2014 CFO Awards: Tami Norgrove, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Inc.

Chief financial officer110 Sandholm Ln., Cloverdale 95425; 707-894-2722; bearrepublic.com

Employees: 142

Professional background: My first professional position was with Brunsing Associates, Inc., a Windsor environmental engineering firm, where I worked in many different facets, then I left for Bear Republic Brewing Co., Inc.

I am one of the four owners of Bear Republic and have worked in all departments of the Cloverdale brewery and Healdsburg brewpub restaurant, helping to grow the company from the ground up.

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The brewery is a great experience and a wonderful opportunity for the family to work together. I have enjoyed helping my husband and brewmaster Ricardo with recipe formulations from the beginning, and I won the brewery's first gold medal for my hard apple cider recipe. The first batches of Red Rocket Ale were made in the basement of our house.

Education: B.S., environmental toxicology, University of California, Davis

Age: 45

What do you see as the essential role of a financial leader in the current environment?: I believe a financial leader needs to be an active part of the leadership team for the company. It is important to help provide feedback to the managers and team members to allow the company meet its goals, always with an eye toward looking to see what can be improved.

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