One of our core beliefs is that “Good things come from people with good values and passion for where they are and what they do.” Last month Emily Soderlund, Office Manager and one of our favorite team members, moved back to Minnesota to help a relative in need. We cannot imagine an act that epitomizes good values and passion more than this.
Emily brightened our days at Grand Teton Brewing Company for more than 5 years, during which time she was the heart and brains of our organization. Emily answered the phones and greeted visitors. She always knew everything that was going on at the brewery—who was on the road and where, who was on the bottling line, who was on the midnight shift, when that order shipped. She was the company historian, able to recall minute details from years before, and she managed our accounts receivable and payable—always with a smile. She treated customers and vendors as old friends—and many of them became true friends thanks to Emily’s warmth and good humor.
Emily was the brewery’s self-appointed “Cruise Director,” responsible for company morale and team spirit. Her numerous “porch parties” will be remembered fondly, as will such events as the Grand Teton Brewing Company International Invitational Paper Airplane Derby. No employee birthdays were left uncelebrated during Emily’s time here.
In fact, Emily was so important to the workings of the organization that we’ve split her responsibilities among three team members—two who are new. Tracey Schmidt is now handling all Accounts Receivable and Payable. Julie Levy is our new Communications Manager. She’ll have phone duty, but is also editing this newsletter, taking photos, making movies and keeping our website and social networking up to date. Kathleen Hanson is our new Graphic Designer, but is also taking on many of Emily’s office manager duties. Watch this space in the coming months for pictures and bios of all three.
Emily will be missed in the greater community, too. As a board member of the Teton Arts Council, Emily was instrumental in planning and organizing fundraisers like her infamous 70s/80s Disco Party (at the brewery.) She worked to bring theater to the valley with Shakespeare in the Park, and was instrumental in creating our Art of Beer label art contest.
We all wish Emily the best of luck and hope that her journey will bring her back to us one day.