Co-Owner Bull Run Cider
Pete Mulligan is a co –owner of Bull Run Cider. The company was founded in 2010 with business partners Galen Williams and Shaun Shepherd. Pete has over 29 years’ experience in operations and logistics. Pete’s vision for making great cider includes the understanding that if the cider industry is to grow more work has to be done regionally and nationality with growing cider fruit. This lead to Bull Run Cider becoming a registered nursery with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Pete and his partners grow over 100 cider and perry pear varieties and take orders from many aspiring orchardists from all over the country. Bull Run Cider one of just a few cider companies / nurseries that grow and sell cider trees internationally.
Pete has served as both Treasurer and Vice President in the NWCA prior to becoming President and is a member of the Home Orchard Society. His strong leadership and forward push as treasurer with the development of membership opportunities with allied vendors, helped fuel the rapid expansion with NWCA membership beyond Cider Makers. Under Pete’s leadership as President the NWCA secured a USDA Specialty Block Grant from the State of Oregon and the membership has grown the most since it's inception back in 2010.
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.
Northwest Cider Association
A native Oregonian, Emily Ritchie loves the people in the cider industry. As a dual citizen with the US and the UK, cider is part of her heritage. She is thrilled to be working in a burgeoning industry as she specializes in supporting new organizations related to food and beverages. She spent a year working as Program Manager for NWCA and also worked for an Oregon cider company. She has spent careful time the last 2 years, immersing herself in the world of cideries here in the PNW, in New England, and in Herefordshire, England.
Before her role as Executive Director, she worked for a start up food manufacturing company in Salem and spent two years at the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Marketing Department, managing the FoodCorps Oregon program, as the first Fellow in the state. She has been an activist, a garden educator, a lobbyist, a sales associate, a Slow Food board member, and many other roles since she graduated with honors from Occidental College in Los Angeles. In her free time she loves to swing dance as well as feel the soil beneath her fingernails, from her vegetable garden.
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.
Co-Owner Whitewood Cider Co.
Old Timey Dave (a.k.a. David White) is the head orchard keep here atOld 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.
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.
Elaine is an Oregon native, growing up in the Newberg area on a farm. Her roots have influenced her professional career, sparking her interest in land use and natural resource permitting, particularly issues associated with resource lands and the balance between conservation and rural economic development.
Elaine works with a variety of clients, ranging from energy facility developers, alcoholic beverage manufacturers, rural landowners, and urban developers. In addition to her traditional land use and permitting work, Elaine has a niche practiced focused on the alcohol beverage industry, providing licensing, permitting and regulatory solutions for alcohol producers and retailers. Elaine also assists clients in drafting and negotiating various business agreements and contracts needed for her clients’ operations. Once a business is operational, Elaine continues to work with clients on permit compliance issues, reporting obligations, enforcement actions, and economic development and growth opportunities.
Outside of work, Elaine enjoys cheering for the Oregon Ducks, riding horses at Crossroad Farms, wakeboarding and skiing with friends, and of course, exploring the Pacific Northwest food and beverage scene.