Mentors matter. Mentoring allows people to learn from one another, providing a path to knowledge transfer in all aspects of life. And it’s essential to the craft brewing industry.
And as part of its efforts to foster equity in the craft brewing community through its mentorship program the Boulder Colorado-based craft beer not-for-profit, the Brewers Association (BA) has connected dozens of mentors with entrepreneurs, professionals looking to develop their knowledge and skills, and those seeking to break into the craft brewing industry for the first time.
And on April 11 the Brewers Association announced the recipients of its inaugural Mentor of the Year Award: Annette May and Ramon Tamayo.
“Mentoring is a great way to give back to the community and make a positive impact in someone’s life,” said Annette May, a founding faculty member of the Schoolcraft College Brewing and Distillation Technology program and the first woman to become a Certified Cicerone®. “From serving and tasting beer to Craft Beer 101, I’m happy to have the chance to help mentor people who are looking to grow and thrive in the craft beer industry.”
“As a brewing community, we need to band together to help facilitate the continued growth of our members,” added Roman Tamayo, brewing manager for Magnolia Brewing Co. “Through this program, I’ve met so many great people, both fellow mentors and mentees and heard so many wonderful stories. It was an inspiring experience that I am truly grateful to have been a part.”
Both award winners will be honored at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference which will is taking place on May 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Craft Brewers Conference is the world’s largest beer and brewing event and the perfect forum to honor these deserving recipients.
“Through the larger mentorship program we’re moving the needle in the craft beer community by providing people with the tools and resources to be successful—especially those up against larger barriers,” said Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham, equity and inclusion partner at the Brewers Association….
“I’m proud to see Annette and Ramon making lasting, positive, ripple effects in the industry; they are setting a strong foundation to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and industry professionals.”
(All image credits: Brewers Association)