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.
Leia Ostermann Bailey
Born and raised in California, Leia Bailey 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 early 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. After school and his years working in the finance industry in San Francisco, Scott returned to the Sacramento area and joined the CCBA team in 2013. As Business Development Coordinator, Scott’s role includes making connections within the craft beer industry through the creation of membership and event opportunities. Having appreciated craft beer since the mid-1980s, Scott can still remember his first California Pale Ale and the moment he realized great beer was fresh and available in California. Contact Scott at email@example.com.
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. Contact Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Membership Coordinator, Louise manages 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. Contact Louise at email@example.com.
Born and raised in a small town outside of Portland, Oregon, Cody has been surrounded by quality craft beer and culture from a young age. Cody is a graduate of California State University – Chico with a degree in Event Management, and got his start in the industry as a traveling festival intern on Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s inaugural Beer Camp Across America tour in 2014. It was at this point that he first met and worked closely with CCBA staff. Shortly thereafter, Cody began assisting with the annual California Craft Beer Summit, playing a role in the execution of the event from its inception in 2015 before officially joining the CCBA staff full-time as a Project Coordinator in 2018. During his free time Cody enjoys exploring the great outdoors, participating in action sports, and traveling. He credits his love of craft beer to his older brother, Casey, who handed him his first Russian River Supplication on his 21st birthday back in 2012 – the rest is history!
A native of the Golden State, Sean’s love of California Craft Beer came in to clear view while studying political science at Sonoma State University. After graduation, Sean jumped headlong into California politics. First, as a staffer for the Assistant Majority Leader of the State Assembly, then as a Senior Aide to a Member of Congress and in 2018 securing reelection for a California legislator as Campaign Manager. As its Government Affairs Manager, Sean helps manage the CCBA’s legislative portfolio, regulatory policy issues and building relationships in Sacramento on behalf of California’s craft beer industry. His vision includes expanding craft’s political reach by identifying the intersection of craft beer and politics in every legislative district. When he isn’t advocating on behalf of California’s brewers, Sean is most likely to be found enjoying an IPA on his deck, soaking up the sun with his wife and Sam, his German Shepherd.