Jason Warren – CEO & Owner
Jason comes from a long line of farmers and is the fourth generation to work on his family’s cherry farm on the Old Mission Peninsula. After college, he returned home to Traverse City to start his own CPA firm specializing in farming and agricultural businesses. In 2008 he sold his firm and went to work for Shoreline Fruit, the largest tart cherry growing and processing organization in the U.S. While there he was involved in finance, human resources, procurement and quality and was part of the Team that built the company’s state of the art drying and juice concentrate processing facility. In 2013 he joined MI Local Investments, a firm specializing in real estate and small business development, and is in charge of the MI Local Hops division. He has over 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, farming, food processing, food safety, quality, and manufacturing.
Mark Johnson – Entrepreneur & Owner
Mark is an owner of MI Local Hops and the CEO of MI Local Investments. He has been a small business owner for 15 years and is a native of Traverse City, MI. Mark has an extensive background in sales and manufacturing and over the last ten years, he has been entrenched in real-estate and development.
You can read more about Mark in this feature piece by Bay Life North Magazine.
Joe Brulotte – Farm Manager
Joe is a third generation hop grower from the Yakima, WA region who has worked with the likes of Steiner, Wycoff and Kyle Shinn. In addition to being well respected for his yard installation skills and farming knowledge, Joe has also been involved extensively in the propagation of hop plants, rootstock, and even some proprietary varieties.
Mike Moran – Sales & Marketing Manager
Mike is our man on the road, and online. He heads up sales and marketing and has been working in the music and production industry since 2003. He is the founder of Quarter After Productions which produces podcasts like Short’s Brewings “Short’s Cast”, New Holland Brewing Co. “Stop & Taste Conversations” with Fred Bueltmann, and the Michigan craft beer show, Drink My Brewcast. He is responsible for all social media channels and has been documenting the MI Local Hops build thru video since July of 2015.
If you’re looking to purchase hops via spot buy, or contracting, Mike is the guy to connect with MikeM@milocalhops.com
Tim Prentice – Project & Facility Maintenance Manger
Tim is our Project and Facility Maintenance Manager and brings 30 years of electrical equipment, plant maintenance, and project management experience.
Tim is a 22 year Navy veteran and spent most of his service time on aircraft carriers. Tim has been a key player in managing special projects and establishing and maintaining SQF Global food safety standards.