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Glen Sprouse

 

Glen Sprouse is an engineer, brewer and sales/business development executive in Roswell, GA formerly with Siemens Industry, Inc. and has done extensive independent consulting and small system integration work in the food and beverage industry.  Since graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Glen has done engineering design and product development, been a plant and project engineer, sold automation products and solutions and provided application engineering support at the corporate level. He has developed job descriptions and business plans for new industrial sales and management positions at the National Account Level and then successfully hired for or occupied those positions.

 

Glen temporarily left the process automation world in 1995 to earn his Master Brewer’s certification at the Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering program then offered at UC Davis, later to become the American Brewers Guild. He then helped write and pass Georgia’s brewpub legislation and funded, designed, built and operated a successful craft brewing business in a 350 seat brewpub in Atlanta, GA. He made extensive use of a brewery process automation system that he designed and built to improve product quality and consistency to levels beyond what was achievable in the craft brewing industry at that time. His automation system was a feature of several process automation industry articles, case studies and manufacturers’ marketing collateral over the next four years.

 

Glen has more than ten years professional brewing experience and more than 30 years experience in manufacturing and process automation, focused in the food and beverage, brewing and applied chemical products industries and has provided consulting services to improve production process quality, reliability and consistency. Though focused on sales and business development, Glen has always been intimately involved with the application and engineering aspects of his clients’ needs, often helping them develop new solutions to persistent problems in their production, packaging and quality improvement processes.

 

His brewing ventures have earned him numerous regional awards for his European style lagers and Belgian style ales including a world-wide rating of 7th for his Seven Sisters Münchner lager, 9th for his Bavarian Hefeweizen and 8th for his Me262 Maibock on the worldwide beer rating website www.RateBeer.com in 2006 through 2008.

 

Glen has designed, automated and supervised many new brewery installations throughout the U.S. over the last 15 years including a brewery at the Kansas City Station Casino in Kansas City, MO, Santa Fe Brewing Company in Cancun, Mexico, Thunder Canyon Brewing Co in Tucson, AZ and Glasscock Brewing Company in McAllen, TX. He has designed and built controls and automation solutions for Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing and Coors as well as numerous craft breweries nationwide (Stone Brewing, Red Hook, Ballast Point, Left Hand, Pyramid Brewing, Gordon Biersch and others). He has also provided consulting services in beer formulation and recipe design, brewery chemical and sanitation processes, production optimization, and draught beer dispensing system design through his company Brewery Development and Automation, LLC.

 

 

David Rice

 

David has 28 years of beverage and consumer goods industry experience focused in manufacturing, supply chain,  quality management, and business management experience.

 

David led the effort to design and deploy business solutions for supply chain, manufacturing, and quality management during his 13 years working for Coca-Cola Enterprises.

 

As the Consumer Goods and Distribution Industry Technology Strategist for Microsoft Corporation, David spent 5 years helping many of the largest consumer goods manufacturers in the nation with solutions to optimize their supply chains, enable consumer facing digital marketing, provide demand analytics, improve sales force in-store execution, and optimize trade promotion management capabilities.

 

David started his career spending 10 years successfully operating a small scale computer manufacturing company with direct industry, retail, and mail order sales. Here he built a solid foundations for his career in manufacturing and supply chain management solutions.

 

David holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing.

 

David has over 5 years’ experience as an award winning home brewer. He has taken home brewing to a level of sophistication few have achieved by combining his brewing knowledge, experience with industrial process controls, and beverage industry quality control expertise.

 

 

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