales East - Grocery

Jeff Palega

Regional Sales Manager

Passionate about cooking and making the best meals for family and friends, Eva is an avid outdoors person. Along with her partner in crime her husband they love to go camping. You may see her out and about those trails far less traveled.

Eva Martinez

Human Resources Generalist

Cooking is a passion weather it is indoors or on the grill. Like spending time on the ocean catching 30lb. yellowtail and taking naps in a tent in the mountains. Always willing to help a friend in need. Some people call me a “jack of all trades master of none.”

David Brand

Area Sales Manager - Los Angeles/Las Vegas

Great shows like Westworld and going to the gym is what keeps Eric sane. He overcame his fear of heights ascending V5’s at his local climbing gym. This undisputed office fashion guru boasts a trove of limited edition collectible shoes that even Kanye West would drool over.

Eric Kim

Accounting Manager

Nikki Frisz

Brand Manager

Growing up around meat snacks all her life, Elena knows the ins and outs here at Country Archer. She is an avid mountain biker and when she’s not on her steel steed you can find her at the firing range shooting clays. Our very own Annie Oakley!

Elena Pierce

Plant Manager

Chris loves a good beer. Whether it’s a Belgian, Amber, or IPA he’s got a favorite. He enjoys introspective conversation while on long hikes with friends, and is open to anything and everything. Fun fact: Chris has identical twin brothers… both vegan.

Chris Lopez

Customer Service Coordinator

Whether it's sitting at his computer or riding his bike, Joseph is constantly thinking about the sweet thrill of backcountry snowboarding. In those rare moments he isn't dreaming of the slopes, you'll find him re-watching episodes of Community or using telekinesis to pat his dog.

Joseph Gaite

Marketing Coordinator