About the Instructors
Audra Gaiziunas, M.B.A.
Owner, Brewed For Her Ledger, LLC
Audra is the Owner of Brewed For Her Ledger, LLC, an Asheville NC-based management consultancy firm focused on providing financial guidance to the craft alcoholic beverage community. She currently serves as head of finance for Crooked Stave (Denver, CO) has served as a contracted CEO of Bhramari Brewing Company in Asheville, NC (2016-2020) and Tin Roof Brewing Company in Baton Rouge, LA (2016). Since her current company’s inception in 2013, over 300 breweries and brewpubs have been clients. She was previously CFO of Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, NC and Controller of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE.
A graduate from Kenan-Flagler’s 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 currently sits on the Brewers Association’s Finance Committee, 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, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast, and through CDFI Mountain BizWorks.
Joshua Lance, CPA, CGMA
Founder and Managing Director of Lance CPA Group
Joshua Lance is the founder and Managing Director of Lance CPA Group, a virtual CPA firm that focuses on providing accounting and consulting services to craft breweries. A licensed Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, Josh is also a family man who calls Chicago home. Before venturing on his own with a mission to help small businesses, Josh spent his early career at Crowe LLP before working as a Controller at an ultra-high net worth family office. Josh is also an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL teaching accounting in the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and McCormick School of Engineering. He enjoys making wine and beer at home, cooking, traveling, and cheering on his favorite football and soccer teams. Josh was honored by being selected to the 2017 class of the AICPA Leadership Academy and was named as one of the 40 under 40 in 2017, 2018, and 2019 by CPA Practice Advisor. Josh was recently appointed to the Illinois CPA Society Board of Directors and the AICPA PCPS Executive Committee.
Founder, Beer Business Finance
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.
Mary Brettman, CPA
President, Beverage Business Builders
Mary Brettmann is an accounting professional with over 25 years of corporate experience. By combining corporate best practices with entrepreneurial spirit, Mary develops efficient, profitable solutions for her clients and guides their decisions with practical advice and clear financial metrics. Calling on her expertise, she heads up Mobile CFO, a consultancy aimed at helping businesses innovate, automate, and motivate their way to financial success.
Mary is also an expert in financial and operational consulting for breweries and is President of Beverage Business Builders, her company that guides breweries through any stage of their lifecycle: startup, established local, or expanding.
Mary graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota, and holds an active CPA license in Minnesota and California. In prior lives, she was a state auditor, a sales controller, an international treasury professional, a business owner and finally a craft brewing CFO for a fast growing regional craft brewery. Mary enjoys digging in and creating change with every client.
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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