An avid homebrewer, Charles has been around the craft beer scene for more than 25 years. Having created homebrew recipes that were used as the building block for seasonal beers introduced by two Houston area breweries, Charles also got to know some of the early craft beer leaders in the area. In 2012, Charles left the high-tech world and decided to pursue a job that would combine his love for craft beer along with his business development and product marketing skills. Running a trade association for craft breweries in Texas seemed like a perfect fit. Luckily, the interview process kicked off with a meeting with Brock Wagner of Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Scott Metzger of Freetail Brewing Company. Somehow, they didn't see through Charles' charade and recommended him to the rest of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild board members. That was just prior to the 2013 legislative session, and the sparks have been flying ever since.