The Brewers Association recently announced its 2022 board of directors, with five new representatives added to the 21-person board.
Garrett Marrero, CEO and co-founder, Maui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) begins his term as board chair. Marrero has served on the board since 2016 and replaces Dan Kleban, co-founder, Maine Beer Company (Freeport, Maine) as chair. Kleban will continue to serve on the board as a Packaging Breweries representative and on the executive committee as past chair.
New board member Holly Redding, managing member, Winchester Brew Works (Winchester, Va.) becomes the third representative elected to the Taproom Brewers class created in 2019. New board member Jason Lavery, president/founding brewer, Lavery Brewing Company (Erie, Pa), along with incumbent Leah Cheston, owner, Right Proper Brewing Company (Washington, D.C.), were elected as Pub Brewers representatives. New board member Tomme Arthur, co-founder, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, Calif.) and incumbent Marrero were elected as Packaging Breweries representatives. The incoming directors will each serve a three-year term.
Pamela Brulotte, founder, Icicle Brewing, München Haus Bavarian Grill and Beer Garden (Leavenworth, Wash.), Peter Skrbek, CEO, Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Ore.), and Fred Matt, president, Saranac Brewery/Matt Brewing Co. (Utica, N.Y.) were appointed by the board to fill three at-large representative seats and will each serve a two-year term. Additionally, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Governing Committee appointed Cassie Salinas of Everett, Wash., to fill one of its two seats on the Brewers Association board. Salinas will serve a three-year term. “Despite an ongoing pandemic, and being impacted by a crushed supply chain, severe weather, labor shortages, manufacturing delays, and more Craft Brewers have taken the challenges head on. We live in interesting times.” said Marrero. “Change can be scary but creates vast opportunities, and it is my honor to serve alongside my colleagues and the BA staff to help the craft brewing community do what it does best: navigate, innovate, and flourish.”
Marrero thanked outgoing board members Leslie Henderson, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. (Kiln, Miss.), Larry Horwitz, TEN20 Craft Brewery (Louisville, Ky.), Jose Mallea, Biscayne Bay Brewing (Miami, Fla.) and Jill Marilley, AHA appointee (Everett, Wash.) for their collective 17 years of leadership, dedication, and service. “While we say Aloha to our departing board members, I look forward to getting to work with the new members of the board,” he said. The board of directors guides the strategic direction of the Brewers Association and governs the activities of the professional division of the BA as well as the American Homebrewers Association, Brewers Publications, and events including the Great American Beer Festival and the Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America. “We thank those who have committed their time, knowledge, and experience to serving our membership,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “I look forward to working alongside our new and longstanding directors to help our members of all sizes and business types adapt to new challenges and find new ways to thrive.”