What’s your current position at your brewery?
I am proprietor and general manager of Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills, Calif.
How long have you served on the BA board of directors?
I was elected to the board for my first and current term in November 2013.
What’s new at Ladyface and what’s next on the horizon?
We are releasing some really lovely barrel-aged beers this year. Getting them out into the world is like raising children and sending them off to college (toughest job you’ll ever love?). We are looking at possibly adding a tap and bottle room facility at our cellar site to expand our sales.
What’s it like to serve on the board?
Exhilarating. Every board meeting, I feel like I am walking with giants. I feel very privileged to have served with all the members of the board—past and new—these last few years. It gives me faith that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in this country.
What challenges and satisfactions have you met during your board service?
It’s almost like a second job sometimes with a constant learning curve, but time well spent. It has pushed me to gain a much broader perspective on the beer industry in the last few years by being out, meeting and talking to other craft brewers. You get a similar satisfaction as you do cleaning up a local creek or volunteering at your kid’s school play in the sense that it’s a bunch of smart and genuine people collaborating for a greater purpose.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery and the BA board?
I have started to schedule more time to spend with my family and friends, and get some personal time hiking the local mountain trails and riding my horse—basically knocking the dust off all things that had been shelved since we opened the brewpub.