What is your personal vision for the craft malt community?
I think craft malting is following a similar trajectory as the craft brewing world did in the early/mid-years. While craft malt houses will likely never be a common as craft breweries, I’d like to see craft malt houses continue to grow and develop in all geographic areas.
Why are you interested in serving on the Guild’s Board of Directors (BOD)?
I was encouraged to apply – I hadn’t really given it much consideration until then. I enjoy the group and the vision and would like to do my part to help the guild grow and to support the malting world.
What working groups would you be interested in joining?
- Conference & Events
What skills, resources, and connections do you feel you will be able to contribute to the Guild’s Board?
- Business management: In my past life, I worked for a Fortune 500 company in multiple positions from engineering, supervision, production, project management, and general manager
- Technical: I am a degreed mechanical engineer with experience in operations, maintenance, equipment design, etc.
- Malting equipment: My involvement in the malting world has allowed me to develop a level of technical knowledge and understanding regarding the equipment and resources needed to allow maltsters to malt as they desire
- Brewery/beer side: I am a partner in a craft brewery (Ghostfish Brewing Company) so I can also bring the customers’ perspective to the table.
What other long term volunteer opportunities have you been involved in, including service on other Boards? Please list and describe:
- I have not been involved on any other boards
- Church worship band leader and member for many years – currently not leading, just playing guitar and enjoying it!
- Volunteer work at the Salina Rescue Mission
What do you hope to get out of service on the Guild’s BOD?
I do not really need to get anything out of my service. I enjoy the business and the people I’ve been able to work with over the years and am happy to give back when and where I can.
What is one thing that your fellow Guild members should know about you?
Tough question – my main hobby is antique clock repair and restoration. Nothing to do with malting but probably fits with what you’d expect from a nerdy engineer type!