With the right business strategy, craft breweries can uplift and transform local neighborhoods. Neighborhoods can change cities, cities change regions, regions change countries, and countries change the world.
When Sam Holloway was pursuing a doctorate in business strategy at the University of Oregon, he joined an indoor soccer league. He spent much of his time on the bench and sidelines, where he met the other worst soccer player on the team, Jeff Althouse, a math teacher with a passion for craft beer and a vision for the community. An intellectual relationship developed, and Jeff invited Sam to join the Board of Directors of his new business. As an intellectual and professional exercise, Sam applied every advanced business strategy and theory he learned in his grad school to the Craft Beer Industry and helped Jeff apply it to his young craft brewery business. The business quickly became one of Oregon’s most acclaimed craft breweries: Oakshire Brewing.
Sam’s job as a business strategy professor led to speaking engagements across the globe. Sam began touring breweries and teaching strategy in Ireland, Finland, Denmark, & New Orleans. European Professors, Guinness’ Global Brand Team and countless brewery owners wanted to talk. The problem? Sam could only be in one place at a time.
Sam asked his friend, Mark Meckler, for help. In addition to supporting Sam’s commitment to help craft businesses anywhere in the world, Mark began to advise on issues related to restaurant operations. Mark has decades of experience as a professionally trained chef and as a food and beverage manager. With Mark’s wisdom, two things became clear:
The last piece of the puzzle was designing a business model and online channel structure to allow Crafting A Strategy to reach its global potential. With years of e-commerce and marketing experience developing brands for corporations, small business, and startups, Joe Belcher joined the team to develop a brand and a digital solution. Crafting A Strategy was ready to go out and improve the world, one community at a time, one craft beer business at a time.
SAM HOLLOWAY, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland, Board Member Oakshire Brewing, with background managing a bridge construction firm.
MARK MECKLER, Ph.D.
FOUNDER, VP CURRICULUM & STRATEGY
Associate Professor of Strategy and Leadership at the University of Portland with background as a chef, culinary training in Switzerland, and running the Food and Beverage department at a resort hotel in Aruba.
Owner, Joe Belcher Marketing, specializing in brand development and marketing strategy, with a background in marketing at The Walt Disney Company, Hollywood Entertainment, and Nintendo, and new ventures where he launched brands and e-commerce solutions.