Brewers Association Seats 2019 Board, Promotes Senior Leaders

The Brewers Association (BA) announced Wednesday a pair of leadership moves — seating its 2019 Board of Directors and promoting four long-time employees to a newly created senior leadership team.

In a press release, the not-for-profit trade group — which represents the interests of small and independent U.S. brewers — said Left Hand Brewing Co. co-founder and president Eric Wallace had officially begun his second term as chairman of the 19-person board.

“These are exciting and evolving times for craft brewers,” Wallace said via the release. “Our job as board members is to ensure we’re recognizing the opportunities and tackling the challenges facing the industry with a strategic and unified voice.”

Wallace is joined on the board’s executive committee by Maine Beer Co. co-founder Dan Kleban (vice chair), Larry Chase (secretary/treasurer), Allagash Brewing founder Rob Tod (past chair), and BA president and CEO Bob Pease.

Newly elected board members beginning three-year terms include Right Proper Brewing co-owner Leah Cheston, who will represent brewpubs; Jill Marilley, who was appointed by the American Homebrewers Association’s governing committee; and Union Craft Brewing co-founder and head brewer Kevin Blodger as an at-large member.

Re-elected packaging brewery representatives include Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. manager Leslie Henderson and Maui Brewing co-founder Garrett Marrero.

“From regional craft brewers to two-barrel taprooms and everything in between, our members run the gamut in terms of size, scale, and business model,” Pease said in the release. “The board reflects the breadth and evolving landscape of our membership and is here to ensure we’re meeting the needs of the craft brewing community.”

According to the BA, the board sets the organization’s strategic direction and “governs the activities of the professional division” and other divisions, including the American Homebrewers Association, as well as its publications and marquee events (the Great American Beer Festival, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America and Savor).

Notably, Boston Beer Company founder and chairman Jim Koch, who served on the board when a revision of the BA’s craft brewer definition was approved last year — a move that allowed his company to continue calling itself a “craft brewer” — has departed.

From left: Pease, Gatza, Johnson, Johnson Martin and Farrell

In a separate announcement, the BA said it had promoted four directors and established a senior leadership team, which they will sit on with Pease.

Director Paul Gatza was promoted to senior vice president of the professional brewing division, while event director Nancy Johnson is now the senior vice president of meetings and events. Operations director Stephanie Johnson Martin was named senior vice president of operations, while human resources director Ryan Farrell is now vice president of staff development.

“As long-serving and accomplished team members, Paul, Nancy, Stephanie and Ryan have proven their hard work and dedication time and time again,” Pease said. “I’m proud to work with this senior leadership team and extend a big congratulations on these well-deserved promotions.”

Additional details on the promotions are included here.

A press release with more information the BA’s 2019 board of directors is included below.

Brewers Association Seats 2019 Board of Director

Boulder, Colo. — The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—announced its 2019 board of directors, adding three new representatives to the 19-person board.

Eric Wallace, co-founder and president, Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, Colo.), continues as board chair for a second term. He has served on the board in various capacities since 2011.

Newly elected brewpub representative Leah Cheston, co-owner of Right Proper Brewing Co. (Washington, D.C.), joins re-elected packaging brewery representatives Leslie Henderson of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. (Kiln, Miss.), and Garrett Marrero of Maui Brewing Co. (Kihei, Hawaii).

New board member Jill Marilley was appointed by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) governing committee to fill the second of two AHA board seats, vacated by term-limited director Chris Frey. New board member Kevin Blodger, co-founder and head brewer at Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore, Md.) and Larry Chase (brewery in planning) were appointed by the BA board of directors as at-large representatives. They replace outgoing board members Jim Koch (Boston Beer Co.) and Tom McCormick (California Craft Brewers Association).

“These are exciting and evolving times for craft brewers,” said Wallace. “Our job as board members is to ensure we’re recognizing the opportunities and tackling the challenges facing the industry with a strategic and unified voice. Each of us is honored to serve this community we’re so proud to be a part of and look forward to working on behalf of our members to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.”

The 2019 Brewers Association Board of Directors is made up of the following members:

(*indicates new to board in 2019)

Executive Committee

  • Chair – Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.
  • Vice Chair – Dan Kleban, Maine Beer Co., Freeport, Maine
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Larry Chase, Brewery in Planning, Talent, Ore.
  • Past Chair – Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, Maine
  • Brewers Association President & CEO – Bob Pease

American Homebrewers Association Representative Board Members

  • *Jill Marilley, Everett, Wash.
  • Roxanne Westendorf, Cincinnati, Ohio

At-Large Board Members

  • *Kevin Blodger, Union Craft Brewing, Baltimore, Md.
  • Larry Chase, Brewery in Planning, Talent, Ore.
  • Larry Horwitz, unaffiliated, Columbus, Ohio
  • Jose Mallea, Biscayne Bay Brewing Co., Miami, Fla.

Brewpub Representative Board Members

  • Tim Brady, Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, Brattleboro, Vt.
  • Sean Casey, Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • *Leah Cheston, Right Proper Brewing Co., Washington, D.C.
  • Cyrena Nouzille, Ladyface Ale Companie, Agoura Hills, Calif.
  • Julie Verratti, Denizens Brewing Co., Silver Springs, Md.

Packaging Brewery Representative Board Members=

  • Leslie Henderson, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., Kiln, Miss.
  • Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Dan Kleban, Maine Beer Co., Freeport, Maine
  • John Mallett, Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Galesburg, Mich.
  • Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co., Kihei, Hawaii
  • Wynne Odell, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, Maine
  • Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.

Committee Chairs

  • AHA Governing – Roxanne Westendorf
  • Brewpub – Cyrena Nouzille
  • Diversity – Julie Verratti
  • Events – Leslie Henderson
  • Executive – Eric Wallace
  • Finance – Larry Chase
  • Governance – Wynne Odell
  • Government Affairs – Dan Kleban
  • Market Development – Garrett Marrero
  • Public Relations & Marketing – Steve Hindy
  • Technical — John Mallett

“From regional craft brewers to two-barrel taprooms and everything in between, our members run the gamut in terms of size, scale, and business model,” said Bob Pease, president & CEO, Brewers Association. “The board reflects the breadth and evolving landscape of our membership and is here to ensure we’re meeting the needs of the craft brewing community. I look forward to working alongside both new and longstanding board members to achieve our objectives and priorities.”

The board of directors guides the strategic direction of the BA and governs the activities of the professional division of the BA, as well as the American Homebrewers Association, Brewers Publications and BA events including the Great American Beer Festival, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America and SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents more than 4,800 U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine, and Brewers Publications — is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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