On a surprisingly warm and sunny spring evening, Lubar School of Business alumni gathered to check out the brand-new Good City Brewing facility at Century City I, located west of campus on 31st Street. The event was part of the alumni chapter’s Business Success Series of events.
The evening’s host was Kyle Stephens (’11), Vice President of Finance and Administration for the up-and-coming brewery, which has retail operations downtown and on Farwell Avenue. Good City Brewing also was recently named BizTimes Milwaukee’s 2018 Small Business of the Year.
Alumni gathered among tall pallets of empty beer cans while eating empanadas and sipping different types of beer produced by Good City Brewing.
Joseph Obligato (’14) remarked that the event was great for “bringing together people from different career backgrounds but who all shared the Lubar connection.”
For Paige Radke (’15), this was her first alumni event. She said she was pleased with the large crowd, and was enjoying the time to share a beer with former classmates. “I really didn’t have much time to make friends while I was in class all day,” she said. “This is a much more relaxed setting for socializing and learning what people have done professionally since graduation.”
Stephens, who also serves as president of the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business Alumni Chapter, was upbeat about the good turn-out, saying that “offering beer never hurts.”
During a brief tour of the facility, Stephens told the crowd that the Century City I building was ideal for the brewery’s needs. The building includes office space for sales, marketing and finance, plus ample warehousing space and a large cold storage unit.
“We are poised for growth,” he said about the facility. So far, the cold storage unit has been sitting empty because “we sell as much as we make, which is a nice problem for a finance guy to have,” he said. They are in the process of creating more capacity to meet increasing demand.
As the building’s owner, Good City Brewing and its management team are encouraging new tenants to join them at the space as well. “We are looking at smaller companies that may need this type of space in order to grow their businesses,” Stephens said.
The Lubar School of Business Alumni Chapter hosts the Business Success Series to showcase area businesses for the benefit of Lubar alumni, faculty and friends of the Lubar School. The events also raise money for the Alumni Scholarship Fund.
The next event will be held Thursday, June 20 at Victory Creek Accounting.