SPEAKERS

Michael Dayton, Nyemaster Goode PC   Legal Breakout Session:  "Business Entity Formation and Operating Agreements"  Michael Dayton is the chairman of the Business, Finance, and Real Estate Department and a member of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Business Law Section Council. During his career, Michael has led and assisted on hundreds of merger and acquisition transactions from public to public mergers to the sales of small privately-held companies. Michael also routinely assists clients with general contracting matters, including contract management processes and data and cybersecurity matters relating thereto; corporate formation and governance issues; commercial lending and secured transactions; regulatory matters; local counsel opinions; and other commercial transactions.

Michael Dayton, Nyemaster Goode PC

Legal Breakout Session:

"Business Entity Formation and Operating Agreements"

Michael Dayton is the chairman of the Business, Finance, and Real Estate Department and a member of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Business Law Section Council. During his career, Michael has led and assisted on hundreds of merger and acquisition transactions from public to public mergers to the sales of small privately-held companies. Michael also routinely assists clients with general contracting matters, including contract management processes and data and cybersecurity matters relating thereto; corporate formation and governance issues; commercial lending and secured transactions; regulatory matters; local counsel opinions; and other commercial transactions.

Justin Hemminger, Ohio Craft Brewers Association   Business and Marketing Breakout Session:  "Social Media Content Management for Breweries"  In addition to posting pretty photos of beer, Justin helps to craft the OCBA’s narrative by engaging the public about the guild’s core values of stewardship, empowerment, advocacy and fun. Justin manages OCBA’s digital outreach, which includes the guild’s website, blog, social media accounts and a statewide brewery passport app, Ohio On Tap.

Justin Hemminger, Ohio Craft Brewers Association

Business and Marketing Breakout Session:

"Social Media Content Management for Breweries"

In addition to posting pretty photos of beer, Justin helps to craft the OCBA’s narrative by engaging the public about the guild’s core values of stewardship, empowerment, advocacy and fun. Justin manages OCBA’s digital outreach, which includes the guild’s website, blog, social media accounts and a statewide brewery passport app, Ohio On Tap.

John Holl, Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine   Closing Keynote:  "Making Sense of These Interesting Beer Times"  John Holl is an award-winning journalist covering the beer industry. He’s the author of several books including  Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint  and  The American Craft Beer Cookbook . He is the senior editor of Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine and the co-host of Steal This Beer, a podcast. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast and more. John has lectured on the culture and history of beer and judged beer competitions around the world. 

John Holl, Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine

Closing Keynote:

"Making Sense of These Interesting Beer Times"

John Holl is an award-winning journalist covering the beer industry. He’s the author of several books including Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint and The American Craft Beer Cookbook. He is the senior editor of Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine and the co-host of Steal This Beer, a podcast. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast and more. John has lectured on the culture and history of beer and judged beer competitions around the world. 

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. 

Garret Lorensen, 7G Distributing   Business & Marketing Breakout Session (panel discussion):  "Best Practices for Working with Wholesalers"  Garret started with 7G Distributing as their Import and Craft Specialties Sales Representative in June of 2015 and recently took the role of High End Coordinator after becoming a Certified Cicerone. Before joining 7G Distributing, Garret earned his Bachelors in Marketing and Business Management from the University of Iowa while working at craft beer centric on-premise retailers.

Garret Lorensen, 7G Distributing

Business & Marketing Breakout Session (panel discussion):

"Best Practices for Working with Wholesalers"

Garret started with 7G Distributing as their Import and Craft Specialties Sales Representative in June of 2015 and recently took the role of High End Coordinator after becoming a Certified Cicerone. Before joining 7G Distributing, Garret earned his Bachelors in Marketing and Business Management from the University of Iowa while working at craft beer centric on-premise retailers.

Brian McCormac  Business & Marketing Breakout Session (panel moderator)  "Best Practices for Working with Wholesalers"  Brian S. McCormac   is a member at the BrownWinick law firm and is co-chair of the firm’s data security and privacy and craft beverage practice groups. Brian is also actively involved in the firm's Business and Corporate Law, Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Agribusiness practice groups.Brian has a diverse background, which includes practicing at an AmLaw 50 firm, serving as a corporate counsel for a multinational corporation, and acting as the general counsel for a water utility.  Brian assists clients with a wide range of legal concerns, including complex litigation, business transactions, compliance, and advertising and promotions.  He also works with clients in various industries to structure lawful sweepstakes and promotions and reviews advertising material for compliance and claims substantiation. Brian also assists clients with data privacy, trademark, social media and e-commerce issues.

Brian McCormac

Business & Marketing Breakout Session (panel moderator)

"Best Practices for Working with Wholesalers"

Brian S. McCormac is a member at the BrownWinick law firm and is co-chair of the firm’s data security and privacy and craft beverage practice groups. Brian is also actively involved in the firm's Business and Corporate Law, Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Agribusiness practice groups.Brian has a diverse background, which includes practicing at an AmLaw 50 firm, serving as a corporate counsel for a multinational corporation, and acting as the general counsel for a water utility.  Brian assists clients with a wide range of legal concerns, including complex litigation, business transactions, compliance, and advertising and promotions.  He also works with clients in various industries to structure lawful sweepstakes and promotions and reviews advertising material for compliance and claims substantiation. Brian also assists clients with data privacy, trademark, social media and e-commerce issues.

Chris Priebe, Millstream Brewing Company   Technical Brewing Breakout Session:  "Yeast Propagation"  Chris slid into his brewing career back in 1993, when he got hired as a bartender for the Dubuque Star Brewery tasting room. It was quickly discovered that he possessed a palate for good beer, and he found himself cleaning tanks, filtering, bottling, brewing, and they finally sent him to the Siebel Institute of Brewing in Chicago, where he took high honors in their diploma course, class of ’97. After Star closed in ’98, Chris pursued opening his own brewery in Dubuque. Being ahead of his time, he ended up at Millstream Brewing in July of 2000. Soon after, the owners sold out to Chris and his partners, and he’s been “stuck there” ever since, making beers designed to further the craft revolution and please even the most conservative beer drinker.

Chris Priebe, Millstream Brewing Company

Technical Brewing Breakout Session:

"Yeast Propagation"

Chris slid into his brewing career back in 1993, when he got hired as a bartender for the Dubuque Star Brewery tasting room. It was quickly discovered that he possessed a palate for good beer, and he found himself cleaning tanks, filtering, bottling, brewing, and they finally sent him to the Siebel Institute of Brewing in Chicago, where he took high honors in their diploma course, class of ’97. After Star closed in ’98, Chris pursued opening his own brewery in Dubuque. Being ahead of his time, he ended up at Millstream Brewing in July of 2000. Soon after, the owners sold out to Chris and his partners, and he’s been “stuck there” ever since, making beers designed to further the craft revolution and please even the most conservative beer drinker.

Joe Hotek, Doll Distributing   Business & Marketing Breakout Session (Panel Discussion)  "Best Practices for Working with Wholesalers"  Joe Hotek is the High End Brand Manager for Doll Distributing in Des Moines, Iowa.  In this role he manages sales, marketing, and inventory for all Craft and Import brands within the Doll Distribution portfolio.  Prior to this role he worked as Tallgrass Brewing’s Iowa and Northern Illinois Market Manager. He got his start in the craft beer world as the “Beer Guy” at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

Joe Hotek, Doll Distributing

Business & Marketing Breakout Session (Panel Discussion)

"Best Practices for Working with Wholesalers"

Joe Hotek is the High End Brand Manager for Doll Distributing in Des Moines, Iowa.  In this role he manages sales, marketing, and inventory for all Craft and Import brands within the Doll Distribution portfolio.  Prior to this role he worked as Tallgrass Brewing’s Iowa and Northern Illinois Market Manager. He got his start in the craft beer world as the “Beer Guy” at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

Ian Hughes, Brewers Association   Opening Keynote:  "Sustainability Resources for Brewers"  Ian Hughes spent nearly a decade studying and consulting in environmental science before diving into the brewing industry in 2007. He started off scrubbing tanks in the Great Lakes cellar in Cleveland, then moved to Chicago and held the positions of Brand Ambassador, EHS Manager, and Assistant Brewery Manager at Goose Island. Over the course of 8 years at Goose, Ian immersed himself in all things brewery operations through developing safety and environmental regulatory compliance programs, leading continuous improvement projects, and growing Goose Island's sustainability initiatives. During this time, he also served on the Brewers Association Sustainability Subcommittee.  In his current role at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Ian provides technical sustainability consulting services to public and private entities across the state.

Ian Hughes, Brewers Association

Opening Keynote:

"Sustainability Resources for Brewers"

Ian Hughes spent nearly a decade studying and consulting in environmental science before diving into the brewing industry in 2007. He started off scrubbing tanks in the Great Lakes cellar in Cleveland, then moved to Chicago and held the positions of Brand Ambassador, EHS Manager, and Assistant Brewery Manager at Goose Island. Over the course of 8 years at Goose, Ian immersed himself in all things brewery operations through developing safety and environmental regulatory compliance programs, leading continuous improvement projects, and growing Goose Island's sustainability initiatives. During this time, he also served on the Brewers Association Sustainability Subcommittee.  In his current role at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Ian provides technical sustainability consulting services to public and private entities across the state.

Katie McKain, Brown Winick    Legal Breakout Session:  "Real Estate Realities"  Katie E. McKain is an associate attorney with BrownWinick and has a general practice, including, but not limited to real estate, banking, bankruptcy, and corporate transactions.Katie has significant experience working on a variety of real estate transaction issues, including, but not limited to purchase and sale agreements, regulatory and finance work. She has also worked on drafting and negotiating national vendor contracts, operating agreements, management agreements and leasing contacts.  Katie graduated from the University of Iowa in 2007, receiving her B.A. in Communication Studies and History. In 2009 she earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Kansas in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development with a specialization in housing and land use. Katie received her J.D.,  with  honors , from Drake University Law School in 2012.

Katie McKain, Brown Winick

Legal Breakout Session:

"Real Estate Realities"

Katie E. McKain is an associate attorney with BrownWinick and has a general practice, including, but not limited to real estate, banking, bankruptcy, and corporate transactions.Katie has significant experience working on a variety of real estate transaction issues, including, but not limited to purchase and sale agreements, regulatory and finance work. She has also worked on drafting and negotiating national vendor contracts, operating agreements, management agreements and leasing contacts.

Katie graduated from the University of Iowa in 2007, receiving her B.A. in Communication Studies and History. In 2009 she earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Kansas in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development with a specialization in housing and land use. Katie received her J.D., with  honors, from Drake University Law School in 2012.

Abhay Nadipuram, Davis Brown Law   Legal Breakout Session:   "Mistakes that Cause Lawsuits"  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: 

"Mistakes that Cause Lawsuits"

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 for Working with Wholesalers"  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 for Working with Wholesalers"

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).  

Josh Lance, Lance CPA      Business & Marketing Breakout Session:  "Benchmarking for Success: Using Data to Better Run Your Brewery"  Joshua Lance is the founder and Managing Director of Lance CPA Group, a virtual CPA firm that focuses on providing accounting and consulting services to craft breweries. Before venturing on his own with a mission to help small businesses, Josh spent his early career at a top-10 national public accounting firm before working at an ultra high net worth family office. Josh is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL teaching in the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and McCormick School of Engineering. He enjoys homebrewing, home winemaking, cooking, traveling, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Everton FC. Josh was honored by being selected to the 2017 class of the AICPA Leadership Academy and was named as one of the 40 under 40 CPAs in 2017 by CPA Practice Advisor.

Josh Lance, Lance CPA

 

Business & Marketing Breakout Session:

"Benchmarking for Success: Using Data to Better Run Your Brewery"

Joshua Lance is the founder and Managing Director of Lance CPA Group, a virtual CPA firm that focuses on providing accounting and consulting services to craft breweries. Before venturing on his own with a mission to help small businesses, Josh spent his early career at a top-10 national public accounting firm before working at an ultra high net worth family office. Josh is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL teaching in the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and McCormick School of Engineering. He enjoys homebrewing, home winemaking, cooking, traveling, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Everton FC. Josh was honored by being selected to the 2017 class of the AICPA Leadership Academy and was named as one of the 40 under 40 CPAs in 2017 by CPA Practice Advisor.

Don Moore, Canada Malting   Technical Brewing Breakout Session  "Nuances of Malt in Brewing,"  Don Moore has thirty-two years of commercial brewing experience under his belt, having brewed for many craft breweries, both large and small, and consulting to at least twenty new start-up projects for breweries and brewpubs. He traded in his boots and mash paddle to work on the raw ingredients side of the brewing industry first as a consultant, and now full-time for Canada Malting Company, producers of malted barley, wheat, oats, and rye. He currently works as a liaison between the CMC malt houses and the breweries that Country Malt provides for both bag and bulk sales for small- to medium-sized regional breweries and works closely with breweries that are transitioning from bag malt to silo malt. Don is based in scenic British Columbia and travels across all of North America to meet with brewers and discuss barley varieties, growing conditions, malt flavor profile, and technical support.     Aside from loving his job, Don enjoys spending time with his family, and, in good Canadian form, he likes football, hockey, and beer. 

Don Moore, Canada Malting

Technical Brewing Breakout Session

"Nuances of Malt in Brewing,"

Don Moore has thirty-two years of commercial brewing experience under his belt, having brewed for many craft breweries, both large and small, and consulting to at least twenty new start-up projects for breweries and brewpubs. He traded in his boots and mash paddle to work on the raw ingredients side of the brewing industry first as a consultant, and now full-time for Canada Malting Company, producers of malted barley, wheat, oats, and rye. He currently works as a liaison between the CMC malt houses and the breweries that Country Malt provides for both bag and bulk sales for small- to medium-sized regional breweries and works closely with breweries that are transitioning from bag malt to silo malt. Don is based in scenic British Columbia and travels across all of North America to meet with brewers and discuss barley varieties, growing conditions, malt flavor profile, and technical support.   

Aside from loving his job, Don enjoys spending time with his family, and, in good Canadian form, he likes football, hockey, and beer. 

Liz Pratt, Sensory Specialist   Technical Brewing Breakout Session:  "Setting Up Sensory"  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:

"Setting Up Sensory"

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.

Aaron "Steinie" Steinmann, Brewhaus Media   Business & Marketing Breakout Session  "Launching a Brand"  Aaron, otherwise known as Steinie, is the owner/founder of Brewhaus Media, a niche marketing agency located in Kalamazoo, MI, that focuses on the craft beer and spirits industries. Brewhaus provides marketing and social media strategy consultation, as well as full campaign management. Aaron also photographs and writes about beer, including a regular column in the Michigan Beer Guide. Prior to starting Brewhaus, Aaron worked with Bell’s Brewery. There he was the Marketing Manager for Upper Hand Brewery (Bell’s sister brewery) and Bell’s Eccentric Café. He’s also worked on the distributor side as part of the Craft Brand Ambassador Team with United Beverage, Inc. An Iowa native, Aaron spent nearly 10 years leading marketing for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area and obtained his Master’s in Communications/Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa.

Aaron "Steinie" Steinmann, Brewhaus Media

Business & Marketing Breakout Session

"Launching a Brand"

Aaron, otherwise known as Steinie, is the owner/founder of Brewhaus Media, a niche marketing agency located in Kalamazoo, MI, that focuses on the craft beer and spirits industries. Brewhaus provides marketing and social media strategy consultation, as well as full campaign management. Aaron also photographs and writes about beer, including a regular column in the Michigan Beer Guide. Prior to starting Brewhaus, Aaron worked with Bell’s Brewery. There he was the Marketing Manager for Upper Hand Brewery (Bell’s sister brewery) and Bell’s Eccentric Café. He’s also worked on the distributor side as part of the Craft Brand Ambassador Team with United Beverage, Inc. An Iowa native, Aaron spent nearly 10 years leading marketing for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area and obtained his Master’s in Communications/Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa.

Doug Wilson, Hopsteiner   Technical Brewing Breakout Session:  "Beyond Leaf & Pellets"  Doug Wilson is the Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest & Eastern Canada at Hopsteiner.  Doug is also a member of the national Executive Committee for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and is a founding board member of the newly formed MBAA District Northern Illinois.  Doug began his professional brewing career in 2010 as the head brewer for Emmett’s Brewing Company in the suburbs of Chicago where he won a silver medal at the GABF in the Munich Helles category.  Doug earned his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and completed coursework for the International Diploma in Brewing Technology at Siebel in Chicago and Doemens in Munich.  Doug lives in Woodstock, IL with his wife and two young children.

Doug Wilson, Hopsteiner

Technical Brewing Breakout Session:

"Beyond Leaf & Pellets"

Doug Wilson is the Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest & Eastern Canada at Hopsteiner.  Doug is also a member of the national Executive Committee for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and is a founding board member of the newly formed MBAA District Northern Illinois.  Doug began his professional brewing career in 2010 as the head brewer for Emmett’s Brewing Company in the suburbs of Chicago where he won a silver medal at the GABF in the Munich Helles category.  Doug earned his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and completed coursework for the International Diploma in Brewing Technology at Siebel in Chicago and Doemens in Munich.  Doug lives in Woodstock, IL with his wife and two young children.