Candidates for 2017 Board Elections

Meet the candidates for this year's board elections

Election Process

The term for all board members is two years, with approximately one-half of the board being elected in alternating years. (Four board members are elected in even years, and three board members in odd years.)

This Year’s Election

There are three seats on the board up for election in 2017, as follows:

  • Christian Borglum (who is not running for re-election)
  • Kevin Imboden
  • Emy Mendoza (who is not running for re-election).

Here are the important dates for this year’s election:

  • August 19, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm: Monthly Board Meeting
  • August 19, 2017, 5:00 pm: Meet the Candidates
  • September 8, 2017: Cutoff date for new members to join in order to vote in this year’s election
  • September 9, 2017: Start of online voting (Members will receive email with voting instructions.)
  • September 22, 2017: Last day to vote
  • September 23, 2017: Election results announced (at September board meeting)

If you have any questions about the election process or the candidates listed below, please contact the elections subcommittee at

Meet the Candidates

To learn more about this year’s candidates, and to help make your decision when casting your ballot, please scroll down and read the statements from all 5 candidates.

David Brothers

David works at a particle accelerator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and has been a home brewer for about the last 10 years. Since he joined Umunhum in April 2016, he has been active in many areas of the coop. He is acting as the lead of the beer sub-committee, started the brew crew and brew days to test and develop new beer recipes, is the event coordinator for happy hour events, and has helped with sales and distribution. David looks forward to getting more members involved and to helping Umunhum continue to grow, and achieve its goal of opening a brew pub.

Kevin Imboden

Current board member

It is with great excitement that I submit my candidacy to continue my position on the board of our cooperative as we maintain our goals of stimulating growth through consistent distribution and targeted sales. Joining the cooperative has been a learning experience of the highest order, whether this has involved meeting with potential customers, new members, or navigating busy beer events. I rapidly learned proper talking points after the first couple of sales meetings, and later closed deals with several new establishments. I have thoroughly enjoyed it all, along with the constant interaction with our established and committed member base.

Future growth will require further focus and diligence, both of which I have every intention of continuing. Enthusiasm and effort will continue to matter as well, and I am proud to say that I have enlisted several new members who have participated (and will be participating) at a variety of levels.

Here’s to our brightest days ahead!

Craig Kensek

Most of my most work experience has been in the area of technology, predominantly in marketing. I have had experience on two boards (a) a small opera company based in Marin (b) a Stanford alumni group which we transitioned to being a not for profit organization.

I think it would be great to help something grow a non-technology business. The businesses I’ve worked for have varied from small (under 200) to larger (> 10k), my rolls being hands on. Lots of writing of all sorts, including press releases, and occasionally working with lawyers on massaging verbiage.

What I’d bring — An irreverent approach to business, though I believe that positive cash flow is a great thing, and a lot of marketing experience. Keep processes simple. I received my BS from Stanford (Chem E. Aerobic and anaerobic what?), and have an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern). Marketing, Finance, and Policy. At Kellogg, one of my claims to fame was renting a bus and coordinating a beer tasting adventure to Milwaukee. Two breweries. The outing was actually profitable.

Jim Sullivan

It is with great enthusiasm that I respectfully submit my application to serve on the Board of Umunhum Brewing. I recently became of a member of Umunhum, and I have come to greatly appreciate the concept of a cooperative brewery. Like most of Umunhum’s members, I am a beer enthusiast. I have some experience with cooperatives as I’m originally from New York City, where I lived in the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative, which is the oldest limited equity housing cooperative in the US. As a resident, I experienced first-hand the benefits of a cooperative.

I have over 25 years experience working in finance and accounting, and have served as chief financial officer of two publicly traded companies. I have had to wear many hats, including finance, legal and risk management. I believe my background and skills would enable me to immediately contribute to the Board. Those that have worked with me over the years can attest to both my work effort and attention to detail. I believe I bring a common a sense approach to problem-solving, and I can make a meaningful contribution to Umunhum. I would be pleased to serve and contribute to the efforts to grow Umunhum.

Andrew Yu

With the direction that Umunhum Brewery is heading, I’m excited about what the future holds. While I might be a relatively new member, I can already see that the Cooperative has members that are not only passionate about beer, but they are also motivated to help the Brewery grow. As such, for me personally, it would be such an amazing and unique opportunity to help contribute from a Finance/Accounting perspective. As a Certified Public Accountant with over 12 years of accounting experience, I have worked with various-sized companies, ranging from small start-ups all the way up to large companies, such as Coca-Cola and Genentech. With that said, I would like to apply my background and experience to help keep the books balanced for Umunhum and provide sound financial/accounting advice wherever possible.