2017-12-07 / Business

Jeff Oppermann to be featured speaker at December STBA meeting

Jeff Oppermann Jeff Oppermann SAGINAW TWP. – Jeff Opperman, owner of Opperman’s Cork ‘N’ Ale, will be the featured guest speaker at the Thursday, Dec. 14 monthly Saginaw Township Business Association meeting at the Horizons Conference center, 6200 State St. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. with a paid lunch served at noon. Reservations can be made at www.stba.biz. Prospective members are also encouraged to attend.

On July 15, 1995, Oppermann purchased the Hillcrest Market, and founded Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale. Within five years, sales increased 1000 percent. In October 2002, a new 5,000 square foot addition was opened. Store square footage is now 7,200 with an additional 2,200 square feet of storage upstairs. Cork ‘N’ Ale carries over 800 different beers, 7,000 different wines, 3,000 liquors, and one of the most expansive selections of home beer and winemaking supplies in the state.

Oppermann is married to Barb, and they have four children. He has been in the wine industry since 1991. He attended college at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University.

He has been a member of the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce since 1999, the Northwest Kiwanis since 1998 and served as president in 2012, the Fordney Club since 2001, the 100 Club since 2010 and is a current board member, and the Saginaw Township Business Association since 2000.

He was a member of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce from 2003- 2005, the Saginaw Jaycees from 2000- 2002, the American Heart Association Gala Ball board from 1996-2005, the Peace Lutheran Church Public Relations board from 1999-2003, and the Saginaw Art Museum Taste for Art board from 1998-2002. He personally raised $5,000 to save the 2003 season of children’s baseball in the city of Saginaw.

He has traveled to Italy, France, Germany, California, Greece, Portugal, Argentina, Spain, Colorado, and in Michigan on wine and beer tours. He has given talks about wine on Holland America Cruise Lines, for Dow Chemical and many other businesses and social clubs.

The Oppermann family legacy started in 1865 when Fredrick Oppermann moved to the Tri-Cities and founded the


Fur Company.

His son, Gustave, took over and continued the family business. Gustave’s son, Peter Oppermann, (Jeff’s grandfather) founded the first radio, television and record store in Saginaw (Radio Center).

Peter’s son, David, started Nationwide Fireworks, which shot fireworks for President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Hank Aaron’s famous homerun, and many other historic events. He then founded Oppermann Travel in Saginaw, Bay City and Midland. David’s son, Jeff, founded Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale.

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