Meet the FoundersWe are advisers and advocates dedicated to the education, growth and sustainability of Oregon’s craft beverage entrepreneurs.
Attorney @ Craft Lawyer
Russ is a C-BIG Co-Founder and Board Member.
Russ is the solo practitioner behind Craft Lawyer, a Portland-based business and IP law firm serving Oregon’s creative community of breweries, distilleries, designers, media professionals, sustainability leaders, and more. Russ handles all manner of business needs for closely held beverage companies in Oregon, from formation and trademark to regulatory compliance, contracts and distribution agreements.
CPA @ Aldrich CPA
Sam is a C-BIG Co-Founder and Board Member.
Sam has been helping his clients for the past five years with strategic tax planning and compliance with a focus on craft beverages, food processing, manufacturing, distributors and individual business owners. AKT is the only Oregon based Top 100 Accounting Firm, AKT provides a broad range of advisory services including accounting, auditing, tax compliance, business valuation, international tax services and management consulting to closely held businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.
Agent @ Timmco Insurance, Inc.
NIck is a C-BIG Co-Founder and Board Member.
Nick Ritter started his career at a captive insurance agency. He soon moved over to Timmco Insurance (As an Independent Insurance Agent), when he realized that he didn’t have the flexibility and insurance options needed to help his customers. Nick has been able to focus on the Craft Beverage Industry which fits nicely with his admiration of craft beer. He really enjoys learning the ins and outs of each individual business, and putting together an efficient solution for each customer. As a home brewer and beer lover, Nick is particularly in-tune with the Craft Beer Industry (Even though his Homebrews never turn out as expected). In his spare time, you can find Nick reading, watching, and talking about cars and aircrafts. He also enjoys skiing, and traveling abroad, especially to Germany, when he finds the time.
Nick is originally from Park City, Utah and attended University of Oregon, where he graduated from the Charles H Lundquist College of Business.
Partner @ Brewery Consulting Group
Suzanne is a C-BIG Co-Founder and Board Member.
With a Business Management degree from University of Wisconsin and completed postgraduate work in Accounting and Finance, Suzanne has worked more than 30+ years in professional roles in Executive Management, Strategic Leadership, Software/Application technology implementation, costing, and financial accounting processes. Over the past 8 years, Suzanne has developed her accounting solution and software implementation for industries including manufacturing, construction and distribution. Suzanne specializes in the manufacturing of craft beverages.
Office/System Management (mainframe technology) in the wholesale beer distribution industry
Software implementation and training consultant (Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington) for Epicor ERP Software
Corporate Controller/Software Project Manager in manufacturing company in Oregon
Coordinator and sponsor for education panels for NW Food & Beverage World
Former president of Cheers ERP Solutions Inc., Suzanne has recently partnered with Brewery Consultant Group (BCG) Jan 2017. The culture of the craft beverage industry is exciting and Suzanne is thrilled to be part of the community to help support, grow, and empower the growing pioneers of breweries, wineries, ciders, and distilleries with software solutions and consulting.
Real Estate Broker @ Doug Bean & Associates, Inc.
CPA @ Aldrich CPA
Ryan is a C-BIG Co-Founder and Board member.
Ryan has been helping his clients for over 15 years providing financial assurance services for growing entrepreneurial companies and assisting his clients with strategic business and accounting issues. He leads the firm’s Benefit Plan Assurance practice and has oversight on internal training, supervision of retirement plan team members, and implementation of new technical accounting standards. He has been a guest writer several times for the Oregon Certified Public Accountant magazine and other publications, locally and nationally. AKT is the only Oregon based Top 100 Accounting Firm, AKT provides a broad range of advisory services including accounting, auditing, tax compliance, business valuation, international tax services and management consulting to closely held businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.
MLB Opening Day Pitcher, Zag Nut, and Insurance Agent @ Timmco, Inc.
John is a C-BIG Co-Founder and Board Member.
John Timm entered the insurance business as a claims adjuster following graduation from Gonzaga University. He immediately recognized that the Claims side of insurance delivers on the promises policies make. He celebrated 40 years at Timmco Insurance in 2015, where he serves as a personal and business insurance producer and President of the company. Timmco Insurance has been involved in providing risk management solutions to craft beverage industry clients since Oregon laws empowered microbrewers in our state.
Licensed to transact insurance in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Utah, John is a founding member of C-BIG and enjoys fostering entrepreneurs as the realize their dream through production of products from beer to coffee + tea.
John is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Oregon, an avid Zags basketball fan, and threw out the first pitch at the Seattle Mariners home opening game this season.
Community Engagement & Education Manager @ Northwest Food Processors Association
Kirsten is a C-BIG Board Member.
Kirsten (Kirsty Wirsty) spent five years at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and developing lasting relationships within the Portland community. As the Director of Membership Services, she managed events, created and led workshops, and connected entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to successfully launch their companies. She is a lover of all things Oregon, including the rain, geography, craft breweries, and the ballooning food scene.
Prior to joining OEN, Kirsten worked with the Northwest Food Processes Association (NWFPA), where she focused on membership development and events — and learned early on about the power of kindness and a smile. She is stoked to be reprising her role at NWFPA as the Community Engagement and Education Manager. Her passion revolves around bringing people together — and what better way to connect than through food and beverages?! Kirsten is always up for trying new things — her latest endeavors include curing meats and attending butchery classes (because who doesn’t love a homemade slab of bacon!).
Kirsten’s hobby: Finding the sourest of craft beers!
Relationship Manager @ KeyBank
David is C-BIG Board Member.
David specializes in business expansion, business transitions (including both sale and acquisition), and companies with an international presence. By way of example, he meets the needs of companies in the following industries: Breweries, Distilleries, Cidermakers, Coffee, Tea, Dog Daycare facilities, Food and Beverage Distributors,Veterinary Practices, Professional Service Firms, Non-Profits, and Core Manufacturing companies.
Within these enclaves, David creates custom-tailored credit and depository solutions for these clients, and he advises them on ways to achieve the highest probability of financial success. He does this by providing targeted feedback for ways to import/export, truncate processes, protect assets, provide yield on existing funds, and provide capital.