After a long search with some great candidates, we are pleased to announce Margo Knight Metzger as our new Executive Director. Margo officially begins her new role on January 2, 2014. She’ll work with the eight-member board on policy matters and promotional opportunities as the Guild seeks to promote and protect the interests of North Carolina craft beer.
Many of you may know Margo (directly or indirectly) from her work with last year’s inaugural North Carolina Beer Month. She’s a big craft beer enthusiast and brings direct experience in the alcohol industry as Executive Director of the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council. In her current role as public relations director for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, she’s one of the most passionate advocates of our great state. And she’s got great connections in state government, in legislative affairs, policy, and administration.
We as the board fully believe Margo will have an immediate and long-lasting impact in her new role. There’s a lot to build on and new directions to explore. We’re excited to have Margo lead the way!
The official press release follows…
Cheers to North Carolina beer!
The Board Members of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild
North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild Hires New Leader
Margo Knight Metzger leaves state tourism post to lead the state’s booming craft beer industry.
DURHAM, N.C. (Oct. 30, 2013) — The Board of Directors of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild today announced the appointment of Margo Knight Metzger as its full-time executive director. She will assume the duties of the position on January 2, 2014.
Metzger brings ten years of experience to the role, including government affairs, tourism promotion and alcohol beverage industry insight. She will lead the guild’s efforts to advance the interests of the state’s craft breweries and to promote North Carolina craft beer.
“We are thrilled to bring Margo on board,” said Sean Lilly Wilson, president of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. “While we had an impressive slate of highly-qualified candidates, Margo’s extensive experience in government relations, tourism, and the alcohol industry made her the perfect fit. Even better, she’s passionate about craft beer and loves her native North Carolina.”
Metzger leaves her position as public relations director for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development, part of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. She previously served as Executive Director of the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council. Prior to that, Metzger led marketing for a beer and wine wholesaler in the Triad region of North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.
About the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild:
The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization comprised of brewers, vendors, retailers and craft beer enthusiasts focused on promoting North Carolina craft beer. North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, home to more than 80 breweries and brewpubs.
Sean Lilly Wilson, President
North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild