Half Moon Bay to Host Brews and Views in April

Half Moon Bay, Calif. – March 26, 2013 — The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company invites members of the community to join celebrated guest panelists for Brews and Views on April 10 and April 22 for free public forums discussing important issues facing Bay Area residents. Created in November 2009 by Lenny Mendonca, co-owner and founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Brews and Views is a monthly and sometimes bi-monthly discussion that is open to the public and might concern everything from economic development to social issues.On Thursday, April 10, Brews and Views will welcome Sean Randolph, President of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, for a discussion with moderator Mendonca, who is also director emeritus of McKinsey & Company. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to foster a competitive economy in

California and the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and the Silicon Valley. The Institute produces authoritative analyses on economic policy issues affecting the region and the state, including infrastructure, globalization, energy, science, and governance, and mobilizes California and Bay Area leaders around targeted policy initiatives. Randolph’s discussion with Mendonca will explore the state of the innovation economy, ties with Europe and China’s economies, the Bay Area’s connections in education, tourism, urban planning, energy, internet, tech, and biotech, as well as what kinds of new vehicles are available to help further build ties.

Thursday, April 10, 6-8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; Admission and snacks are complimentary; beer, wine and full menu available for purchase.
At the Tuesday, April 22 installment of Brews and Views, moderator Mendonca will be joined by Doug Henton, Chairman and CEO of Collaborative Economics, a research and consulting firm based in San Mateo that has identified, recruited, and supported thousands of civic entrepreneurs and leaders throughout more than 25 states over two decades, as they work to transform regional economies. Collaborative Economics helps these teams develop breakthrough ideas, conduct innovative analyses, and form action partnerships that deliver results. The discussion will focus on what makes the Bay Area a leading center of innovation and whether the region’s current momentum is sustainable.Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6-8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; Admission and snacks are complimentary; beer, wine and full menu available for purchase.

Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for these events will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation. To make a reservation or inquire about future Brews and Views topics please call 650-728-2739 or visitwww.hmbbrewingco.com.

Speaker Biographies:

Sean Randolph is President & CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to foster a competitive economy in California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Randolph previously served as President & CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, which merged with the Bay Area Council in January 2008, and as director of international trade for the State of California, where he developed trade strategy and directed international business programs to stimulate exports and introduce California companies to overseas markets. Before service with the state, he was Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group, an international business consulting firm specializing in Asia and Latin America, and before that served as International Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, a 15-nation international organization of leading U.S., Asian and Latin American corporations. His professional career includes extensive experience in the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Congress staff, and the White House staff. He served in the U.S. State Department, as officer for Asia on the Policy Planning Staff, as Special Adviser for Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and as Deputy/Ambassador-at Large for Pacific Basin affairs. He served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, managing nuclear non-proliferation, energy research, and global oil and gas issues. Dr. Randolph holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities), a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and studied at the London School of Economics.

Doug Henton is Chairman and CEO of Collaborative Economics, a research and consulting firm based in San Mateo. He has more than 30 years of experience in economic and community development at the national, regional, state, and local levels. Henton was project manager for the start-up of the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, an innovative, results-oriented regional economic development alliance. He served as Joint Venture’s economist, and was the architect of Joint Venture’s annual Index of Silicon Valley. He is currently leading a Competitiveness and Innovation Project for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He was a member of the Management Team for the California Economic Summit, California’s first-ever Summit harnessing the power of regional collaboration to spur economic innovation and growth. He is a consultant to Next 10 for the development of the Green Innovation Index, and regional coordinator for Clean Economy Solutions, a national organization helping to advance America’s economy region by region. In California, he helped launch collaborative regional efforts in Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego, and nationally, he was a consultant to the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, developing their annual Innovation Index. He founded Collaborative Economics in July 1993 after a decade as assistant director of SRI International’s Center for Economic Competitiveness. At SRI, he led major state-level strategy development projects in Arizona, Florida, and California. He also directed major projects on the economic future of Hong Kong, the technopolis strategy in Japan, and regional development in China. Henton holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Yale University and a master of public policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Moderator Biographies:

Lenny T. Mendonca is a director emeritus (retired senior partner) from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. Mendonca founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. For many years Mendonca led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly, and served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). His client work focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Mendonca is the Chair of Children Now, co-Chair of California Forward, and founder and Chair of Fusecorps. He is the Chair Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for Junior Statesmen of America. He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College. Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
Recently selected by Men’s Fitness as one of America’s Top Ten Craft Breweries and byTravel + Leisure magazine as one of America’s Best Beach Bars, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is situated on picturesque Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Princeton-by-the Sea. The Brewing Company expertly pairs a family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh, sustainable seafood, craft beers, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront. The Brewing Company is a casual coastal venue that has become an institution in the Half Moon Bay area for locals and visitors alike since opening in 2000. With its warm, wood-toned interior, expansive windows to the ocean, and walls dotted with surf memorabilia, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar is reminiscent of a typical California surf shack. Behind the restaurant lie the 1,200 square-foot Mavericks Beer Garden and on-site brewery, where hand-crafted, award-winning Mavericks┬« Beers & Ales are piped directly to the bar. The Mavericks Amber Ale won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup, and the Ocho Barril Saison won Best in Show for session beers and the gold medal in the Wood/Smoke Ale category at the California State Fair in June, 2013.The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is located at 390 Capistrano Road in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to close; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to close. To book a reservation, please call 650-728-BREW (2739) or visit OpenTable.com. Additional information may be found at www.hmbbrewingco.com.