2014 Board Candidates

The applicants for available Board seats were asked three questions.  Their answers are below, and were also presented at our Membership Meeting on November 15th.  Voting is open now through December 14th and members can access their ballot at the link below.  Please note that only member-owners of Yellow City Co-op may vote.  Also, please list candidates in order of preference on the ballot (instructions are on the ballot also).

Board Election Ballot

Candidate 1: Marcus Clay

1. Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?  I would like to be part of a new business, and see it grow.

2. What qualities and past experience do you have for serving on the Board?  I have a construction background and could be helpful in construction of facilities and maintaining facility

3. What goals would you like to see the Co-op achieve in the next year? Five years?  Would like to see it grown into a respectful business. Possibly have several locations

Candidate 2: John Golden

1. Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?  I want to learn more about craft beers. I have ideas on growing the business. I want to figure out ways to get the Yellow City name out there more.

2. What qualities and past experience do you have for serving on the Board?  I'm very mechanical and can build anything we need. I've taught classes to 20+ people before. I've been a manager at several companies

3. What goals would you like to see the Co-op achieve in the next year? Five years?  In one year, I would like to see the Co-op double in size. In five years, I would want to see us have our own brewpub and shipping beer out to other places.

Candidate 3: Matt Morgan

1. Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?  The concept of a cooperatively owned brewpub is very refreshing to me. I think that if this brewpub is led in the right way, it could be a valuable and popular business in the Amarillo landscape. I would very 
much enjoy the opportunity to be a decision-maker early in this process.

2. What qualities and past experience do you have for serving on the Board?  First and foremost, I love this community. Amarillo has been my home for 31 years, so I think I have a high level of investment in this city. Over the past 4 years, I have served on seven boards / committees for a wide range of companies. I know what it takes to be a contributing member of a working board.

3. What goals would you like to see the Co-op achieve in the next year? Five years? As a member-owner, I feel the most important goal is securing a number of owners necessary to have the capital to purchase a building. Once a building is secured, I feel like the co-op turns from concept to reality. Over the next 5 years, I think the goal becomes sustained relevance and profit (at some point).

Candidate 4: Jason Salter

1. Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?  I am interested in serving on the Board as I am interested in the inner workings of the Co-Op as well as being passionate about beer, beer culture, history, brewing and learning about beer. I want to be in on the 
ground floor of what will be one of the few Coop brew pubs in the country

2. What qualities and past experience do you have for serving on the Board?  First and foremost I am passionate about beer. I have some experience with brewing beer, though not as much as I would like. I have a BA from WT as well as two Associates degrees from AC. While I have not served on an actual board, I have been on several selection committees with churches as well as in my professional career. I hold degrees in Interpersonal Communications as well as Theatre so I am comfortable in most all group settings as well as able to conduct myself in a professional manner.

3. What goals would you like to see the Co-op achieve in the next year? Five years?  Not being intimately familiar with the workings of a Co-op (learning still) I would think that the short term goal would be to grow the member-owner base as well as the scouting and possible acquisition of property for the brewpub. Within 5 years I would expect to see the Co-op open. This of course cannot be achieved without investors so that would be priority number one.

Candidate 5: Derrick Shaw

1. Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors? I've been excited about YCCB since I first heard about it last year and I think being a bigger part of it would be a great 
experience. I love craft beer and seeing the movement of it in Amarillo has really sparked a passion in me. If I can't brew it, I would love to help in any other way I can.

2. What qualities and past experience do you have for serving on the Board?  Honestly this would be my first time serving on a Board. I have some managerial skill. I do have a drive that I 
believe would aid me in learning al I need to know to do my part should I become a Board member.

3. What goals would you like to see the Co-op achieve in the next year? Five years? Within the year I want to see the doors open. I know how Amarillo is about their local fare and I know they will accept YCCB with open arms. In five years we will definitely be on the map. Distribution would be great to see, as well as some collaborations with other breweries. 
maybe even work on barrel-aging and some of the newly rediscovered beers like gose and gueze. I really see YCCB going places.

Candidate 6: Todd Wetsel

1. Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors? I have long been interested in craft beer and the brewing process. Recently I have started brewing at home. I would love to 
have a great brewery here in Amarillo and want to help in making that happen.

2. What qualities and past experience do you have for serving on the Board?  I am currently on several non profit boards so I understand the time an dedication that is required. Whenever I travel I make it a point to visit any local breweries so I have an appreciation for the great beer, but also the great food & experience needed to make this successful.

3. What goals would you like to see the Co-op achieve in the next year? Five years? I would like to see the co-op get all the pieces together to get started within a year. Over the next 5 years I would like to see Yellow City establish a great lineup of beers and become a prominent landmark for Amarillo and the panhandle area.