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BA Hires Pete Johnson

Jan 18, 2005 - The Brewers Association announced last week the hiring of Pete Johnson to

fill the newly created position of Programs Manager. Johnson's key areas of

responsibility will include implementation and integration of past BAA

programs and projects into the Brewers Association, state guild development

and liaison, membership development and government affairs communications.

"His main responsibility will be to help integrate the BAA's program and

initiatives into the BA so we don't drop the ball on previous BAA members,"

said Bob Pease, vice president of the BA. Another key role for Johnson will

be working closely with state brewers guilds. Johnson will help facilitate

the needs of existing state guilds as well as assist brewers in forming new

guilds. "There are 28 state guilds on our list," said Pease. "We estimate

about 20 of those are active and handful of those which are very active."

Since 2001, Johnson worked as the Program Director for the Brewers'

Association of America. Johnson's work experience includes working for both

state and federal elected officials, including serving as District Director

to Congressman Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania for 10 years.

"We're very excited to have Pete onboard," says Paul Gatza, Director of the

Brewers Association. "In addition to his hire representing a true merger

between the two organizations, his breadth of knowledge of government

affairs and membership activities will help strengthen our program and

provide continuity to past BAA members."

He will be based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina but "will be in Boulder

periodically and will be attending conferences such as the Craft Brewers

Conference, Legislative Conference and Great American Brewers Festival,"

Pease said. He can be reached at (919) 619-5983 or by email


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