Wynne Odell

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What’s your current position at your brewery?

I am co-founder and CEO of Odell Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, Colo.

What’s new at Odell Brewing and what’s next on the horizon?

We’re in a great spot right now with sufficient’but not excess’capacity, so we have no capital expansions on the horizon. That gives us more time and resources to focus on efficiencies and productivity improvements, and we’ve seen great success over the last year. We just entered Illinois last month, our 14th state of distribution, and we’re always working on new brands and rebrands that we’ll roll out later this year.

How long have you served on the BA board of directors?

My first meeting was in June 2016.

What’s it like to serve on the board?

I admire and appreciate the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on the board. There are certainly no wallflowers in the group, so no decision is made easily. But the discussions offer a great opportunity to both contribute and learn.

What challenges and satisfactions have you met during your board service?

The biggest challenge that I see the board addressing is how to best understand and address the needs of the BA’s 3,700+ diverse brewery members. While brewing beer is central to the operations of all our members, the business models vary greatly. We’re very fortunate that the BA staff is closely connected with our membership and can provide the needed background for any decisions.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery and the BA board?

I like to do anything that gets me outside: hiking, camping, and just plain walking make me happy. I’m a big road biker. It used to be an obsession, but now it’s a manageable hobby. I also spend a fair amount of time on civic involvement and am always looking for new opportunities to get connected in our community.

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