About the Instructors
Audra Gaiziunas, M.B.A.
Owner, Brewed For Her Ledger, LLC
CEO of Bhramari Brewing Company and Owner of Brewed For Her Ledger, LLC, an Asheville NC-based management consultancy firm focused on providing guidance to the craft brewing and cider communities. Over 180 breweries and brewpubs have been clients. Previously CFO of Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, NC and Controller of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE.
A graduate from the prestigious Kenan-Flagler OneMBA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008), Audra possesses over a decade and a half of experience in senior leadership roles in craft brewing, manufacturing, services, non-profits and startups. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting and business management from Loras College (Dubuque, IA) in 1997.
Audra is a frequent speaker at craft beverage conferences, including NanoCon, the Brewers Association's Craft Brewers Conference, and various state brewers' guild annual meetings. She writes for the Brewers Association's The New Brewer and is a nanobrewing columnist for Brew Your Own Magazine. She also teaches multiple courses through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast.
Kary Shumway is the founder of Beer Business Finance and Craft Brewery Finance, online resources for beer industry professionals. Shumway has worked in the beer industry for more than 20 years as a Certified Public Accountant, chief financial officer for a beer distributor, and currently as CFO for Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, MA. Craft Brewery Finance publishes a weekly beer industry finance newsletter, offers guide books on topics such as cash flow planning and basic budgeting, and an online course to improve taproom profits. The newsletter with a free trial, industry guides and resources are available at www.CraftBreweryFinance.com.
Maria Pearman, CPA
Founder, Radix Accounting
Maria founded Radix Accounting in 2012 after spending five years at a large local CPA firm. Radix was created to provide accounting expertise and a deep operational knowledge to two specific industries that she enjoys - craft beer and creative services. Maria was the Portland Lead Instructor for Becker CPA review courses for five years, and taught Finance and Accounting for the Craft Brewer in Portland State University's Business of Craft Brewing program. She also has held committee chair positions with the Oregon Society of CPAs and was selected by the American Society of CPAs to participate in their Leadership Academy as one of thirty-four young industry leaders in 2015. Outside of work Maria loves to travel and explore the far-flung corners of the globe.
Founder, McLaughlin PC
Matthew McLaughlin is the founder of McLaughlin, PC, a boutique commercial law firm specializing in the beverage industry. He has represented breweries and distilleries throughout the Southeastern United States and beyond for 13 years advising clients on business entity formation, ownership structure, startup financing and expansion financing, federal and state regulatory matters, and intellectual property. Matthew also oversees the land use approval process for the construction, renovation, and operation of breweries and distilleries, and drafts and reviews distribution agreements, licensing agreements and employment related agreements.
Matthew also serves as the executive director of the Mississippi Brewers Guild. In April 2017 at the Brewers Association’s annual Craft Brewers Conference, Matthew received the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award, an award given each year to the individual that aids and supports the causes of small, independent brewers and vigorously defends the craft beer industry.
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