Michelle Savard – Wilmington Brewing Company
Wilmington Brewing Company and Wilmington Homebrew Supply is owned and operated by John and Michelle Savard. We are Wilmington natives that have fallen in love with the craft beer and wine culture. We both went to the University of North Carolina Asheville. The unexpected education that came from living in Asheville was the knowledge gained by being surrounded by professional breweries and home breweries. Quickly, we began to brew beer and wine for ourselves. Living in Asheville which has been awarded, “Beer City USA” grew our passion for homebrewing and teaching homebrewing to all our friends and family. We took a trip to Europe touring many different breweries in 7 different countries. One of our favorite experiences was touring the Cantilion brewery in Belgium and meeting the head brewer. We also took a private tour in a German regional brewery named Farny. At this time, John thought he wanted to be a professional brewer. He started working at a packaging brewery in Asheville, but quickly figured out he wanted to brew more varieties than a professional was capable. While working at the brewery, he had an opportunity arise that led to a great opportunity for both John and Michelle. John was offered a job at the local homebrew supply store which is one of the best homebrew supply stores on the east coast. He was working and learning about the industry as fast as he could. He gained a great deal of knowledge about homebrewing and what was important in order to succeed as a homebrewing shop.
Rick Drumm – Traction Business Coaching
Rick Drumm is the founder and president of Traction Business Coaching. He has 35 years of business management experience ranging from start-ups to being non-family president of a privately owned family business with revenues of $160 million. Traction Business Coaching specializes in helping business owners and entrepreneurs unleash transformational growth potential in their company. We help high achievers identify the tools needed to grow professionally and personally so their company can join that top five percent of businesses that comprise the high-growth firms in any market. Founded by Rick Drumm an accomplished entrepreneur with decades of senior manager experience, Traction Business Coaching is a growing enterprise. Today, it is powered by the values that were instilled when the firm was first launched: a commitment to greater accountability, clarity, honesty and personal/professional success. Rick is a certified business coach through the Professional Business Coaches Alliance. Whether you are seeking to fine-tune your business to reach peak performance, or to overcome personal barriers that stand in the way of you achieving greater success, Traction Business Coaching works with you to develop a personal plan. Step by step, we build a business-development system tailor-made for your unique needs, engineered for greater profitability and growth.
Craig Stinson – Arts In Wilmington
Craig Stinson is the creator of Arts In Wilmington, a weekly newsletter connecting artists, arts professionals, and arts advocates in Wilmington, NC. Craig is a native of Wilmington and attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He has extensive arts and culture administration experience, having worked at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Arts, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Alamo historic site. Craig currently serves as Development Director of the Cucalorus Film Festival. He encourages you to subscribe to the Arts In Wilmington newsletter by visiting: www.artsinwilmington.com Craig’s personal contact information is found at: www.craigstinson.com