2020 Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Monday, january 27

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Mark Johnson & Sam Stecher | Mission Monday

Taking the Random Out of Random Acts of Kindness

You know that line in the theme song form the TV show Cheers "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name?" Mark and Sam are in the business of building the relationships to make that happen. Using the ideas and strategies that worked to convince students to turn homework in on time (not an easy sell), they help foster a sense of community in any setting. They give people the tools to engage with customers and coworkers on purpose and consistently. By validating value in the the people, the place, and the product they help you take where you are from a business to a community and a family. 

Mark’s career in education spans over two decades, including serving as an elementary school teacher for 12 years before becoming a principal position. He received the Milken National Educator Award in 2004 as a teacher, and as a principal was a National Blue Ribbon Award winner in 2010. He was also named Outstanding New Principal of the Year for the state of Nebraska in 2011 and was recently served as the President for the NAESP in Nebraska. His passion for Education and Elvis knows no bounds.

Sam has served as superintendent of East Butler Public Schools in Brainard, Nebraska since 2014. Sam got his start in education as a middle school history teacher. His passion for education led him to co-found Mission Monday with Mark Johnson. Mission Monday specializes in providing teachers, schools, and communities with interventions to foster a positive school culture. The educators also are authors of “It Happens in the Hallway,” a dynamic account of their experiences in the classroom.

Tuesday, january 28

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Julie Herz | Brewers Association

State of Craft Brewing and Overview of Brewers Association Initiatives and Resources

Julia is craft beer program director at the Brewers Association and publisher of CraftBeer.com. She is a homebrewer, a BJCP beer judge, Certified Cicerone®, co-author of the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course and co-author of Beer Pairing (Voyageur Press). In her role at the BA she serves as an educator and as a spokesperson for the association.

2020 Speakers:

John Giarratano, Inland Island Yeast

Audra Gaiziunas, Brewed for Her Ledger- Find the Sweet Spot: Understanding How and When to Invest Your Profits

Ben Keene, Beer Advocate - If You Brew It, They Will Come: Thinking About Your Beer Business as a Tourist Destination

Josh Mayich, Darlings Island Farm - Hops & Flavor Analysis

Christian Peterson, Buck Creek Hops - Hop Post Harvest Processing and Packaging; Hop Mildew Spray Programs

Dave Gleason, Oak Creek Hops, and Stacy Adams, - Prediction and Timing of Hop Management Activities in Central Nebraska

James Altwies, Hopnology

Dan Burick, Briess Malting and Ingredients - How the Barley Grower Looks at the Season