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Joe Bolick, Iowa Waste Reduction Center   "Green Beer All Year - How craft breweries can maximize efficiency and capitalize on being environmentally friendly"  Joe has been with the IWRC at UNI for over 15 years. He started his career at the IWRC working with painting and coating facilities across the United States; training painters to be more efficient in their processes. Since then, he has worked with a variety of businesses across a spectrum of industries focusing on minimizing their overall environmental impact and maximizing their efficiencies. In 2017, Joe was a part of the team that created the Iowa Green Brewery Certification Program and has led the program for the last two years, certifying over 25% of the craft breweries in Iowa. In July of this year, Joe was promoted to Interim Director of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center.

Joe Bolick, Iowa Waste Reduction Center

"Green Beer All Year - How craft breweries can maximize efficiency and capitalize on being environmentally friendly"

Joe has been with the IWRC at UNI for over 15 years. He started his career at the IWRC working with painting and coating facilities across the United States; training painters to be more efficient in their processes. Since then, he has worked with a variety of businesses across a spectrum of industries focusing on minimizing their overall environmental impact and maximizing their efficiencies. In 2017, Joe was a part of the team that created the Iowa Green Brewery Certification Program and has led the program for the last two years, certifying over 25% of the craft breweries in Iowa. In July of this year, Joe was promoted to Interim Director of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center.

Tim Brady, Brewers Association   "Your Service Sucks—That Guy on Yelp"  Tim Brady, owner of Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, has been passionate about craft beer since his first homebrewing experience 25 years ago. His front line experience in hospitality includes owner and operator of an inn, craft beer bar, campground, and entertainment complex as well as the brewery, restaurant, and biergarten. Brady shares his passion for beer, technology, and marketing as an active member of the Brewers Association Board of Directors, a strategist with a Vermont marketing firm, and an instructor for the UVM Business of Craft Beer program. He also spends several months each year traveling the country in his RV, visiting breweries and pubs. At the center of all of his businesses, Brady believes that the key to success is great service; that great service comes from great staff; and that great staff comes from great training.

Tim Brady, Brewers Association

"Your Service Sucks—That Guy on Yelp"

Tim Brady, owner of Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, has been passionate about craft beer since his first homebrewing experience 25 years ago. His front line experience in hospitality includes owner and operator of an inn, craft beer bar, campground, and entertainment complex as well as the brewery, restaurant, and biergarten. Brady shares his passion for beer, technology, and marketing as an active member of the Brewers Association Board of Directors, a strategist with a Vermont marketing firm, and an instructor for the UVM Business of Craft Beer program. He also spends several months each year traveling the country in his RV, visiting breweries and pubs. At the center of all of his businesses, Brady believes that the key to success is great service; that great service comes from great staff; and that great staff comes from great training.

Ann Fahy, Beverage Consultant   Opening Keynote:  "The Case for Strategic Mapping"  Ann has 27+ years of experience in the brewing field. She was one of the first female Brewmasters in the US, receiving her certificate from Siebels Institute in Chicago. She worked at Coors Brewing in a variety of roles, including process control, engineering, International Brewing and International Marketing. She then transitioned Guinness to be their International Director of Quality and helping to create the “Perfect Pint” campaign which is still in use today. Her final brewing role was with Scottish Courage Brewing LTD as Director of the largest brewery in Britain – Berkshire Brewery. Ann moved to Minnesota 15 years ago and worked in the nonprofit sector in Rochester. More recently she returned to her love of brewing and has started a brewing consulting business. She works with breweries to grow their product lines through beer development, to grow their product distribution and to increase their internal capacity to achieve the goals they set for themselves. She also does beer/food pairings to help consumers understand that beer, like wine goes best with food - and it’s not just for pizza and hot dogs! She has a daughter who is an ICU nurse at Mayo Clinic St. Mary’s Hospital and a son who is head brewer at West O Beer.

Ann Fahy, Beverage Consultant

Opening Keynote:

"The Case for Strategic Mapping"

Ann has 27+ years of experience in the brewing field. She was one of the first female Brewmasters in the US, receiving her certificate from Siebels Institute in Chicago. She worked at Coors Brewing in a variety of roles, including process control, engineering, International Brewing and International Marketing. She then transitioned Guinness to be their International Director of Quality and helping to create the “Perfect Pint” campaign which is still in use today. Her final brewing role was with Scottish Courage Brewing LTD as Director of the largest brewery in Britain – Berkshire Brewery. Ann moved to Minnesota 15 years ago and worked in the nonprofit sector in Rochester. More recently she returned to her love of brewing and has started a brewing consulting business. She works with breweries to grow their product lines through beer development, to grow their product distribution and to increase their internal capacity to achieve the goals they set for themselves. She also does beer/food pairings to help consumers understand that beer, like wine goes best with food - and it’s not just for pizza and hot dogs! She has a daughter who is an ICU nurse at Mayo Clinic St. Mary’s Hospital and a son who is head brewer at West O Beer.

Mark Hudson, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll   Legal Breakout Session:  "Sexual Harassment in the Hospitality Industry: The Customer is not King!"  Mark Hudson is an Attorney and Senior Vice President at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. Mark’s work focuses on labor and employment compliance and counseling (including personnel policies and decisions, workplace investigations, affirmative action program compliance, wage and hour advice, and general employment counseling), labor and employment litigation (including equal opportunity, wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment and defense of employment-related claims), and fair housing litigation and compliance.

Mark Hudson, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

Legal Breakout Session:

"Sexual Harassment in the Hospitality Industry: The Customer is not King!"

Mark Hudson is an Attorney and Senior Vice President at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. Mark’s work focuses on labor and employment compliance and counseling (including personnel policies and decisions, workplace investigations, affirmative action program compliance, wage and hour advice, and general employment counseling), labor and employment litigation (including equal opportunity, wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment and defense of employment-related claims), and fair housing litigation and compliance.

Camille Urban, Brown Winick   "Trade Secret/Non-Compete Clauses"  Camille Urban is a member of BrownWinick and is co-chair of the firm's  Intellectual Property practice group . Camille practices in the areas of  patents, trademarks and copyrights . Because most aspects of these areas of the law are federal or even international in nature, Camille's clients range from individuals to large companies located regionally as well as throughout the globe. Her practice includes engineering and negotiating international and domestic licenses and technology agreements, participating in due diligence and transfer activities relating to mergers and acquisitions and assisting clients in preparing private and public placement documents in addition to preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications and registering copyrights. She assists clients in creating strategies to protect and increase the value of their intellectual property both domestically and internationally, and helps clients devise and develop coherent intellectual property portfolios.

Camille Urban, Brown Winick

"Trade Secret/Non-Compete Clauses"

Camille Urban is a member of BrownWinick and is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property practice group. Camille practices in the areas of patents, trademarks and copyrights. Because most aspects of these areas of the law are federal or even international in nature, Camille's clients range from individuals to large companies located regionally as well as throughout the globe. Her practice includes engineering and negotiating international and domestic licenses and technology agreements, participating in due diligence and transfer activities relating to mergers and acquisitions and assisting clients in preparing private and public placement documents in addition to preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications and registering copyrights. She assists clients in creating strategies to protect and increase the value of their intellectual property both domestically and internationally, and helps clients devise and develop coherent intellectual property portfolios.

Eric Selander, Confluence Brewing Company   "Solid Self-Distribution"  Eric Selander is the Sales & Distribution Manager for Confluence Brewing Company. Alongside president and head brewer John Martin, Eric has helped guide and grow Confluence’s self distribution model from a “do-it-yourself” to a “do-it-for-others” venture. Starting with Confluence in 2013, Eric now oversees a team of ten in the Sales & Distribution department and handles daily route management, sales efforts, draft line maintenance, IT support, fleet maintenance, and just about anything else that may pop up.

Eric Selander, Confluence Brewing Company

"Solid Self-Distribution"

Eric Selander is the Sales & Distribution Manager for Confluence Brewing Company. Alongside president and head brewer John Martin, Eric has helped guide and grow Confluence’s self distribution model from a “do-it-yourself” to a “do-it-for-others” venture. Starting with Confluence in 2013, Eric now oversees a team of ten in the Sales & Distribution department and handles daily route management, sales efforts, draft line maintenance, IT support, fleet maintenance, and just about anything else that may pop up.

Maureen Ogle, Author and Historian   Closing Keynote  "Whose Beer Is It, Anyway"  Maureen Ogle is a historian and author living in Ames. Her books include  Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer  and  In Meat We Trust .

Maureen Ogle, Author and Historian

Closing Keynote

"Whose Beer Is It, Anyway"

Maureen Ogle is a historian and author living in Ames. Her books include Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer and In Meat We Trust.

Quinton McClain, Lion Bridge Brewing Company   Line Cleaning Training  IBG Board Vice President and owner/brewer at Lion Bridge Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids, Quinton McClain has won a number of GABF medals for his tasty beers.

Quinton McClain, Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Line Cleaning Training

IBG Board Vice President and owner/brewer at Lion Bridge Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids, Quinton McClain has won a number of GABF medals for his tasty beers.

Jenica Johnson, Small Business Development Center   "The Business of Brewing"  Jenica is the Regional Director for the Mid-Iowa SBDC which offers free business counseling services to small businesses and startups. A graduate of Drake University and Drake University Law School, Jenica has worked in the entrepreneurial world for nearly a decade in a variety of roles. In her spare time, Jenica enjoys organizing and planning events, spending time with friends, traveling, attending concerts and the theatre, karaoke, and a great craft beer.

Jenica Johnson, Small Business Development Center

"The Business of Brewing"

Jenica is the Regional Director for the Mid-Iowa SBDC which offers free business counseling services to small businesses and startups. A graduate of Drake University and Drake University Law School, Jenica has worked in the entrepreneurial world for nearly a decade in a variety of roles. In her spare time, Jenica enjoys organizing and planning events, spending time with friends, traveling, attending concerts and the theatre, karaoke, and a great craft beer.

Mark Fischer & Andrea Smith,    Iowa Economic Development Authority   "Exporting"  Mark Fischer and Andrea Smith are both part of the International Trade Office of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Fischer works with Iowa companies that want to market agriculture and food products outside of the USA. Smith assists Iowa companies interested in exporting to the Americas, both north and south, and Africa. The International Trade Office has assistance and programs to help both new-to-export and experienced exporters grow their business outside of the USA. The craft beer market is expanding worldwide and the State of Iowa, and cooperating partners, can help Iowa breweries tap into this market. Come and see what Iowa exports and how exporting can be a part of your business plan.

Mark Fischer & Andrea Smith,

Iowa Economic Development Authority

"Exporting"

Mark Fischer and Andrea Smith are both part of the International Trade Office of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Fischer works with Iowa companies that want to market agriculture and food products outside of the USA. Smith assists Iowa companies interested in exporting to the Americas, both north and south, and Africa. The International Trade Office has assistance and programs to help both new-to-export and experienced exporters grow their business outside of the USA. The craft beer market is expanding worldwide and the State of Iowa, and cooperating partners, can help Iowa breweries tap into this market. Come and see what Iowa exports and how exporting can be a part of your business plan.

Abhay Nadipuram, Davis Brown Law   Legal Breakout Session:  "Pun Love V. Blatant Theft"  Abhay Nadipuram is a trial lawyer who represents individuals and businesses in a variety of litigation, including insurance defense, construction, real estate, professional liability, commercial and business litigation, agricultural-related litigation, lemon law, administrative law, and municipal law. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Iowa State Leadership Board of the American Cancer Society, and is President-Elect of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Iowa State Bar Association. Abhay enjoys biking, the Iowa Hawkeyes, music, and drinking IPAs. Abhay’s family is from Bangalore, India, but he grew-up in Waterloo, Iowa, where his parents still live and work today.

Abhay Nadipuram, Davis Brown Law

Legal Breakout Session:

"Pun Love V. Blatant Theft"

Abhay Nadipuram is a trial lawyer who represents individuals and businesses in a variety of litigation, including insurance defense, construction, real estate, professional liability, commercial and business litigation, agricultural-related litigation, lemon law, administrative law, and municipal law. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Iowa State Leadership Board of the American Cancer Society, and is President-Elect of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Iowa State Bar Association. Abhay enjoys biking, the Iowa Hawkeyes, music, and drinking IPAs. Abhay’s family is from Bangalore, India, but he grew-up in Waterloo, Iowa, where his parents still live and work today.

Terry Timmerman, Fahr Beverage   Business & Marketing Breakout Session (panel discussion):  "Best Practices: Annual Business Planning"  Terry Timmerman is Vice President and COO at Fahr Beverage Inc. Terry has worked for Fahr Beverage Inc. for 25 years in all aspects of beer distribution business. Terry is a graduate of Upper Iowa University and is Certified Cicerone ®  (Level 2) and MBAA Beer Steward (Level 2). Terry and his wife Jenifer have two kids, Alexa (18) and Tyler (15).

Terry Timmerman, Fahr Beverage

Business & Marketing Breakout Session (panel discussion):

"Best Practices: Annual Business Planning"

Terry Timmerman is Vice President and COO at Fahr Beverage Inc. Terry has worked for Fahr Beverage Inc. for 25 years in all aspects of beer distribution business. Terry is a graduate of Upper Iowa University and is Certified Cicerone® (Level 2) and MBAA Beer Steward (Level 2). Terry and his wife Jenifer have two kids, Alexa (18) and Tyler (15).

Monica Hines, Brightside Aleworks   Taproom Panel Discussion  It was about five years ago when Monica realized that there was a large pub glass shaped space in her heart which could only be filled by craft beer. It was at this point that she dove into the fermentation tank of this beautiful industry. She has since had the privilege to serve, bartend, and even manage at a few of Des Moines’ local breweries and currently resides as taproom manager for Brightside Aleworks in Altoona.

Monica Hines, Brightside Aleworks

Taproom Panel Discussion

It was about five years ago when Monica realized that there was a large pub glass shaped space in her heart which could only be filled by craft beer. It was at this point that she dove into the fermentation tank of this beautiful industry. She has since had the privilege to serve, bartend, and even manage at a few of Des Moines’ local breweries and currently resides as taproom manager for Brightside Aleworks in Altoona.

Dan Weber, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery   "Scaling Up Recipes” and “Yeast Health"  Dan Weber is originally from Cedar Falls and attended the University of Iowa, studying Chemical Engineering & graduating in 2008. After a two-year stint in the chemical field, Dan got his feet wet in the brewing world volunteering and then working his way into brewing and lab work at Millstream Brewing Company. Dan then studied at the UC-Davis Master Brewers Program and returned to Millstream for several months before starting his new role brewing at Dogfish Head in Delaware. Dan was a Production Brewer for three years and Brewing Supervisor for another three years before settling into his current role of two years as Innovation Brewer, managing the Research and Development brewing at Dogfish. In his free time, you’ll find Dan in his beach Jeep, a kayak, or a golf cart, probably with his favorite craft beers not too far from him.

Dan Weber, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

"Scaling Up Recipes” and “Yeast Health"

Dan Weber is originally from Cedar Falls and attended the University of Iowa, studying Chemical Engineering & graduating in 2008. After a two-year stint in the chemical field, Dan got his feet wet in the brewing world volunteering and then working his way into brewing and lab work at Millstream Brewing Company. Dan then studied at the UC-Davis Master Brewers Program and returned to Millstream for several months before starting his new role brewing at Dogfish Head in Delaware. Dan was a Production Brewer for three years and Brewing Supervisor for another three years before settling into his current role of two years as Innovation Brewer, managing the Research and Development brewing at Dogfish. In his free time, you’ll find Dan in his beach Jeep, a kayak, or a golf cart, probably with his favorite craft beers not too far from him.

Lance Shaner, Omega Yeast   "The History of Norweigian Kveik Yeast"  Lance received a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of Texas – Houston. He has 11 years of laboratory experience, including 5 years of original research on the stress response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (a.k.a. brewer’s yeast). The Norwegian kveik strains are his favorites, and he spends his free time watching his “buds” (Genevieve, 8 and Annelise, 5) grow up!

Lance Shaner, Omega Yeast

"The History of Norweigian Kveik Yeast"

Lance received a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of Texas – Houston. He has 11 years of laboratory experience, including 5 years of original research on the stress response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (a.k.a. brewer’s yeast). The Norwegian kveik strains are his favorites, and he spends his free time watching his “buds” (Genevieve, 8 and Annelise, 5) grow up!

Liz Pratt, Sensory Specialist   Technical Brewing Breakout Session:  "Sensory 201"  Liz has played a number of roles in the brewing world, from planning events in Boston to getting knee-deep in hops on the production floor in Maine. She completed beer flavor analysis training at the Tufts University Sensory and Science Center. She uses her real-world experience to help craft breweries build and launch simple, efficient, fun systems that empower busy brewing professionals to run their own sensory programs. The result is better beer, more efficient production, and happier team members. She currently works out of Boston and Amsterdam, and serves as secretary for MBAA District New England.

Liz Pratt, Sensory Specialist

Technical Brewing Breakout Session:

"Sensory 201"

Liz has played a number of roles in the brewing world, from planning events in Boston to getting knee-deep in hops on the production floor in Maine. She completed beer flavor analysis training at the Tufts University Sensory and Science Center. She uses her real-world experience to help craft breweries build and launch simple, efficient, fun systems that empower busy brewing professionals to run their own sensory programs. The result is better beer, more efficient production, and happier team members. She currently works out of Boston and Amsterdam, and serves as secretary for MBAA District New England.

Cory O’Neel   Sensory Training  Brewing QA/QC Microbiologist Cory O’Neel has decades of brewing experience at large and small breweries around the world.

Cory O’Neel

Sensory Training

Brewing QA/QC Microbiologist Cory O’Neel has decades of brewing experience at large and small breweries around the world.

Drew Larson, Brown Winick   "Succession Planning"  Drew D. Larson is a member of BrownWinick and serves as chair of the firm's Innovation Committee. Drew practices primarily in the areas of  corporate formation and transactions ,  health law ,  intellectual property ,  estate planning , and  tax . He represents business clients in various aspects of their operations, including  startup organization , financing, acquisitions, contract drafting and negotiation, succession planning and regulatory compliance.  Drew has a particular passion for working with technology startups, manufacturers,  healthcare providers  and other entrepreneurs, working with them to structure their business, protect their intellectual property, and remove obstacles so that businesses can continue to grow. Drew views his role as an attorney as a trusted advisor and partner with his clients, helping to assess their legal needs and working to provide the most simple, straightforward and complete answers as possible.  He also works with many closely held business owners and farmers to prepare for transitioning their businesses to future generations in a manner that accomplishes the owners' personal and financial goals. Drew believes that estate planning is about more than just minimizing taxes, but is also about transferring values and ensuring that future generations are prepared for the responsibilities that come with owning a business or managing significant wealth.

Drew Larson, Brown Winick

"Succession Planning"

Drew D. Larson is a member of BrownWinick and serves as chair of the firm's Innovation Committee. Drew practices primarily in the areas of corporate formation and transactions, health law, intellectual property, estate planning, and tax. He represents business clients in various aspects of their operations, including startup organization, financing, acquisitions, contract drafting and negotiation, succession planning and regulatory compliance.

Drew has a particular passion for working with technology startups, manufacturers, healthcare providers and other entrepreneurs, working with them to structure their business, protect their intellectual property, and remove obstacles so that businesses can continue to grow. Drew views his role as an attorney as a trusted advisor and partner with his clients, helping to assess their legal needs and working to provide the most simple, straightforward and complete answers as possible.

He also works with many closely held business owners and farmers to prepare for transitioning their businesses to future generations in a manner that accomplishes the owners' personal and financial goals. Drew believes that estate planning is about more than just minimizing taxes, but is also about transferring values and ensuring that future generations are prepared for the responsibilities that come with owning a business or managing significant wealth.

Eric R. Sannerud, Mighty Axe Hops   “The Next Hop Revolution”  Eric R. Sannerud is a farmer, thinker, and entrepreneur. He is the founding farmer of Mighty Axe Hops, Minnesota’s largest hops farm and the largest hop farm from Michigan to Idaho. Eric serves on Minnesota’s Rural Finance Authority and is a co-founder of the Central Minnesota Young Farmers Coalition. He is a TEDx speaker and vocal advocate for the next generation of farmers and the third wave of beer.

Eric R. Sannerud, Mighty Axe Hops

“The Next Hop Revolution”

Eric R. Sannerud is a farmer, thinker, and entrepreneur. He is the founding farmer of Mighty Axe Hops, Minnesota’s largest hops farm and the largest hop farm from Michigan to Idaho. Eric serves on Minnesota’s Rural Finance Authority and is a co-founder of the Central Minnesota Young Farmers Coalition. He is a TEDx speaker and vocal advocate for the next generation of farmers and the third wave of beer.

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Jordan D. Nickerson, Brown Winick

“Trade Secret/Non-Compete Clauses”

Jordan D. Nickerson is an associate attorney with BrownWinick and has a general practice including, but not limited to, health law, litigation, and employment and labor law.

Jordan graduated from the University of Iowa in 2015, receiving his B. A. in Communication Studies and Sociology.

In 2018, he received his J.D., with honors, from Drake University Law School with a Health Law Certificate. He was selected to be a member of the Order of the Barristers. During law school, he was Executive Editor of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. His student note, America’s Invisible Farmers: From Slavery, to Freedmen, to the First on the Land, will be published in the 23rd volume of the Journal. Jordan was also active in the Drake Black Law Students Association, Drake A.A.J. Mock Trial Team, and the Drake Arbitration Team, winning the American Bar Association 2017-2018 Arbitration National Championship.

Prior to joining the BrownWinick law firm as an associate, Jordan was a law clerk at UnityPoint Health and served as an intern at Wells Fargo Bank and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

Ana McClain, Lion Bridge Brewing Company   Taproom Panel Discussion  Ana McClain is the co-owner and Business Manager of Lion Bridge Brewing Company, a neighborhood brewery and taproom located in the Main Street District of Czech Village New Bohemia in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lion Bridge opened in March of 2014. Before opening Lion Bridge Ana was studying her MBA in Social and Sustainable business at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where she met her husband Quinton.  Ana is originally from Merida, Mexico. After graduating from the University Americas in Puebla, Mexico, she spent four years living in Washington, DC working for Chemonics International, an international development consulting firm working on a wide range of international aid projects ranging from environmental projects to anticorruption and trade. Ana also worked as a team leader at GE Capital.  Ana has a knack for managing a lot of moving pieces thanks to her project management skills and background. She has been able to successfully run a bustling taproom in Czech Village while creating fun and innovative events and local collaborations over the past 5+ years.

Ana McClain, Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Taproom Panel Discussion

Ana McClain is the co-owner and Business Manager of Lion Bridge Brewing Company, a neighborhood brewery and taproom located in the Main Street District of Czech Village New Bohemia in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lion Bridge opened in March of 2014. Before opening Lion Bridge Ana was studying her MBA in Social and Sustainable business at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where she met her husband Quinton.

Ana is originally from Merida, Mexico. After graduating from the University Americas in Puebla, Mexico, she spent four years living in Washington, DC working for Chemonics International, an international development consulting firm working on a wide range of international aid projects ranging from environmental projects to anticorruption and trade. Ana also worked as a team leader at GE Capital.

Ana has a knack for managing a lot of moving pieces thanks to her project management skills and background. She has been able to successfully run a bustling taproom in Czech Village while creating fun and innovative events and local collaborations over the past 5+ years.