Tom McCormick entered the craft brewing industry in 1982, working on a start-up microbrewery that….never started up. So he went to Plan B and started the craft beer-only distributorship McCormick Beverage Company in 1984, serving the Sacramento and Lake Tahoe markets. McCormick Beverage Co. helped to pioneer the craft beer industry in the early years. After selling his distributorship in 1994, he created a craft beer educational seminar for major-brand distributors, which he conducted on-site at wholesalers across the country. He also taught classes at the American Brewers Guild, UC Davis Extension and consulted for numerous craft breweries, importers and wholesalers. In 1997, he was a co-founding partner of Wolaver’s Organic Ales. He later became editor of the online industry newsletter BeerWeek and helped to develop the leading industry resource website ProBrewer. He became executive director of the CCBA in January 2006. When not wearing his CCBA hat, Tom most enjoys being in the backcountry and travelling. He is an avid road tripper, hiker, backpacker, backcountry skier and snow camper.
Born and raised in California, Leia Ostermann experienced the growth of the craft beer industry first-hand, developing a love for craft beer and brewing early in life. After building a career in public relations and communications, Leia developed a passion for protecting and supporting the rights of California’s craft brewers and became the CCBA’s first Managing Director in 2016. As Managing Director, Leia is responsible for day-to-day project management, building membership programs and overall communication and strategy. In her free time, Leia can be found climbing, hiking, skiing or drinking a beer in the sun.
Business Development Coordinator
A native Northern Californian from the Sacramento area, Scott spent his college days on the Central Coast discovering craft beer after a “hard day’s work” as a lifeguard on the beaches of Santa Barbara. Family and career brought Scott back to Northern California and after spending over ten years in the finance industry of San Francisco, Scott returned to the Sacramento area and joined the CCBA team in 2013. As Association Manager, Scott’s role includes managing the association’s finances, building membership services and benefit programs and working with the CCBA team on the California Craft Beer Summit. Having appreciated craft beer since the mid-1980s, Scott can still remember his first sip of California Pale Ale and the moment he realized great beer wasn’t exclusive to imports.
Marketing & Events Manager
Laurie began her career in state government working for a local state Assembly Member and building experience in campaigning and community organizing. While living in Sacramento Laurie discovered the growing craft beer scene and decided to move full time into the beer industry. Laurie joined the CCBA in 2015 as Events Coordinator. Laurie now leads the organization and management for CCBA’s craft beer events, workshops and festivals. She is responsible for planning, managing, and executing all CCBA conferences, festivals, and the annual California Craft Beer Summit. Outside the office, Laurie can be found cheering on the SF Giants, SJ Sharks, and SF 49ers and spending time with family and friends in the Bay area.
Louise has been a lifetime resident in California from Stockton, to Santa Cruz, to Sacramento. Joining the CCBA in 2015, she brings a diverse set of skills from her background in retail, catering and collegiate financial aid advisor. Her taste for craft beer was developed early on while managing a high end catering company so when the opportunity to join the CCBA became available it was an easy choice. As the Association Assistant, Louise coordinates membership outreach, benefits and billing and assists with CCBA events and daily functions. Outside of the office Louise is working on visiting all 30 MLB stadiums, touring new breweries both inside and outside of California and enjoys hiking with her aptly named chocolate lab, Hickory Stout.