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April 1, 2015
Darrell Smith named New ABA Executive Director

Darrell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in education. After graduation he served two years in the Peace Corps in Yemen teaching English. He continued in Yemen teaching privately for two more years. He taught another two years in Kuwait before returning to the United States. While overseas, he traveled extensively, “because once you are overseas, it’s easy to get around.” Traveling allowed him to experience and enjoy different cultures, something he still enjoys.

After returning to the United States, Darrell taught elementary school for Milwaukee Public Schools. His focus and passions are science, which was part of his teaching, and history. During this time, Darrell received his Masters in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Hobbies are many and varied. His love for travel continues, both overseas and in the United States whether visiting the lemurs of Madagascar or diving the Great Barrier Reef or traveling Route 66. This allows him an opportunity to stop at local stores searching for great local beers, great brew pubs and local faire.

At home, Darrell is an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan and enjoys attending games on a regular basis. He has been a season ticket holder for the past 18 years. He also enjoys attending Badger football and Packer games when time and tickets allow him to do so. He is currently nearing the end of a quest to attend a football game in every Big Ten stadium.

Darrell enjoys history; and reading too many magazines! One of his favorite things to do is visiting old breweries and learning about their history by talking to the descendants of the previous owners. Learning their history through their stories is both entertaining and educational. This is one of the reasons he belongs to all the major collecting organizations, including the American Breweriana Association (#10553). His love of history and beer and reading got him involved with the Museum of Beer & Brewing board in 2009. After 4 years as a board member he became president in 2014. He is also responsible for publishing their quarterly newsletter.

Retiring from MPS in 2011, Darrell enjoys time at his property in northern Wisconsin. He is looking forward to moving to northern Wisconsin on a full time basis. He spends his time with his wife Penny, walking his dog, reading and fishing, especially when the fish are biting and the weather is pleasant and, of course, an evening beer with friends. Darrell is a home brewer and enjoys darker beers such as stouts, porters, and IPA’s. This May he is looking forward to a trip to Germany, The Czech Republic and Austria to experience brewing culture and history.

He looks forward to the new challenge that the ABA will provide and meeting as many members as possible. It will be a learning experience. When you see him introduce yourself and say hello.

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