The following statement was prepared by the candidate, and the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the American Homebrewers Association.
Hi, Crispy Fry guy here. I am running again for a position on the Governing Committee. I was on both the AHA GC and the BA Board until 2018. I decided to not run again for a GC seat at that point because we retired, and my wife (Kris) and I sold our Michigan home and moved to the Asheville, NC area. We wanted to take time to acclimate to our new environs, meet new friends and settle in.
During my prior tenure on the GC I established the homebrew club insurance program, providing homebrew clubs with valuable coverages at a fair price. Another accomplishment was the creation of the Research & Education fund, which helped defray costs for dozens of experiments whose results were shared in Zymurgy, on the AHA website and/or at HomebrewCon’s. Unfortunately, it was ungainly to administer and eventually terminated, but it sure was fun trying! Additionally, I served four years as the GC’s committee’s chairperson, providing guidance and developing the key items to focus on during our monthly and annual meetings. And I am proud of the fact that my peers on the AHA GC nominated me as the AHA GC Recognition Award recipient in 2019 (https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/aha-governing-committee/recognition-award/).
During my years on the Brewers Association’s Board of Directors, as one of the two AHA GC’s designees, I came with my A-game, providing insights from my experience in corporate America. I helped ensure that we (the AHA GC designee’s) had an equal and serious voice on the board. I remain on the BA’s Finance Committee, which has required a significant amount of work during these trying times.
And that is what is driving me to run again. This past year has deeply affected the AHA and its members. The loss of HomebrewCon (and all other in-person BA events) resulted in an unparalleled hit to the AHA’s personnel and finances. And of course, homebrew clubs across the country have struggled. While I don’t profess to have the answers to these ills, I have the energy, desire and experience to give it my best shot.
Oh yeah, been homebrewing for 25+ years (450+ batches), presented on meads, barrel aging and Belgian Ale yeast strains at various HomebrewCon’s, co-chair 2014 HomebrewCon in Grand Rapids, my Nearly Nirvana Pale Ale recipe was the Big Brew recipe in 2000 (on batch 86 of this recipe as I type), held every officer position between the three clubs I am a member of (locally – MALT out of Asheville, NC where I am an educational officer), Certified Beer Judge, obtained favorable homebrew legislative changes in both Michigan and North Carolina, investor in a brewery, work part time as a beer & wine department manager, recently moved to an all-electric brewery indoors (awesome!). And yeah, I am “that guy” who wears the colorful jackets .
Thank you for your consideration.