2020 Board of Directors Elections are now open!

Voting is open for one (1) week from Tuesday, January 28th to Tuesday, February 4th.

The Craft Maltsters Guild has three Member Malthouse seats and one Allied Trade seat open on the Board of Directors.

Individual Member Malthouses are exclusively entitled to vote for up to four (4) of the nominated candidates via secret ballot from Tuesday, January 28th to Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.

Get to know the nominees by reading their nomination applications below!

Meet the Nominees

Brent Manning

Founder, Riverbend Malthouse
Asheville, NC
Guild Member Since 2013

What is your personal vision for the craft malt community? 

A thriving group of growing businesses focused on providing high-quality malt to the brewers and distillers of North America.

Why are you interested in serving on the Guild’s Board of Directors (BOD)?

I’m interested in expanding our organization and building educational programs and awareness of our industry.

What skills, resources, and connections do you feel you will be able to contribute to the Guild’s Board?

Having served as board President for several years I bring a great deal of institutional knowledge and leadership skills to the board. I have strong domain knowledge in the craft beer and spirits industry.

What other long term volunteer opportunities have you been involved in, including service on other Boards? Please list and describe:

I founded and served as President of Cape Fear Biofuels in 2006. This group was focused on developing renewable fuels for North Carolina. I am a co-founder CMG and have served on the board since its inception.

What do you hope to get out of service on the Guild’s BOD?

I gain a great deal of satisfaction from helping people “connect the dots” in this industry. I feel that these connections will build a stronger organization and I hope to continue that effort.

What is one thing that your fellow Guild members should know about you?

I’ve been bitten by the fly-fishing bug! Asheville is surrounded by some of the best trout fishing anywhere and I’m finally getting out on the water to try my hand at this new sport.

Brandon Ade

Founder, Blacklands Malt
Leander, TX
Guild Member Since 2013

What is your personal vision for the craft malt community?

I still look to the guild to foster community building and be at the center of this young industry in driving vision and best practices. At large my vision for the future of craft malt is integrated malthouses throughout the country, places where an entire product’s life-cycle is experienced in one tasting room.

Why are you interested in serving on the Guild’s Board of Directors (BOD)?

Building this community takes leadership, vision, and volunteerism. It is incumbent upon us “old-timers” to step up and lead.

What skills, resources, and connections do you feel you will be able to contribute to the Guild’s Board?

Serving on the board for 3 prior years hopefully has smoothed out the wrinkles of familiarizing myself with the position and what is required to execute the guild’s mission. My time has the added benefit of knowing lots of you folks already.

What other long term volunteer opportunities have you been involved in, including service on other Boards? Please list and describe:

None.

What do you hope to get out of service on the Guild’s BOD?

My driving reason for joining in 2017 remains my primary concern in 2020: Member Benefits! I want members to gain true value from the guild, experience real connections to the community at large, and foster education among each other. A member should never question “Is my membership worth it?”.

What is one thing that your fellow Guild members should know about you?

I am very approachable. Yes, I know this may come as a surprise given that I suffer from RBF. However, I am usually just very shy in crowds, so I am always relieved when someone strikes up a conversation!

Phil Neumann

Founder, Mainstem malt
Walla Walla, WA
Guild Member Since 2014

What is your personal vision for the craft malt community?

I envision a vibrant network of local and regional maltsters, all uniquely positioned to serve the agricultural and craft beverage economies. I envision an increasingly sophisticated Craft Maltsters Guild, rising to the challenge of maintaining a sense of order and common purpose across craft maltsters of differing scales, specializations, philosophies, and ownership structures.

Why are you interested in serving on the Guild’s Board of Directors (BOD)?

I first ran for Guild BOD seats in 2015 and 2016, unsuccessfully against some stiff competition. I contributed to the Marketing Committee in 2016, including the development of the current Guild website. After a few years of focusing squarely on Mainstem, I once again have time to re-engage with Guild leadership. I’m still very much wanting to help guide positive change in this rapidly evolving industry and believe these are important times to lend a hand.

What skills, resources, and connections do you feel you will be able to contribute to the Guild’s Board?

I joined the community in 2015 at the Guild’s Annual Meeting, Portland CBC. After CMBTC Malt Academy that year, I left my job with a local water management board in Walla Walla and set off to do similar work supported by the craft beverage economy. A wild 4 years has ensued. Look to me for a solid network and in-depth experience spanning natural resource conservation, malt supply chain management, and brand development.

What other long term volunteer opportunities have you been involved in, including service on other Boards? Please list and describe:

  • 2012… President, Oregon State University Cycling… Organized intercollegiate race events; secured and managed a budget in support of a growing team.
  • 2013-15… Program Director, Walla Walla Watershed Mgmt. Partnership… Worked as an employee for a diverse nonprofit board in a conflict-prone environment.
  • 2015-16… Member, CMG Marketing Committee… Helped guide contractors and build content for the current website.
  • 2017-18… Member, Blue Mountain Land Trust Outdoor Rec Committee… Member and interim chairperson in support of local recreational trails.

What do you hope to get out of service on the Guild’s BOD?

A finger on the pulse and the ability to positively influence this burgeoning craft malt economy. My service on the Guild’s BOD will be another way to stay grounded in Mainstem’s own pursuits, providing another forum for building relationships that help keep our business relevant as the industry continues to evolve.

What is one thing that your fellow Guild members should know about you?

Mainstem is the confluence of my career in natural resources and a lifelong passion for agriculture. My partner Alyssa brings a strong agricultural communications background and has kept our lights on with her day job at Oregon Tilth, a sustainable ag advocacy nonprofit. Building and operating a mission-driven business like Mainstem has been a steep learning curve for us, but there is nothing we would rather be doing in life.

Chris Swersey

Supply Chain Specialist, Brewers Association
Salmon, ID
Guild Member Since 2014

What is your personal vision for the craft malt community?

Hundreds of independent, innovative and sustainable family businesses that consume locally grown malting barley and consistently produce high-quality malt to brewers, who in turn brew the best beers on Earth, thereby fostering a connection of community all the way from farm to beer drinker.

Why are you interested in serving on the Guild’s Board of Directors (BOD)?

I have been a fan ever since the foundational CMG meeting at the 2014 CBC in Washington DC. The craft malt community feels like my craft brewer community did 25 years ago – new, vibrant, inquisitive and above all, passionate. I’ve enjoyed my BOD activity and engagement to date, and hope to remain involved in the middle of this group.

What skills, resources, and connections do you feel you will be able to contribute to the Guild’s Board?

  • Over 30 years of experience in craft brewing
  • Outstanding technical and practical brewing knowledge
  • Very good technical malting knowledge
  • Outstanding experience in technical committee and subcommittee work and governance
  • Access to Brewers Association technical and human network assets
  • Hundreds (thousands?) of brewing and malting industry connections

What other long term volunteer opportunities have you been involved in, including service on other Boards? Please list and describe:

  • Barley Improvement Committee (2012 – present): AMBA’s lobbying arm, monitors ag policy year-round, lobbies Congress and USDA for ag policy favorable to barley production. BIC service is entirely voluntary (except for 2 staff members).
  • Hop Industry Lobbying coalition: Created and led the coalition in 2017, led in 2018, transferred leadership and organization to Hop Research Council in 2019
  • Hop Growers Association (HGA) Sustainability and Best Practices Working Group (2016 – present): advise hop industry on best practice requirements of the brewing industry, develop collaborative tools that satisfy brewer and regulatory requirements
  • Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Advisory Committee (2001-2004 ish): native and anadromous fish and water conservation, bringing together water users (primarily cattle ranchers and growers), regulators, wildlife managers, legislators to facilitate endangered species recovery and fulfill regulatory compliance while keeping producers on the land
  • SalmonID Homebrew Club Board (2008 – present): founding member and board member of an active local homebrew club
  • I also serve on Hop Research Council (2011 – present) and BMBRI (2016 – present) boards – these are not voluntary since BA pays for membership in both organizations. But hundreds of hours spent between meetings is voluntary and in addition to the minimum requirements of BOD members
  • Arizona Craft Brewers Guild (1996-2000): founding member, founding board member, second President. Achieved regulatory relief for beer serving; negotiated brewery use taxation relief, resulting in >$250,000 savings for the combined membership

What do you hope to get out of service on the Guild’s BOD?

Continue to foster a community in which North American craft brewers have access to locally and sustainably grown ingredients, allowing them to compete with beer brands that only local brewers can lay claim to, in an increasingly intense market place. This was a big personal win for me during my first term as a director. Plus I dig growers and nerdy brewer and maltster tinkering type folks, so the camaraderie is a huge plus for me.

What is one thing that your fellow Guild members should know about you?

I’m passionate about brewing and believe that malt is sexy.