The views and opinions expressed in this statement are those of the candidate and do not necessarily reflect those of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) or the AHA Governing Committee.
Hello. I just started brewing a couple of years ago, but in that time, brewing has become one of my greatest passions. I truly enjoy the social, scholastic and artistic areas of brewing. I have accomplished several things over the last 12 months that demonstrate my dedication to the brewing community. First, I passed the 3 hour essay legacy BJCP exam and I am now a Certified Judge. I am on track to earn my BJCP National rank within the next 12 months. Secondly, I was honored to be elected as the current President of the Kansas City Bier Meisters Homebrew Club. Thirdly, I am the Kansas City Site Director for the 2013 NHC 1st round competition. Finally, I was fortunate enough to win a bronze medal, for my Oktoberfest, at the 2012 NHC final round competition. So you can see, I have the brewing passion, knowledge and credentials that you would expect of an AHA Governing Committee member.
I believe I can help the AHA continue its great tradition of serving homebrewers because I have extensive executive committee experience. As a Doctor of Optometry I served several terms on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Optometric Association. I just retired from over 20 years of service to Ducks Unlimited as a committee member and Area Chairman. I also serve as an advisory board member for US Bank and that is the only committee obligation I have currently. So, I am looking for a new challenge and the AHA is where I would like to dedicate my time and talents over the next few years.
What about my vision for the AHA? Well I think the AHA is a “class act” and organizationally they are doing a great job. Zymurgy magazine is awesome. The NHC gets rave reviews. The AHA web site is user friendly and packed with useful information. So my number one goal would be to make sure we continue to maintain, and enhance, the great programs and services currently in place.
The thing I would like to see expanded is the AHA’s resources to help liberalize (legalize in some cases) home brew laws at the state level. This is very dear to my heart because just this year our homebrew club, the KC Bier Meisters, had to relocate our homebrew competition, after 29 years in Kansas. We moved to the Missouri side of the state line because the Kansas liquor control threatened to shut down our competition and monthly meetings. I am part of a group working to change the law in Kansas and my lobbying experience with the Missouri Optometric Association, gave me first hand experience in working to get legislation passed at the state level. I would like to develop expanded educational programs and other legislative resources for AHA members who want to get their state homebrew laws changed.
I am excited to have the opportunity to serve you and the AHA homebrew community. Thanks for your consideration and I would appreciate your vote.