Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Eric Jorgensen is a school-teacher turned cider-maker and small business owner now living on the Olympic Peninsula. He teamed up with friends Keith and Crystie Kisler to found Finnriver Cidery in 2008 and they brought their first cider to the market in early 2010. As juggling teaching, cider-making, and the business end of Finnriver got the best of him, Eric left his teaching job in the Spring of 2012 and has since devoted himself full-time to helping develop new ciders and wines at Finnriver as well continuing to manage the finances of the business. He joined the Board of Directors of the NWCA as Treasurer in the fall of 2012, bringing his experience from Finnriver, and from years as a Board member and Finance Committee Chair of a non-profit school. When he isn’t working, his favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife Abby and their two daughters, Claire and Stella.
Colin Schilling is a long time cider hobbyist turned pro with a passion for business, sustainability, and hard cider. With degrees in entrepreneurship and sustainability, starting a cider company was a natural step. “Like my great great grandfather who founded the Schilling Spice Company, I want to push the bounds of what our craft can be”
Currently he manages a growing cider company as well as a cider bar whose aim is to introduce, educate and create new craft cider drinkers. “In order to continue to grow the craft cider category, we need every craft brand to continue to innovate and bring great cider into the hands of drinkers. Our aim with Schilling Cider House is to build awareness for all the great craft brands in the Northwest and beyond, and of course Schilling as well.”
During his tenure on the board of the NWCA, Colin lead the successful effort to overturn the Washington ban on growler filling of cider. He will be focusing on additional legislative efforts as well as building awareness for craft cider during the remainder of his term.
Co-Owner Whitewood Cider Co.
Old Timey Dave (a.k.a. David White) is the head orchard keep here at Old Time Cider and the co-owner of Washington's latest craft cidery Whitewood Cider Co. A graphic designer by trade, Dave is a proud third generation Washingtonian. He began his journey with cider inspired by a career in specialty coffee and a love of craft beverages.
Around 1999-2000 Dave discovered one of the earliest Washington craft ciders and hasn't looked back since. In 2007 he started the Old Time Cider blog.
Inspired by the observation of an emerging independent specialty coffee's "third wave", and it's keen use of the internet, and social media to educate, explore product transparency, and advance quality; he started the Old Time Cider blog and North American Cider Map Project. Old Time Cider was one of the very earliest blogs dedicated to craft cider.
In 2010 he became founding member of the Northwest Cider Association. 2013 will see the release of Whitewood Cider Co.'s first ciders.
Executive Director-Northwest Agricultural Business Center
Prior to joining NABC in 2006 as its first Executive Director, David Bauermeister served as Director of the Agricultural and Natural Resources division for the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of Northwest Natural Resources Institute. His agriculture background includes experience as the head of the Spokane Ag Expo, General Manager of Pacific Northwest Fiber LLC, and Assistant Manager and Shareholder of the Northwest Pea and Bean Company. David enjoys hiking and cycling and is the former head of the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition of Spokane, WA. David is a graduate of Washington State University.
Executive Director - Northwest Cider Association
Sherrye Wyatt is a writer and public relations contractor who primarily works in the tourism, beverage and agricultural industries. Her experience in agriculture includes work for the North American Export Grain Association (Washington D.C.), Washington State Apple Commission, Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers and Northwest Agriculture Business Center. She served as marketing director for Cave B Estate Winery. She also helped create the Washington Apple Education Foundation, which she then managed for seven years. Sherrye was raised on a farm with an orchard in Eastern Washington and is a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University.
Devlin Endean Marketing
Nan Devlin is a published writer and tourism strategist with a focus on agritourism, arts and culture, and food and beverage. She is a frequent keynote at tourism conferences, and leads communication and marketing workshops small businesses. She is a contributing author on sustainable food and beverage tourism to the upcoming Have Fork Will Travel Handbook for culinary tourism professionals. She also teaches graduate-level classes in Tourism Administration at the George Washington University and Hospitality Management at the University of Alabama. Nan was vice president of the PURE Travel Collaborative, and is a founding workshop member for the Cascadian Cuisine initiative of the World Food Tourism Association. She is principal of the Devlin Endean Marketing Group and Avid Traveler Consultants.
Jill Lightner has been a Seattle-based food and travel writer for 15 years, including a six-year stint as editor of Edible Seattle. Her first sip of real craft cider came on a media trip to Vancouver Island in 2004, where she was able to drop in at the Merridale Cider tasting room. Ever since, she’s been a strong supporter of cider, and has included it in numerous recipes and tasting notes in Edible Seattle: The Coobook and the Edible Communities recipe app, as well as in editorial content online and in print. She’s been a board member of NWCA since its earliest days, and over the years has moderated author panels, curated tasting events and generally been northwest craft cider’s biggest fangirl. (Her liver is doing fine, thanks.) Currently, she’s a food writer with PCC Natural Markets, the nation’s largest member-owned food co-op, where she produces a monthly magazine along with extensive marketing materials and web content of all kinds.
Nick is an Oregon native, raised in Eugene. He has been making Cider for over a decade, and has dedicated over 15 years to growing apples and exploring organic farming practices. Nick is at home when he is maintaining the orchards and visiting with the farmers we work with to source our apples.
His knowledge of soil conditions, landscape, apple varieties, and growing conditions in the northwest has cultivated a unique relationship between our source and our product. This lends to him enriching the industry and making wonderful Ciders.
When Nick is not working to improve our product and practices, he is busy on his personal farmstead with his wife and two young daughters, cats, goats and llamas.
The token Canadian on the Board, Chris is the owner and founder of Tod Creek Craft Cider in Victoria, BC. He started the cider business in 2013, with the grand opening in June of 2014. After converting an old dairy farm into Vancouver Island's third cidery, he is now in the middle of planting the orchard of cider variety apple trees (dwarf root stock for those who follow such things). When he's not crafting cider, Chris will often travel the cider regions of the world by motorcycle, sampling cider and learning different techniques on how to make a truly wonderful beverage.