Brewers Association Board Member Garrett Marrero Named 2017 National Small Business Person(s) of the Year
Garrett Marrero, founder of Maui Brewing Company, and his wife and business partner Melanie, today received the distinct honor of being named 2017 National Small Business Person(s) of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“Garrett and Melanie have shown impressive growth, expanding in size, sales and scope of their business,” said Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “By 2007, increasing demand led them to open a second location in Lahaina with a 25-barrel capacity, giving them the ability to provide brewery tours and making it a tourist destination as well. By 2013, they were producing more than 19,000 barrels of beer a year, boosting revenues to more than $10 million. They have since expanded with a new 18,000 square-foot restaurant that opened in Oahu last year, and new brewpubs and eateries are scheduled to open later this year. By the end of 2018, Maui Brewing Company will employ a workforce of 700.”
The national award is chosen from competition winners across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
“This recognition is meaningful to our entire craft brewing community. To have one of our own honored with such a keen business distinction is really remarkable. Craft brewers are small businesses that are having a profound impact in every corner of this country,” said Bob Pease, president & CEO of the Brewers Association. “The Brewers Association extends a hearty congratulations to Garrett, Melanie and the entire Maui Brewing family.”