BOULDER, Colo. • February 23, 2010—Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America's small and independent brewers, announced the addition and promotion of several staff members.
The Brewers Association staff changes are:
Barbara Fusco joined the Association as Sales & Marketing Director. Fusco brings more than a dozen years of diversified marketing and business development experience to the organization. She most recently served in a marketing strategy, branding and public relations leadership role for a full-service marketing agency.
Cindy Jones assumed the newly-created role of Web Director. Prior to her new position, Jones served as Sales & Marketing Director of the Association for eight years. Jones brings special expertise in user experience and online/offline marketing integration to her new position.
Chris Swersey joined the Association in the new role of Technical Brewing Projects Coordinator, bringing an extensive technical brewing background to the position. Swersey continues to serve the Association in the capacity of Competition Manager for both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, also serving as technical editor for The New Brewer, a bimonthly Brewers Association magazine.
Chris Williams has been promoted from Member Services Specialist to Event Registrar. After completing an internship in the organization’s sales department, he joined the Association as an employee in 2009. Prior to the Brewers Association, Williams was patient services coordinator at Children’s Hospital in Denver.
Kate Kingsbery is the newest member of the Association staff, replacing Williams in the Member Services Specialist role. Kingsbery comes to the Association from Crested Butte Mountain Resort, where she was a vacation planner and travel protection specialist. Prior to that she completed an internship with the American Homebrewers Association division of the Brewers Association.
The Association is growing to better serve its sizeable membership, which includes a variety of constituents. With 31 full-time employees and additional independent contract staff, the Brewers Association serves 1,395 Brewery Members, 170 Wholesalers, 297 Allied Trade Members and 17,621 American Homebrewers Association Members.
The craft beer industry itself is growing; in the first half of 2009 growth was 5% by volume and 9% by dollars. Craft brewers sold an estimated 4.2 million barrels of beer in the first half of 2009, up from 4 million barrels in the first half of 2008.
"We're delighted about the additions and promotions within our staff," said Bob Pease, vice president. "With these personnel changes, the Brewers Association is in a better-than-ever position to promote and protect the interests of small and independent American brewers and the broader community of craft beer enthusiasts."
Barbara Fusco, Sales & Marketing Director
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Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade and education association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Visit the website, www.BrewersAssociation.org, to learn more. The association's activities include events and publishing: CraftBeer.com, World Beer Cup®; Great American Beer Festival℠; Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®; National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition; SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience; American Craft Beer Week; Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and books on beer and brewing. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 19,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.
Consumers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com.