I was in my thirties when I met Jeff Lebesch
at a party in Fort Collins.
We started dating and got married in the fall of 1990.
Jeff is a bright electrical engineer and has a shy way of being.
For a short period, Jeff
continued working for the firm he
could build pumps and make a lot of the systems we used to build the first brewery.
and I gave 10% of our ownership to our co-workers through a deferred compensation plan, which began in 1996.
In 2000 we merged that plan with an ESOP [employee stock ownership plan], and at that point our co-workers owned 32% of the company.
In 1996, Jeff
didn't have the technical capability to move the brewery forward.
So we hired a brewmaster named Peter Bouckaert, who's Belgian, and when Jeff
decided to leave, we had the right people in place.
Jeff stopped working at New Belgium in 2001, and we divorced in 2009.
I stayed with the company because it's meaningful work that I want to refine.
I really love the process of co-creating with people-not just making beer, but being an advocate for progressive business thinking.
been retired for 13 years but keeps busy.