M-24: Building a better tomorrow: What today’s brewery employees need to know to be successful

B. A. RUSH (1); (1) The Boston Beer Company, Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A.

Brewery Safety
Saturday, June 7 - 8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Level 3, Crystal Room

In today’s business environment, individuals in organizations often fail to look at themselves as a potential source of issues related to trust and productivity. This presentation will cover what’s needed to assess your own personal management style and how you create trust with your co-workers. The future of building a better organization for tomorrow relies on creating a team that continues to learn and has trust in each other. The key take away from this brief presentation will be what you as an individual need to be a better manager or employee in a brewing operation. The focus starts with you as an individual as you make sure what you “say” and “do” is creating a culture of trust and productivity. If you have a culture that is filled with a lack of trust and teamwork, you are setting the organization up for failure. More and more today’s operations need to focus on more than the basics of making beer; they need to focus on the development of employees and understanding their flaws in dealing with others. In reality this type of presentation could be 2–5 days in length, but this presentation will hopefully inspire you to work toward improving yourself and becoming a better person and employee for your organization.

Brad Rush, manager of supplier quality, joined the Samuel Adams Brewing Company in 2007. Brad holds a B.S. degree in environmental analysis from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI; certificate in quality engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering; six sigma green belt certification from Lakeshore Technical College; and a diploma in advanced management and leadership from the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business. Brad has also studied with the American Brewers Guild and Institute of Brewing. Brad joined the Boston Beer Company as the quality manager for the Cincinnati brewery and managed the Packaging and Analytical Quality groups. In his current role he is in charge of the supplier quality program for Boston Beer and supports co-manufacture operations throughout North America. His previous experience includes a strong background in brewing, research, and operations at Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Miller Brewing Company, as well as hands-on quality analysis with an emphasis in sensory evaluation and quality.

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