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Paul Herring

Instructor. Paul Herring, having worked on both the retail and wholesale sides of business for nearly 30 years, has a deep understanding of how the primary functions of a business work together to develop and maintain a successful model. Always focused on the fundamentals, Paul has held positions and managed businesses in multiple channels and industries, and for companies such as May Department Stores, Macy’s West, Mario’s, Columbia Sportswear, and Fender Musical Instruments. Currently Paul serves as a partner with the consulting firm Sterrins Group here in Portland, where he services clients who are in need of strategic guidance with respect to growing their businesses. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Linfield College.
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Mitch Menendez

Instructor. Mitch Menendez is the Senior Director, Global Apparel Leader for Men’s Athletic Training at Nike. His team works to strategize, line plan, design, and commercialize/bring to market a global apparel line that connects to their consumer/athlete. His role is to lead his team and functional partners across the product creation process that delivers consumer right product that is both profitable and productive. Mitch’s experience at Nike has spanned Sales, Retail Merchandising, Operations, and Product Creation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing from the University of Florida.
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Jennifer Nolfi

Instructor. Jennifer recently joined PSU as the Director of the Athletic & Outdoor (A&O) Industry Program. Prior to joining PSU, she served as the Director for Partnership Development at Looptworks, a design firm that uses excess premium materials to craft limited edition clothing and accessories. There Jennifer gained experience in taking a product from ideation to market and working with partner brands to reduce their waste stream. Before that, Jennifer spent 12 years working for the Portland Development Commission. She counts among her key accomplishments: spearheading a public-private research partnership that culminated in the very first comprehensive market sizing study of the A&O Industry; an action plan to position Oregon as a leader in this space; and providing a platform for PSU to launch a program focused on the A&O industry. Jennifer served on the PSU Athletic & Outdoor Advisory Board and continues to be active with SYNQ Consulting.
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Will Sandman

Instructor. Will Sandman is the Account Manager for Avery Dennison; Avery Dennison sells hangtags, labels, patches, woven jacquard, information systems, variable data solutions and much more for the biggest brands in the world. Previous to this role, he spent time with a footwear agent, Chinook Trading, where he spent almost a year in China inside footwear and apparel factories. In addition, he was a materials rep for Huachang Synthetic Leather. Also, he worked for several years as one of the Nike account reps with Paccess and managed the product development management system data and a host of other supplier related initiatives in the Mia Hamm materials library. Will graduated from PSU with a Master's in International Management focusing on Chinese as his language of specialty. Previously, Will also owned Sandman Pottery in Louisville, importing containers of ceramic pots, indoor and outdoor furniture, and other garden products for sale at the wholesale and retail level.
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Marcus Reed

Instructor. Marcus Reed, known as the “Brewer’s Lawyer,” provides legal services to breweries, cideries, meaderies, and other related businesses at the law firm Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP in Portland, Oregon. Marcus assists these businesses and business owners in a full range of legal matters, including company formation, distribution, ownership agreements, real estate purchases and leasing, financing, contract brewing and alternating proprietorship arrangements, trademarks, regulatory compliance, employment, and dispute resolution. In 2012, Marcus co-founded the Beverage Industry Networking Group (B.I.N.G.), a group of service providers dedicated to supporting the craft beer and other craft beverage industries. Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, LLP also recently launched a beer blog.
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Maria Young

Instructor. Maria Young, CPA is the founder of Radix Accounting.Maria earned her accounting degree from Linfield College and worked as a CPA in the tax department at Perkins and Company, Portland’s largest local accounting firm, where she specialized in breweries, service businesses, and high net worth individuals. It was during that time that she recognized a need for contract Controller service in Portland’s brewery industry, and in 2012 Radix Accounting was created to serve those clients. Additionally Maria is Portland’s Lead Instructor of Becker CPA Review, an educational program that prepares CPA candidates to successfully pass the CPA exam. She teaches financial accounting, managerial accounting, tax, auditing, and economics. She also is an active member of the AICPA and the Oregon Society of CPAs,and currently serving as Vice Chair of the Business and Industry Conference.
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Geoff Westapher

Instructor. Geoff Westapher has had a career with years of senior leadership in all segments of the beer business including, but not limited to: imports, crafts, contract, domestic, and wholesale. He is a former President/COO of 6 beer companies and owner of the 7th largest Schlitz wholesaler in the US and recognized by most major brewers as “the beer industry expert.” Geoff has represented both brewers and wholesalers in the US Bankruptcy Courts, US Federal District Courts, and the state courts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, and Florida. As a wholesaler, he was nominated for and/or won awards including the Inner Circle, Proud Lion, and Founders awards. Over the years Geoff served on multiple advisory boards including Coors, Corona (Barton), and Pabst, along with numerous industry associations. He is the editor of the beer industries weekly editorial blog www.beerbusinessunplugged.com.
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Nate Young

Instructor. Nate Young has worn many hats in his 2 1/2 years as Sustainability Manager at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Significant achievements at Hopworks include revamping the brewery's sustainability-focused webpates, and development and promotion of the first and subsequent HUB sustainability reports. Prior to joining Hopworks, Nate played a marketing role for a number of organizations including Brightworks, a green building consultancy. Nate holds an MBA from Portland State University and a BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University.
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Mellie Pullman

Instructor. Madeleine (Mellie) Pullman is an associate professor of operations management in the PSU School of Business. She earned her PhD at the University of Utah in 1997. She has previously taught in the Graduate and Executive programs at Cornell University, London Business School, Southern Methodist University, CSU, CU, and University of Utah. Prior to academia, Mellie worked at Pyramid Brewing Co. (Kalama, WA), was the brewmaster at Hops Brewpub (Phoenix, AZ) and brewmaster/co-owner of Wasatch Brewery (Park City, UT).
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Albrecht Enders

Instructor. Albrecht Enders is a principal of endersgroup and is an adjunct professor at Portland State University. He has 23 years' experience in innovation leadership including work at Siemens and A-dec which resulted in the creation of market-defining product families. At Siemens Medical Solutions, Albrecht led innovation resulting in platform reinvention that allowed the medical division to regain its #1 market position in less than two years. At A-dec, Inc. as Vice President of Product Development, Albrecht implemented a development infrastructure that bridged the culture of a founder/entrepreneur to the future. His work at A-dec resulted in a new product line that has become the premier product line in the dental industry. Today Albrecht teaches and consults with a number of organizations who seek the tools and momentum to innovate and grow their market share. He has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Fachhochschule Darmstadt, Germany.
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